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Madama Butterfly [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dynamic
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UM051Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Elmira Veda, Annamaria Popescu, Sally Wilson, Carlo Barricelli, Luca Salsi, Emanuele Giannino, Manrico Signorini, and Giovanni Guagliardo star in this Puccini opera with Laurence Gilgore conducting the Orchestra e Coro del Festival Puccini, with Stefano V

Customer Reviews

Besides this, Domingo image is imposed all the time as if HE was the main appeal!
Andres Santos Jr.
The sets, or better yet the one piece of set, resembles a part of the desert where Manon Lescaut dies in Puccini's opera.
L. C. AZEVEDO
The concept behind the costume design seems to me puerile and a terrible distraction from everything else.
James H

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. C. AZEVEDO on June 14, 2005
Format: DVD
I agree with the above review by Mr. Santos but not for the same reasons or, at least, the same order of reasons. The fact that the TV director (here is where Brian Large makes all the difference) chose to focus on Placido Domingo more than it should be recommended is bad. But in time we get accustomed and even forget that Placido is there. What we cannot forget and never will, even after months after having seen this recording, are the tremendously ugly, horrific and tasteless costumes and scenery.

The concept behind this staging was that if a butterfly is an insect and the heroine is called Butterfly, then she should be dressed as such an insect, antennae and all. And all the other characters, why not, should be insects as well. That is why Suzuki appears like what seems be a giant moth, Sharpless like a huge kind of beetle, the chorus that enter with Butterfly look like a caterpillar, Goro like a disgusting cockroach from the filthiest gutter, the son Dolore like a ten year old fat and slow lady bug, Yamadori, what can that be? a silkworm? and Kate, what is that? Is she a giant ant or a disproportioned wasp? I don't know, everything is so incompetently designed that it is diffidult to make the correct guesses.

Now, someone could be asking, and what about Pinkerton? Well, aye there's the rub, for he does not have antennae so he is not an insect. Could he be a rat? He is dressed in a black uniform as someone out from Marlon Brando's gang in the film "The Wild One", only he forgot to bring the motorcycle. He has very black sideburns, a goatee to go with it and he wears a thin ponytail. What can he be? Here I give up.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andres Santos Jr. on November 21, 2004
Format: DVD
The sets and costumes can frigthening you...but do not worry the worst is coming...

This DVD has the worst director of a filmed opera I have seen, the guy Tiziano Mancini -never forget this name- is completely in love with the conductor: Placido Domingo here. The love is so intense that he interrupts even "un bel dì" to show the static maestro FOUR times, and much more serious: in Butterfly's death scene, at the moment of commit suicide itself, he prefers to show the conductor!?!?

Outrageous and absurd...because the singing and mainly the drama is completely lost.

What a waste! Dessì and Armiliato are great singers and I follow their presentations for a long time. Since this is a festival one can stand the director's madness, set designers and the absurd costumes: poor Butterfly, in her love duet have to arrange her unconfortable veil many times and keep up the voice and the acting!!! Besides this, Domingo image is imposed all the time as if HE was the main appeal!

Do not lose your money... do yourself a favor: run away from this DVD!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sur Guzè on August 21, 2010
Format: DVD
An opera libretto contains detailed stage instructions including settings and scenery. These are an integral part of the composition and complement the singing in conveying emotion. For example, Act I of Puccini's Madam Butterfly (Ricordi, 1906) describes the opening scene as "a Japanese house, terrace and garden. Below, in the background, the bay, the harbour and the town of Nagasaki." Whenever an impudent director decides to "revise" an opera by changing the setting as radically as was done here, there should be a clear disclaimer that this is NOT the original opera. In this production, the wretched scenery and costumes interfere with the music and singing in conveying the emotion. It is a pity because there is some great singing, especially from Dessì. But the only way to enjoy it is to close your eyes and just listen to the music and the singing. In which case, you may as well buy the CD instead of the DVD! Two stars is average of four for the singing and zero for the direction. "Mondo reo. Non c'è più virtù. Tutto declina".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD on December 24, 2012
Format: DVD
I think this was meant to be a bit of a whim and an unusual production in the spirit of the summer festival celebrating Puccini in the place where he created his music. It takes the "Butterfly" theme literally and makes all the characters into insects except for Pinkerton who seems to be sort of a Marlon Brando biker. The sets are meant to be minimalist in the style of summer theater. Don't buy this if you don't own another more traditional version of MB because you will miss the classic presentation and realistic aspects of the story necessary for understanding and the way Puccini intended. Much is done with symbolism throughout and the final scene is very dramatic. There is a dream-weaver character that dances in pantomime and is part of the fanciful spirit of the production. The relationship between Pinkerton and Butterfly and their singing is tremendous. I think they are married. It also seems to be a tribute to Placido Domingo and shows him doing some rather dramatic directing. But the music is all beautiful Puccini as he wrote it.
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