Category: DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

Two very different composers in one concert by the LSO. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra cond. by Simon Rattle – pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard – LSO Live Blu-ray and DVD LSO 3042 TT: 104 minutes (5/11/18)  ***: Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are joined […]

Copland Conducts Copland – Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman – Naxos Blu-ray 

Copland Conducts Copland – Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman – Naxos Blu-ray 

It’s a thrill to see Copland conducting his own works, even if the audio and video are not up to modern standards  Copland Conducts Copland (1976) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman / This concert was filmed in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles/ Naxos Blu-ray NBD0068V Stereo Tracks and an upscaled NTSC […]

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Milan La Scala Ballet/Orchestra/Patrick Fournillier – Blu-ray

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Milan La Scala Ballet/Orchestra/Patrick Fournillier – Blu-ray

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Blu-ray Cast: Milan La Scala Ballet  [Complete List of Dancers below]   Romeo – Roberto Bolle   Juliet – Misty Copeland   Mercutio – Antonino Sutera   Tybalt – Mick Zeni Music: Milan La Scala Orchestra Conductor:  Patrick Fournillier Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Set Designer: Mauro Carosi Costumes: Odette Nicoletti, Lighting: […]

Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers 

Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers 

Organ and Orchestra in dramatic surround sound. Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers cat # HDTT5746 – Special limited edition Blu-ray audio disc Recorded in 24/192 High Resolution 5.0 Surround Sound  TT: 77.00 ****: […]

Reger – Maximum Reger / Max Reger: The Last Giant

Reger – Maximum Reger / Max Reger: The Last Giant

Reger – Maximum Reger / Max Reger: The Last Giant (2016)  I’ve never seen a boxed DVD set of this scope and scholarship for any classical composer. Professor Susanne Popp, Bernhard Haas, Ira Levin,  Jürgen Schaarwächter, Aris Quartett,  Frauke May,  Marcus Becker, Rudolf Meister, Andrew Brownell,  Oliver Kern, et al. Director. Will Fraser; Studio: Fugue […]

Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017)

Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017)

This would make a great introduction to Prokofiev’s ballets! Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017) Cast: Mariinsky Ballet Theater Director and Principal Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Ballet Theater Conductor: Valery Gergiev Stage Director: Yuri Fateev Studio: Mariinsky, Bluray & DVD [9/18/2015] TV Directors: Antoine Perset & Vincent Massip Run Time: […]

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017 The Who reclaim their rock throne. Cast: Pete Townsend – guitar, vocals; Roger Daltrey – vocals; Simon Townsend – guitar, vocals; Pino Palladino – bass; Zak Starkey – drums; John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment EVB335649 Director: Matt Askem […]

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray (2017) Cast: San Francisco Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Music: Orchestra of the San Francisco Ballet Conductor: Martin West Stage Director: Glenn McCoy Studio: C Major, Blu-ray. [7/30/2017] Video Director: Thomas Grimm Run Time: 128 minutes Video: 1.77:1  Color.  Audio: Dolby, NTSC, Stereo Extras: “Shakespeare Without Words”, […]

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray (2017)  Entertaining Blu-ray based on Chinese history from aging Jackie Chan.  Cast: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang Director: Ding Sheng Studio: Well Go USA Enter. (2 discs) Video: 2.35:1 for 16:9 screens color  Audio: Mandarin Chinese DD 5.1, Dubbed English DD 5.1, Dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Extras: The Dangers of […]

JOHN CAGE: “The Works for Percussion 4 – Music for Speaking Percussionist”, Blu-ray

JOHN CAGE: “The Works for Percussion 4 – Music for Speaking Percussionist”, Blu-ray

JOHN CAGE: “The Works for Percussion 4 – Music for Speaking Percussionist”, Blu-ray (2017) Performer: Bonnie Whiting, percussion Produced by: Allen Otte Label: Mode Records 296. Bluray. [5/12/17] Run Time: 152 minutes Video: 1.77:1  Color.  Audio: Dolby, NTSC, Stereo Subtitles: None Extras: Interview with Whiting and Otte, 73 minutes. Rating: *** For the true ‘Cageophile’ […]

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Blu-ray (2017)

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Blu-ray (2017)

A fine recreation of a time under the Nazi boot in Warsaw, from the point of view of The Zookeeper’s Wife. The Zookeeper’s Wife, Blu-ray (2017) Studio: Focus/Universal 2072395, Blu-ray Cast: Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Bruhl Director: Niki Caro Writer: Angela Workman Studio: Focus/Universal Studios Home Ent., 2 discs [7/4/17] Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 […]

