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This review is from: Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy  [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
Hansel and Gretel, a fairytail by the Grimm brothers, is transferred to opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. In this version the fairytail is back. Beautiful animation, frame by frame, created with the limited techniques available between 1939 and 1954. The result is magic.
The opera is shortened a bit, which makes the story more suited for children.
My favorite character is Rosina, the witch, performed by Anna Russell.
Yes, it is a pitty that the film hasn't survived in a better condition. If a good restauration is done, I certainly want to have it. But as long that isn't done, this one is worth having.
Five stars for the original version, minus one star for the condition of the present copy.
V.I.E.W., please find a better mastercopy and bring it out again!