Thai filmmaker M.L. Bhandevanop Devakul’s recreation of the Kurosawa Akira classic Rashomon is visually stunning, but a classic should never be fooled around with. This remake misses all the nuance of the Kurosawa original.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its assembled soloists and choirs gives us an inspired performance, directed by Ivan Fischer. Excellent visual and audio recording makes this a disc worth owning.
This entry in Marvel’s Iron Man franchise from anime powerhouse Madhouse is visually stunning, with a fantastic Japanese voice cast, but the story is bit of a letdown and the English cast just doesn’t work.
An erotic drama from Hong Kong, Girl$ explores the world of online prostitution in an often stylish and touching way.
A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.
Supposedly scary, yet not really so, Anchor Bay’s Shadow People is just a bore.
This environmentally-oriented CG-animated film completely misses the mark as sound family-friendly entertainment, and as high quality HD.
A Monster in Paris is a delightful CG-animated film from Shark Tale director Bibo Bergeron. Returning to his native France, he feels revived, inspired, and has offered up an original, richly detailed tale for the family.
Pop legend Paul Anka puts on a show at the Basel AVO Sessions that belies his 71 years. Well recorded, this is an excellent document of a fabulous entertainer.
Another whacky entry into the comedy splatterfest genre from the folks at Sushi Typhoon arrives on Blu-ray from Well Go USA.