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John Adams: Doctor Atomic [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gerald Finley, Jessica Rivera, Eric Owens, Jay Hunter Morris, Lawrence Renese
  • Directors: Peter Sellars
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), English (Dolby TrueHD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OA0726
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Adams: Doctor Atomic [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Product Description

The longing to overcome human boundaries led the physicist
J. Robert Oppenheimer to begin an experiment that formed a
threat to the whole of humanity, and whose scientific results
still do today. The question of the moral implications of the
atomic bomb is raised in John Adams' opera, just as much as
that of the influence on the private lives of the main
characters. Doctor Atomic is the fifth work to result from
almost twenty years of collaboration between the American
composer and his fellow American director and Erasmus
Prize-winner Peter Sellars.

Review

The cast is flawless… Adams has created a beautiful
provocative work that refreshes the repertoire. --The Times

Included in 2008: The Year in Review
The Ten Best Classical Music Recordings of 2008 by Alex Ross --The New Yorker, Alex Ross, December 15, 2008

In documentaries on the "Doctor Atomic" DVDs, the vignettes of Sellars talking about his mission offer a characteristic sense of art at its most stubbornly idealistic...Adams himself says on the DVD that "Doctor Atomic" draws on the vocabulary of the overwrought scores to 1950s sci-fi B movies, except with all the camp stripped away so you are left with pure anxiety conveyed by certain sound effects and timbres at key moments. But there are also moments of rich beauty. In the second scene, when the setting shifts from the lab to Robert and Kitty Oppenheimer's bedroom, the score is so purely gorgeous it could make you cry. --Washington Post, Anne Midgette, October 19, 2008

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2013
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The first John Adams opera I experienced was his marvelous "Nixon in China." That inspired me to try his later work. "Klinghoffer" seemed more of an oratorio, musically dense and opaque to me. "Dr Atomic" I would place somewhere between the two. No doubt I'm a philistine, but the music is not as memorable as that of "Nixon in China," which I often go back to. On the other hand, I enjoyed it more than "Klinghoffer."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. Pihl on March 27, 2011
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It's a scary time for the scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They are close to finishing a project that no one really knows whether it will end well or not. John Adams, admittedly not one of my favorite composers, has captured the anxiety, tension and confusion of this time and place with remarkable accuracy. (He had access to some of the, until now, classified material from that time.) The music drives the scenes with a relentlessness that matches what is being worked on. Time flows like a current that cannot be opposed and the characters each respond in their ideosyncratic ways. This is a piece of American history that needs more exposure. A recently-made documentary "Gate" (pronounced 'gah-tay') shows an ending for the situation of the opera that is well worth considering as a companion piece for this work. Both are well worth adding to the collection of anyone interested in finding out what led up to the flight of the 'Enola Gay."
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ivan W. Halperin on July 15, 2009
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An amazing opera. Not only does the performance command your attention, it even teaches some physics.
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