Here's news about high-definition video disc ("HDVD") recordings of opera, ballet, classical music, plays, performance art, and paintings. On our home page you see the latest 26 stories. Go to the Alphalist (left navigation bar) to see our archives with hard-to-find critical reports on hundreds of HDVDs. Pick the best titles for your excelsisphere.
Sept 21, 2019. In the last 5 weeks we moved into the rush season when the publishers announce new titles they hope to sell during the upcoming holidays. This year it has been harder than ever to get decent information about the new titles. So far we have published basic information on 26 rush titles and we have 3 more “in production.”
We started on our giant Squarespace 7 “fit and finish” project aimed at editing all our stories (from 10+ years of writing) for consistency in content and style. So far we have finished editing about 120 stories. It will take many months to finish this.
It seems the two leading vendors of fine-arts Blu-rays today are Amazon with sales centers in many countries and Presto Classical out of England. Amazon has the most titles, but their website has become a bit of a swamp plagued with errors. Presto specializes in fine-art markets. They clearly separate their strong stock of Blu-ray titles from their other lines of business. Best of all, they have folks in their fulfillment department (including the lovely “two Clares”) who will give you real, old-fashion personal service via email (worldwide) about the titles you are interested in. Why, they will even check with the distributor or the publisher to give you accurate information! So we have added to all our stories convenient buttons for you to use to buy titles from Amazon and Presto.
It’s been 10+ years since we started this website. Since then, we screened about 1850 Blu-ray titles of fine-arts recordings that might meet our standards for hi-fi sound and HD video. We excluded almost a third of these titles as “impostors” mostly for (1) legacy material, (2) likely weak artistic quality, (3) obsolete sound, and/or (4) video resolution too poor to benefit from modern TV displays. Our screening left us (as of today) with 1278 line items on the Alphalist. We believe this is the only comprehensive public list anywhere that is limited to high-quality fine arts Blu-ray video titles. Our Alphalist makes it possible for anyone anywhere to learn more than he ever could before about ballet/dance, opera, classical music, and Shakespeare plays.
We have created the best available resource to you to learn about the fine-art Blu-rays you might like. We make it easy for you to buy from the best vendors. By viewing and analyzing titles on our Alphalist, we are also helping to set standards for making fine arts videos. These standards may help the industry produce better work and help you avoid disappointment.
So that is our story and this is our ask: If you will use our buttons to buy your discs, it will help us maintain and improve this website.