The Life of Verdi
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However, this company KULTUR and its staff deserve to be taken to the woodshed -- maybe to court?
From a user point of view, there are several problems: (1) the quality of the recording is poor, video tracking pops-up from time to time. Images of large scale views such at the stage in La Scala are not sharp. It is readily apparent that this DVD series has not been made from the original tapes from some copy: this is conspicuous at the start of Episode 2 where the introducer's blue dress "bleeds" startingly on the screen. [I have not yet found the time to watch the last three episodes. Maybe there are surprises there too. I hope not.] (2) Switching from one episod to another is a true hassle because the programing is not set up properly. The episodes do not load on their own and start only after repeated clicks. Left unattended, the opening trailers at the start of each episode keep cycling endlessly. (3) There is also no background information about the series on paper: not on the cover box, not in a simple paper flyer inside the CD containers. The cover box only carries a quote from a review in a source named as "Booklist". The only basic information on how the series were made is embedded in the original PBS introductions to each episode.Read more ›
This mini-series dubbed in English on DVD is a dramatized biography of one of the great opera composers, Giuseppe Verdi (1813 to 1901). The narrated biographical events are played out against the background of Italy's struggle for unity and independence, a cause to which Verdi (Ron Pickup) dedicated his art.
There is also romance in this movie as Verdi meets the significant women in his life: Margheritta (Daria Nicolodi), Giuseppina (Italian ballerina Carla Fracci), and Teresa (Eva Christian). All three along with an older Verdi are shown on the DVD's container cover.
The music in this movie is fantastic. It has recordings of leading operatic voices such as Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, and Renata Tebaldi. The movie is stunningly photographed and includes actual highlights of many of Verdi's operas such as Nabucco (Nebuchadneezzar, King of Babylon, 1842), I Lombardi, Ernani, Rigoletto, La Traviata (The Lost One), Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), Aida, Otello (his greatest lyric tragedy) and Falstaff (1893, his last opera).
Each part of this movie has a brief introduction given by a female host. Here is her introduction for the entire series:
"This is a seven-part dramatization of the life of the world's most important and beloved operatic composers. For the opera fans in the audience, we hope it will enhance your enjoyment...but you don't have to be a devoted opera buff to enjoy this exceptional docudrama. Some seven million dollars and two years time went into the making of [this mini-series]. It was filmed on location in Italy, France, England, and the Soviet Union. Great care was taken to ensure the accuracy of historical events, settings, and costuming as you will see.Read more ›
As to the film itself, we loved it! It is an interesting form of docudrama and we learned much watching it, not just about Verdi, but the changing world he lived in and his part in it. The sets are gorgeous and long as this version is, it didn't drag for us, we couldn't wait to get to the next installment to see what happened next.
I didn't find the narrator annoying, just the awful quality of the dvd! If I can find it in video format I may just buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly miraculous. All aspects-- acting, costumes, musical examples, analysis of musical development-, historical context---are superb. The transfer from VHS is excellent.Published 16 days ago by Dana Larrick
Excellent, fantastic. Be sure to get the ACORN version, as it was a very good DVD transfer with excellent audio.Published 1 month ago by J. DeMeo
THE LIFE OF VERDI is a stunning, beautiful and virtually exhaustive (at about 10 hours) chronicle of the life of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jon Wynne
Life of Verdi, with Ronald Pickup, Carla Fracci. This 1982 Italian-made television series was seen on PBS’s Great Performances. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
2016 improved resolution DVD series review from a media-provided set:
I gained richness by learning Verdi’s life. Read more
At times it can be a bit too much detail, but you certainly get a thorough understanding of the genius of Verdi. It helps to also put his various works into context. Read morePublished 19 months ago by DSR
Verdi is my #1 composer of opera. This set of dvd's of his life is terrific and gives a very clear understanding of not only his life, but of the operas he composed during those... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathy
Love the movie. Hated the transfer. They must have transfered old video cassettes onto this. The movie skips just like the tape did when the tracking was off.Published on July 16, 2014 by sdecesare