Excellent production values with a good cast, natural settings and believable costumes. Directed with a great eye for the visuals, and a polished 'film' look.
The production brought the story vividly to life, and the splendid music shone through.
Well worth purchasing despite not being widescreen, though I would have preferred a blu-ray version. (Perhaps we have to wait another 14 years?)
Incidentally, in my opinion this production is far superior to the appalling travesty that the Royal Opera House made of this beautiful opera recently with the 'help' of the Royal Ballet.