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Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel [Blu-ray]


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Editorial Reviews

Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the
acclaimed 2008 production of Humperdinck's famous fairytale
opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered
musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father,
and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice
Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit
and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera's
fairytale charm. Humperdinck s music mixes catchy folk-like
songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result
as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually
delightful as opera gets. Filmed in High Definition and
recorded in full Surround Sound.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Diana Damrau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Allen, Anja Silja, Colin Davis
  • Directors: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Sue Judd
  • Writers: Engelbert Humperdinck, Adelheid Wette
  • Producers: Royal Opera House, Angela Alvarez Rilla, James Whitbourn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028O34S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Haueisen VINE VOICE on January 9, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There are many reasons for enjoying this performance of Hansel and Gretel, with just a few reservations.
First, the reservations:

1. Yes, the witch does have a "cooler" filled with the hanging bodies of dead children. I tried to understand the reason behind this, and I think it might be to impress viewers that the witch is an evil person, deserving of the fate that Hansel and Gretel have in store for her.

2. Why does the witch have an aluminum walker? The only explanation I can come up with is that it may be to show her deceptiveness--how she tries to appear as a sweet old lady that "wouldn't hurt a fly."

3. Why does the witch appear early on to have her bare breasts exposed through her blue sweater? I really don't have an explanation for this unless it's some kind of pseudo-intellectual device to suggest that she's presenting a maternal image to the lost children. I just think it was gratuitous and not beneficial to the production.

OK, so what are the reasons for enjoying this performance?

First, the Blu-ray recording allows remarkable clarity of the picture. I almost thought that Hansel and Gretel's house was right there in my living room. Also, the sound (PCM 2.0 and PCM 5.1) was impressive. Be careful, when the witch's oven explodes, it may well frighten your neighbors.

The music is given full justice by the Royal Opera House Orchestra led by Colin Davis. The stage is a more contemporary setting, where you'll see Hansel and Gretel's parents as a working class couple. He comes home from a hard day of work, and she clutches her purse, worrying about family finances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Combs on April 8, 2010
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This is simply one of the best opera productions I ever saw. Damrau is her usual incredible, magical self and the rest of the cast is equally excellent. The sets and costumes are decidedly non-traditional but they work amazingly well and the staging is a truly magical --- filled with imaginative touches. This is a Hansel and Gretel for people who usually find the opera a bore --- it is mezmerizing --- don't miss it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on September 23, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is one of my new favorite Blu-rays - the picture is incredible and the sound is wonderful. The performers are all incredibly talented, and let me say - this is NOT your typical opera. It's full of hysterical innuendos and the characters expressions are not typically opera (aka they actually have expression). If you're new to opera and wonder how Hansel and Gretel translates to the sung-word, I highly recommend picking this up!

Oh - I should mention that if you're thinking about showing this to your kids, watch it first. There is an interesting twist mid-way through the second act. In true Grimm fashion, Hansel and Gretel is a pretty dark story!
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