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4.0 out of 5 stars Great in some ways, but disspointng in others..., February 24, 2008
This review is from: Les Miserables: The 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
This new edition of the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert (taped in 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall in London) is a welcome new edition for any person who found the original concert enjoyable and thrilling. The 2-DVD set comes in a good quality hard case with new artwork. The performances continue to be mostly excellent and one really does not miss the staging too much. There are several new positive additions to this edition. First is the wide-screen presentation of the concert. It was painfully obvious at certain points during the original release (especially the bigger numbers) that you were missing some of the singers on the sides. The new wide-screen presentation opens up the experience so you can watch the concert as it was originally taped. The second positive aspect of this issue is that the whole concert is on one side of one disk, which makes it much more convenient to watch. The third is the inclusion of the "Stage By Stage" Documentary from the late 80s tracking the recording of the Complete Symphonic Recording as a supplement on the second disk. Finally, for those who want to, you can follow along with new (optional) on-screen lyrics.

However, this edition is not without its disappointments. The first and by far the biggest disappointment is how it's only presented in stereo and not Dolby Digital 5.1 or better. Not having a digital audio option in 2008 is ridiculous and I would have greatly put up with changing disks if it meant having a better quality performance. The second disappointment is the deletion of parts of the concert previously available, which include part of "Little People" and the speeches by the creative talent behind the show at the end of the concert before the encore. Even if space was limited on the first disk, these deletions could have easily been put on the second disk as supplementary material.

So, while the concert itself continues to be quite enjoyable and there are some new additions that makes it a must have for any Les Miserable fan, there are some basic disappointments that keep this edition from being perfect.
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Initial post: Apr 21, 2009 8:45:08 AM PDT
I STILL WANT IT

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2009 4:05:17 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 20, 2009 2:59:27 PM PDT
Lois Lynn says:
Thanks for the comments about the deleted scenes at the end. I'm glad I knew this before I ordered the DVD. I'm ordering the VHS instead to get the whole deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 12:31:26 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2010 9:43:16 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 13, 2011 11:51:19 AM PDT
I must comment that not having a 5.1 channel option shouldn't be a big criticism, as Les Miserables is mainly a musical performance, and not an action movie. Our ears are quite comfortable hearing in stereo, and provided the actual quality of the sound is high (as I'm sure it is), a lower number of channels will not result in any less enjoyment of the music for most people. It is rare to hear a complaint about mp3s or CDs not being available in 5.1 channels!

However, I would agree that at least having the option for this new recording would have been a plus.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 12:45:24 PM PDT
Lorelei says:
Why is this review of the TAC for Les Mis the musical, under the 1998 movie listing? Wrong place, you should try to fix this.
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