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Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2008

movie-october-2008-teaser.jpgIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Blu-ray), Knocked Up (Blu-ray), Dawn of the Dead (Blu-ray), Land of the Dead (Blu-ray), The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray), The James Bond Series (Six Films) (Blu-ray) . . . more coming!

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Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2008

movie-september-2008-teaser.jpgBaby Mama (Blu-ray), Point Break (Blu-ray), The Love Guru (Blu-ray), Pirates of the Caribbean Collection (Blu-ray), Leatherheads (Blu-ray), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Blu-ray), The Godfather Trilogy (Blu-ray), Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2 (Blu-ray), Iron Man (Blu-ray), Hulk (Blu-ray), Speed Racer (Blu-ray), The Thing (Blu-ray), Casino (Blu-ray)

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Music Reviews - June, 2008

music-june-2008-teaser.jpgANNE SOPHIE VON OTTER: TEREZÍN THERESIENSTADT, J.S. BACH: LUTE WORKS VOL. 1, TERRY RILEY: THE CUSP OF MAGIC, ELLA FITZGERALD: LOVE LETTERS FROM ELLA, SHELLEY MORNINGSONG: OUT OF THE ASHES

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Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2008

movie-august-2008-teaser.jpgHannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (3-D, Blu-ray), Nixon (Blu-ray), Camp Rock (Blu-ray), Only the Valiant (SD DVD), The Forbidden Kingdom (Blu-ray), Rolling Stones: Shine a Light (Blu-ray), Transformers (Blu-ray), Smart People (Blu-ray), Meet the Browns (Blu-ray)

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Jazz Great Karrin Alysson Talks with Secrets

interview-karrin-alysson-teaser.jpgIt's the special qualities of Karrin Alysson's instantly recognizable, slightly hoarse vocalism that set her apart. Her careful attention to words, the phrases molded with an intelligence that declares her total involvement, the impeccable pianism that illuminates a good share of her performances, and her overarching desire to tell a story all unite to pull listeners into her songs. Whether she's singing about poet Robert Frost or a lover's embrace, the warmth, depth, and honesty of Alysson's artistry catapults her into the same august company as three of her jazz idols, Carmen McCrae, Nancy Wilson, and Dinah Washington.

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An Interview with Frederica von Stade

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In the spring of 2008, Bay Area resident Frederica von Stade and I had an extended phone conversation. The ostensible purpose was her forthcoming participation in the U. S. premiere of a unique salon, Pauline Viardot and Friends.

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Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2008

movie-june-2008-teaser.jpgClassic War Films: The Sand Pebbles (Blu-ray), Battle of Britain (Blu-ray), Patton (Blu-ray), The Longest Day (Blu-ray), A Bridge Too Far (Blu-ray), The Eye (Blu-ray), Jumper (Blu-ray), Bella (SD DVD), Witless Protection (Blu-ray), Step into Liquid (Blu-ray), Meet the Spartans (Blu-ray), The Spiderwick Chronicles (Blu-ray), Weeds, Season 3 (Blu-ray), Chipmunks TV Shows (SD DVD), Gangs of New York (Blu-ray), National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Blu-ray)

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Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2008

movie-july-2008-teaser.jpgThe Ruins (Blu-ray), Drillbit Taylor (Blu-ray), Mad Men (Blu-ray), Batman: The Movie (Blu-ray), The Bank Job (Blu-ray), Patriot Games (Blu-ray), Belly (Blu-ray), High Noon (SD DVD), Clear and Present Danger (Blu-ray), The Sum of All Fears (Blu-ray) . . . more coming.

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Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2008

movie-may-2008-teaser.jpgIndiana Jones: the Adventure Collection (SD DVD), Juno (Blu-ray), Predator (Blu-ray), Face/Off (Blu-ray), Next (Blu-ray), Commando (Blu-ray), Alvin and the Chipmunks (Blu-ray), Rambo 4 (Blu-ray), Rambo 1, 2, and 3 (Blu-ray)

 

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Music Reviews - July, 2008

 

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Exquisite is a word I once reserved for the subtle beauties of classical song. Then I began to listen to ECM Grammy Award-winning producer Manfred Eicher's jazz recordings, and my perspective changed. I can't vouch for yours, but I feel confident that the rarefied atmosphere of opening five trackson this CD may very well take your breath away. And that includes the trio's cover of Prince's 1991 "Diamonds and Pearls," as well as sublime renditions of music by Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, contemporary trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, and pianist / trio founder Marcin Wasilewski.

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Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2008

movie-april-2008-teaser.jpgSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (SD DVD), Noble House (SD DVD), Independence Day (Blu-ray), Cloverfield (SD DVD), The Lives of Others (Blu-ray), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Blu-ray), I Am Legend (Blu-ray), AVP Requiem (Blu-ray), 27 Dresses (Blu-ray)

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