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DVD title: Verdi - Requiem / Henri-Georges Clouzot · Herbert von Karajan - L. Price · Cossotto · Pavarotti
Productgroup: DVD
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Eternal Richness Unlikely Ever to be Surpassed

There are 13 additional components of this production never noted and 2 of the 4 vocalists and the producer are mentioned only by name. I send this review to with enormous conflict because so much that might have and should have been said to represent this work is missing. But in keeping with the need for brevity my thoughts are whittled down to these. My apologies to the artists and producer.

Title: "Eternal Richness Unlikely Ever to be Surpassed"

This performance portrays a special kind of beauty, elegance and dignity. There is always the precisely coordinated handiwork of von Karajan conducting with smooth elegant energy that reverberates throughout the artists work. No beats are missed here. One gets the sense that the chorus at La Scala consist exclusively of "stand alone" soloists with talent not unequal to that of the featured soloists in the quartet. Their accompaniment by the La Scala Orchestra and its powerful magnitude offers the listener one of those rare privileges to experience on this earth. To combine them for a performance of Verdi's Requiem is a most exquisite marriage.

"The Requiem" is made up of highly magnificent orchestral accompaniment just as a matter of course. But it should be of special note to mention here the Tuba mirum, an especially exhilarating presentation. It features the powerful woodwinds that includes pairs of trumpeters performing while stationed from balcony locations in the theater.

The choral components of this production are rich showcases for top vocalists as they perform solos alone as well as duets, trios, and quartets with each other. There is Luciano Pavarotti prior to his days as the superstar that he became. His opening presentation of the Kyrie eleison is -"less Pavarotti"- than his later solo performance of the Ingemisco. Here we can hear him as we now know him. All four members of the quartet which includes Fiorenza Cossotto, Leontyne Price, and Nicolai Ghiaurov, as well as Pavarotti, are especially magnificently blended in the Offertorio. As the Offertorio comes to a close there is the sense that we have reached "THE" peak in terms of beauty for our ears. But, of course, there is much more to even exceed this.

If one is in search of "THE MOST" compellingly moving and beautiful part of the performance, the Libera me seems to be it. Leontyne Price does the honors as we would expect her to do with the Requiem aeternam portion of the Libera me. Here she is able to linger over a part that is exquisitely written and executed. This part is clearly a showcase for the Soprano whose role it seems to be to take us to "THE" final magnificent culmination. It has been said that Verdi wrote this composition with this particular expectation for his Soprano. As the Libera me continues to the final Libera me domine, the La Scala O and C combine to take us to "THE MOST" magnificent culmination. As the full impact of the orchestral brass is joined by the sopranos in the Chorus, I would like to have heard Price's "Soprano" highlighting it all. This, however, does not happen at La Scala. We are left with no sight or sound at this point of Price until she returns to do the final plea for deliverance. Thankfully, in the 2001 performance of "The Verdi" with Angela Gheorghiu singing and Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, we are lead to this magnificent culmination by "the" Soprano. Her voice is the jewel in the crown of the Chorus at Berlin. In this 1967 production with von Karajan and Clouzot there was for me this one disappointment but hardly is it a negative. It is more a matter of personal taste.

Finally, this is Verdi's Requiem. Classical music doesn't get any better than this. This is La Scala. They are believed by most to be without peer. This is a production that brings beauty, elegance and dignity to music that results in an eternal richness unlikely to ever be surpassed.

Studio: Uni/Deutsche Grammophon
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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matrix rocks

If you have a stereo receiver with dolby digital capability and a good dvd player this movie is a must for your collection. Visually stunning and with the dolby 5.1 absolutely like being in the middle of the action. A perfect gift for Christmas.

Studio: Warner Studios
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

DVD title: The Howling (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A B-movie horror classic

Forget the numerous lame sequels, forget movies like Bad Moon and An American Werewolf in Paris; the original Howling is a masterpiece of B-grade horror ingenuity with some of the best special effects, makeup effects, and creature effects to ever be seen in the 80's. Director Joe Dante (Gremlins) mixes the film with enough horror, sex, gore, comedy, and various film and genre in jokes to keep enough of the viewer's interest until The Howling reaches it's big shocker finale. MGM managed to pack a very good amount of special features here (just like they did with their release of The Fog) and should please long time fans of this cult classic. Look for B-movie (and Dante) favorite Dick Miller, and a cameo from B-movie mogel Roger Corman.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Joe Dante
Dee Wallace-Stone
Patrick Macnee

