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Swan Lake/Cecilia & Bryn At Glyndebourne Arias & Duets (Blu-ray/Opus Arte/BBC)


Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: D Concerts: B



Having already covered these two titles in the HD-DVD format on the site, you can take a first look with our first look at this links:





We now get to continue our coverage now as two of those three titles have just been released to Blu-ray.


There are only minor differences in the Blu-ray and the previous HD-DVD, which does not change our view too much on the overall experience of these releases. The one thing that is noteworthy is the simple fact that no matter how stunning the picture and sound is on a concert of this nature, nothing comes close to being at a live opera. The acoustics translate different and even with a 5.1 mix there is still some depth and overall character that is loss, but those things aside these Blu-ray discs come about as close to possible for home viewing and with very few discs available at this time its hard to find competition to rival.


Both titles are presented in 1.78 X 1 anamorphic widescreen with a 1080p High Definition transfer and look stunning. Like we said before, the camerawork is a bit static and at times fairly average, but overall the depth and dimension works fine and give a highly life-like appearance. Unlike the HD-DVDs though we do not get Dolby Digital TrueHD on these releases for Blu-ray, nor do we get the impressive DTS track on Swan Lake, instead we get uncompressed PCM mixes, 2.0 and 5.1/5.0. While the audio is uncompressed it would have been great to do these titles in DTS-HD or perhaps Dolby TrueHD if for no other reason than comparison. In some respects I prefer to 2.0 mix a bit more as it sounds more accurate as the front soundstage comes to life where the 5.1 mixes are a bit too sparse and attempt to throw the sound around.


One can only hope that Opus brings forth more classical and opera material now that Blu-ray has won out the format war and bring forth a strong representation of their catalog.



- Nate Goss


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