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Don Giovanni (Losey)

Ruggero Raimondi , Kiri Te Kanawa , Joseph Losey    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Ruggero Raimondi, Kiri Te Kanawa, John Macurdy, Teresa Berganza
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: San Paolo
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KXY1M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Bellissima versione cinematografica dell'omonima versione mozartiana. Spalleggiato dal servo Leporello un gentiluomo veneziano seduce le sue vittime. Sembra tutto facile ma questo modo di comportarsi gli riserva un amaro finale.


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless 7 Jan 2003
By Lovborg
Format:VHS Tape
Not only is this the best production of "Don Giovanni" that I have ever seen; it is the best opera production that I have ever seen and (even) one of the best films in any genre I have seen.
Mozart's greatest opera, directed by the magnificent Joseph Losey - it's hard to imagine how it could go wrong, but factor into this the fact that the film looks simply stunning: it is set in the Palladian villas around a mist-shrouded Venice and costumed in elaborate black and white.
And the cast is straight out of an opera lovers' dreams: Raimondi, Berganza, Van Dam, Moser and Te Kanawa exhaust superlatives (even if Teresa Berganza looks a little long in the tooth to play the fresh-faced Zerlina) and act as well as they sing: a rare thing in opera.
I cannot commend this highly enough: I first saw it over twenty years ago and it remains fresh, exciting and exhilarating. I am by no means an "opera buff" but this is an experience that cannot be missed. It will stay with you forever.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Don Giovanni I have ever seen 25 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Don Giovanni by Mozart is here played in the misty plains surrounding the Brenta villas near Padua and in the lagoon around Venice in Italy. In this way, Losey creates true settecento mysterious atmospheres in places very close to those that Mozart imagined. Thus the atmospheres of each scene are perfectly rendered with a tremendous suggestion. The singers are excellent and their playing is perfectly suited to the opera characters. It is clear that such a mix of excellent music, interpreters, and movie play can only give a movie, perfect in every sense and most difficult to equal.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the Blu-ray? 12 Nov 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Go to Amazon France. Gaumont have released this film on 6th October 2010 on Blu-ray.

I received the Blu-ray in today's mail and I was not disappointed with the transfer.

Although not stated on Amazon France's site; I can confirm that the disc has English and French sub-titles.

Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit
Audio: DTS Audio 2.0 / 48kHz / 24-bit

The release is a 2 disc set. The film is a Blu-ray and the Extras are a DVD.

This is my N°1 choice for Don Giovanni on film or video, regardless of the criticism that the singers are all too old for their roles.
The combination of stunning cinematography, quality of the singing and intensity of the drama has not been equaled in any other production that I have seen.

Thank you Gaumont for fulfilling one of my longstanding wishes.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By KC
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I owned this DVD in its previous 'tinny' sounding incarnation. This remastering has achieved the sound track this film deserves. The surround sound is magnificent, with every detail enhanced with tender loving care.

It is unfortunate that there are now two discs, one per act, instead of just one, as before. The packaging is also poor. A 'trendy' new way of holding the discs does not hold them secure and they are prone to become dislodged and scratched. There is a third disc with three documentaries, which is a big bonus.

Unfortunately, I have now returned my copies three times because the second disc (Act 2) has a fault in manufacturing. About ten minutes into play time the sound cuts out for a number of seconds. If the next discs I received have the same problem I will cancel my order and wait for the fault to be corrected before buying this. Buyer beware! Its such a shame because this film version of the opera is magnificent. I have therefore awarded it five stars despite the manufacturing fault.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bet Mozart himself watches this in heaven... 4 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This breathtakingly beautiful & atmospheric production must be as close to perfection as any mortal hand could make. Frankly I wonder why anyone would ever bother filming another version of Mozart's dark masterpiece - Mr Losey's will never, ever, be bettered. If the martians landed and asked to be shown mankind's greatest artistic achievement I think I'd put this video in my VCR and sit them down in front of it.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart at his best! 28 May 2008
By tjs498
Format:DVD
This long overdue DVD release is simply perfection. Yes, there is a bit of nudity and some of the camera angles and staging could have been more inspired but the restored picture looks as if it could have been filmed last week and the sound quality is perfect. To hear it in 5.1 is breathtaking, it is almost better then viewing it live. This is the best version of Don Giovanni on the market and one of the greatest opera films ever made.

Sadly, as other reviewers have observed there was a fault on disc 2 which made me reluctantly return my copy in March. However, having just re-purchased it, I am delighted to see that this fault has now been fixed and you can enjoy the whole film as the director intended.

Buy this, you will not be disappointed.

Other great opera films on DVD which are must buys are the latest version of Mozart's Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh; Rossini's La Cenerentola (Abbado); Puccini's Tosca starring Angela Gheorghiu & Ruggero Raimondi (from this Don Giovanni) and Puccini's La Boheme from the Sydney Opera House directed by Baz Luhrmann (a live performance, but the best version of this beautiful opera available).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever 23 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
Having listened and seen this opera for nearly 50 years, this is the most captivating performance on record. RR is sexy and menacing, KtK is worth seducing, the Venetian setting is unusual and adds to rather than detracts from the opera. The tiny flaw in this is the recording quality and sound quality which could be higher and maybe someone will bother with some enhancement. Otherwise an absolute must for the afficianado and a very good entry point for the novice who might believe all opera is this exciting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Film is good but slight problems with moire pattern type issues with picture
Published 1 month ago by Peter Thomas Boal
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni
A truly magnificent restoration of Joseph Losey's film adaptation, originally made in, I think, 1979. Well, you should see and hear it now !
Published 3 months ago by Music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni - Mozart
Superb performance of Don Giovanni - I don't think this could ever be surpassed. My husband and I lost our original video of it - which we had enjoyed innumerable times - so are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacquetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Raimondi is great
Haven't actually listened to this on DVD, but remember it well from years ago and am much looking forward to watching it again - superb production
Published 7 months ago by Marlene Wilde
1.0 out of 5 stars Only plays on Region A Blu Ray players
Utterly disappointed to discover that this Blu Ray Disc will not play on my UK bought player. "Blu Ray will only play on Region A"... Be warned lest you suffer the same fate!!!
Published 7 months ago by Elfed Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars There are not italian subtitles!
Good price for 3 dvd. New restored version with different audio channels. One flaw only: there are not italian subtitles!
Published 8 months ago by Gennaro Massa
5.0 out of 5 stars This production is as near perfect as you can get
This production is as near perfect as you can get. The quality of the singers, and the staging of the opera in such glorious settings in Italy bring the opera to life. Beautiful !
Published 9 months ago by Julian Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Magnificent. Amazing
I bought this DVD a while back stacking it among the 15+ recordings I have. Since it is a DVD i watched it then, and returned afterwards to the Decca Siepi/Krips recording. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Milan Rakic
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous production
I saw this at the cinema when it was first released and haven't seen it since. It is as good as I remember. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Emmett
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasured memories
I bought this as a present for my brother. Last April we were on holiday in Venice. We took a train to Vicenza and saw La Rotonda where much of the filming of Don Giovanni took... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Celia
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