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This review is from: Les Miserables: The 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
Wow, I have waited forever for this concert to be released on DVD, I have worn out two VHS tapes, and I can't express my disapointment. It arrived today and my wife and I disconected the phones and prepared to watch on our new 1080p with a Blu-Ray player. The DVD is very grainy a lot of the time, like looking through a screen, much of the time there are ghosts around the actors. It appears to be simply a copy of the VHS with no enhancement. It has been edited, for instance Gavroche's song exposing Javert to the students has been shortened, the entire part between the end of the concert and the entrance of the international Jean Valjeans has been cut. (It may be on the second disc, but if it is then the "additional material" is misleading) In this day of digital enhancement there is no excuse for this poor quality, my old VHS is superior. The sound track is not enhanced at all. I will only hope someone will eventually offer a real quality DVD of this great, great event.
Post Script to my original review: I just rented the 1996 version DVD from netflix and it is superb, all of the criticisms I made of the 2008 DVD are much better on this version. I heartily suggest you get on the inter-net and locate this 1996 DVD. This is DEFINITELY the dream cast!!
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2008 7:00:38 PM PST
Raymond Harrison says:
ummm the reson it's grainy is b/c you played it in an HD player when it's not an HD disc. watch it on a regular player
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2008 8:32:46 PM PST
Eric Pregosin says:
Also this is the second time it was released on DVD, it was previously released as 1 double sided disc in 1998
Posted on Feb 29, 2008 9:26:41 PM PST
The ghosts are, I believe, the screens showing what's happening on stage. It does look a little odd, but it's not a glitch in the video, it's just a part of the show. (You can see the screens clearly in the opening shots when they show the whole auditorium.)
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 1:08:01 PM PST
Michael Lee says:
Unless you've bought a horrible knock-off Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player, it will play a standard DVD just fine, probably better than most DVD-only players. Nearly all high-def disc players have ok to great upsampling of standard DVDs.
Posted on Jul 19, 2012 8:44:46 PM PDT
Kathleen B. Logan says:
I've watched the VHS version about 40 times-finally watched the DVD tonight and it was GREAT! I had heard that the DVD didn't show the march of the 17 ValJeans but it did--that was so moving-Wish I could have been in the chorus, or of course, in the audience. What an amazing story of Grace!
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