'Ludwig' is one of the Italian director Visconti's later films, and in common with some of his other work (The Damned, Death in Venice), it is concerned with aristocratic decadence. You will rarely see a film which has been concieved on such a lavish, epic scale; telling the story of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his obsession with Wagner, pretty male favourites, and fairytale castles, it weighs in at over 4 hours on this release of the full length version. Previously, 'Ludwig' has been released in various forms, sometimes at half this length, but if you can invest the time to watch it all, the film does have a certain unique charm (although it is admittedly very slow). It also has to be said that the histrionic lead performance by Helmut Berger is probably one you will either love or hate, although Romy Schneider is wonderful as the enigmatic Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
This DVD release also carries 2 hours of excellent extra features, and although the picture isn't as sharp as might be hoped, and the dubbing can also be irritating (the soundtrack is in Italian but most of the actors appear to have performed in English or German), it is still well worth investigating, and is certainly essential to anyone interested in Italian cinema and Visconti in particular.