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Twin Peaks Now Available on Blu-Ray

Somehow, I missed Twin Peaks. It was on TV at a time when I wasn’t watching much TV. I was living in France, and, as a rule, I didn’t watch TV series dubbed in French (which was the case for most of them in the 90s, before TV by satellite and ADSL). When I heard […]

DVD/Blu-Ray Review: Richard II, by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company has released the first disc in its Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon series, which features live broadcasts to cinemas of plays from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and subsequent releases on DVD and Blu-Ray. This release is Richard II, staring David Tennant. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK, iTunes Store) I attended a production of this play […]

DVD/Blu-Ray Review: Daniel Barenboim Plays the Complete Beethoven Sonatas

Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon FR | Amazon DE Classical DVDs and Blu-Rays come in several varieties. There are the filmed concerts, now commonplace, which are created to provide content to the few “arts” TV channels around the world, then sold on disc to music fans. Some of these are operas, and […]

CD and DVD Copying to Be Legal in the UK on June 1; Finally

As crazy as it sounds, it’s been illegal in the UK to rip CDs and DVDs. New copyright regulations which take effect on June 1, now make this legal: Personal copies for private use 3. (1) After section 28A(4) insert—— “28B Personal copies for private use (1) The making of a copy of a work, […]

DVD Review: Twelfth Night by Shakespeare’s Globe

Buy from Amazon UK Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, which dates from the fecund year of 1601, just after Hamlet, is one of the bard’s plays about confusion. A pair of twins is separated in a shipwreck. One, a woman, dresses as a man, and the two are reunited at the end of […]

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, the Great Existentialist Science Fiction Film

It’d been years since I had seen Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky’s excellent science fiction film, and I watched it last night. For a science fiction movie, Stalker is certainly an oddity. Released in 1979, loosely based on the short novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and directed by Tarkovsky, the masterful Russian director who […]

Stream Any Video from a Mac to an Apple TV

One of the most interesting features of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is AirPlay Mirroring. You can stream what is displayed on your Mac to an Apple TV (and, presumably, other devices will support this in the future). This is very useful if you want to watch videos in formats that iTunes doesn’t support, such […]

iWant: A “Music Videos” Library in iTunes

iTunes’ library contains a number of sub-libraries for the different files it contains: there’s Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books, and others. (There are also libraries for non-media content, such as apps, and ringtones, which are only meant to be used on an iPhone.) But one thing that’s missing is a Music Videos library. Music videos […]

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