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Hermitage Masterpieces (2004)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 498 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDPZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A breathtaking journey through time, culture and art, this 18-part series includes stunning images of rarely seen treasures that represent the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Originally built in 1754, the State Hermitage museum occupies six magnificent buildings and is home to more than 3 million masterpieces collected over two and a half centuries from every school of Western art.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breadth But Not Depth February 17, 2006
After providing an overview of the Hermitage and the lives of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, this series of 18 separate half-hour episodes attempts to provide a history of art based solely upon the paintings in the museum. That approach works where the museum's collection for a given period is strong (notably the programs on Egyptian and Dutch art, especially Rembrandt), but is far less successful in those areas where the museum's collection is weaker (e.g,, the Renaissance, Impressionism and Expressionism). The Hermitage is a fine museum, but it's not the Louvre. Its collection offers breadth but not depth.

The narration is painfully bad, the narrator (R. Parsons) being a representative of the psychological school of art appreciation-he repeatedly makes inane comments to the effect of "We can see in her face exactly what this person is thinking."

Of the 18 programs, the final one (focusing on Matisse and Picasso) is the best. Apparently the Communist regime allowed the museum to purchase Picassos, probably because of the strong stand he took against Franco. The Picassos in the museum's collection are both rarely seen and superb. Even Mr. Parson's commentary rises to the occasion.

For the casual or first-time viewer of films on the Hermitage, the three-tape VHS set entitled "The Hermitage, A Russian Odyssey," produced by the Christian Science Monitor, is a better buy. Having viewed that, if you still want to see more of the museum's collection, you should then consider buying this DVD.

If you're interested in an historical walking tour of the Hermitage, consider buying "Russian Ark," a 90-minute continuously shot movie of the museum. The extras on the disk (a tour of St. Petersburg, etc.) make it a special value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes indeed, it is breathtaking October 24, 2005
Hermitage Masterpieces is currently being shown on CUNY TV in New York. You will be blown away. Excellent closeups of the artwork with intelligent narration. It will open your brain. There is accompaniment of music to enhance the subjects, sometimes a little distracting but never mind. This is so rare an opportunity. Unless you live in St. Petersburg next to the museum don't hesitate to buy this DVD.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is An Extraordinary Global History Of Art ! March 16, 2006
What a treat! This is a vast selection of rarely seen treasures--from Ancient China to 20th Century France--with fascinating narratives about the art, the artists and the times. And, it's all highlighted with fine classical music that illuminates the stunning visual images, making each of the 18 programs a unique and memorable experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in its class, remastered November 9, 2007
This 2004 set is a remastered and the best version of the 1992 original. It has a qood quality video, sound, and menu structure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine DVD July 3, 2014
fine DVD
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