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MAX REGER: The Complete Organ Works – Martin Schmeding, organ – Cybele 17 SACD set

MAX REGER: The Complete Organ Works – Martin Schmeding, organ – Cybele 17 SACD set

The complete organ works of Reger on 16 binaural SACDs plus an interview. MAX REGER: The Complete Organ Works [TrackList follows] – Martin Schmeding, at 13 different historic Sauer & Walcker organs, Dom zu Berlin, Wiesbaden & elsewhere – 17 multichannel (binaural stereo channels) SACDs in gold-stamped collectors’ box – Vol. 17 is interview of […]

The Infiltrator, Blu-ray (2016)

The Infiltrator, Blu-ray (2016)

Just because it didn’t do well in the theaters doesn’t mean this thriller is not well worth seeing. The Infiltrator, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt Director: Brad Furman Studio: LipSync/ good films/Broadgreen Pictures 941805540 (10/11/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9, 1080 HD color Audio: English & Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1, […]

DOWLAND: Lachrimae or Seven Tears – Phantasm – Linn

DOWLAND: Lachrimae or Seven Tears – Phantasm – Linn

JOHN DOWLAND: Lachrimae or Seven Tears – Phantasm – Linn multichannel SACD CKD 527, 57:00 (8-12-16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Phantasm just keep doing excellent recordings of early music. This new audiophile recording, featuring lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and Phantasm, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, takes listeners on a refreshingly varied Dowland soundscape in which sublime sadness, […]

Amazonia (2016)

Amazonia (2016)

A wonderful introduction to the wonders of the Amazon rainforest. Amazonia (2016) Narrator: Martin Sheen Director: Thierry Ragobert Studio:  Grindstone/ Lionsgate (10/4/16) Also available in 3D Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, Spanish Extras: The Making of Amazonia, 4 Minuscule Bonus Episodes, Trailer gallery Length: 93 min. Rating: **** […]

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon musagète; Concerto in D for String Orchestra ‒ Orch. de Ch. de Lausanne/ Joshua Wellerstein ‒ MD&G

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon musagète; Concerto in D for String Orchestra ‒ Orch. de Ch. de Lausanne/ Joshua Wellerstein ‒ MD&G

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon musagète; Concerto in D for String Orchestra ‒ Orch. de Chambre de Lausanne/ Joshua Wellerstein ‒ Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, multichannel SACD MDG 940 1955-6 (2+2+2); 65:36 (6/3/2016) ***: Stress-free Stravinsky. A musical sedative, anyone? Sometime during the First World War, while Stravinsky was riding out the storm in Switzerland, he […]

Aerial America – New England Collection, Blu-ray (2013)

Aerial America – New England Collection, Blu-ray (2013)

Aerial America – New England Collection, Blu-ray (2013) Cast: Jim Conrad – narrator Director: Richard Mervyn Studio: Tusker Television for the Smithsonian Channel IMG1229BD (7/9/13) Video: various aspect ratios for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English DD 5.1 Length: 276 min. Rating: ** A less than inspiring travelogue, with less than pristine video. This Blu-ray […]

The Night Manager (6 Episodes), Blu-ray (2016)

The Night Manager (6 Episodes), Blu-ray (2016)

A really thrilling six-episode miniseries based on a John le Carré spy novel. The Night Manager (6 Episodes), Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman Director: Susanne Bier Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. 47778 (8/30/16) [2 Blu-rays] Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English, English SDH, […]

MOZART: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (comp. opera), Blu-ray (2015)

MOZART: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (comp. opera), Blu-ray (2015)

A setting according to Mozart’s original intentions? What heresy! MOZART: Die Entfuhrung aus den Serail [The Abduction from the Seraglio] (complete opera), Blu-ray (2015) Performers: Sally Matthews (Konstanze)/ Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte)/ Tobias Kehrer (Osmin)/ Mari Eriksmoen (Blonde)/ Brenden Gunnell (Pedrillo)/ Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim)/ The Glyndebourne Chorus/ Orch. of the Age of Enlightenment/ Robin Ticciati Producer: George Bruell […]

The Lady In the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2016)

The Lady In the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2016)

A French psychological thriller with an interesting twist. The Lady In the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2016) Cast: Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano Director: Joann Sfar Studio: Magnolia Studios 10921 (4/12/16) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: French or English dubbed Subtitles: English, Spanish Extras: Interview with Director, The Paintings of […]

