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The Music Lovers DVD,
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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 will have cult status amongst the Russell aficianados.
Also interesting to see it's certificate is now reduced to a '15' - originally '18' on vhs. Some quite disturbing content in parts - particularly concerning Tchaikovsky's frustrated wife (Glenda Jackson) and her descent into madness. The madhouse scenes are very unsettling. Russell is the master in his choreography of music to a series of vignettes suggested by the narrative of the subject concerned. Don't expect a straightlaced take in Russell's bio's, rather a series of set-piece pyrotechnics. Russell certainly has a feeling for Tchaikovsky's music, and the 1st Piano Concerto is suitably edited and spliced around a variety of suggestive visual imagery. Also loved the music to the film's intro - accompanying a boisterous series of winter festivities. Took me ages to find out what this music was - for anyone interested - the scherzo burlesque from Suite No 2. in C, Op.53. Loved those Russian accordians!