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This review is from: Puccini: Madame Butterfly -- 1995 film version [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a beautiful film of one of the best loved Operas by Puccini.
The cast is excellent throughout and it makes a great change to see a singer in the leading role who actually looks the part.
The film looks beautiful even if there are some minor mistakes in the design of the set (on the whole accurate) such as the graveyard having stones very unlike any Japanese ones I have seen in Japan as well as the sotoba wooden memorials looking not quite authentic. At least the kimono etc are authentic on the whole like on most other productions of this opera (ENO's production in London comes to mind where the kimono sleeves were very wrong...more chinese than Japanese). These are very small issues but can irritate the viewer as it would have been easy to make things look authentic even if it was shot in Morocco and not in Nagasaki.
My one real complaint lies in the lack of the several languages in subtitles[...]. I bought this here because of the price as a gift for my mother who is finnish. Yet there are only four languages subtitles available on this disc. Curiously I had previously bought this DVD [...] and it does have finnish subtitles. Because of this my mother was unable to fully enjoy this marvellous DVD![...]