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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 [Celibidache/Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 22nd, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 [Celibidache/Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts delivers an historically significant performance featuring the return of legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache to his former orchestra. What follows is a mesmerizing Bruckner Symphony No. 7, limited only by 20-year old video and sound quality.

Wagner: Lohengrin [Bayreuth Festspiele/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 22nd, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Lohengrin [Bayreuth Festspiele/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

The Bayreuth Festival has brought us many memorable Wagnerian opera performances. This well-cast 2010 Lohengrin will not be on that list largely due to a bizarre staging concept that overruns the legend of the Swan Knight with rats.

Mozart: Idomeneo [Bayerische Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 22nd, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Idomeneo [Bayerische Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

An updated production from the Bayerische Staatsoper, this Idomeneo triumphs with excellent singing and music direction under Kent Nagano.

Friends with Kids Blu-ray Review

Posted July 21st, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Friends with Kids Blu-ray Review

Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friend’s with Kids is a romantic comedy aimed squarely at adults, and while it is handled intelligently with witty and unexpected dialogue, its uneven tone keeps it from being a complete success.

Boss: Season One Blu-ray Review

Posted July 20th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

Boss: Season One Blu-ray Review

With fine V/A, as well as an excellent performance from Kelsey Grammer, Starz’ Boss: Season One comes Well Recommended.

Rumble Fish [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 20th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Rumble Fish [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s underappreciated, dreamlike adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s Rumble Fish comes to Blu-ray in a superb high definition rendition on Blu-ray from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema series.

The Last Days of Disco [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

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

The Last Days of Disco [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The era of rotating crystal balls, all-night dancing, relentless beats, and drugs is brought back to life by Whit Stillman in The Last Days of Disco. An excellent cast with evocative videography delivers a great watch.

Kimi ni todoke: From Me to You – Volume 3 Premium Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted July 19th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Kimi ni todoke: From Me to You – Volume 3 Premium Edition Blu-ray Review

This shōjo manga adaptation is filled with bittersweet teen romance that its prime demographic will love.

Being John Malkovich [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 19th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

Being John Malkovich [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray for the excellent Being John Malkovich, features fine V/A as well as a few great features.

My Way (2011) Blu-ray Review

Posted July 19th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

My Way (2011) Blu-ray Review

This gritty wartime action-drama captures some spectacular battle scenes, only faltering when it tries to incorporate its themes of unlikely camaraderie between enemies. Still, My Way will satisfy fans of the genre and offers up a more than solid slice of home theatre entertainment on Blu-ray.

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