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Tosca: Opernhaus Zurich (Carignani) [Blu-ray] [2014]
Tosca: Opernhaus Zurich (Carignani) [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Puccini
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Choice Tosca on blu-ray, 9 Aug. 2015
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This is, in my opinion, the choice Tosca on blu ray. Kaufmann is great, of course, a bad actor nonetheless but vocally unbeatible, master of the mezzo voce. This Tosca is much better than his version with Angela Georghiu, largely because Emily Magee,is all Georghiu has never and will never be: a great actress with a truly, natural voice of impressive range and nuance. Still, Olivero's Tosca will never be surpassed, needless to say, but Magee's is arguably the best Tosca nowadays. Hampson's voice is a bit too light for Scarpia, but even so he's fantastic, really disturbing. This is a production by Robert Carsen shot in Zurich, smart and beautiful as most of his, although not among his very best. Do not expect a traditional one, of course, and, if you are a fan of old-fashioned cardboard productions, you will probably think that "not even Robert Carsen can spoiil this Tosca". For me, his production is smart, an unexpected perspective on the stage,, beautiful in its simplicity, and has some surprising,, very intelligent little twists that really add to the story.


Diamonds (40Th Anniversary Edition)
Diamonds (40Th Anniversary Edition)
Price: £13.15

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Single versions are utterly uninteresting., 12 April 2015
The original single versions are just shorter than other versions, nothing special about them...only they are shorter, so they have no interest at all whatsoever.
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The Key [Blu-ray]
The Key [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Frank Finlay
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, unsatisfactory remastering, 12 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: The Key [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a good movie, not your traditional easy, simple exploitation thing. It is based on a very good novel thate tries to explore the motives of desire and jealousy. The pre-belic ambience in fascist Italy and the Venetian settings are a plus. Unfortunately, the remastering is not satisfactory at all. The restoration itself is good, so that the image is spotless, that much is true; all damages have been removed. However, the image has been made too bright, so bright it is really uncomfortable to watch, with blacks looking greys, all very unrealistic. On top of that, there is a bit too much DNR, so that the image is too soft, even for an early 80 movie, quite devoid of detail and lacking sharpness, and I mean the blu-ray (did not watch the dvd). Some images are quite daring for a sort of mainstream movie. Too bad about the remastering...


Two for the Road (1967) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) [Masters of Cinema]
Two for the Road (1967) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) [Masters of Cinema]
Dvd ~ Audrey Hepburn
Price: £14.27

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to compensate for a nonsensical one-star review., 2 Feb. 2015
I've loved this movie, really loved and enjoyed since I first saw it on a small tv in a, needless to say, pan and scan version long, long ago; I do think that Finney's character is supposed to be unbearable, so his playing is quite appropriate for me. Audrey is plain lovely, of course, and the movie itself, much more intelligente that it superficially looks. In any case, it was about time to have a decent release of this little bitter-sweet treat.
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Heaven's Gate Restored Edition 2 Discs [Blu-ray]
Heaven's Gate Restored Edition 2 Discs [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kris Kristofferson
Price: £12.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking director's cut, 14 Jan. 2015
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Just to let you know that the running time is exactly the same as in the Criterion Collection edition, so it's the very same cut. If you have a region-A or region-free player, there can be nothing better than the Criterion edition, that is for certain. If you don't, this will hopefully have similar outstanding quality, if they have decided not to mess with the DNR...Wonderful movie, although certainly not for all tastes (not the typical ride and shoot western, it's a fresco about a whole, long-gone civilization), in a breath taking restoration of the director's cut. What else can be asked?
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The Fossil Fishes of the English Chalk (Cambridge Library Collection - Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society)
The Fossil Fishes of the English Chalk (Cambridge Library Collection - Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society)
by Arthur Smith Woodward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The interest is historical, the taxonomy and classification are utterly outdated, 6 Oct. 2014
Great re-edition with historical interest for palaeontologists and aficionados, but be extremely careful scientifically: a large part of the taxonomy is not correct anymore, after 100 years, and can be utterly misleading. Should have a revised commented edition, not a simple reprint.


The Fossil Fishes of the English Wealden and Purbeck Formations (Cambridge Library Collection - Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society)
The Fossil Fishes of the English Wealden and Purbeck Formations (Cambridge Library Collection - Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society)
by Arthur Smith Woodward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for historical reasons, taxonomy ancient and misleading., 3 Oct. 2014
Great re-edition with historical interest for palaeontologists and aficionados, but be extremely careful scientifically: a large part of the taxonomy is not correct anymore, after 100 years, and can be utterly misleading. Should have a revised commented edition, not a simple reprint.


Sea Symphony, A (Daniel, Bournemouth So) [Sacd/CD Hybrid]
Sea Symphony, A (Daniel, Bournemouth So) [Sacd/CD Hybrid]
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £32.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording, with a tired baritone and a "false surround" as only setbacks., 20 Sept. 2014
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There is probably no need to say a word about this beautiful, sadly underrated symphony. This is just about this particular version. The recording is excellent, strong but nuanced and balanced. Unfortunately, the surround sound of the sacd layer is what I call "false" because the rear speakers only reflect the sound. This can be made practically by any amplifier, so it's not real multichannel for me. This is specially a shame in this majestic work, where the vast choir might have sounded beautiful on the rear speakers. Insted, there is only a faint echo of the front ones. The rendition is also very good, although the choir may lack a bit of strength here and there; that is certainly not the case of the powerful orchestra. Unfortunately, the baritone is clearly miscast; his voice is not up to this huge task, and sounds tired from the very beginning. It's not too terrible in the soft passages, but the strong ones are really not any good. The vibrato is too strong, even in the shortest notes, and one suffers from hearing his unsucessful efforts. So, five stars to this recording of a marvellous work, minus one for the "false surround" and the unbearable baritone. I have not listened other sadc recordings, so I cannot comment on them.


Whitney Houston: Live [DVD]
Whitney Houston: Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ Whitney Houston
Price: £7.38

5.0 out of 5 stars A 5-star performance, no doubt about it., 13 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Whitney Houston: Live [DVD] (DVD)
We opera lovers know that a really outstanding performance is always much more powerful than a mediocre recording. This is just the case here. Yes, the concert is edited; yes, the image and the sound are not as brilliant as they are now in the fully digital era; it was probably a TV edited concert; but the performance is so powerful that you really come to forget about all that. She was a blues-soul queen, and she shows it here far beyond the slightest shadow of doubt.


Ravenous [Blu-ray] [1999] [US Import]
Ravenous [Blu-ray] [1999] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre blu-ray transfer., 25 July 2014
The two stars are for a mediocre transfer of an excellent, underrated, misunderstood movie. A black suspense-comedy that gains in ulterior viewings. Not an up-to-your-face comedy, of course. Wittly dialogues, marvelous actors, excellent production desing and music. Unfortunately, the transfer is not as good as it should; there is very little definition, the image is constantly blurry, like slightly out of focus. It looks as if it was treated with too much DNR and/or transferred from a master tape instead of a negative or print. It has not been restored or remastered either. Still, the best version currently available, but not quite up to the standards of high definition.


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