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The Strauss Family [DVD] [1972]

4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Jane Seymour, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: David Giles
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Digital Sound, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 407 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUU7NY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lavish eight-part ITV drama series made in 1972, following Vienna's Strauss family through most of the 19th century. The saga spans 85 years and focuses primarily on the waltz kings of the day, composers Johann Strauss the father and Johann Strauss the son. Derek Jacobi, Jane Seymour and Stuart Wilson star.

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The first of eight one-hour episodes of "The Strauss Family" was broadcast on ATV on 7 November 1972 to great acclaim. This glossily-mounted series proved phenomenally successful; indeed, during week ending 17 November 1972 it tied (with "Colditz") as the most popular TV programme in the London area. It lodged itself firmly as a favourite with the public and, all these years later, it remains the most authentic series (including cinematic portrayals) about the Strausses yet filmed. The superb dramatic content aside, an excellent musical score was provided by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cyril Ornadel. (In contrast, a £17.5 million, 12-part series, "The Strauss Dynasty", recorded in English but dubbed into various other languages and broadcast during 1991/1992 across the world - but curiously not in GB - proved so contentious and inaccurate that the present-day Strauss family published an angry disclaimer in the Austrian press, distancing themselves from it.) A two-video cassette set of ATV's "The Strauss Family" was issued by Precision Video in 1981, but, 26 years later, we can finally welcome this three-disc 2007 release on Region 2 DVD. This issuee is highly recommended. Do not miss this chance to snap up a copy!
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Having visited Vienna, a simply wonderful city I rate second only to Paris, we wanted to see this series and it was everything we hoped and more. The whole gripping story of the various Strausses along with Josef Strauss's rivalry with Lanner (played so excellently by Derek Jacobi but it's excellent acting throughout especially by Anne Stallybrass as Josef's long-suffering but resourceful wife). And also - music galore, all the famous pieces and others too. So we had to buy CD sets of the Strausses and Lanner as well. You may have to buy from Amazon.de or Amazon.au for the best CD sets.
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The first of eight one-hour episodes of "The Strauss Family" was broadcast on ATV on 7 November 1972 to great acclaim. This glossily-mounted series proved phenomenally successful; indeed, during week ending 17 November 1972 it tied (with "Colditz") as the most popular TV programme in the London area. It lodged itself firmly as a favourite with the public and, all these years later, it remains the most authentic series (including cinematic portrayals) about the Strausses yet filmed. The superb dramatic content aside, an excellent musical score was provided by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cyril Ornadel. (In contrast, a £17.5 million, 12-part series, "The Strauss Dynasty", recorded in English but dubbed into various other languages and broadcast during 1991/1992 across the world - but curiously not in GB - proved so contentious and inaccurate that the present-day Strauss family published an angry disclaimer in the Austrian press, distancing themselves from it.) A two-video cassette set of ATV's "The Strauss Family" was issued by Precision Video in 1981, but, 26 years later, we can finally welcome this three-disc 2007 release on Region 2 DVD. This issuee is highly recommended. Do not miss this chance to snap up a copy!
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I treated myself to this DVD package as I have loved the music of Strauss for most of my life. The story is well told in a superb TV production which I remember well from 1972 having watched the series when it first aired.

To see the beautiful ball gowns and hear the wonderful music was an absolute joy, I was hoping the series would be repeated on TV but this was not to be. However, now I have it on DVD I can watch it when I wish to my heart's content and relive the memories it provokes. I'm so glad I bought it.
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This is a very well made documentary, well cast and extremely close to the historical accounts of which I am aware. The rather dated production methods and film quality do little to detract from what is a gripping story line. Everything was of the best of it's day but forty years on TV productions are often as good or better than their movie counterparts, not so in the 70's. The sets are often very obviously stage sets which has the effect, now, of making this appear like a film of a theatrical production, however that does add to it's charm. What this film does do, is make you realise that nothing is new in the world of "pop" music. In fact, today's artists should count themselves very lucky, these guys really had to work for their living through the media, the whims of fashion and political allegiance. In all a very enjoyable, revealing and educational film backed up by the performance of a superb orchestra.
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I own this DVD - I would say its for the lovers of Strauss and his music. If you are not, then give this DVD a miss. The casting of Anne Stallybrass as the ambitious mother who battled against hardship and a cheating husband to steer his son, played by Stuart Wilson to become one of the most brilliant musician of the time, is superb. Stuart Wilson in his first acting role of Johann Strauss Junior, who had to age from 14 to 74 years did not fail to deliver the life of this brilliant and tormented musician. I cannot fault the casting nor the acting in this series and thoroughly enjoyed the entire film. I will definitely watch this film again and again.
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