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The Strauss Family [1972]

Stuart Wilson , Eric Woolfe    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Stuart Wilson, Eric Woolfe, Nikolas Simmonds, Anne Stallybrass, Derek Jacobi
  • Format: Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Run Time: 404 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJQUOW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Import from The Netherlands with English soundtrack.
Summary: The Strauss Family is the famous TV series, eight episodes of an hour each, over the life of the "inventors" of the Viennese waltz, the Strauss family. We meet four family members who were famous musicians, notably Johann Strauss father and son also named Johann. They were the rock stars of their time and were just as revered as the idols of today. This course contains a lot of filming music. Not only the songs that everyone knows, but also forgotten gems that were discovered in Viennese archives. During the research for this series The Strauss Family is a feast for eye and ear.


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Nansorb
Format:DVD
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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute feast of Strausses (and Lanner too) 27 Feb 2009
By Helen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Nansorb
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Composer Family History Beautifully Told 6 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tv series relived 1 July 2009
Format:DVD
When strauss family was first shown on itv due to work patterns and no video in 1972 i never got the chance to view, now on dvd is a welcome chance to see this series and found it all i hoped it would be, in the future with the cost of a series etc today along with many other series from yesterday i do not think we are to see the likes again so its a treasure to keep in my collection, the family story line follows very well and the cream is the strauss music, you could hope for a repeat on tv some day but it would be well spoiled with the large number of adverts included.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By HK
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value 18 Nov 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A 4 DVD set of 8 TV episodes. The music is well recorded and overall the story well told. The actors speak english throughout which is also a plus. Lavish costumes and sets make it very enjoyable. I have no idea how true it is, but it doesn't gloss over the infidelities in each generation!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strauss Family 14 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Why are there endless repeats of programmes on TV that you don't want to watch again
but never the ones you do want? This enabled me to see again a geat favourite of mine from 1972. The music, as always, is wonderful!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for a friend
My friend and I have not had the opportunity to sit and watch it yet will do so this weekend
Published 2 months ago by audreyRigby
5.0 out of 5 stars must see dvd
if a Waltz fan then this is for you, we note several Andre Rieu Fans have seen our copy then boughtone for themselves. Awful weather ? feeling unwell ? life a bitch ? Read more
Published 3 months ago by brian osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Strauss Family
I love classical music and this is a story that has a wonderful music score as well as an amazing story to tell of the family.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. Hutchison
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of nostalgia
This item arrived well within the timeframe I was given. I saw this series on the TV years ago with my Mum and Sister and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Musical crafter
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the music
I watched the series some years ago and was delighted to be able to buy the dvd
so that I can enjoy it again. Thank you
Published 4 months ago by Carol Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strauss Family (1972)
This is the story of the Strauss family(the whole family) not just about Strauss Senior.It gave you an insight of the family,not just
the Father.
Published 4 months ago by D R Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film.
Brought back memories of the tv showing which I enjoyed very much. found it a little bit dated from the acting point of view. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS J TOMLINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Schmaltzy Waltzy
Wallow in a sentimental evocation of the life of the "Waltz King", and enjoy his everlasting melodies. And why not?
Published 7 months ago by Doris
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia
brought back many happy memories. I found the acting superb and the series was historically accurate.A box set to treasure
Published 9 months ago by graham73
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Have been waiting years for this series to come out on dvd. Loved the storyline of the Strauss family and the music was fab.
Published 9 months ago by Cattysherry
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