The Magic Flute (The Criterion Collection)
Manufacturer: Criterion Brand: Image Entertainment Model: 2224972
A prince rescues a princess from a sorcerer in this version of Mozart's opera. Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Outside: From The Redwoods
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy Model: 2230593
1) Program Start 2) Conviction of The Heart 3) What A Foll Believes 4) Your Mama Don't Dance 5) Return To Pooh Corner 6) Now and Then 7) Will of the Wild 8) Watching the River Run/ Danny's Song 9) If You believe 10) This Is It 11) Love Will Follow 12) Lea
The 3 Tenors: Paris 1998
Manufacturer: Atlantic Brand: CARRERAS/DOMINGO/PAV
Even as these God-given talents age and reunite, tenors Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti deliver the goods to an adoring French audience accompanied by the Orchestra de Paris under the baton of James Levine. This inspiring DVD captures the live-in-Paris concert and is complemented by a behind-the-scenes documentary and interviews with the three stars. 1998/color/125 min/NR/fullscreen.
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads...
Manufacturer: Warner Bros / Wea Brand: CLAPTON,ERIC & FRIENDS
The legendary guitarist is joined in concert by stars such as Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Mary J Blige and saxophonist David Sanborn. All the proceeds from the concert went towards the Crossroads centre in Antigua. Songs include 'Layla', 'Wonderful Tonight', 'Tears in Heaven', and 'Sunshine of Your Love'.
Shania Twain - Live
Manufacturer: Polygram Video Brand: UNIVERSAL MUSIC VIDEO DIST. Model: 2227850
This DVD is 120 minutes and features Shania Twain's 1998 w orld tour. It includes 25 tracks: Man! I Feel Like a Woman ! Honey, I'm Home, You Win My Love, & more.
Puccini - La Boheme / Freni, Pavarotti, Severini, San Francisco Opera
Manufacturer: Kultur Video Brand: Kulter
Puccini's bittersweet opera of high-spirited bohemians and the doomed love between Rodolfo, the idealistic poet and Mimi, the consumptive flower-maker, is a beautifully balanced series of tableaux. In 1989 when this production was taped, Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni had already enjoyed long, distinguished careers. In other words, they were considerably older than La BohÃ¨me's romantic young couple, Mimi and Rodolfo. If you find this consideration important, it might be wise to skip this BohÃ¨me and invest instead in the bright, youthful, and energetic Sydney Opera production or the visually striking 1998 Metropolitan Opera production. So far, La BohÃ¨me has fared better on DVD than any other opera, and the San Francisco BohÃ¨me faces serious competition. But this is a vintage production deserving attention on its own merits. As a matter of survival, veteran singers learn how to make experience compensate for the loss of youth, and Freni and Pavarotti are outstanding examples of how this can be done. They are aided by a sensitive stage director, a visual treatment responsive to the opera's changing moods, and an expert supporting cast deeply involved with the story and the music. They fit convincingly in roles with which they have been living for decades; both are still in good vocal condition, and the emotions are convincingly conveyed. In the supporting cast, note the excellent performances of Gino Quilico and Nicolai Ghiaurov. --Joe McLellan
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet / Nureyev, Fonteyn, Royal Ballet
Manufacturer: Kultur Video Brand: Kulter
This film is the famed Royal Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet. This historical performance stars Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev as the quintessential stage lovers. It captures the greatest dance partnership of our century at the peak of their careers. It's not a stretch to call Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn the most sublime of all dance partners and Sergei Prokofiev the most gifted 20th-century ballet composer. And so it goes without saying that the 1966 film version of the Royal Ballet production of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet featuring Nureyev and Fonteyn as the star-crossed lovers is an absolute must-have for anyone who cares a whit about the art. Director Paul Czinner has made all the right moves, alternating between full shots of the performers with long shots that accentuate how Kenneth MacMillan's fastidious choreography is inexorably linked to the characters, their story, the elaborate sets, and the viewer. Nicholas Georgiadis's costumes are sumptuous without being overdone, the supporting dancers and ensemble are as exquisite as the leads, and John Lanchbery conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with just the right mixture of joviality and tragedy that Prokofiev's classic score needs but doesn't always receive. --Kevin Filipski
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