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Bloomer Girl
Bloomer Girl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit too long in the tooth...but the teeth are white and much here was brilliant., June 28 2014
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This review is from: Bloomer Girl (Audio CD)
Now, if only someone would make a new recording, for the technical elments are not the best. Even for the time it was recorded, "Bloomer Girl" sounds as though it was not extected to be much and therefore had less attention paid to it than it should have.

But the songs are fun, and sometimes quite beautiful. There really isn't a dud among them, though the oprchestrations let them down too often, especially at the beginning when it appears that no one knew just what period to set the tone of the music in. The score settles down quickly, and there is improvement in much as it progresses. And when I compare it with other recordings of the time, those Broadway shows tend to sound even worse. Movies are cleaned up nicely nowadays, unless 20th Century Fox just dumps a good film, untouched, on the market as it often does, so one should think that before so many older Broadway cast recordings are rereleased, they would get the top treatment that the more recent major shows have received.

The cast is solid. Celeste Holm was never a great singer, but she was a brilliant actress who knew exactly how to take any song and wrap it wround herself so skillfully that it was always a joy. And the supporting cast never lets her down.

"Bloomer Girl" deserves to be in the collections of all those who love Broadway. It will never be restaged, but it would be nice if it could be recorded with modern orchestrations and all the technical knowledge now in the hands of those who produce our CDs.

Where Do I Go From You?
Where Do I Go From You?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Chaffin!, June 28 2014
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This review is from: Where Do I Go From You? (Audio CD)
A delicious mixture of the familiar and unknown, all done splendidly - what more could you ask for? There isn't anything here to complain about. The sound is brilliant, the orchestrations unusual often but always right, the vocals pure perfection. The only problem is the Chaffin is probably not as well known as he should be, and there are so many who would treasure this CD and his others if they only were aware of how wonderful they are.

So, take a chance. But a Chaffin CD and discover that there are beautiful voices out there who know exactly to handle a song formly and yet with the delicacy they often also need.

The man should be a major force is music today. time...Try it; you'll love it!

Still Of The Night
Still Of The Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wopat grows on you., June 28 2014
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This review is from: Still Of The Night (Audio CD)
The voice is not strong, and the songs listed look as though they are in for a rough ride. But Tom Wopat has learned his way around some of the most difficult of pop classics and though that means that you will hear some sections of some songs presented to you slightly differently than before - amazing how he gets around most of the high notes, then unexpectedly hits one spot on - it is done so well that that you can't help but be amazed at his subtle way with a song. I would have liked one more upbeat number as the ballads do definitely dominate the CD, but I'll settle for what is here since it is so nicely done.
If you like Wopat, you'll love this one. If you haven't discovered him as yet, or at least not in this reincarnation, this is a great place to start and let the joy of the songs wash over you. But beware, if you like the young singers out there with their voices quiverring and wavering up and down, back and forth, and blurring the words that are so poorly written anyway, you won't like this CD. Wopat is defintely a song stylist with respect for the songs, not a man trying desperately to make his voice a producer of strange sounds to sell records to people who will only hear an incessant drum beat anyway. Wopat has arrived.

West Side Story
West Side Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to buy it!, June 28 2014
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This review is from: West Side Story (Audio CD)
There is no more complete version of the Bernstein-Sondheim show on DVD than this new one. And the score has never been so well served. The orchestrations are much like the Broadway orchestrations, not the ones used in the film, but the Original Cast recording abbreviated and cut quite a bit to get as much as they could on an LP. Now, the missing music, and vocal work is restored, and done so beautifully. The leads are both brilliant. They sound like the ages of their characters though they sing much better. They are not opera singers - thank goodness - but among the best possible Broadway vocalists that could have been hired. Smaller parts are handled as if they, too, are leading characters, so that every moment, every note counts here, and some lines that have never been perfectly clear before, now suddenly have lost any sense of being obscure or uncertain.
The movie soundtrack appealed to me, the switching of the two Jet songs making a solid improvement over the Broadway recording. But the Broadway recording was more genuine, more effective, more moving. Yet both have to take a back seat now to this new version which pulls us in even more strongly and reveals the show to be the masterpiece it truly is.
The double CD is, for once, necessary, as so much new material is here, Buy it, enjoy it. It is a rare gem.

