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King Arthur - The Young Warlord

Review Genealogist Jordan Kirkland (Mel Harris, TV's Saints & Sinners) knows little about her family's past; only that they were separated during the Russian Revolution. Armed with a single clue - a faded photo of a girl and her music box, adorned by a priceless Faberge egg - Jordan finds help in a darkly handsome, Hungarian art dealer, Nick Rostov (Rob Stewart, TV's Painkiller Jane). Nick has his own motives for finding the music box...and so does someone else, someone who's watching Jordan's every move, someone deadly enough to run her car off the road. As the threats become more serious, Jordan must unlock Nick's real intentions: is he the confidante he pretends to be? Or, are he and the stalker one and the same?
Vikings: Journey to the New World

Review Imagine taking an entire year to travel around the world, experiencing its most spectacular places, each at the ideal time of year. Luxuriant coastlines, glowing deserts, wild and untamed places, and vibrant, sophisticated cities await you in a global odyssey as thrilling, thought provoking and wondrous as the world itself. These three magnificent programs make up this DVD: Africa and Asia: Africas wildebeest migration; Kenyas wild savannah, and Victoria Falls tumbling waters; A steam train ride up Indias Nilgiris Mountains; A close encounter with the rare Bengal tiger in the hot deserts of Rajasthan; The Buddhist festival at Gasa Dzong deep in the Himalayas; Chinas Great Wall and Beijing. Europe and the Middle East: New Years Eve in Paris; Laplands stunning Northern Lights; Carnival in Venice; Egypts awe-inspiring tombs; Easter morning in Jerusalem; The Lost City of Petras archaeological splendors. Australia to the Americas: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia; Hawaiis volcanoes; The Grand Canyon by mule and the Colorado River by white water raft; The savage and untamed Andes; New Englands autumn display; Christmas in New York.
The Perfect Weapon

Review

One-third documentary and two-thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment from filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem). Musical sequences are interwoven with footage of rehearsals and interviews that provide historical context.

The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film offers a unique opportunity for Mozart devotees to see one of his works spring from fantasy to reality. The production, performed in the harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, features exquisite set design and a top-notch cast including Paul Groves, Yelda Kodalli, Desiree Rancatore, Lynton Atkinson, Peter Rose and actor Oliver Tobias, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. More than just a performance film, Mozart in Turkey also studies the history of opera's fascination with Turkish culture and some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of ‘The Abduction’, his most popular opera during his lifetime.

Works
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Press Reviews
"This is a fascinating and delightful DVD. We see and hear much of Mozart's score, impeccably performed by the SCO under Sir Charles Mackerras (complete with the requisite appoggiaturas). The cast is good, if not outstanding. Elijah Moshinsky's production, set in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (rather than in the Pasha's country house), is imaginative and deeply satisfying; his comments to camera and in rehearsals are illuminating, his insights often original and seldom cranky. The camera-work is sensitive and beautiful...Oliver Tobias's Pasha is a superb and moving assumption and the cast act as well as sing with style and conviction (none more so than Yelda Kodalli, who in the finale touchingly mimes her gratitude and too-late found affection for the Pasha). After some less than happy experiences with the medium I find it doubly pleasing to be able to praise a DVD unreservedly...there is much to enjoy in this DVD, and I shall often return to it." (Early Music Review)

Cast
Paul Groves (Belmonte)
Yelda Kodalli (Konstanze)
Désirée Rancatore (Blonde)
Lynton Atkinson (Pedrillo)
Peter Rose (Osmin)
Oliver Tobias (Bassa Selim)
Scottish Chamber Choir & Orchestra; Charles Mackerras

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0892D
Running Time: 88 minutes
Sound: Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, ES
Label: Opus Arte


476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries

Review An alien travels to Earth on a meteorite and mates with humans to preserve its species and destroy humanity.
After Braveheart

Review Genealogist Jordan Kirkland (Mel Harris, TV's Saints & Sinners) knows little about her family's past; only that they were separated during the Russian Revolution. Armed with a single clue - a faded photo of a girl and her music box, adorned by a priceless Faberge egg - Jordan finds help in a darkly handsome, Hungarian art dealer, Nick Rostov (Rob Stewart, TV's Painkiller Jane). Nick has his own motives for finding the music box...and so does someone else, someone who's watching Jordan's every move, someone deadly enough to run her car off the road. As the threats become more serious, Jordan must unlock Nick's real intentions: is he the confidante he pretends to be? Or, are he and the stalker one and the same?
Max Steel

Review Imagine taking an entire year to travel around the world, experiencing its most spectacular places, each at the ideal time of year. Luxuriant coastlines, glowing deserts, wild and untamed places, and vibrant, sophisticated cities await you in a global odyssey as thrilling, thought provoking and wondrous as the world itself. These three magnificent programs make up this DVD: Africa and Asia: Africas wildebeest migration; Kenyas wild savannah, and Victoria Falls tumbling waters; A steam train ride up Indias Nilgiris Mountains; A close encounter with the rare Bengal tiger in the hot deserts of Rajasthan; The Buddhist festival at Gasa Dzong deep in the Himalayas; Chinas Great Wall and Beijing. Europe and the Middle East: New Years Eve in Paris; Laplands stunning Northern Lights; Carnival in Venice; Egypts awe-inspiring tombs; Easter morning in Jerusalem; The Lost City of Petras archaeological splendors. Australia to the Americas: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia; Hawaiis volcanoes; The Grand Canyon by mule and the Colorado River by white water raft; The savage and untamed Andes; New Englands autumn display; Christmas in New York.
Kingdom of Conquerors

Review

One-third documentary and two-thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment from filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem). Musical sequences are interwoven with footage of rehearsals and interviews that provide historical context.

The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film offers a unique opportunity for Mozart devotees to see one of his works spring from fantasy to reality. The production, performed in the harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, features exquisite set design and a top-notch cast including Paul Groves, Yelda Kodalli, Desiree Rancatore, Lynton Atkinson, Peter Rose and actor Oliver Tobias, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. More than just a performance film, Mozart in Turkey also studies the history of opera's fascination with Turkish culture and some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of ‘The Abduction’, his most popular opera during his lifetime.

Works
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Press Reviews
"This is a fascinating and delightful DVD. We see and hear much of Mozart's score, impeccably performed by the SCO under Sir Charles Mackerras (complete with the requisite appoggiaturas). The cast is good, if not outstanding. Elijah Moshinsky's production, set in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (rather than in the Pasha's country house), is imaginative and deeply satisfying; his comments to camera and in rehearsals are illuminating, his insights often original and seldom cranky. The camera-work is sensitive and beautiful...Oliver Tobias's Pasha is a superb and moving assumption and the cast act as well as sing with style and conviction (none more so than Yelda Kodalli, who in the finale touchingly mimes her gratitude and too-late found affection for the Pasha). After some less than happy experiences with the medium I find it doubly pleasing to be able to praise a DVD unreservedly...there is much to enjoy in this DVD, and I shall often return to it." (Early Music Review)

Cast
Paul Groves (Belmonte)
Yelda Kodalli (Konstanze)
Désirée Rancatore (Blonde)
Lynton Atkinson (Pedrillo)
Peter Rose (Osmin)
Oliver Tobias (Bassa Selim)
Scottish Chamber Choir & Orchestra; Charles Mackerras

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0892D
Running Time: 88 minutes
Sound: Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, ES
Label: Opus Arte


Lost Bladesman, The

Review An alien travels to Earth on a meteorite and mates with humans to preserve its species and destroy humanity.

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