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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 8th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, gets a big-time production from the Bolshoi company. Lead dancer David Hallberg is simply spectacular and is reason enough to go for this blu-ray disc.

Richard Strauss: Arabella [Wiener Staatsoper/Welser-Most] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 8th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Arabella [Wiener Staatsoper/Welser-Most] Blu-ray Review

This 2012 Vienna State Opera production delivers some excellent singing and musical direction with a less than ideal visual presentation.

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata [Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata  [Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Unconventionally staged in the Sydney harbor by Francesca Zambello, this updated version of La Traviata produces some wondrous sights and sounds. Soprano Emma Matthews carries the day and viewers get a real sensory feast from this 2012 production.

Platel: C(h)œurs [Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Platel: C(h)œurs [Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Belgian choreographer Alain Platel has made an ambitious effort to collate his ultramodern dance routines to the choral works of Verdi and Wagner. As a paean to social protest, it is a series of hits and misses captured with beautiful sight and sound recording. Probably not for classic balletomanes, the physicality of the “dance” routines border on the sensational.

Jeepers Creepers Blu-ray Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

Jeepers Creepers Blu-ray Review

Lacking any real substance, MGM’s Jeepers Creepers, now on Blu-ray, is yet another dull modern era Hollywood horror movie.

Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection Review

Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men comics come alive in these fascinating motion comic editions form Marvel Knights and Shout! Factory.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Blu-ray Review

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Blu-ray Review

This fantastic anime adventure immerses you in a beautiful, heartfelt world reminiscent of the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

In commemoration of its debut 50 years ago, Arthaus Musik has released a stunning Blu-ray version of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Andris Nelsons directs a strong group of soloists, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a moving performance that gets my nod as one of the must-watch discs of the year.

Excision Blu-ray Review

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

Excision Blu-ray Review

The complete oddity of Excision just never clicked for me, despite Anchor Bay’s technically impressive Blu-ray.

The Forgiveness of Blood [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Forgiveness of Blood [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

A blood feud provides the basis for The Forgiveness of Blood, an Albanian film, directed by Joshua Marston. Viewers will get a powerful drama that examines the very core of family bonds, the concepts of kinship and honor, and the harsh justice meted out by an ancient code of law.