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Mozart: Don Giovanni (2010)

Christopher Maltman , Annette Dasch , Claus Guth , Brian Large  |  NR |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Maltman, Annette Dasch, Matthew Polenzani, Bertrand de Billy, Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Directors: Claus Guth, Brian Large
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Producers: Salzburger Festspiele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OT6I2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Maltman, Annette Dasche, Matthew Polenzani, Dorothea Roeschmann, and Alex Esposito star in this 2008 production of the Mozart opera with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Claus Guth.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and deranged April 26, 2011
By MK
Format:DVD
This is among the darker versions on DVD, both visually and emotionally. The stage, the costumes, and the direction are all modern, often original, and occasionally brilliant. The cover image captures the feel well: a cold, frenzied, cunning take. The protagonist (Christopher Maltman) is well acted and believable, but lacks a certain tantalizing sweetness. This is its flaw in my book. What you see is what you get with this one. But Don Giovanni is the most ambiguous and most mercurial of heroes and this is why he is so seductive. He can be all things to all people: to engage them emotionally and to forever create the illusion that there is more to him than his deeds. This Don is too intelligible for such a feat, too much like a nutcase next door. You would not call him an erotic genius, which is what Kierkegaard called Don Giovanni and rightly so. You would call him a lunatic. Leporello is an oddball too, but convincingly portrayed. The women are all headstrong and their men--Don Ottavio in particular--are empathetic rather than weak. The stage is consistently compelling: disorienting and desolate, yet also finely textured.

My favourite Don Giovanni is still the Harnoncourt version from Zurich with Rodney Gilfry as its magnetic center, but this one also holds its own dramatically. It presents a very different vision, but a valid and persuasive one. It grows on you--a dark performance, exquisitely crafted, for dark rooms.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wan Don September 29, 2008
Format:DVD
I'll preface this review by stating that I'm not generally opposed to the "Eurotrash" approach to classic opera that drives so many fans crazy. I always think the new ideas may be illuminating, maybe not, but the basic work remains intact. That said, this DON GIOVANNI's exactly what people mean when they complain about meddling directors; the pair responsible for this monstrously bad production don't seem to have a single coherent thought between them. Take the set. Please. A cross between a Simmons Beautyrest showroom and a bad community theatre production of Feydeau, this atrocity leaves the singers abandoned in a wasteland of inhospitable stage space. Then there are the costumes; Anna's frock is straight out of THE BOY FRIEND, while Elvira's wandered in from AMARCORD; both ladies are cruelly served. And the stage business -- if you've ever longed to see Leporello driven to a frenzy of self-abuse when Zerlina wanders by, here's your chance. Even the first act finale, one of the greatest achievements in all opera, is turned into incoherent nonsense involving drag replicas of the principal cast, an ocean of stage blood, and Giovanni shot at the curtain. Unfortunately, he rises to sneer for another ninety pointless minutes. Spagnoli's fine as the Count in the Jacobs FIGARO; here, with no support from directors or designer, he comes off like Kevin Klein with a weight problem. The singers are to be pitied, not judged; the sound balance is particularly bad, even for live opera, so it's impossible to comment on their work, as they're often drowned out by a rather thin orchestra. Why Opus Arte thought this production was worth inflicting on an unwary public is anyone's guess. Caveat emptor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this production years ago, and I'm thrilled to see it re-released on DVD. It's a particularly striking production of Don Giovanni. It's energetic from the very beginning, and musically very sound.

The only thing that disappoints me is, funnily enough, the cover. The names of the artists behind Leporello, Masetto and the Commendatore are conspicuously absent, even on the back. While Masetto's role is admittedly small, there is, in my mind, no excuse for ignoring the artist behind Leporello, whose role in the opera is a large one. Why, exactly, is Zerlina's artist named but not Leporello's, when his role in the opera is so much larger than hers? The same goes for the Commendatore - while the role is not large, it is absolutely vital, and very dramatic. The exclusion of these artists is utterly baffling, and I can't help but feel irritated by it. I happened to *enjoy* the performances of Stephen Bennett (Leporello), Douglas McNicol (Masetto) and Donald Shanks (the Commendatore), and I found Bennett's performance particularly striking. To overlook them is very offensive, in my mind.

The opera itself is wonderful and a very worthwhile buy, even if some of the principal artists were so rudely ignored on the cover.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mozart: Don Giovanni / Christopher Maltman November 5, 2012
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From time to time one gets introduced to a great voice and personality. Christopher Maltman is one of those individuals.
I saw him for the first time in a film production JUAN on a transatlantic flight. I was absolutely mesmerized. Then I bought the Salzburger production of Don Giovanni. Love it! Great production, great voice.
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