Don Giovanni on DVD
Mozart puts his own spin onto the legend of Don Juan in this famous opera.
Set in Seville, Spain, in the 17th century, the story revolves around
young nobleman Don Giovanni, a man well-known as a philanderer with a
long list of amorous conquests he's determined will get even longer. The
man's really a cad, but he has an effect on women that tends to have them
flocking to him like flies.
Naturally, one particular attempt at conquest blows up in his face, and
in true operatic tradition, with tragic consequences.
On the whole, this is a wonderful film version of Mozart's opera, with
terrific performances from a cast that includes Ruggero Raimondi (Don
Giovanni), John Macurdy (The Commendatore), Edda Moser (Donna Anna), Kiri
Te Kanawa (Donna Elvira), Kenneth Riegel (Don Ottavio), and José
van Dam (Leporello). They can sing up a storm and that's exactly what
they do here.
As should be, the film was shot on location rather than being a movie
of the stage presentation, and the production values are excellent. Unfortunately,
though the orchestra's performance is great, the audio quality isn't up
to the same standard and is the biggest flaw with this DVD.
And that's a shame, since music is what this film is all about.
Still, the DVD is pretty good overall, featuring anamorphic widescreen
video (16x9 TV compatible) with good image quality, and Italian language
Dolby Surround audio. Extras include subtitles and trailers.
Not a lot of extras to be sure, but overall an envigorating version of
one of Mozart's most famous creations.
Don Giovanni, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
176 min. anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Surround
Starring Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa, with
the orchestra and chorus of the Paris Opera
Executive Producers: Michael Seydoux, Robert Nador
Adapted by Joseph Losey, Patricia Losey, Frantz Salieri, Directed by Joseph
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