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    The White Queen (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 4th, 2014

    “I’m match for any man.”

    The idea that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman rolling her eyes” far predates its adoption as a feminist slogan in the middle of the previous century. The White Queen — a sumptuous, rushed combination of Game of Thrones-style high-stakes scheming and Tudors-style regal bodice ripping — uses Britain’s late medieval history as a jumping off point for pushing a number of notable women to the forefront.
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    Cliff Richard: Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin’ (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 23rd, 2013

    Cliff Richard’s music stardom predates that of the Beatles. So the fact that I wasn’t at all familiar with the British pop singer’s music before sitting down to review this Blu-ray probably says more about me than it does about him. Lucky for me, this career-spanning concert — which includes music from his time with the Shadows, some solo hits, and even his duet from the movie that partly inspired the creation of the Razzies — also doubles as a lively, CliffsNotes glimpse into Richard’s incredibly prolific and successful career.
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    Loberace: Live in Vegas (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 30th, 2013

    “I’m often asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ And I answer: ‘I do what I want.”

    For the better part of the last 20 years, CeeLo Green has ferociously defied musical expectations by zigging when you expect him to zag. (If you thought the former frontman of hip-hop collective Goodie Mob would eventually become one of the judges on TV’s #1 singing competition, then go buy a lotto ticket immediately because you have a gift.) I happened to be in Las Vegas earlier this year when I saw a poster for CeeLo’s Sin City Loberace show. And for the first time I can remember in regards to CeeLoo’s career, I thought, “Hey that actually makes sense.”
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    Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 25th, 2013

    Hugh Laurie is not the first — and he certainly won’t be the last — actor who decided he wanted a career in music too. The move might come as a surprise to people who primarily know Laurie from his sterling eight-year run as the misanthropic title character on House M.D. (Though not if you watched the show carefully.) In the past, Laurie has rocked out with some of his small-screen comrades for charity. But it turns out that after eight years of playing one of the crankiest characters in television history, Laurie was ready to sing the blues.
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    Caro Emerald: In Concert (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 8th, 2013

    Caroline Esmeralda van de Leeuw didn’t know she was a jazz singer until somebody told her. Growing up in Amsterdam, she was too lazy and impatient to properly learn how to play an instrument. Fortunately, she was blessed with a sultry, soulful and sassy singing voice. Caro Emerald has used that voice to smash chart records in the Netherlands. Earlier this year, her second album, “The Shocking Miss Emerald”, reached #1 in the United Kingdom. And that’s where she happened to be when I was introduced to her funky brand of jazz.
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    Barabbas (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 4th, 2013

    Although he’s only mentioned briefly in the Bible, the man known as Barabbas was a key figure during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels, Pontius Pilate gave the crowd in Jerusalem the choice of either sparing Jesus’ life or saving the rebel/thief Barabbas during Passover. (No “Spoiler Alert” necessary; I’m sure you can guess which one they picked.) Since very little is known about Barabbas, his life story has basically been transformed into the first documented case of “survivor’s guilt.”
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    Bryan Ferry: Live in Lyon (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 3rd, 2013

    For a variety of reasons, fewer people seem to be retiring when they turn 65. That’s long been the case for legendary musicians like Bryan Ferry, who was at that milestone age when he filmed this concert in Lyon, France during the summer of 2011. Ferry has always combined his own ”old soul” sensibility with a forward-thinking approach to creating music. So this show, with Ferry now an actual senior citizen, turned out to be an ideal time to check in on the former Roxy Music frontman.
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    Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian: Live in Tokyo (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 10th, 2013

    Supergroups are hot right now: witness the astonishing box office dominance of The Avengers, as well as Warner Bros./D.C. Comics’ frantic attempts to replicate Marvel’s success. But the idea of a supergroup — a collective whose members have previously achieved individual success — has been around for a very long time, and is most commonly found in the world of music. The members of PSMS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian) certainly fit the supergroup bill. Late last year, they united to rock the faces off their fans in Europe and Asia.
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    Santana & McLaughlin: Invitation to Illumination (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 27th, 2013

