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Hansel und Gretel

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Filming of Laurent Pelly's day-glo Glyndebourne production of Englebert Humperdinck's fairytale opera in which two lost children, Gretel (Adriana Kucerova) and her little brother Hansel (Jennifer Holloway), journey through a shadowy world of magic and menace, lured by the evil witch (Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke). The London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Kazushi Ono.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Thomas Grimm, Laurent Pelly
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: German (DTS 5.0), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027T5L56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mark C. Neuville on March 8, 2010
Format: DVD
This is a modernized staging of one of the most familiar operas in the repertoire for young and old alike. I really enjoyed this production and perhaps a better bellwether, even my 9 year old sat in rapt attention throughout the entire opera. In this retelling, Laurent Pelly, stage director, has provided a dramatic staging where the gingerbread house has been remade into a convenience store turned inside out. While clearly the staging and theatrical aspects of the opera are on display, it is well sung and the London Philharmonic shines in its orchestral support. The transfer to DVD succeeds as well. The introduction takes us through the beautiful grounds of Glyndebourne into the theater while the overture is played and used to segue from video to the live theater. While one is aware of the audience it is never a focus. I wouldn't compare this production to other more traditional renderings, but as a modern retelling this production is tops.
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I feel compelled to write this review because one of the other reviewers seems to be writing about some other production. I am writing about the Glyndebourne, Laurent Pelly production. In this one, there is no world war I setting, there is no family room setting with a Christmas tree in Act Three. The Act Three on this dvd is nothing like what the reviewer, David Reynolds, described. There is a man who plays the witch, but he is not the same as the man who plays the father. You can go to the glyndebourne website and see clips from this video.

My daughter and I enjoyed this production. She is 8 years old. Although my husband gave her an out telling her he thought opera was boring, she insisted that she was glad she had seen it. If she had been any younger, it would have been hard for her sit still through any opera, particularly one sung in a foreign language. However, at her age, its possible a traditional setting would have bored her. She already knows the story of Hansel and Gretel quite well, so the new setting was intriguing. In this production, the family lives in an enormous cardboard box. The forest seems to be a junk yard or lumber yard full of large poles, empty 2-liter bottles, and plastic bags. The witch's house is a candy store turned inside out - we spotted large packages of gobstoppers, boxes of candy canes, commercially available boxes of cookies, candies, and soda pop.

The cast is very good. The children seem like a young boy and girl. The parents are good, the witch is very intimidating. The music is lovely.

It is sung in German. The English subtitles are a translation in rhyming verse. I should mention the translation includes a few curse words, like h**l, and b****h, which are there to rhyme with other words.
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I was searching for this item on the web and this is not an easy video to find so i was very happy when it got home, at least it got home here in Mexico and it was in a good state.
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