6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Better Than I Expected,
This review is from: Aida (DVD)
Everything the other reviewers have said is true, so there's not too much to add. I will say, however, that I was impressed with the sets and costumes, which were far more sumptuous (albeit tacky) than I had expected. And Loren and Maxwell (what bizarre casting!) are fabulous lip-synchers and throw themselves into their roles with passion and tremendous energy. Unlike the supremely wooden Luciano Della Marra, the ladies look as if they could actually be singing. No, Verdi doesn't quite survive, despite Tebaldi and Company, but one has to believe that the filmmakers had their hearts in the right place, as their respect and affection for the material is palpable in every frame. Given the noble idea of bringing opera to a wider audience, the fact that this "Aida" isn't very good is almost beside the point.