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Giuseppe Verdi: Oberto [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 19th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giuseppe Verdi: Oberto [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

A largely successful mounting of Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, Oberto gets the royal treatment in Parma.

Pergolesi: Il Prigionier Superbo/La Serva Padrona [Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani] Blu-ray Revie

Posted November 18th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Pergolesi: Il Prigionier Superbo/La Serva Padrona [Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani] Blu-ray Revie

Two baroque operas of Pergolesi, Il Prigionier Superbo and La Serva Padrona, are given updated staging but period-appropriate singing and instrumental playing. An excellent introduction to this infrequently performed musical genre.

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The Passion of Joan of Arc [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 18th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Passion of Joan of Arc [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

A deeply moving, beautiful, and transcendent look at the trial and execution of Jeanne d’Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterpiece has yet to be surpassed.

Painted Skin: The Resurrection Blu-ray Review

Posted November 17th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Painted Skin: The Resurrection Blu-ray Review

This supernatural epic starts off great, but loses steam after the first 60-minutes, after that it’s a rapid decline into plot holes, over-the-top characters and lots of special effects.

Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 17th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

Verdi’s Ernani is an early masterpiece that is not well served by the Teatro Regio production. Vocalism is below par and the sound and sight recording quality is disappointing.

In the Mood for Love [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 17th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

In the Mood for Love [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

A sumptuous, multilayered, painfully romantic film from the turn of the new millennium, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is at once visually stunning and emotionally haunting.

Giuseppe Verdi: Tutto Verdi Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giuseppe Verdi: Tutto Verdi Blu-ray Review

C Major issues a highlights BD from 20 of Verdi’s extensive operatic catalog, all performed in the Teatro Regio di Parma as part of a project to stage all of the maestro’s works by 2013, his bicentennial. Selections are well chosen and generally well performed and recorded. A real bargain and great way to see samples of some of Verdi’s lesser known works.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinsky: Persephone [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinsky: Persephone [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Famed stage director Peter Sellars gives us two rarely seen Russian masterpieces, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Persephone. Unusual staging and lighting effects aside, these are well performed works and definitely worth a watch.

Recoil: A Strange Hour in Budapest Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

Recoil: A Strange Hour in Budapest Blu-ray Review

Certainly the genre of music featured in this Recoil project will not appeal to everyone, but for those willing to give something new a chance, you might just find something to enjoy here.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review

Iconic ’80s flick Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a purely silly, quick-paced romp filled with some genuine humor.