A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel
A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry has not lost her touch..., June 28 2014
Except that the killer becomes a little obvious a little too soon. But it couldn't be him/her/it. could it? Yes, it could. There are two good storylines combined well here so that neither Monk nor Hester, nor Rathbone, who takes over as the main character throughout much of the book, can be sure which case is truly being tried, murder or treason. There is more skullduggery than usual, but it all fits together very nicely.
Hopefully the coming Monk novel will go back to Monk and Hester as the central figures. It makes sense that they are often sidelined here, but they are interesting people that one longs to watch continue developing.

My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite in the top rank, but getting close...., June 28 2014
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This review is from: My Funny Valentine (Audio CD)
There are few flaws here. The packaging, for example, is great. The songs are all well chosen, but too many are too familiar and not too challenging. Dusk does extremely well by most, going a bit flat twice on the record, which could have been corrected in the studio without re-recording each of them, so a bit careless in the production. But, it is a pleasure to listen to the CD. In a way, it is like listening to 12 old friends, done pretty much as they would have been done decades ago, but with better equipment and more modern technical knowledge of how to make everything as crystal clear as possible.
And enjoyable purchase that should see a lot of people very happy.

Suits: Season Three [DVD + UltraViolet]
Suits: Season Three [DVD + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Gabriel Macht
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4.0 out of 5 stars An acuired taste..., June 15 2014
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There are times when everything goes so right with this series that you wonder why it isn't on one of the major networks. Then, without warning, it stumbles badly and you realize that it would have been cancelled at that moment by some impatient executive who would fear it had 'jumped the crocodile". But it recovers, sometimes without all the logical pieces put into play, but it is a piece of entertainment and not a lecture on the law. With each season the characters have become more fully developed and more interesting.The first half of this season is so well done that the second half, more than merely decent, has trouble keeping the level up as it has lost the one guest star who acted everyone else off the screen in a part that demanded exactly that. (I'm trying to avoid a spoiler here...)
It needs to get out of the office and courts more, and someone new has to design the leading actor's suits - they are out of date and ill-fitting, especially considering the title of the series and that everyone else looks right.
But it is often fun, and often suspenseful. And sometimes able to make those two qualities overlap nicely.

12 Years A Slave [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
12 Years A Slave [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
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5.0 out of 5 stars One small slip, but otherwise sheer briliance, beauty and horror perfectly mixed., June 15 2014
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The movie is phenomenal. Until near the end it is a perfect film, and then one minor piece of castings yanks it out of place. It recovers, but it should never happened. Those producing films should keep out of them when they are wrong for the part and simply want to be the 'good, decent hero". Got it, Mr. Pitt?
Otherwise, ignoring bland Brad, the acting is superlative. The screenplay is rivetting. The photography is even astoundingly wonderful. This movie simply has to be in everyone's collection; it will give most of us hope for the future and a deeper understanding of the past.
It didn't win enough oscars but I'm certain that it won the hearts of almost all who saw it, and who will, like me, enjoy watching it again and again.
The best DVD to invest your money in for a long, long time.

Gravity [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Copy] (Bilingual)
Gravity [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Copy] (Bilingual)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!! Bullock really can act!!!, June 15 2014
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I thought that Sandra Bullock's first Oscar had to be a fluke - the director made her hate him and a different side of her came out and she won. But, "Gravity" proves that she is capable of matching the best of them. So why does she make so many truly bad movies in which she contributes to the level of dreadfulness? The lady needs to change her agent or start reading the scripts before she accepts them.
Here she is superb. She goes wrong only when the plot demands it of her, and when she goes wrong, she is right. And the plot is nice and tight, without padding. In fact, one wishes it were longer. "Gravity" is a brilliant film in all ways.
Do buy it, Blue-Ray if at all possible.

One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, but it, unlike most musicals, should have been editted., June 15 2014
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Ron Raines is by far the best voice on this recording, and he is worth buying it to have him. There is nothing wrong with any of the others. In fact, the singing is the major strength here. Too many bands, some ridiculously short so that one cannot but wonder why they are here, clutter the record. One CD would have been enough to complete all of the songs...while the rest seem to be scratchings Weill made as he thought of a melody. Also, the edge that the score had in the original show - an old tape does exist - is missing. There is a sweet niceness about the recording that the original never wanted - after all, Venus could be a bitch, and was in this show at moments. Mary Martin caught that flavour nicely. This follows the movie concept - Venus, Ava Gardner, as perfect since she is a goddess. Worth buying, but so much will be skipped after one listening while other bands will be played frequently.Beware of too high a price for the CD!
P.S. The major hit "Spealk Low", here, is one of the most emotionless love songs I've ever heard.

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