Our picks for this month’s stellar DVDs span several genres: western, thriller, and musical.
First out is RED DRAGON, the prequel to 1991’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins. A fascinating bonus on the DVD is the in-depth study of the life and criminal mind of serial killer Hannibal Lecter, including an interview with FBI-profiler John Douglas.
YOUNG GUNS makes an appearance on April 22, as Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) and the Regulators ride into a store near you.
Lastly, for any video library, the special-edition two-disc set of WEST SIDE STORY (available for a limited time only) debuts this month and is loaded with extras, including a collectible scrapbook and working script, plus exclusive film footage and new documentaries.
— ANNA FIALHO
FROM EUROPE WITH LOVE
THE YARDBIRDS BIRDLAND (Favored Nations Records) Forty years since they first landed on the scene, the influential British band the Yardbirds is still flying high, and this disc is here to prove it. Previous players of the flock and other special guests visit founding members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty on 15 tracks of classic and new material. A total of seven fresh tunes carry on the Yardbirds tradition, complemented with guitar greats Slash, Jeff “Skunk Baxter,” and Brian May on Yardbirds’ oldies, “Over, Under, Sideways, Down,” “The Nazz Are Blue,” and “Mr. You’re A Better Man Than I,” respectfully and respectively.
UTE LEMPER BUT ONE DAY … (Decca) From the theater to films to concerts to albums, this Münster, Germany-born fair-haired beauty has taken the world by storm with stage turns in Peter Pan and Cabaret, and her recordings of Kurt Weill and “Piaf & Dietrich” (with The London Symphony Orchestra). With this follow-up to 2000’s Punishing Kiss, Lemper once again delves into the numbers of Weill, as well as Hans Eisler and Jacques Brel, but this disc is unique in that it’s the first time Lemper offers some of her own material.
NINA KOTOVA: BLOCH, BRUCH, KOTOVA (Delos International) Few people know the road better than a musical artist who travels to a different city to perform every night. Take this former fashion model and professional cellist, who travels the world playing her beautiful classically inspired music. For her latest CD, Kotova captures the title of being the first woman in history to record her own cello concerto. Catch her in the act when she comes to a town near you with her tour that runs through the end of the month.
— JAMES E. MAYFIELD
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