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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012L0TFM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,503 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tracklist 1. "Peter Grimes!" Benjamin Britten 2. "Peter Grimes, I here advise you!" Benjamin Britten 3. "The truth...the pity..." Benjamin Britten 4. Interlude I: On the beach Benjamin Britten 5. "Oh, hang at open doors" Benjamin Britten 6. "Hi! give us a hand" Benjamin Britten 7. The carter goes from pub to pub Benjamin Britten 8. "Look, the storm cone!" Benjamin Britten 9. Interlude II: The Storm Benjamin Britten 10. "Past time to close!" Benjamin Britten 11. Get the brandy, Aunt! Benjamin Britten 12. "Old Joe has gone fishing" Benjamin Britten 13. "The bridge is down, we half swam over" Benjamin Britten 14. Interlude III: Sunday morning by the beach Benjamin Britten 15. "Glitter of waves" Benjamin Britten 16. Child, you're not too young to know Benjamin Britten 17. "Fool to let it come to this!" Benjamin Britten 18. "We planned that their lives" Benjamin Britten 19. "Swallow! Shall we go" Benjamin Britten 20. "From the gutter" Benjamin Britten 21. Interlude IV: Passacaglia Benjamin! Britten 22. "Go there!" Benjamin Britten 23. "Peter Grimes! Nobody here?" Benjamin Britten 24. Interlude V: Evening Benjamin Britten 25. "Assign your prettiness to me" Benjamin Britten 26. Is the boat in? Benjamin Britten 27. "Mr.Swallow!" Benjamin Britten 28. Interlude VI: Fog Benjamin Britten 29. "Grimes! Grimes!" Benjamin Britten 30. "To those who pass the Borough" Benjamin Britten 31. Britten: Peter Grimes - Closing Credits Not Applicable

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
I would accept pretty well everything that 221b and M. Joyce say in their reviews, and perhaps the small imperfections in this presentation might edge a reviewer towards 4 stars instead of 5. But this is the great revitalising post-War English opera, the product of Britten's time in the States and return to Suffolk, drawn back partly by Forster's essay on Crabbe and nostalgia for his roots, and here it is conducted by the composer, the principal role taken by Peter Pears, his closest companion and collaborator, staged by the first Ellen, Joan Cross, and filmed in the Maltings, the concert hall Britten and Pears established as central to their Aldeburgh festival. Really, we are so lucky to have this. It is true that there are occasional problems of ensemble between chorus and orchestra and in the orchestra itself, most notably at the beginning of the 'Morning' interlude, where the strings/woodwind and brass want to play at different tempi. It is true that the confined space at the Maltings is sometimes evident, though actually that could be said to intensify the claustrophobic atmosphere of The Borough. It is true that Sir Peter, a wonderful vocal actor, sometimes cuts a rather strange figure in the role, visually rather than vocally (he has a tendency to move rather stiffly, for example). But there is so, so much that is excellent that I have no wish to carp. No doubt Pears's voice was stronger when he was younger, but there is tremendous pathos and involvement in his performance. The set is good and the movement onstage mostly convincing and, when required, dramatic.Read more ›
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By 221b on 29 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
This is a 1969 studio recording directed by Joan Cross, who created Ellen Orford in the original stage production in 1945. It is in remarkably good sound and colour picture quality and has transferred well to DVD. The opera is staged well in limited studio facilities, in simple but effective sets (which only occasionally appear a little cardboardy!). Peter Pears here recreates his central performance of the lead role - it's a great shame he didn't commit this earlier in his career. Whilst it is great to have a visual record of him, he lacks the power and brute force for the role which we are more accustomed to seeing in modern productions. He looks a highly improbably fisherman - described in the opening scene as "callous, brutal and coarse" - rather he gives me the impression of a somewhat faded aristocrat in his twilight years! But vocally he brings his unique ethereal sound to the haunted man, making him a true outsider.
However, this quibble aside, this is a very satisfying DVD with fabulous performances from the supporting cast, all with great diction. How lucky we are to see and hear Owen Brannigan's amazing bass! I found the composer's own conducting of the score a little scrappy on occasions, but the drama of the piece soon carries you away and the climax of the orchestral Passacaglia is absolutely superb! Peter Grimes is one of those key operas that everyone should see, and this production is a great introduction for anyone who hasn't been lucky enough to see it before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark I. Lloyd on 14 Sept. 2012
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This was filmed for TV under studio conditions, but has the energy and feel of a live performance. And it is a riveting performance.

Peter Pears is mesmerising in the title role, which he sings superbly, is a convincing actor, and has terrific stage presence. The poetic, haunted, and manic aspects of the role come over well, and he somehow manages to look both aristocratic and grizzled. Heather Harper is a sympathetic Ellen Orford. The other cast and chorus are very good, clearly relishing their contributions. The realistic staging is atmospheric. Benjamin Britten conducts his work as it should go, injecting plenty of energy, momentum and colour into a fairly brisk reading.

Carefully remastered, picture and sound quality are very good, quite reasonable even by today's standards. There are optional subtitles. The performance held my interest enough to play it straight through in one go. At the asking price of under £10 (at the time of writing) this DVD is highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 7 Nov. 2010
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An opera like this one is surprising in many ways but this is a special BBC production of 1969 and I would like to insist first on the tremendous qualities of this production.

The first element is the setting. It is a complete village square surrounded by wooden houses all raised over the ground with outside staircases to go up to the main doors. These raised houses insist on the danger the sea represents when a tidal wave or a storm comes up to the coast. All made of wood. That's a brilliant idea and yet it is entirely unrealistic. It wants to be out of time and set in a past that could make the story plausible. That village looks like a pioneering settlement in New England in the 18th century, a puritan settlement in a way where everyone is meddling with the business of others because they are locked away from the world, and their only entertainment is to gossip and accuse the one they don't like of all abominable crimes.

The second is the house of Peter Grimes, or hut if you prefer. It looks like an upturned ship hull, a dream for many seamen who want to live on the earth as if they were on their boats. It is not without recalling some other uses of that concept, and in a way it reminds me of Moby Dick and of the whale which swallowed Jonas. Here the boat is swallowing the seaman even on the earth.

The third positive point is the use of crowds. The chorus is not in anyway set aside or gathered in one place. The chorus singers are moving as they were a real crowd and that gives a good illusion of the mass movements of a crowd when they are more or less chasing Peter Grimes.

The fourth point is the very clear distinction between the officials of the village and that crowd.
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