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Verdi: Don Carlos (Blu-Ray) [2014]

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  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: NVC Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H87JZBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Don Carlos is betrothed to Elisabeth, but then his father intercedes and marries her himself. Heartbroken, Carlos enters a monastery; his friend Rodrigue tries to rally his spirits by convincing him to help free Protestant Flanders from Catholic Spain; but Carlos' love for Elisabeth continues. A new adaptation of one of Verdi's most popular operas, restored to its original five acts and performed at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

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Don carlo(s) is my all time favourite opera and this particular version is amongst the best performed on video. I have the DVD version and am looking forward to a remastered blu ray upgrade. However the video transfer makes me wonder if I have inserted the old DVD disc instead. The picture is fuzzy and the PCM sound was only a slight improvement to the Dolby stereo on the old DVD. The only improvement is that the DVD version was done in letterbox ratio and blu ray filled up the 16:9 screen. I still give it 5 stars as I don't want to pull down the rating of this wonderfully sung and acted performance. But if you are hoping the blu ray transfer will vastly improve on the DVD version you might be disappointed like me.
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The blu-ray release of this 1996 Pappano/Luc Bondy/Chatelet (French) Don Carlos has only one audio track, and even though it's labeled "stereo" it is in fact mono. There is no surround and the poor video is no significant improvement over the DVD. The performance is spectacular from several of the principals - we're not going to have the likes of them any time soon (not in the French version).

I gave it one star to draw attention to Kultur/Warner's abysmal standards (the Kultur and Warner releases are identical). The new 1997 Vick Manon Lescaut Blu-ray from Glyndebourne on Kultur/Warner is also in mono only! Beware of any future Kultur/Warner re-releases in blu-ray.
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This updated Blu Ray picture wise is no better than the original DVD release, but sound opened out much better.
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Many consider the original French version superior to the Italian re-write (called Don Carlo). Personally I have both on DVD and find it hard to decide on a preference. The opera is a masterpiece of the highest order in spite of the librettists silly decision to have a couple of appearances of Philip's father as a ghostly figure.
I have given this five stars because the production is very good and especially because the cast is absolutely outstanding. Roberto Alagna acts and sings brilliantly in the title role. Karita Mattila and Waltraud Meier in the two female roles look wonderful and act and sing to perfection. The other two male roles are filled by Jose van Dam as Philip and Thomas Hampson as Rodrigue, both of whom are outstanding. It is really a dream cast on top form. It is also quite rare to find a cast that all look the part.
The voices are well recorded but the orchestra only adequately. My one reservation is that for a lot of the time the synchronization between lip movements and sound is slightly off. This is an irritating distraction.
However, on the whole, a must have production.
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once in a lifetime you can find the right singer for every role in don carlo - that is the case here .the best French don carlo available.
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