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Mascagni/Leoncavallo - Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [DVD] [2005]

Teresa Stratas , Plácido Domingo , Franco Zeffirelli    Exempt   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Juan Pons, Alberto Rinaldi, Florindo Andreolli
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Giovanni Verga, Guido Menasci, Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2005
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0LNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A double-bill of operas filmed by Franco Zeffirelli. 'Cavalleria Rusticana' features performances by Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson, while 'Pagliacci' again features Plácido Domingo, along with Teresa Stratas and Juan Pons. Georges Prêtre conducts the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an absolute must have DVD 9 Nov 2006
The Emmy that Franco Zeffirelli won for his film Pagliacci was justly deserved and the film speaks for itself. However, the underated Cavalleria Rusticana alone is worth the price of this DVD. A very young Placido Domingo is in truly fine form and his scene/duet with Elena Obratsova is really intense! Elena Obratsova is the real star of this film and her performance at times can easliy move you to tears. Filmed in Sicily the cinema photography is beautiful and the quality of the sound is better then any version of Rusticana that I so far heard on CD. A truly outstanding production that stands way above the other opera movies from this era.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Cav and Pag 2 Jan 2012
By Colin W
Cavalleria Rusticana was shot on location in Sicily and not in a theatre. This works very well with Zeffirelli's direction producing a very moving performance. Placido Domingo is wonderful both vocally and dramatically and is matched by Renato Bruson and Elena Obraztsova. Pagliacci is equally good, shot in La Scala but without an audience to distract. The camera stays on the action all through with no cuts to the orchestra or conductor. Teresa Stratas, as Nedda, acts brilliantly and Domingo is again in superb voice. Both operas are higly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The disc is NTSC Region 0, so should be playable on most modern DVD players.

Italian is the original language; sub-titles are in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese; the DVD menu is in English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great production of this pair 5 Nov 2010
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Domingo dominates this pair if operas and Stratas matches his standard,
The prologue to Paglacci, sung by Pons is the best I can recall. The production is well up Zeffirelli's great standard
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faulty DVD 12 Jan 2009
I have old videos (from the TV) of the two operas which i think are outstanding and was looking forward to the better quality of the DVD.
I was a bit disappointed with the film quality of Cav. and I could not get Pagliacci to open. I returned the disc but the replacement was the same.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 5 April 2010
Be warned..... Deutsche Gramophone should be ashamed for releasing such poor, if not an appalling quality film. The film which was poorly made and released in video format was not that good the first time round, but I would have expected Deutsche Gramophone to have released this after being re-mastered, but sadly they seem more concerned in making a quick buck... How anyone can watch it is beyond me. I was so looking forward to this and especially as the DVD cover has been revamped and gives one the impression that the recording has too. That's the only thing Deutsche Gramophone did to this... The DVD cover....So as I've said BE WARNED! ... Personally I never thought that Franco Zeffirelli managed to capture the essence of the opera, and the semi stage and open-air production doesn't work. One or the other, but not mixed is my opinion so what is the point of struggling on, when there are far better ones on the market. Save your money.. Or buy my copy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances; stupid second film 29 Jun 2013
By Max
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I've basically no complaints against the music or its performers. These aren't first-rate operas of course, but they're well worth hearing, rare survivors from a period which saw hundreds like them appear and quickly vanish into oblivion. They're performed very well here; Stratas is superb, Domingo is everything we've come to expect, and Obraztsova sings really more passionately than the music deserves. All my frustration is against the director; the first film is alright, but the second is wrecked by permanent extraneous noises layered on top of the music: twittering birds; shuffling feet; or, most unbearably, chattering, giggling, screaming brats throughout some two-thirds of the whole film. The idea was clearly to create atmosphere or whatever; personally I listen to operas because I enjoy music, and I hear recordings expecting to be rid of the coughing and moving which typically mar concerts. It quickly got to the point where I was dreading the slightest diminuendo, knowing that it would be ruined by the noises. I've nothing against opera films in general, but they only work as essentially filmed stage works, entirely focused on the music but taking advantage of more elaborate sets and production values than are possible in a theatre (Götz Friedrich's 'Salome' and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 'The Barber of Seville' are wonderful examples). This disc is probably worth buying for the first film, but watching the second left me only infuriated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera lover 12 Mar 2013
By M. W.
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Although an old production, the music and the singing are still marvellous.
Needless to say, Placido Domingo is always worth watching
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 15 days ago by ian macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
In spite of the headline, I have a mixed opinion of this DVD. Cavalleria Rusticana is absolutely superb. The filming is atmospheric and the singers were the all-time greats. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
so enjoyable well done, well put together, singers were superb, well worth watching, costumes and presentatation were more than excellent
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. C. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very good productions, with appropriate atmosphere, wonderful music and excellent performances by the tenor and soprano. I recommend it to opera lovers.
Published 8 months ago by lendanmo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the filming!
I have long wanted this in my collection but mainly for Cavalleria which is shamefully short on good DVD recordings which is surprising for its high popularity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Mc Warwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly atmospheric!
These two short operas are full of great music, and the brief stories of their characters are expertly told and not at all hard to follow - the moral in each case being that no-one... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thank You Note
First to say thank you to John8142 whose review enabled me to find my way into this inaccessible DVD; it saved my sending it back. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Grumpy Oldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera at its best
A great recording of Cav & Pag, Domingo at his dramatic best especially in Pagliacci. The drama was transfixing throughout.
Published 16 months ago by Mr D.G. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Addressing a couple of previous negative comments: First: the Top Menu requires you to click on the Act 1,2 etc for Pag - not on the Title. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by John8142
3.0 out of 5 stars opera as film
Quite good but would prefer it on a stage do not like the film setting prefer a CD I have the artists are better my only pluswas I had forgotten the story so enjoyed the sub titles... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by N. H. Mcleay
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