Arrigo BOITO: Mefistofele, Blu-ray (2016)

Arrigo BOITO: Mefistofele, Blu-ray (2016)

If you can ignore the tedious staging, the singing is good. Arrigo BOITO: Mefistofele, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: René Pape, Joseph Calleja,  Kristine Opolais, Karine Babajanyan.  Music: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus and Children’s Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber Director: Roland Schwab Studio: Unitel. Blue-ray. [l1/18/16] Run Time: 140 minutes Video: 1.77:1  Color.  Audio: […]

Fifty Shades Darker, Blu-ray (2017)

Fifty Shades Darker, Blu-ray (2017)

A long second chapter of the best-selling book and movie, with more to come. Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Kim Basinger Director: James Foley Studio: Universal Pictures 61180932 (5/19/7) [2 discs] Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English DD 5.1 & 2.0, English SDH, French DD 5.1 & DTS-HD MA 5.1, […]

We Are X, Blu-ray (2017)

We Are X, Blu-ray (2017)

We Are X, Blu-ray (2017) A stunning documentary about Japan’s greatest metal band! Cast: Yoshiki; Toshi; Pata; Hide; Heath Sugizo; Taiji with interviews by Gene Simmons; Marilyn Manson; and Stan Lee Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment 1156 [4/25/2017] Director: Stephen Kijak Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Video: 1.78:1 for 1080P HD, color Length: 95 minutes Bonus […]

The Salesman, Blu-ray (2017)

The Salesman, Blu-ray (2017)

Cast: Shahab  Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati Director & producer: Asghar Farhadi Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. 50651 [5/2/2017] Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color HD Audio: Farsi DTS-HD MA 5.1 & DD-HD 5.1 Subtitles: English, Spanish Extras: Conversation with Asghar Farhadi Length: 124 min. Rating: ***** After their old flat is in […]

Tunnel (2017)

Tunnel (2017)

Cast: Jung-Woo Ha, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su Director: Kim Seong-Hun Studio: Well Go USA (Korean) [5/2/17] Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: Korean DD 5.1 THX\ Subtitles: English Length: 127 min. Rating: **** The loneliness and entrapment for 37 days under the debris and chaos outside is well-illustrated in this thriller of an unthinkable […]

Isolation (2017)

Isolation (2017)

A nice little horror/thriller. Isolation (2017) Cast: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer, Stephen Lang Director: Shane Dax Taylor Studio:  Lionsgate (6/20/17) Video: 2.35:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English 5.1 DD Subtitles: English, Spanish Length: 94 min. Rating: ****1/2 This is full of highly unexpected twists, and proves that it is not […]

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, Blu-ray (2017)

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, Blu-ray (2017)

The first Star Wars stand-alone features is a rousing success. Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, Blu-ray (2017) Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Lua, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang Director: Gareth Edwards Screenplay based on characters created by George Lucas Studio: Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Studios 141495 (4/4/17) [3 discs] Video: 2.39:1: 1 for 16:9 screens, HD […]

The Labéque Way (2017)

The Labéque Way (2017)

A wonderful documentary on probably the leading two-piano team in the classical world. The Labéque Way (2017) Cast: Katia & Marielle Labéque, Alessandro Baricco, Sir Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov Director: Félix Cabez Studio: EuroArts Music International 2064058 (3/3/17) Video: 1.33:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English, PCM stereo No region code Extras: Complete performances of […]

20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016)

20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016)

A well-made feature with a fine achievement from actress Annette Bening. 20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup Director & Writer: Mike Mills Studio: A24/Lionsgate [3/28/17] Video: 180p 2.00:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English, DTS-HD MA Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH Extras: Audio Commentary […]

The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933)

The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933)

An interesting pre-Code 1933 resurrection starring Melvyn Douglas and Fay Wray. The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933) Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill Director: Frank R. Strayer Studio: UCLA/The Film Detective FD0767 (4/25/17) Video: 1:33 B&W & color added for flames Audio: English mono Extras: Featurette on Gregory Hesselberg, son of Melvyn Douglas, Audio commentary […]

PUCCINI: Turandot (2016) – Orch. del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Riccardo Chailly – Decca

PUCCINI: Turandot (2016) – Orch. del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Riccardo Chailly – Decca

Something’s different about this production. PUCCINI: Turandot (2016, Luciano Berio completion) Cast: Nina Stemme, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Maria Agresta , Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orch.: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano Director: Riccardo Chailly Studio: Decca. Blue-ray [1/27/17] Run Time: 130 minutes Video: 1.77:1 Color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, […]