Thursday, 01 November 2007 |
Jerry Del Colliano
1984 was one of most culturally important years in popular culture.
Musically, bands like Van Halen, Genesis and Michael Jackson were at
the top of their game. On television, Miami Vice was raising the style
benchmark for most of America, and on film, musical all-time classics,
such as This Is Spinal Tap were making waves in theaters and eliciting
some of the best reviews to grace a feature film. Yet, no one
film/album may have been more important than Prince’s Purple Rain.
Released in 2007 on HD DVD, complete with 1080p video and Dolby True HD
5.1 audio, Purple Rain is the semi-autobiographical story of Prince and
his rise to musical fame in Minneapolis. Set around the now famous
First Avenue night club, (note: in 1984 – people actually went to night
clubs to hear music - not buy a $450 bottle of Absolute Vodka in order
to get the right to ...
Thursday, 01 February 2007 |
“Ray” is an ideal subject for a high-definition DVD release. It is, of
course, full of music, and the sound recording here is excellent. It’s
also a period piece, which means that everything is designed for the
film, so there’s an automatic emphasis on detail provided by hi-def.
Furthermore, the extras are numerous and interesting, the commentary
track is way above average, and the documentaries are well-produced
even if, as common with Universal DVD releases, somewhat repetitious.
“Ray” is not as exceptional as Ray Charles, its subject—how could it
be?—but it’s a terrific movie biography, engrossing and involving for
its entire two and a half hour length. The time slides by so gracefully
that at the end you’re likely to wish it were even longer; partly
because it comes to a surprisingly abrupt end, thirty years before Ray
Ray Charles died after the film was finished but before it was
released. For ...
Tuesday, 01 August 2006 |
“The Phantom of the Opera” tells the story of orphaned ingénue
Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) who is taught by a masked tutor living
beneath the Opera Populaire in Paris. In love with Christine, the
deadly Phantom (Gerard Butler) will stop at nothing to put Christine in
the spotlight, but though initially attracted, even deluded, Christine
is ultimately repulsed by his impulsive violence and his deformed
appearance. Gaston Leroux’s crowded tale of mystery, terror and tragic
romance has stirred filmmakers’ imaginations for over 80 years and has
been adapted over a dozen times for film, stage and television. Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s smash hit stage musical is undoubtedly the most
successful of them, having run on Broadway, London and internationally
Joel Schumacher’s film adaptation of the Webber musical comes fairly
late in the game (too late by far for stage leads Michael Crawford and
Sarah Brightman, originally going to appear in a 1990 ...