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Don Giovanni (2000)

Rodney Gilfry , László Polgár , Brian Large  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rodney Gilfry, László Polgár, Isabel Rey, Cecilia Bartoli, Roberto Saccŕ
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Producers: Colin Wilson, Jane Seymour, Masaki Tazaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000062Y6J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don Giovanni" on IMDb

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two contrasted performances of quality to consider January 10, 2014
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This Zurich production under Harnoncourt, filmed in 200i by the experienced Brian Large team, also features lively orchestral contributions and a good forward pace. The setting is traditional and does not contain any obviously worrisome inconsistencies. As such it can be described as a recognisably 'traditional' production.

Don Giovanni as portrayed by Gilfry has the necessary charm as well as enough youthful vigour. (He portrays the part of Danilo in the Merry Widow, also at Zurich, with much charm too). He is thus very believable as a seducer of women. This portrayal therefore adds credence to the roles of both Anna and Zerlina. Sacca as Don Ottavio is a convincing physical characterisation and is well sung but it still remains rather a weak role - however this is mostly to do with the character as written.

Both Zerlina and Masetto are well performed and convincingly portrayed. Leporello acts and sings well throughout and is a good and strong foil for Giovanni. The concluding scene with a strongly portrayed Commendatore and a markedly more dissolute, long and greasy-haired Giovanni builds well to its fiery end with a clear sense of final terror, but not remorse, clearly communicated by Gilfry. Donna Elvira, as portrayed by Bartoli, is more a matter of personal taste. There are some who find her `over the top' in her acted and sung levels of outrage and stridency. However, taken on its own terms, this is still acceptable and is certainly musically spot-on as one would expect from Bartoli.

The recording is good visually and sonically with clear surround sound (Dolby 5.1) while not quite being up with the latest in high definition technology.
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