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.
This 2012 Vienna State Opera production delivers some excellent singing and musical direction with a less than ideal visual presentation.
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.
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.
Lacking any real substance, MGM’s Jeepers Creepers, now on Blu-ray, is yet another dull modern era Hollywood horror movie.
Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men comics come alive in these fascinating motion comic editions form Marvel Knights and Shout! Factory.
This fantastic anime adventure immerses you in a beautiful, heartfelt world reminiscent of the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
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.
The complete oddity of Excision just never clicked for me, despite Anchor Bay’s technically impressive Blu-ray.
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.