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Les Miserables - DVD/Blue Ray Version
on 20 May 2013
I have seen the stage show in London's West End at least four times and I have seen the show provincially as well. It has become my very favourite stage musical of all time. I have the both of the DVD concert recordings as well.
I expected not to like the movie too much - there is something more special about a stage show I think. But when we went to see the film version it was absolutely stunning in every way. The Javert sets above Paris and the barricade building and set were of particular note and Hooper's decision to bring live voices onto the set was a stroke of genius. You could excuse some of the shortened songs, i.e Gavroche, for the sake of the additional songs which rounded out the links in the movie. In short - the film was really great and stands very well alongside the stage show.
I waited patiently for my pre-ordered copy of the DVD to arrive and as we saw the movie on it's first release date it was quite a long wait.
BUTTTTTTT .....when it arrived and my wife and I sat down comfortably to watch it - WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT ! The first ten minutes of the DVD are taken up entirely with promotional trailers and other bits and pieces. Who the he.. is responsible for this travesty? If the DVD producers were so desperate to include this additional bumff, why couldn't it go on the end so that viewers have an option to view it or not. The presentation was completely shot by these trailers etc. and we felt cheated that our mood for the music which we so eagerly awaited was thrown out of whack by the ( seemingly ) endless wait for the film to begin.
This may feel to some like a very small gripe about such a wonderful movie but for my wife and I it was a huge disappointment. We felt as though we had rented a film from Blockbuster or somewhere instead of having bought the film for ourselves.
By the way I also seem to remember that once upon a time, in the day, there used to be a small brochure-like written overview of a film, including the cast with some photos etc.included with a DVD movie. Whatever happened to these little booklets as well. Ah well - I must definitely be getting old :)
So - fantastic, fabulous film. Very sad DVD Version, with no thought at all given to the production of the DVD. Sorry guys.