Category: DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

BERG: Lulu (David Robert Coleman completion) – DGG

BERG: Lulu (David Robert Coleman completion) – DGG

A production for idiots, and a musical completion that spells disaster. ALBAN BERG: Lulu (complete opera, David Robert Coleman completion) Cast: Mojca Erdmann (Lulu)/ Deborah Polaski (Countess Geschwitz)/ Michael Volle (Jack the Ripper)/ Thomas Piffka (Alwa)/ Stephan Rügamer (Painter/Negro) Orch.: Staatskapelle Berlin/ Daniel Barenboim Director: Andrea Breth Studio: DGG 00440 073 4934 Video: 16:9 widescreen […]

Sing, animated Blu-ray (2017)

Sing, animated Blu-ray (2017)

A bunch of animals save a dying theater with their acts. Sing, Blu-ray (2017) Voice-overs: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton Director: Garth Jennings Studio: Illuminations/ Universal  61180480 (3/21/17) [2 discs] Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 widescreen HD color Audio: English DD multichannel 5.1, DD. 2.0 stereo, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD […]

Frankenstein (ballet) (2017)

Frankenstein (ballet) (2017)

A surprising ballet version of the Frankenstein story. Frankenstein (ballet) (2017) Performers: The Royal Ballet Dancers: Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera, Steven McRae Director: Ross MacGibbon Studio: Opus Arte OA 1231 D (2/24/17) [Distr. by Naxos] Video: For 16:9 screens, anamorphic, color Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 All regions Extras: Introduction, Casting the ballet, Lowell Liebermann (composer) […]

Tango Under the Stars, Blu-ray (2016)

Tango Under the Stars, Blu-ray (2016)

A wonderful evening of tango-related works in the Hollywood Bowl. Tango Under the Stars, Blu-ray (2016) Performers: Gustavo Dudamel and the Hollywood Bowl Orch./ Angel Romero, guitar/Lalo Schifrin/ Tango Buenos Aires Dancers/ Seth Asarnow, bandoneon Director: Michael Beyer Studio: C Major (Distr. by Naxos) [3/24/17] Program: LALO SCHIFRIN: Concerto for Guitar and Orch. No. 2; […]

Solace, Blu-ray (2017)

Solace, Blu-ray (2017)

Hopkins plays a consultant with psychic powers to solve a series of murders. Solace, Blu-ray (2017) Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell, Matt Gerald Director: Afonso Poyart Studio: Lionsgate Premiere (3/14/17) Video: 2.40:1 1080p for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish Extras: Commentary […]

Moonlight, Blu-ray (2016)

Moonlight, Blu-ray (2016)

A very moving feature about the life of a young black man. Moonlight, Blu-ray (2016) Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Hornsby, Mahershala Ali, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo Studio: A21/ Pastel/ Lionsgate (3/14/7) Video: 2.39:1 1080p HD color for 16:9 screens Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Extras: Audio commentary with director Barry Jenkins, […]

Doctor Strange, Blu-ray & 3D (2017)

Doctor Strange, Blu-ray & 3D (2017)

Dr. Strange is the latest in Marvel Studios’ characters, who becomes a powerful sorcerer. Doctor Strange, Blu-ray & 3D (2017) Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton Director: Scott Derrickson Studio: Marvel Studios/ Buena Vista Home Ent. 1433039 (2/28/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color 3D Audio: […]

CSI: CYBER – TV Series, Final Season (2016)

CSI: CYBER – TV Series, Final Season (2016)

We are all potential targets in this exciting CSI finale season of TV episodes. CSI: CYBER – TV Series, Final Season (2016) Actors: Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Charley Koontz, Shad Moss, Ted Danson, Hayley Kiyoko Studio: CBS SVS/ Paramount [5 discs] (9/6/16) Video: for 16:9 screens, Tehnicolor Audio: English Dolby 5.1 Extras: Hack […]

Manchester by the Sea, Blu-ray (2016)

Manchester by the Sea, Blu-ray (2016)

A real downer of a film but worth watching, perhaps twice. Manchester by the Sea, Blu-ray (2016) Actors: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges Director: Kenneth Lonergan Studio: The Farm/ Lionsgate [2/21/17] (2 discs) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p color HD Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Extras: Conversation […]

SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet & Othello (comp.productions by Royal Shakespeare Co.), Blu-ray (2016)

SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet & Othello (comp.productions by Royal Shakespeare Co.), Blu-ray (2016)

SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet & Othello (comp.productions by Royal Shakespeare Co.), Blu-ray (2016) SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet ‒ Paapa Essiedu, Hamlet / Natalie Simpson, Ophelia / Cyril Nri, Polonius / Clarence Smith, Claudius / Tanya Moodie, Gertrude / Hiran Abeysekera, Horatio / Marcus Griffiths, Laertes / Ewart James Walters, Ghost; Gravedigger / James Conney, Rosencrantz / Bethan Cullinane, Guildenstern […]

Graves – Season One (2016)

Graves – Season One (2016)

