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  • Actors: Philip Langridge, Janice Cairns, Alan Opie, English Nat'l Opera Orch And Chorus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000092WBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,878 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Philip Langridge, Janice Cairns and Alan Opie star in Tim Albery's production of Benjamin Britten's opera for the English National Opera.

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Benjamin Britten's dour masterpiece Peter Grimes has been well-served in video recordings, yet this stark, intense production may become the top choice for most viewers. One of its major attractions is outstanding camerawork, under the direction of Barrie Gavin, powerfully reinforcing the shifting moods created by the music. The photography is notable in frequent close-ups, particularly those that focus on the ravaged, vulnerable and intensely expressive face of Philip Langridge in the title role. His interpretation is strikingly different from that of his chief video rival, Jon Vickers, who presents a more burly characterisation.

The ambiguities in the role of Grimes make it possible to emphasise either strength or vulnerability in this story of an alienated fisherman, who stands virtually alone against a small (and small-minded society), vast forces of nature and a run of bad luck. His young apprentice has died (possibly because of his neglect or brutality); he is legally acquitted but found guilty by his neighbours and forbidden to take another boy as apprentice. He ignores that warning, the second boy dies accidentally, and he commits suicide under intense public pressure.

Langridge gives a striking account of the role's psychological depth and complexity, aided by a well-chosen and directed cast. James Atherton conducts expertly. The chorus and orchestra are first-class, and the famous sea interludes, which have found a secure place in the concert repertoire, are visually enhanced by views of the ocean and shoreline. --Joe McLellan --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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