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Offenbach's Secret (1995) (István Szabó) (Euroarts: 2012488) [DVD] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: István Szabó
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B009IF139U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By operetta on 28 Feb 2013
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An interesting and charming film. I loved the "Monty Pythonesque" style. The lip synching could have been better but on the whole very enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An odd potpourri 16 Jan 2013
By David O. Roberts - Published on
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For Offenbach fans ( fanatics ?) this will be an interesting, maybe even welcome DVD. Two complete one-act operettes-bouffes are presented in a rather odd framework: "Les deux aveugles" and "Croquefer, le dernier des paladins". The stagings are amusing, if a bit confusing. Both are presented in all black-and-white productions, sets, costumes, makeup, which are eye-catching, if a bit odd. It's the framework which is particularly strange: we are supposed to be watching these comedies as performed in Offenbach's own lifetime, and experiencing the varied reactions of his audience: scandalized and offended by high-class politicians and functionaries, and received with hilarity by the middle-class audience in the upper tiers of the theatre. I have a hard time understanding all the jokes and references, resulting in some confusion and perplexity.
As for the two pieces, " Aveugles" is charming enough, but "Croqufer" is a real delight. Toe-tapping tunes in frenetic rhythms and parodies of Meyerbeer and Halevy abound. Both are well-sung by British and Hungarian singers. The operettas are sung in French, the framework is dubbed in English, or a choice of other languages.
As a bonus, there is an almost hour-long documentary on the various versions of "Tales of Hoffmann" and their development. This is fascinating, although it tends to give me a headache ! Only a suggestion of the tumultuous contraversy surrounding this subject is conveyed.
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A technical glitch in the bonus feature 23 Feb 2014
By F. Behrens - Published on
My copy, played on an all-region player, showed the bonus feature about the various versions of LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN to be shown in 4:3 ratio with right and left sections of the picture cut off. The main feature, however, played just fine. I contacted the people who distribute this set in the US and and both they and I tried to get a response from Euroarts but the company refused to respond either to them or to me. It played on my computer and on most DVD players in widescreen but not on others.

This puzzled my contact at the distributors greatly and Euroarts is to be held responsible for its not caring about its products.
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Classical 24 May 2013
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I bought this for a friend and he really like this music and video . He is fan of Bach and he would recommend this to anyone who like Bach music
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