A fine TV series about an ex-president who is having second thoughts about his time in The White House. Graves – Season One (2016) Actors: Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Helen Yorke, Chris Loewll Directors: Joshua M. Stern, Bob Balaban, Robert Weide, Iain B. MacDonald, Frank Coraci Studio: Kingsgate/ Lionsgate (2/7/17) [3 discs] Video: […]

Mumford & Sons – Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder, Blu-ray (2017)

Mumford & Sons – Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder, Blu-ray (2017)

Mumford & Sons – Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder, Blu-ray (2017) British quartet impresses South African audience. Cast: Ted Dwane; Ben Lovett; Winston Marshall; Marcus Mumford; Chris Haas; Tom Hobden; Dave Williamson; Nick Etwell, Baaba Mal; Mamadou Sarre; The Brother Moves On; The Very Best; Beatenberg Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment EVB335619 [2/3/1017] Director: […]

The Handmaiden (2017)

The Handmaiden (2017)

An interesting plot-driven film with quite a twist. The Handmaiden (2017) Actors: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Tae Kim, Jin-woong Jo, Hae-suk Kim Director: Chan-wook Park Studio: Amazon Studios/ Sony Pictures Home Ent. 49278 (1/24/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens Audio: Korean DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish Length: 145 min. Rating: ****1/2 The same […]

The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017)

The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017)

A thriller of a film about a child’s supposed death-defying accidents. The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017) Actors: Aaron Paul, Jamie Dornan, Michael Adamthwaite, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt Director: Alexandre Aja Studio: Miramax/ Summit/ Lions Gate (2/7/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, color HD 1080p Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Subtitles: English SDH, […]

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey sings The Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey sings The Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey – The Schubert Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)  Don’t pass this one up. Performers: Hermann Prey, (baritone), Leonard Hokanson (p.), Helmut Deutsch (p.) Studio: Naxos [11/18/16] Video: 1.33:1  Color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish Extras: Introductions by Hermann Prey Length: 252 minutes Ratings: Audio ****¾ Once in a […]

Talking Sticks (2016)

Talking Sticks (2016)

Not just a film bio of Arthur Lipner but a trip around the earth viewing many aspects of mallet instruments worldwide. Talking Sticks (2016) Cast: Arthur Lipner, Gary Burton, Mike Mainieri, Vida Chenoweth, Bernard Woma and other top percussionists Studio: Living Arts Productions Video: for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English DD stereo Length: 63 min. […]

Deepwater Horizon, Blu-ray VR (2017)

Deepwater Horizon, Blu-ray VR (2017)

A very dramatic portrayal of the real-life worst oil spill accident ever. Deepwater Horizon, Blu-ray VR (2017) Cast: Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, James DuMount, Douglas M. Griffin, Joe Chrest, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriquez Director: Peter Berg Based on story by: Matthew Sand Studio: Summit Entertainment/ Lionsgate (1/10/17) [2 discs] 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack […]

Gregory Porter (vocals) – Live In Berlin, Blu-ray + 2 CDs (2016)

Gregory Porter (vocals) – Live In Berlin, Blu-ray + 2 CDs (2016)

Soul/jazz singer releases a live performance Blu-ray. Gregory Porter – Live In Berlin, Blu-ray + 2 CDs (2016) Performers: Gregory Porter – vocals; Chip Crawford – piano; Jahmal Nichols – double bass; Emanuel; Harrold – drums; Tivon Pennicott – tenor saxophone Producer/Director: Jeremy Aziz Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment EVB335539 Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; PCM […]

MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov (2016)

MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov (2016)

A good quality ‘realistic’ production worth investigating. MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov (2016)   Production: Sofia Opera, Bulgaria Performers: Martin Tsonev (Boris Godunov)/Mario Kratsev (Fyodor)/Irina Zhekova (Kseniya)/Sofia Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Konstantin Chudovski (cond.)/Plamen Kartaloff (stage director)/Stefan Mushatov (screen director) Studio: Dynamic [7/29/16] (Distr. by Naxos) Video: 1.33:1 color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: French, English, Italian, […]

Rush – Time Stands Still (2016)

Rush – Time Stands Still (2016)

Rush – Time Stands Still (2016) Cast: Geddy Lee – bass, vocals; Alex Lifeson – guitar; Neil Peart – drums; incl. interviews with Brian Hiatt, Liam Burt, Ray Daniels, John Virant and others. Studio: Rounder/Ole and Zoe Vision ZOE0114300002 Director: Dale Heslip Narrator: Paul Rudd Video: 16:9, color, black &white Audio: PCM Stereo 2.0, DTS […]

Zero Days (2016)

Zero Days (2016)

Zero Days (2016) Cast: George W. Bush & others Director: Alex Gibney Studio: Magnolia Home Ent. 1115 (1/17/17) Video: for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English, DD 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Extras: Interview with director, Theatrical trailer Length: 114 min. Rating: **** This documentary/thriller is about Stuxnet – a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. […]