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The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format.

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  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FZ9Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "LES MISERABLES (SUPERBIT)" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD is amazing! Les Miserables is truly one of the best musicals ever made! DREAM CAST INDEED.
EPONINE (Lea Salonga): I can understand how some people had a hard time adjusting to her rendition of "On My Own" after getting used to Francis Ruffelle's subdued, weak, sad and miserable portrayal of the character of Eponine. "On My Own" has always been sung in a very slow, soft, sad and pitiful manner, and with Lea's powerful and emotional performance, many people had a hard time adjusting to a very interesting interpretation of the character of Eponine. Lea Salonga sang it the way it should be sang --- starting with a bitter note with the words "without a home, without a friend..." and began the song itself with such lightness and hopefulness (On my own I dream that he's beside me) and began to belt out the powerful words of the song "and I know it's only in my mind..." with such angry and desperate force. She sang the song in TOTAL perfection, in my opinion. SHE MADE THE SONG HER OWN.
Some may argue that her voice is too pretty for the role, but I do believe that she captured all the emotions needed for the character. Her voice was not lost in the operatic voices of the other characters, it actually stood out.
"A Little Fall of Rain" was one of the highlights of the concert. The angelic voice of Lea Salonga blended with the godly voice of Michael Ball, aahhhh, PERFECT! The way Lea Salonga sang the song was phenomenal. She sang the song with so much pain, yet with so much love.
Other reviews of Lea Salonga were quite harsh, but still, there are so many more people who loved her performance in this concert. She worked hard to get this role meant for a Caucasian woman, as she used to fear that she might not get it because she is ASIAN. Having her play the part of Eponine broke many barriers and even surpassed many expectations. Let us just give her credit for that.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lewis on December 31, 2003
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Absolutely stunning. If you are a Les Mis fanatic, you have not lived until you see this. Watching this ultimate "dream cast" is almost as good as watching the Broadway performance. Enough praise cannot be uttered for Colm Wilkinson - he is THE Jean Valjean, and can never be upstaged. The power & expression from this man is just unbelievable. When he is enraged, you are angry. When he is upset, you feel his pain. His "Bring Him Home" literally brought tears to my eyes. The duets between JVJ and Javert (Philip Quast) were also fantastic. Quast's best moment was in "Javert's Suicide" - utter desperation was exactly what was portrayed. Ruthie Henshall (Fantine) was magnificent, her voice is beautiful. Michael Ball (Marius) was absolutely wonderful, especially in "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables". Michael Maguire (Enjolras) thoroughly impressed me by turning a smaller part into a strong and admirable role. The Thenardiers - hilarious, especialle Madame (Jenny Galloway). Young Cosette was adorable, but even moreso was Gavroche. The best part? The finale - 17 JVJ's from all over the world, led in by multicultural Gavroches, singing a line of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" in their native tongues. The amount of talent in these 17 men is just indescribable - you have to hear it. Stunning, I tell you.
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By A Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: DVD
O.k, for the most part, this concert is the dreamcast. In fact, in order to make sure they sound good, they don't actually act on stage. They're literally standing on the stage in front of a microphone to make sure that their voices are most effective.
The problem: There are some unreal voices in this concert, mixed with some o.k. ones. Fantine's voice is unbeivable, Calm Wilkonson's as well and Marius's sound alone will give you chills. I agree with another reviewer on Cosette, (on my own) she pronounces her words too much and I think her voice is too all-american rather than fitting with the characters in the play. Not that she's not a good singer, but.. kinda ruins it.
So you have both spectrums in this, incredible and mediocre in terms of the fact that they're the dream crowd. But in all, when you put a choir with hundreds of people in the backround mixed with all these professional singers, you still have an incredible concert. If you can get a good deal, it's worth the money.
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Is there actually gonna be Les Miserables the Musical on DVD?
Considering its popularity and the fact that it's still a money maker in live theater, I doubt we'll see this live production on dvd any time soon. Maybe in another 20 years when the crowds die down. Plus Lea Salonga just returned to the cast as Fantine instead of her original role as Eponine. ... Read More
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Is the DVD out of print?
No, amazon is just horrible about keeping it in stock. It was in stock about 2 weeks ago. I ordered it and it arrived damaged and unplayable. It cost about $25 which is the cheapest I've seen on the net. I had to return it and because they sold out immediately, they only refunded my money instead... Read More
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