I saw this production in the early 1990ies at the Munich "Staatsoper" and was very impressed by the whole work - one of the real "classics" of 20th century musical drama. This film of the original ENO version wonderfully preserves these feelings of a great human tragedy set into music by Britains - in my opinion - greatest composer of the passed century. All the singers are near to perfection in both singing and acting. The orchestra plays with fire and extreme power but has also the colours of lyricism. And the little but very important part of the apprentice-boy is a unforgetting portrayal in this production.