Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale, director Kinji Fukasaku’s dystopian fantasy about students forced by the government to kill each other. Being a horror and fantasy film buff, I looked forward to the Blu-ray release of the film and, boy, did it deliver! It includes the director’s cut, theatrical version, sequel, and a disc full of extras — overkill in every possible way.
San Diego Opera audiences probably think I sit around listening to opera or going to the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts at movie theaters. I don’t. But that didn’t stop me from ordering one of the sexiest, most intriguing and shocking Don Giovannis I’ve ever seen, a film of the 2008 Salzburg Festival production starring the very hot British baritone Christopher Maltman. Edgy, violent, erotic, and perfect for opera newbies.
- Battle Royale (Japan) 2000, Anchor Bay Entertainment
- List price: $49.99
- Don Giovanni (Austria/Germany) 2010, Euroarts
- List price: $39.99
— By Nicolas Reveles, director of education and outreach, San Diego Opera