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  • Lehar: The Merry Widow (Live Recording From War Memorial Opera House San Francisco 2001) [Blu-ray] [2010]
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Lehar: The Merry Widow (Live Recording From War Memorial Opera House San Francisco 2001) [Blu-ray] [2010]


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  • Format: Classical, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033B6D86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Lotfi Mansouri's spectacular last production as General Director of San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, new dialogue specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein, and an original ballet to set the scene Chez Maxim's, bringing fresh insight into Lehár's classic operetta. It's a wonderfully rich piece of musical theatre, of course gorgeous melodies but also the story touches on some real basic truths about human relationships Director, Lofti Mansouri.

Review

...this is about as lavish a production of Franz Lehár's adorable operetta as you are ever likely to see...soprano Yvonne Kenny is perfectly cast in the title role. --Classic FM Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Belsey on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Have just shown this blueray disc performance to a small gathering of friends, via a projector onto a 10foot wide screen, with stunning results Most of the audience are opera and ballet fans, and they all without exception thought this to be a wonderful, remarkable, exciting, production that gives 100percent feel good experience.
It is good to have it in English, as with so much dialogue it becomes difficult to keep up with swiftly changing subtitles. Those of us of a certain age, even if not opera or operetta fans know well these wondeful songs, and will get great joy watching this Merry Widow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Plato on 12 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I understand that this is a 2001 made for television performance, which has been latterly transferred to Blu-ray. It is indeed a wonderfully rich piece of musical theatre - and in particular the performances of Yvonne Kenny (The Merry Widow) and Bo Skovhus (Count Danilovitch) are truly spectacular.
Unfortunately, the sound track on the Blu-ray appears to be out of synchronization with the video picture by several milliseconds, and on numerous occasions actors appear to be almost miming. This observation is not just subjective, as others have also noticed this apparent problem.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
On the basis of the previous review I very nearly didn't buy this disc. I find poor lip synchronisation very distracting. However, I am delighted to say that on my blu-ray the sound is perfectly synchronised. In fact, I have never had a problem with lip synch on any Blu-ray disc, which is more than can be said for many ordinary dvd's! To some extent sound synchronisation can be adjusted on modern receivers and I politely suggest that Plato (the previous reviewer) goes down that route. Most Blu-ray viewers will not find this a problem.

This Blu-ray version is a wonderful performance. The picture is generally very good and many of the scenes, especially in Act 2, are pin sharp bordering on demonstration quality. The video quality shows to very good effect the gorgeous costumes of this lovely production. Sound quality is also very good.

I am no expert on operetta and don't have anything to draw comparisons. However, the singing is very good and many of the artists are leading names in the world of Opera. If you feel you don't know this work I am sure that you will recognise several of the songs. The disc has been criticised for the absence of sub-titles in English. The Operetta is sung in English and the producers must have thought English sub-titles to be unnecessary. As a long time 'friend' of the English National Opera I know the value of sub-titles - even when an Opera is sung in English. However, on this production the diction is quite exemplary and sub-titles would only be desirable on a very small percentage of the performance.

In summary, there is very little to criticise on this dvd. In fact, the only negative comment would be the unduly fast speed of the rolling credits at the end of the opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. A. Jakubiak on 23 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed watching this version of an old classic. What more, even my Mother who doesn't speak English had a good time watching it. We both loved the theatrical version of The Merry Widow many years ago, but this production is lavish, colourful and starring fantastic singers.
Perfect light entertainment! (good big screen and home cinema helps!)
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