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Der Fliegende Hollander [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023BN56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2006
The Savonlinna Opera festival productions are staged outdoors in the courtyard of the grim Olavinlinna Fortress in Finland shown in the film. We are apparently watching a live performance and it is a pity the director decided not to show the audience and the auditorium which must be quite dramatic and seats an audience of 2257. However we can be grateful for watching the DVD in the comfort of our homes as the nights in Finland are very cold and the audience is advised to bring thick coats and possibly blankets to keep warm!
This is a very fine production on traditional lines, with the stone inner walls of the fortress providing an unusual backdrop, and permitting flexible use of an unusually wide stage, simple props are used to good effect, with a brilliant realisation of the Dutchman’s ghostly vessel.
The cast of Hildegard Behrens (Senta) Franz Grundheber (Dutchman) Matti Salminen (Daland) and Raimo Sirkia (Erik) is a very strong one and they deliver a superb measured performance under the baton of Leif Segerstam. Grundheber provides the outstanding performance bringing out all the pathos and suffering of the Dutchman’s terrible fate of sailing the seas endlessly with just one day every seven years to find a wife and redemption.
Lighting and photographic quality are very good, and the outdoors performance gives the sound a very clear natural quality, particularly for the voices, although the orchestral texture is a little bass light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell on 25 Mar. 2010
I agree with virtually all of the positive things the previous reviewer has said about this
wonderful dvd.
However. One thing that really bugged the hell out of me was the way whoever was
directing/editing the dvd performance would cut to a print of the Dutchmans ship
at certain climactic moments.
Especially the wonderful finale.
Most distracting.
Apart from that i'd recommend this performance.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A musically thrilling Dutchman - finally on DVD 18 July 2004
By MDFinMIA - Published on
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On musical terms alone, this 1989 production from Savonlinna is worth acquiring - it's the first available on DVD. Grundheber, Salminen and Behrens are in excellent form (Salminen especially), with excellent work as well by the unknown Raimo Sirkia as Erik. Despite a few gaffs, the orchestra plays quite well for conductor Leif Segerstam, who manages to propel things forward with a great sense of drama and keep a widely dispersed cast together.
Soundstage is actually quite interesting, given that the performance is inside the courtyard of a castle, but stage noise does intrude now and then (how DARE the stage director get by with having Mary continue to spin while Senta sings her aria!). Picture and videography are less than state-of-the-art. Why can't we just enjoy what's happening on stage, rather than having all these fades to stock shots of ships, water, faces, etc. And not to be able to enjoy the curtain calls! Unforgivable.
Still, on musical terms alone, an enjoyable and moving production of Wagner's early work.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Turn Off The TV 15 Jun. 2005
By Michael Miano - Published on
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What is the point of buying a DVD if you can't enjoy what you SEE as well as hear? I liked what I heard well enough, but visually, the production is stupid. The costuming is simply awful! Senta, for example, wears a silk and velvet dress (for spinning?!?) As has been mentioned in other reviews, the constant scenes of a pen and ink drawing of the Dutchman's ship superimposed over waves every time nobody is singing are more than annoying. The scenes of the (Finland's Olavinlinna)castle grounds at other points during the opera obviously have nothing to do with the story. The camera work is especially awful. Extreme close-ups of chorus members are pointless and the close-ups of main cast members are a mistake because of the heavy make-up they wear. Why the director decided to give the Steersman a fancy blanket for his nap is a mystery. Moreover, the Steersman's pawing over the treasure is a new story not invented by Wagner. If you want to film an opera in an outdoor setting, this is an example of how NOT to do it. We see the Dutchman's crew - they wear spandex outfits with nets over their faces - apparently the newest thing in attire for the dead. But, we see them entirely only when the carry the treasure chest for Daland to inspect. The rest of the time, we see only their arms waving through holes in their ship. What a strange thing for ghosts to do! The only thing worse that could happen to Wagner than Finland is Kupfer.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A superb cast brings this "Dutchman" to llife! 25 Mar. 2005
By D. J. Edwards - Published on
The best sung "Flying Dutchman" available in any format. Every CD set has a serious flaw with at least one singer in the cast and that usually being a squally Senta. The Dorati set on London has a wonderful cast but nothing comes to life. On Myto the same Senta and Dutchman are superb but the sound is poor. Some Reviewers have criticized this Savonlinna production and some rather scathingly but we are in debt to Kultur for making this production available. Behrens, Salminen and Grundheber produce beautiful sound, unstrained power and great interpretation. The Naxos recording is quite good maybe a little overrated but well sung. Gramophone refers to a Sawallisch recording on EMI but I haven't heard or seen that recording. I don't expect to

hear a better sung "Dutchman", certainly in the near future. This belongs in

your collection for its beautiful, exciting and equally inspired singing as well as for the superb playing of the orchestra conducted by the inspired Leif Segerstam. When Behrens was in good voice, she was, as here, thrilling.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Superb performance, incredible surprise 10 July 2010
By Rudolf Dankwort - Published on
I had a negative attitude going into this performance, based on other reviews here and the suspicion that all non-Met Wagners are more or less Regietheater trash. Right away, the overture was wonderfully & competently played - exciting, dramatic, as this music should be. Then it turned out this was not at all one of those 'modernized' sillinesses. Everything was tasteful and appropriate. The singing and playing was first-rate - this was intended to be a world-class, knock-out performance and it certainly is - at least the equal of a typical Bayreuth performance, actually better. The castle walls acoustics mauy have favorably reinforced the singing - who cares, it was tremendous.

To those who object to some of the liberties taken photographically - no, Virginia, you're not seeing what the attendees saw - you're seeing better. After all, we who are denied traveling to Finland in desperate quest of an acceptable 'Hollaender' have the right to a few liberties that only a film can provide. Thing is, it was tasteful and appropriate.

Of course, nothing is perfect, as Voltaire points out. They should have had dual cameras to record the faces of singers singing duets or trios and separated physically. Instead, at one point they just showed a still pic of Senta & the Dutchman while both were singing away. Dumb. And then, why not record the bows taken after the performance instead of showing credits, as the Met always does? Really dumb. BTW I speak more or less fluent German and I was not aware of synch problems. Did someone mean between the singinmg and the subtitles maybe, which makes no sense anyway? Besides, you should be following the subtitles (in German if possible), not looking down the throats of the singers all the time. Unless you're a dentist, amybe ...

Still - with this dvd you get a complete 'Dutchman' - every word, and most importantly it's the revised version instead of the really obsolete original, the way stupid Bayreuth always insists on. In fact, this performance is so to be preferred over the Harry Kupfer/Estes/Bayreuth one that I'm not going to elaborate. It would take too long.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Problematic Production 3 July 2004
By Jack M. Firestone - Published on
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I viewed this production last night. Some great singing Salminen, Grundheber and Behrens. Unknown tenors Sirkia and Silvvasti both sang musically and well. Fine young chours. Problems with synchonization of audio and video. Major orchestra problems especially the horns.
I didn't like the intros to scenes repetitive. Quite annoyed that the first note of the overture is clipped. Sound was primitave for DVD. All in all DVD and video production values not thrilling.
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