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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest British feature film ever made? Quite possibly.
This film has so much going for it that you should stop and think twice before dismissing my claim.
First of all it is a genuine Tragedy in the Aristotelian sense.
Secondly, it is the tragedy of a major musical genius who is also a popular 'romantic artist'.
Thirdly, he is treated by Russell as the representative Romantic Artist who tries but fails to live...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Music Lovers DVD
Good transfer in proper anamorphic widescreen format (ignore the incorrect sleeve info that states 4:3). As a vanilla disc it is fine - although subtitles would have been preferred as I am slightly hard of hearing. No extras whatsover. However as the film is rarely broadcast on terrestial these days this is the only way to see it. Certainly overpriced as it is - but it...
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by CitizenZod


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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD!!, 19 July 2011
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R. Gale (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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First, about the disk itself: it's a single layer, anamorphic DVD (even though the box and data says it's 4:3). The print is very good quality, the transfer is well done, but there are no extras or commentary.

This is one of my absolute favorite Ken Russell films, but if you're not interested in classical music and/or Tchaikovsky, it's probably not for you. The film is Ken Russell being his indulgent self, but I felt he somehow gets away with the excessive bits. The performances are first-rate, the music is of course wonderful, and there is a lot of production value. For all of its many historical inaccuracies, it's equally amazing how accurate so much of it really is, if not in specific incident, certainly in spirit. No need for me to recap the content, you can find that in other reviews or on other websites. But if you're interested in the facts about Tchaikovsky, I recommend you get your hands on a series of lectures by Robert Greenberg in "The Great Courses" series called Tchaikovsky, His Life and Music. It serves as an excellent companion piece to this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD!, 16 July 2011
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Giancarlo Stampalia "tv omnivorous" (Trieste, Italy) - See all my reviews
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This semi-factual biopic about Russian composer Tschaikovsky is admittedly over the top, but given Ken Russell's stylistic preferences and given the extreme drama of its subject matter, the telling of this story is actually fairly a-propos.
That said, there is probably no other director (except Kubrick, maybe) who can set classical music to images and make both exciting, virtuosistic and dramatically relevant. Other than the brilliant incipit, two sequences stand out: the first is young Tschaikovsky playing the premiere of his first piano concerto.Not only is the depiction of the piano and orchestra playing handled with dazzling verisimilitude (Richard Chamberlain appears to be actually playing the concerto, very believably and passionately in plain view -- hands, face, master shot and all!), but the visualization of the fantasies that go through various characters' minds while the music is playing are brilliantly synchronized with the music itself and very, very exciting and brilliant. The second sequence is an outdoor party with fireworks, a jolly milieu into which is injected a sinister, tragic event (Tschaikovsky's scorned ex male lover slandering him to his patroness and benefactor); Russell comments on the juxtaposition of these two events by actually mixing and intersecting two distinct Tchaikovsky compositions! Genius.

The transfer to DVD is good, the copy near-pristine, the contrast and colors good.
Ken Russell is never to everyone's taste, but if you like him even a little, and you haven't seen this film, it will be a great discovery. If you know him and love him, and if you like the film, you will love this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, 16 Jan 2012
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Finally this is now out on DVD - one of Ken Russell's best films! My wife has been wanting to see this again for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real find, 9 Jan 2012
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Christine D. Swann "Micki205" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent film, I think one of Ken Russell's finest...I have been searching for it for ages. It seems it has been unavailable for several years. I am glad to see it back. Superb acting by all concerned...of course, magnificent music. Beautifully directed...as far as the minor historical inaccuracies are concerned...as Ken Russell himself said he was making a movie not a documentary. They make no difference to the main story of a man in torment. Well worth watching if you have even the slightest interest in Tchaikovsky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this film, 30 Dec 2011
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Last saw this film about 30 years ago. Someone bought it for me for Christmas, just watched it - still brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 23 July 2011
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P. J. P. Stuart "Peter John Paul" (Christchurch New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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The impact of this superb movie after ten year breaks of viewing it is quite mind boggling.
I had to think was Ken russell a genuis or a mad man. Atually came up with both thoughts.
The movie is so surreal..a word so often misused today. It can be beyong imagination in many scenes.
Thank goodness it is back on DVD....No subtitles for the hard of hearing once again. This is happening far to often now.If it is cost cutting ? How come the DVD prices are not cheaper ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glenda Showing Us All She's Got to Give, 18 Jun 2014
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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‘The Music Lovers’, which tells the story of Tchaikovsky’s ill-starred marriage, is arguably Ken Russell’s most famous film. It is certainly his most famous of his musical ‘biographies’, but perhaps for the wrong reason. (We won’t mention the drain cover or Glenda Jackson showing us all she’s got.) It is also certainly one of the titles that appears on any list of his most well-known features.

And, perhaps, rightly so, with its vivid colours and imaginative sets. It is often visually stunning and inventively shot. It is also expertly edited. He cleverly adapted English settings into Russian vistas, with onion domes, birch forests, and cornfields stretching to the horizon. Russell’s knowledge of and love for Tchaikovsky’s music is also on show and memorably edited into key scenes: his first piano concerto, his sixth symphony, along with Romeo & Juliet (naturally) and Eugene Onegin (of course).

As usual, Russell plays fast and loose with the facts and does not let them get in the way of a good (and preferably salacious) story; but with lots of fun and laughter along the way, there is no time to get bored. That said, it is likely that Tchaikovsky’s honeymoon was actually more dramatic in real life than it is portrayed here.

So long as the viewer brings a few pinches of salt with him or her to the story dramatised in the film, Russell’s ‘The Music Lovers’ still shines brightly as a consummate production. Alas, there are no extras on my DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Russia with love, 25 Feb 2014
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Its a little dated, yes. It's a little twee, yes. It's full of self importance, yes. It drags in places, yes. Its all those things but as a snapshot of the one of the best directors and several of the best actors of their time, its quite wonderful and the music, of course, is imperial. In the end, its got to worth buying if only to see the talented and gorgeous Miss Jackson get her kit off
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4.0 out of 5 stars memory gives a false picture, 15 Oct 2013
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would have liked a write up to go with DVD and a numbering system to find some tracks. A DVD by itself means a lot of guesswork!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 30 Aug 2013
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Always been a favourite film of mine and a fitting tribute to a true genius of classical music!
So sad he met a tragic end, but his music will line on and on!
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