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Itzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist


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  • Actors: Itzhak Perlman
  • Directors: Christopher Nupen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Christopher Nupen Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012K53UY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

This DVD is an intimate account of the formative years in the life and career of one of the leading violinists of our time. Itzhak Perlman fell in love with the sounds of the violin at the age of 3 1/2 but contracted polio a few months later and was soon to learn that it would be impossible, with his handicap, for him to pursue a high-level career as a violinist. Not only has he suceeded in doing what the world thought quite impossible but he has done it on a level that few have matched. It is a heartening story of the spectacular triumph of talent, determination, character and tenacity over seemingly insurmountable odds, producing truly glorious results along the way.

Review

Lasting nearly two hours, Allegro Film's latest reissue is in three sections. The first section 'I know I played every note', is the inspiring and heart-warming documentary of Itzhak Perlman shot in 1978; it is a frank and intimate portrait of the great violinist and a classic of its kind. In sections two and three, 'The Trout Remembered' and 'Jacqueline du Pre Remembered', the present-day Perlman reminisces movingly and fondly about the much-missed cellist. Finally, he plays Bach's E major and D minor Partitas - quite magnificently - at a 1978 Radio 3 lunchtime concert in St. John's, Smith Square. A DVD to treasure and return to. -- Classic FM, March 2008, Jeremy Nicholas

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I love Perlman - he is one of the best violinists ever.
serious consumer
I've been waiting for this one to come out in DVD format for some time as I have the VHS tape version and even the tape version was difficult to find!
Anthony J. Lomenzo
In this film, Perlman basically narrates his own life and career, with a few probing questions by Nupen.
Steve Ramm

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 5, 2008
Format: DVD
I must admit that, unlike the previous person who reviewed this DVD (based on a previous VHS version and advance press comments), I was not familiar with the prior issue or even the director Christopher Nupen. But I certainly knew, and have seen and heard Perlman in concert.

The center focus on this DVD is the 1978 film titled "I Know I Played Every Note", which runs 58 minutes. In this film, Perlman basically narrates his own life and career, with a few probing questions by Nupen. (At one point he boldly asks the polio-inflicted Perlman: "How often do you fall down?")We see Perlman at home, in the kitchen, in New York City where he takes us on a brief tour of his home (after moving from Israel). We see, and hear from his wife Toby and watch him play concerts with his contemporaries Pincus Zuckerman and Jaqueline du Pre. He teaches a master class (which includes a funny bit with Nadia Salerno Sonnenberg) and tells stories. These are really funny stories and the film will have you smiling often.

So what fills up the rest of this DVD? Well, for one there 38 minutes of excerpts from 20 or so other films which Nupen has directed. But we also have more recent Perlman interviews where he comments on du Pre and the 1969 film titles "The Trout". Nupen includes excepts from two performances in London in the feature film and the DVD provides the full performances of the Bach E major and the Bach D minor partitas.

There's 16-page booklet with photos and text (in multiple languages) included.

With Nupen introducing each of the segments the whole package will take about 2 hours to watch. It's definitely two hours well spent. And spending any time with Perlman, either listening to his virtuoso performances, or hearing his funny stories is time well spent.

I'm off to seek out more of Nupen's films, based on this one!

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Lomenzo on February 10, 2008
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I've been waiting for this one to come out in DVD format for some time as I have the VHS tape version and even the tape version was difficult to find! In the DVD version, the Amazon write-up indicates "160 minutes" [sic] whereas the exact VHS tape version was/is 80 minutes so obviously the DVD version has additional bonus material.

So too and 'I' was the one some time back who made the grand observation that "why get the DVD version when one has the tape version" thing and of course I don't have to tell you that my DVD collection far exceeds my tape versions because of what DVD versions have to offer. That and not to mention the usual DVD bonus material and the easy-find progressive scan cueing versus the guess work 'wind-rewind' hassle of tape especially when what you want to re-hear or find is at the beginning of the tape and the tape is naturally near the end! You get the stop-go-stop-go picture!

But more cogent, Itzhak Perlman is a legend in his own time. Besides his known skills with the violin [check out his CD audio disc on the 24 Paganini caprices!], the man has a captivating personality with a retained sense of humor where you simply, put colloquially, can't help but like the guy and thoroughly enjoy listening to him both playing 'and' talking and on virtually any subject, much less the violin! Even at his master classes, the by-word is 'encouragement' and the students, world wide mind you, genuinely appear to appreciate his input and his overall friendly demeanor.
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By Photo Bug on March 17, 2014
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Itzhak Perlman is a fantastic violinist as well as a great showman. It is a real pleasure to see him in action. Even friends of ours who do not love classical music do love it when he plays. The DVD is of high quality.
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By deirdre on March 6, 2014
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Perlman is indomitable in spirit, effort, and all around joy. His musical gift, which he sharpened throughout his life, beyond the highest or lowest note is sheer thrill. Share in his bio, his challenges, his loves, but above all, enjoy his fiddling. 150% recommended. If you don't know this guy and his music, DISCOVER HIM.
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