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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 26 May 2007
This review is from: Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert At The Royal Albert Hall (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
I recently bought the DVD as my videos of both this and Stage By Stage are getting rather old now. I readily confess to being a bit of a Miz fanatic, also owning two French versions on CD as well as the Complete Symphonic Recording (on cassette - could do with updating to CD!) and having seen the production some years ago in Manchester.

This anniversary concert (10 and a half years old already!) brings together some of the finest performers, a wonderful orchestra and huge choir in an atmospheric, emotionally-charged performance. I agree with others that, whilst Colm Wilkinson is the Jean Valjean, his perfomance here is maybe not quite his finest but all the emotion is there. Michael Ball slips easily back into the role that first brought him to prominence. Alun Armstrong and Jenny Galloway bring the house down as the vile, but comedic, Thenardiers. Ruthie Henshall plays Fantine well, though not sure if she's my favourite in the role, whilst Lea Salonga is well-suited as the feisty Eponine - she and Michael Ball sing A Little Fall of Rain beautifully.

Highest praise though must go to Philip Quast as Javert, a role he has truly made his own. His two main pieces - Stars and Javert's Soliloquy - are outstanding. He has such a rich and beautiful voice that moves me every time I listen to/watch this. (18/7/07 - have just found my theatre programme and it turns out Philip was playing Javert when I saw it back in 1992. As I had already had the Complete Symphonic recording for about 3 years by that point, I must have appreciated seeing/hearing him live, but can't quite recall it now 15 years on!)

My only criticism of the DVD is that it skips out the speeches, which precede the encore of the 17 Valjeans, and the final encore of One Day More. So for that reason I shall be keeping hold of my original VHS version.

It's not quite the complete show, but it is a superbly-staged performance of one of the best-loved musicals in the world.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2009 12:06:59 BDT
The only thing I have ot complain about is that it hasn't been remastered for surround sound! Otherwise, best musical ever!

Posted on 4 Aug 2011 07:54:33 BDT
Is this the actual stage production with costumes, etc.? Or is it where they're just standing and singing at the microphones like with the recent anniversary reunion including Alfie Boe? I'm needing to find, if it exists, a filming of an actual production. Thanks much!

Posted on 4 Aug 2011 08:21:36 BDT
Is this the actual stage production with costumes, etc.? Or is it where they're just standing and singing at the microphones like with the recent anniversary reunion including Alfie Boe? I'm needing to find, if it exists, a filming of an actual production. Thanks much!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2011 12:00:43 BDT
It isn't the stage production; as far as I am aware the show has never been filmed for DVD release. It is a concert version at the Albert Hall with the lead characters in costume.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 08:27:05 GMT
Silver says:
Does this one have that 'missing footage' in it or not?
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