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James Walker and Free Flight feat. Bryan Pezzone: Threads Blu-ray 3D Review

Posted August 26th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

James Walker and Free Flight feat. Bryan Pezzone: Threads Blu-ray 3D Review

Threads from James Walker and Free Flight’s Threads, featuring the pianist Bryan Pezzone, is another superbly played and recorded release from audiophile label AIX Records.

The Royal Tenenbaums [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 26th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Royal Tenenbaums [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Wes Anderson takes viewers through the life and times of the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family, featuring an all-star cast, with great videography and soundtrack. For those expecting “Modern Family,” hold on to your seats as the ride is both bumpy and quirky.

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Quadrophenia [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 26th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Quadrophenia [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The Criterion Collection brings viewers back to the mean streets of 1960′s England populated by rival gangs of mods and rockers. Inspired by The Who’s rock opera, Quadrophenia, we get a reasonably well crafted and restored journey down memory lane and a dark story of the hero’s undoing.

Die 12 Cellisten [Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 25th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Die 12 Cellisten [Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Twelve cellists from the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary with a stellar and varied concert program, ably abetted by soprano Annette Dasch and trumpeter Till Bronner. Sonics and visuals are stunning and a documentary on the group’s history adds further interest to a superb release from EuroArts

Shark Week Blu-ray Review

Posted August 25th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Shark Week Blu-ray Review

Shark Week is yet another laughably bad made-for-TV film from The Asylum and SyFy that will have you wanting to turn it off 10-minutes into viewing.

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette [Arena di Verona/Mastrangelo] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette [Arena di Verona/Mastrangelo] Blu-ray Review

One of the most romantic operas of all time, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette is given a massive performance with outrageous sets and costumes and, staged most appropriately in Verona’s outdoor arena. The leads are young and appealing but the visual qualities are a bit disappointing.

Leonard Bernstein: Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16; Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli [Wiener Philharmoniker; Bayerische Rundfunks Orchester und Chor] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Leonard Bernstein: Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16; Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli [Wiener Philharmoniker; Bayerische Rundfunks Orchester und Chor] Blu-ray Review

C Major treats us to two vintage concerts by maestro Leonard Bernstein who puts his individual stamp on Beethoven’s final string quartet and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. In spite of dated video and audio qualities this is still powerful music-making by a 20th century legend.

Hung: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Hung: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

This final season of Hung is still sexy, wry, cynical, and full of A+ dark comedy that won’t leave you high or dry.

Mark Chesnutt: Your Room Blu-ray 3D Review

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Mark Chesnutt: Your Room Blu-ray 3D Review

AIX Records has another winner with this rollicking, reference quality live studio recording of Country Music veteran Mark Chesnutt.

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Posted August 23rd, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Bored to Death continues to be a witty, intelligent send up of pulp detective novels and film noir that only gets funnier with repeat viewings in its third season.

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