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Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: PLG UK Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan. 2014
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FOY4HZQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stéphane Denève conducts the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra and Chorus in this production of Offenbach's opera, recorded live at Barcelona's Liceu Opera House. Performers include Kathleen Kim, Natalie Dessay and Michael Spyres.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Stefan Lazar on 31 Jan. 2014
I've seen this production "live" as it is a share with the San Francisco Opera and Lyon. It comes across much better in the theatre than on video. The performers here are wonderful but the quality of the video is terrible. The color is all washed out. It looks like what you might see from a low budget movie from the 1960's or a film with very faded color. You can tell immediately with the view of the audience before the performance starts that there is something very wrong. There is no excuse for the poor quality of transfer. I have a copy of this performance when it was televised in Europe and the video quality is excellent. The only reason I am keeping this is for the English titles. My televised copy has French titles.

However, the end result is that this is definitely worth having - not only for the wonderful performance but for the "new" edition which I found to be very effective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mc Warwick on 20 Feb. 2014
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I have always had mixed views about Laurent Pelley productions. Some work well and some kind of work. The man always seems to be obsessed with back stage machinery both real and imaginary. To my mind to strip any theatre bare and show back wall and emergency exits completely kills all the magic of the stage.
Here again we were subject to some of this mingled with some weird Psychology. Scene one of the story should give the heady atmosphere of a beer and wine sodden students drinking cellar. In this production it looked more like a waiting room at your local Psychiatric clinic. Again as is often the normal these days we had a near static chorus with no acting ability or credit. Why do so many Operas these days kill the action ? Surely a concert performance would serve just as well but I digress!
So many shades of grey, pealing wall paper and the twilight shading. I did so much enjoy, without any doubt, the mechanical doll scenes which really lifted the performance from its gloom. The nutty press scientist critics also enlivened those scenes. The Antonia scenes ( pealing wallpaper) Were ,as they should be, very claustrophobic and opposing. Moving staircases? - Harry Potter springs to mind! again use of stage machinery. In the final Venice scenes Floating sofas not gondolas???
Fortunately all the character parts were so perfect and saved the whole show for me. Particularly the menacing villain in all his anti - hero guises. A real nightmare character perhaps more sinister than was called for at times. The Tenor lead was suitably pathetic and all the three leading ladies were excellent portrayals. The trouser role was also satisfying in his/her protective and suffering devotion to Hoffman.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Ball on 11 Jan. 2014
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This is a revue of Les Contes d'Hoffman by the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 2014 starring Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Michele Losier among others.

Because Offenbach died before fully completing Les Contes d'Hoffman there are a lot of different versions around and this was one that I hadn't seen before which made it particularly interesting. There were several numbers I had not heard before. This was clearly the version Powel and Pressburger had based there film version on (although they cut a good hour of material and changed things around quite a lot).

My only real complaint of the performance was that the staging was a little plain - presumably because of the many fairly rapid scene changes that were needed. Everything else was excellent.
There was a big cast all of whom were at least good. Of the bigger roles Natalie Dessay (Antonia), Laurent Naouri (Lindorf, Dapertutto etc.) and Michele Losier (Nicklausse) stood out as particularly good and Kathleen Kim (Olympia) was excellent in a small but very difficult role. Both Stephane Deneve and the Liceu orchestra were first rate.

Video and Sound were very good and the video editing (which must have been quite difficult in some of the scenes) was excellent.
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i bought this because it featured Natalie Dessay as Antonia, and I was not disappointed. Giulietta and Nicjklause were also excellent, thoug I was a little disappointed by Kathleen Kim as Olympia. THough, having seen Natalie as three different incarnationsof the role, and also Nadine Koutcher's ole-dance version, it was ahard act to follow.
Nevertheless, an excellent version of Hoffmann.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aqua on 4 Oct. 2014
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excellent
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