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Lisztomania [DVD] [1975]

Roger Daltrey , Nell Campbell , Ken Russell    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Daltrey, Nell Campbell, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, John Justin
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Digital Classics DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DVD Extras
  • Directors Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Roger Daltrey Lisztomania

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russomania 25 Mar 2009
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As some-one who is given to regularly reviewing the works of Ken Russell (against my better judgement I must say), a completely (often deliberately) misunderstood and unjustly derided film-maker; you eventually reach some kind of review-brick-wall; a point from which it's impossible to progress any further.

'Lisztomania' is Russell's MOST misunderstood and MOST unjustly derided motion picture. I'll bet much filthy lucre Russell laughed like a drain while he shot it. If ever a film, jam packed with fabulously garish and disrespectful visuals, was designed and clinically executed with the sole purpose of goading pompous, humourless, over-reverential critics - 'Lisztomania' is it.

Where else can you see a film where Richard Wagner grows a pair of vampire fangs; makes an Aryan monster (Thor - played by overblown organ-obsessive Rick Wakeman!); stages a thoroughly nightmarish 'Rape of the Rhine Maidens' - with the perpetrator sporting a Star of David tattoo (on his forehead!!); teaches innocent little kiddies anti-Semitic rock songs about 'Teutonic Godheads'; dies; then returns from the grave as a swastika emblazoned Frankenstein's monster with a Hitler moustache, firing an enormous guitar/machine gun at a space-ship full of his and Franz Liszt's ex-lovers, who are trying to bomb him ?

You can't... can you ?
Yes you can - and much, much more in 'Lisztomania'.
See Ringo Starr as the Pope: "Raped at gunpoint?....well it happens to the best of us my son".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A laugh (in several ways) 19 Aug 2013
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This is what Russell is often feted for: total OTT, gratuitous and bawdy film making. But he's good at this style, giving it merit and insight into an historical situation. I didn't realise that "Lisztomania" was a 19thC term for the disproportionate adoration of Franz. It goes beyond merely taking liberties with the persistent use of Nazi associations with Wagner (which also gets tedious), and certainly not one of his best films. Watch "The Devils" which truly explores mania (religious and political) in the city of Loudon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but a bit much 9 Aug 2009
By orvuus
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As another reviewer noted, this is Russell at (perhaps) his most excessive. It is interesting that this falls before Altered States, Gothic, Lair of the White Worm, The Rainbow, and Whore in creation, but after The Devils and Tommy (and others including Mahler) -- I believe if nothing it else it shows how remarkably creative Russell is, and how in some ways his worst can outdo some current movies out there. Still, if you love Russell this is worth seeing, and certainly is similar in style to Tommy (I think he brought over some glitter crosses from Tommy in fact). Paul Nicholas is fun as Wagner, and the female actresses are all refreshingly interesting.

The DVD itself has some image quality issues, perhaps based on the source material, at times seemingly fuzzy -- I would love to see this in some sort of Blu Ray collection along with Mahler and Valentino and other less well seen movies, with a view to better resolution. The soundtrack is crisp and healthy on my Sony Bravia, and the speaking parts come through with no noteable dropout.

Overall worth seeing. Not Russell's best, by far, but certainly entertaining.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy or not Tommy... 27 Mar 2004
By M
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...It hardly matters. The fact is that Lisztomania remains Ken Russell's most vociferously castigated film, and that's saying something. If anything Lisztomania proves merely that critics watch films with their eyes and not with their ears. "Bad taste" "outrageous" "camp" and "over the top" are adjectives frequently found in conjunction with reviews of Russell films. Perhaps we'd all prefer to sit down for the latest didactic lesson in wife-beating from Ken Loach, to show us the true extent of British film-making innovation and genius. Why oh why as a race are we so anally retentive about revisionism? Why does any mention of Lisztomania still result in a resounding cacophony of sphincters closing so spontaneously, that it drowns out old Ken's attempts to marry his own, ahem, "ecletic" visual interpretation of the passion and energy of what might have been going through Liszt the man's mind to his aural compositions? On second thoughts perhaps we'd all better go and remind ourselves how serious and solemn cinema must unreserverdly be at all times with a screening of The Passion of Christ. But wait! for yet I hear the ring of the holy cash registers of the local multiplex...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lisztomania DVD 15 Aug 2011
Disappointed that this is a non-anamorphic letterbox presentation. Also print transfer is so-so - nothing to write home about. At least Ken provided a commentary - although even here the great Ken is very underpar - as a lot of these commentaries tend to be.

Ken Russell is very neglected in the DVD format for some reason. Lisztomania reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show - although it is a companion piece to Tommy. I'd suggest this isn't one of Ken's best, but worthy of a viewing for the uninitiated. Much prefer the Music Lovers and Mahler.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lisztomania DVD
I agree with previous reviewer who found this DVD rubbish.
In fact I couldn't endure to watch it to the very end!
Published 7 months ago by Mike Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lisztomanis" is Russell at his worst which is better than most...
LIstzomania is not in print here in the us and the laserdisc is an incomplete mess. The region 2 DVD played fine on my code free player and the picture, although not anamorphic,,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul F. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but poor presentation
LisztOmania is one of Ken Russell's wonderful out of control 70s extravaganzas. If you are into Russell you know what's here. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bernard J. Sheehan
4.0 out of 5 stars Your mileage may vary
It's a Ken Russell film, so expect surrealism, the Nazis, Ringo as the Pope, Daltry and a superb soundtrack by Rick Wakeman. Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. W. H. Bradley
1.0 out of 5 stars karen
Bought this for my husband as a gift.I have to say ive never seen such a load of rubbish!!!!Dont bother.Must say delivery was excellent as usual.
Published on 9 Mar 2011 by Karen
2.0 out of 5 stars Letterbox 2.35 - not enhanced for widescreen TVs
Letterbox 2.35 - not enhanced for widescreen

Just be aware that this DVD is not enhanced for widescreen TVs - and is Letterboxed at 2.35:1
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by tonyg
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Liszt
Ken Russell at his ludicrous, overblown, messy best. Ken may be a bit rich for a lot of peoples' blood, but if you fancy more, I'd recommend his Valentino, Tommy, and The... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by D. F. G. Mullis
3.0 out of 5 stars .Yet Another Excuse to Vilefy Wagner, but still a great film
As a film, this is totally brilliant. But why did Rick Wakeman, a professional musician and composer, choose to drag the beautiful music of Wagner and Liszt into a teenybopper... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2005 by Joan H. Hammond
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