    Carlos Santana is too cool for words. When I say that, I refer to both his widely-acknowledged status as a “Guitar God” and to the fact that he doesn’t utter a single word until the 30-minute mark of Invitation to Illumination, his 2011 reunion with John McLaughlin. Having another rock deity on stage appears to have inspired Santana, who performs with an extra little bounce in his step during this Montreux Jazz Festival show. This Blu-ray also has the unintended consequence of serving as a tribute to the festival’s late founder.
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    Garbage: One Mile High…Live (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 7th, 2013

    With most of my teen years spent during the 90’s it’s no surprise that still many of the bands I grew up with manage to remain on my playlist.  Garbage is a band of the 90’s you couldn’t help but take notice of because though the airwaves were saturated with alternative music, Garbage was doing it with a female vocalist.  Shirley Manson wasn’t just a pretty face; she had the vocals and stage presence that was hard to resist at the time.  “I’m only happy when it rains” as well as “Stupid Girl” have been tracks that any time I catch them on the radio I can’t help but crank the radio a little louder and get a little nostalgic to the way things were in my teens.
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    Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 9th, 2012

    Coming off the staggering crossover success of the world’s loveliest and catchiest booty call song — “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk/ And I need you now” — Lady Antebellum were the kings (and queen) of the country pop world. (Non-Taylor Swift division, of course.) That means the pressure was on for their follow-up third album. Though Own the Night brought the band a more modest truckload of critical and commercial kudos than Need You Now, it also inspired the raucous world tour captured on this Blu-ray, a must-have for any Lady A fan.
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    So: Peter Gabriel (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 28th, 2012

    “I think we all knew it was good. But it was only when we started getting hits, which is sort of a rare thing in my life, that you start thinking, ‘Maybe we’re gonna sell something here.’”

    Peter Gabriel was one of the founding members of late ‘60s prog rock pioneers Genesis and released four untitled/self-titled solo albums in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, which spawned hits like “Solsbury Hill” and “Shock the Monkey.” But it wasn’t until 1986 that the British rocker enjoyed the greatest success of his career.
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    Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 17th, 2012

    Some bands stand the test of time. Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Village People, errrr, okay let’s continue. Another of those bands is Queen who some experts have estimated that the band has sold over two hundred million records. Their most famous lead singer is of course the legendary Freddie Mercury. But Freddie Mercury was such a unique personality that he was not always interested in making music with Queen. He had many other interests and this documentary we have today explores them.
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    “31 Nights of Terror” Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 13th, 2012

    “I thought this was a family show.”

    “Well, it depends on your family.”

    Quick, who is the highest-grossing stand-up comic in America? Well, if you follow the live comedy scene — or you can’t help but notice you’re reading a review for one of his shows — you probably know the answer is Jeff Dunham. The man has single-handedly made ventriloquism cool again. (Pause.) Well he’s made it astoundingly lucrative, anyway.
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    Etta James: Live at Montreux 1993 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 20th, 2012

    The voice of Etta James — specifically on her rendition of “At Last” — has launched 1,000 wedding receptions. The singer, who passed away earlier this year, also had a long history with the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Though this Blu-ray includes performances from the 1970s and 1980s, the focus is on her 1993 show, which came the same year James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and followed a late ‘80s comeback from drug and alcohol addiction.
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    Staind: Live from Mohegan Sun (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on September 4th, 2012

    Before watching this Blu-ray my knowledge of Staind consisted of only what I’ve heard in passing on the radio.  I wouldn’t call myself a fan or go so far as to say I dislike them, I simply view (or hear) them as something to fill the void when the radio is on.  Where I did grow a bit of an appreciation for the band was in an interview that’s included on the disc that turned out to be more insightful than the standard fluff piece you may expect.
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    Slipknot: (sic)nesses (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 24th, 2012

    My wife listens to a lot of different music. We share some bands, but we do vary quite a bit. So normally, even if I have not heard the band before, I ask my wife whenever we here at Upcomingdiscs receive a new music disc. In this case, I had already known the band but it was a curiosity for me at best. My wife I come to find out though is a huge fan of Slipknot which leads us to our music Blu-Ray review: Slipknot: (sic)nesses. Let us see what really “heavy” metal is all about.
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    Peter Gabriel: Secret World: Live (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on August 15th, 2012