GOYA – Visions of Flesh and Blood (2016)

GOYA – Visions of Flesh and Blood (2016)

Nothing to do with music, but a fascinating view of the father of modern art. GOYA – Visions of Flesh and Blood (2016) From the National Gallery, London Director: David Bickerstaff Producer: Phil Grabsky Studio: Seventh Art Prod. SEV190 [7/8/16] (Dist. by Naxos) Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English PCM stereo Subtitles: English, […]

“BUTTERWORTH: Orchestral Works – The Banks of Green Willow” – Kris Russman – BIS

“BUTTERWORTH: Orchestral Works – The Banks of Green Willow” – Kris Russman – BIS

“BUTTERWORTH: Orchestral Works – The Banks of Green Willow” A Shropshire Lad – six songs orchestrated by Kriss Russman · World première recording of the orchestrated version – James Rutherford (bari.); Two English Idylls; Suite for String Quartette arranged for string orchestra by Kriss Russman; world premiere recording of the orchestrated version; Love Blows As […]

Chosen (2016)

Chosen (2016)

Another but very well-done Holocaust film. Chosen (2016) Cast: Harvey Keitel, Luke Mably, Ana Ularu Director: Jasmin Dizdar Studio: Lionsgate (8/2/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, Spanish Length: 93 min. Rating: **** Harvey Keitel stars as an old Jewish man telling a young relative a story of a […]

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Blu-ray (2016) – Decca

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Blu-ray (2016) – Decca

This fascinating long opera is worth seeing at least twice. HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Andreas Scholl, Cecilia Bartoli, Anne Sofie von Otter, Philippe Jaroussky Director: Olivier Simonnet Studio: Decca [5/20/16] Video: 1.77:1 Color, for 16:9 screens Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, German, French Length: 242 minutes Ratings: Audio: ***** […]

Phoenix, Blu-ray (2014/2016)

Phoenix, Blu-ray (2014/2016)

A very moving German film about the years just after WW II. Phoenix, Blu-ray (2014/2016) Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf Director: Christian Petzoid Studio: WDR/mendienboard/ The Criterion Collection 809 (4/26/16) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color Audio: German DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround Subtitles: English Extras: Conversation bet. Petzoid and Nina Hoss, […]

DELIUS: Violin Con.; BRITTEN: Violin Con.; MILFORD: Darkly Thrush – Royal Scottish & Philharmonia Orch. – Dutton Epoch

DELIUS: Violin Con.; BRITTEN: Violin Con.; MILFORD: Darkly Thrush – Royal Scottish & Philharmonia Orch. – Dutton Epoch

FREDERICK DELIUS: Violin Concerto; BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Violin Concerto; ROBIN MILFORD: The Darkling Thrush – Royal Scottish Nat. Orch. /David Lloyd-Jones, cond./ Philharmonia Orch./ Nicholas Collon, cond./ Phillippe Graffin, violin – Dutton Epoch stereo-only SACD CDLX 7320,  68:46 (9/11/15) [Dist. by Harmonia mundi] ****: Two familiar English works and a very worthwhile world premier. English label […]

Learning to Drive (2014)

Learning to Drive (2014)

Learning to Drive (2014) Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley 
Director: Isabel Coixnet
 Studio: Broad Green Pictures 94174625 (1/19/16)
 Video: for 16:9 1080i HD color
 Audio: English DD stereo Subtitles: English, Spanish
 Length: 89 min.
 Rating: **** A ‘feel good’ film but the message is a little heavy handed. I have seen many positive reviews of […]

Truth, Blu-ray (2016)

Truth, Blu-ray (2016)

A well-done journalistic thriller centered on Dan Rather. Truth, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid Director: James Vanderbilt Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 46952 (2/2/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, DD 5.1 audio descriptive track Subtitles: English, English SDH Extras: Commentary track […]

Noah’s Ark (2016)

Noah’s Ark (2016)

Not the best Noah movie, but enjoyable nevertheless… Noah’s Ark (2016) Cast: David Thelfall, Joanne Whalley, Nico Mirallegro Director: Kenneth Glenaan Studio: Cinedigm GP5049 (2/2/16) Video: Enhanced for 16:9 1080i HD color Audio: Englsh DD stereo Length: 88 min. Rating: ***1/2 There are other Noah movies which may be better that this one but I […]