DVD title: The Wind and the Lion
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorites of all time

Some Americans may find John Milius' sympathetic portrayl of the Raisuli, the so-called "last of the Barbary Pirates," as too painful to consider in the shadow of 9/11, nevertheless this film marks the high point, and high it is, of this director/writer/producer. Well acted, written and produced, with one of Jerry Goldsmith's best musical scores, "The Wind and the Lion" is a triumph. An adventure in the best sense of the genre, fun, tongue in cheek, this film is a treat. The facts have been altered to enhance the story and given the tremendous results all is forgiven. On the serious side, one may find a better understanding of the Islamic perspective from watching this film, although the treatment is a bit simplistic. In this case there is reason to sympathize with Islam as victim of the onslaught of Western imperialism at the beginning the modern era. One should not be too serious with the film, however. It is to be enjoyed. Sadly, MGM has yet to be moved to put this film on DVD...WHY? Not only is this a worthy film, but given recent events its story is again timely.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Milius
Sean Connery
Candice Bergen

DVD title: Scarface
Productgroup: DVD
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Great gangster movie, on par with Mean Streets.

This is yet another great gangster movie done very professionaly and with some superb acting. Al Pacino plays Tomy Montana, a lowlife who becomes a successful lowlife, and then dies a failing lowlife on cocaine. This might just be Brian DePalma's only good film. I hated Carrie, and I didn't care for his other ones. I think everyone did a great job, especially Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Loggia. The movie had a great violent feel, like Mean Streets, and although it was 3 hours long, it certainly didn't feel that long. I liked it, and I'm sure a lot of people who like gangster movies will too.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brian De Palma
Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer

DVD title: Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Everybody Loves Raymond Season 3

Dvds excellent, timescale and cost more expensive than ordering via, so will be ordering future ones from that site instead

Studio: Warner Home Video
Ray Romano

DVD title: Hulk (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fans of the TV series might be dissapointed with the look of the Hulk, he morly has the comic book look which in my opinion is way cooler, if you were dissappointed with some of the cgi in Matrix Reloaded, you wont be with this, Marvel did a great job! You cant help to feel sorry for the Hulk, a beast in todays society with the military after him, but he shows them whos boss, this movie display's the great strenth of the Hulk and you can see the compassion in his eyes not to mention the anger. I almost cried during one part, its not as good as Daredevil but I think its better than Spiderman. Other Marvel heros coming to the big screen are the Punisher and Ghostrider, I think its time we saw some female heros though.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ang Lee
Eric Bana
Jennifer Connelly
Sam Elliott

DVD title: Cabin Fever - Special Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Holy Crap how good is this movie?

This is one of of the best movies I've seen in a long time. If YOu haven't seen it, SEE IT. You won't be dissapointed. Funny and disgusting.. how can you lose? I love it!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Eli Roth
Rider Strong
Jordan Ladd
James DeBello
Cerina Vincent
Joey Kern

DVD title: George Michael: Ladies & Gentlemen - The Best of George Michael
Productgroup: DVD
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George Michael A True Recording Talent, Not Just A Pop Star

Although George Michael has had his share of embarassing PR problems and legal setbacks, the truth is this British pop star is more than that-in reality he is under rated and under appreciated for his many talents. Michael is an accomplished songwriter and producer of some of the finely crafted pop and dance songs that exist as evidenced by what you can find on this DVD. Cinematically, Michael also has an eye for creating visually erotic classy videos of all types-some of his work here is very film noir, others have a flair for drama and miniature story telling. As good a performer as Michael is, where he really excels is his songwriting which can be compared to the lush production values and clever lyrics of one of the greatest songwriting teams of all time-Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb-the Bee Gees. Michael is an artist who has carefully honed his music career every step of the way and we are richer for having his songs be part of our culture. Any one who dismisses George Michael as a lightweight pop star just doesn't understand or appreciate the depth of his talent, hard work or intelligence.

Studio: Sony/Columbia
George Michael

DVD title: Leslie Sansone - Walk Away the Pounds Express - Super Challenge
Productgroup: DVD
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Super Workout

As owner of numerous other Leslie's tapes, this workout ranks as amongst her best! It's a super-charged one-hour aerobic conditioning walk, to the beat of up tempo and at times funky music. I love it!! It goes by so quickly and you don't even realize that you have just done something wonderful for your body. This is a must for Leslie's fans.

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Leslie Sansone

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