    I can still remember the day I first rented the movie Say Anything from the mom and pop video store that I used to hang out at through most of my childhood.  It was a movie that stuck with me over the years, and it was that movie that introduced me to Peter Gabriel because of the infamous boom box scene.  Ever since that movie “In Your Eyes” has been what I equated to the go to song to play for a girl any time I do something stupid (which is often) or when I say something stupid (happens more often). 
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    Shark Divers – Documentary Collection (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 2nd, 2012

    “It’s one thing to see a great white shark on television or from the safe confines of a boat. It’s another experience entirely to see the animals in their natural element. There simply is not a single creature on Earth that we’re more afraid of.”

    Man’s always had a rather natural, and healthy, fear of sharks, but it was perhaps the 1975 film Jaws that brought all of those primordial fears bubbling to the surface of our pop culture. Since then sharks have taken an almost mythic position in our culture
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    Duran Duran Live 2011: A Diamond in the Mind (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 9th, 2012

    When Duran Duran’s new concert film arrived at UpcomingDiscs headquarters, the staff was practically fighting over the Blu-ray. (“You take it!” “No, YOU take it!”) Needless to say, no one was tripping over themselves to spend a significant amount of time with a band once dubbed “the prettiest boys in rock.” When I expressed admiration for a few of their songs, I became this site’s Duran Duran Fan (By Default). After watching this lively 2011 performance, I feel pretty good about removing the “By Default” portion of my title and simply calling myself a fan of the band.
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    Stone Temple Pilots – Alive In The Windy City (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on July 6th, 2012

    It’s a little hard for me to realize it really has been 20 years since Stone Temple Pilots emerged out of the grunge scene with their album Core.  I remember hanging out at my friends house playing Sega Genesis while listening to this tape (yes, cassette tape) over and over with some Pearl Jam and Nirvana thrown in as well.  For me these guys are like moments of time from my past that I’ll always look fondly upon.  Whether it was my first mosh pit or first house party, this was the music that surrounded me. 
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    Kasabian Live!: Live at the O2 (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on July 5th, 2012

    Even though by many standards, I am probably considered old, I would like to think I can still experience new music, especially when it comes to me for review. Of course, you are also reading the guy who loves to annoy others driving down the street with Whitesnake and Motley Crue. Anyway, I was definitely interested to take a gander at this blu-ray that showcased the talents of a band called Kasabian who performed in late 2011 at the O2 Arena in London. Let’s take a look.
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    Simply Red: Live at Montreaux 2003 (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on May 22nd, 2012

    Hi, this is Casey Casem (play along, alright) and welcome to American Top 40. Michael “Mick” Hucknall was often made fun of due to his red locks in Lancashire, England as a young boy. Little did those children know that Mick would use that to propel himself into a music career at just eighteen years old with the Frantic Elevators during the 1970’s. That was the start of a very fruitful music career for Mr. Hucknall. This long distance dedication goes out to Eddie in Tuscaloosa, Mississippi celebrating his 84th birthday today and here is “Holding Back the Years” by the band known as Simply Red.
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    Wallace & Gromit: World of Invention (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 3rd, 2012

    Wallace and Gromit is the brainchild of animator Nick Park. The British filmmaker tried for years to bring his clay creations alive, but on his own finished a mere 10 minutes in a little over two years. When he met up with Aardman Animations, he was teamed up with the creative talents he needed to make his dream come alive, and come alive these two characters did indeed. They’ve become an overnight sensation in the UK and now all over the world. I was introduced to the characters with the full length feature Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
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    Queen – Days of Our Lives

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 9th, 2012

    It has not been over 40 years since the inception of the band Queen, but it and its members Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, continue to be one of the most popular bands in the world, despite losing lead singer Mercury to AIDS some 20-odd years ago and not creating new material since then. This documentary tells their story in two episodes, spanning nearly 4 hours.
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