Kismet is a slightly strange musical film with an Arabian Nights theme sumptuously filmed. The musical numbers are derived from themes from the works of the Russian composer Borodin, which include opera's, symphonies and chamber works. Thus you have long melodic lines interspersed with savage rhythmic dances. The basic romance between Prince and pauper occurs within an exotic setting of savagery, despotism, trickery and murder. The plot is more complex in its details than many musicals and most operas.
There is one major lapse in the direction. A spectacular procession supported by a charming musical number is seen only in the distant background, while other action in the foreground thwarts the viewers efforts to enjoy all the details passing by.
The DVD is in an unusual thin package aimed possibly at an Asian market but includes English subtitles and plays back with good picture definition and colours on a region 2 DVD player.