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The Finest af them All!,
This review is from: Richard Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen [DVD]  (DVD)
I saw this production first on VHS Video - and still have all of them. I enjoyed it then, but spent most of the time looking at the translation and synopsis which came with it. I them saw it on television and was glued to it. I now have it on DVD - this version - and there is only one word I can say about it - wow! It is a mixture of modern with traditional and it works really well. It is very atmospheric and full marks go to the lighting and stage technicians. The use of lasers and smoke in 'Das Rheingold' were stunning to say the least. The depth of the acting and music was also outstanding. Although it has a modern flavour, it is easy to determine who is who. (Dare I say it - but this version is better than the recent version by the Royal Opera House!) There is even a (subtle) bit of humour with the charater Mime in Siegfried. That character comes to life as the sleazy, snivelling and scheming dwarf. All in all, this is one version I will watch again and with on-screen subtitles available, it is very easy to follow and understand. The DVD quality is excellent and they have managed to squeeze it into seven DVD's without any reduction of the quality. Even if you have never watched anything like this on such a scale, I would recommend that you do. I find that 5.5 surround sound works best and a large screen. (computer or television) Ignore the time it takes to view... just sit back and watch. It will make you gasp, chuckle from time to time, and there will be times when you feel the very hairs on your neck rise. Everyone plays their own character with great feeling. This is one any fan of opera will love to watch... and perhaps others will watch with you as they become caught up in it. AS mentioned, this is the finest (modern) version I have viewed. I hope you feel the same way.
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