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Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Munro, Illya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid, Paul Soles, Albert Schultz
  • Directors: David Devine
  • Writers: Heather Conkie
  • Producers: David Devine, Richard Mozer, Terence Robinson
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Live, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Music
  • Release Date: March 18 2003
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RJAA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,924 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Based on the best-selling and award-winning Classical Kids CD, Beethoven Lives Upstairs was hailed upon its original release as "a video masterpiece" by the Boston Herald and "the best family film to appear in a long time" by the Ottawa Citizen. The television special has been seen on HBO, PBS, CBC, the Family Channel and YTV and the home video has sold more than 250,000 copies in North America. Based in part on historical fact and featuring more than 25 beautifully-performed excerpts of Beethoven’s best-loved works, Beethoven Lives Upstairs presents the great composer as a hero for today’s children.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ColoraturaSoprano on July 18 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This video is (as most media works are) based on many multifaceted specuations surrounding Beethoven's life. However, there are many "theories" about the final days of his life, and this particular "theory" is clean, and excellent for children.
I distinctly remember watching it in the fourth grade, and being a classical soprano myself, finding I was absolutley enchanted with the entire idea. It sparked an interest in Beethoven's life, which, years later, lead to the reading of many a biography and viewing of "Immortal Beloved", a movie which immediatly became my favorite. Therefore, I would most definitely recommend this movie, (for children) it is succinct, clean, to the point, and for me, inspiring. Take it from one who viewed it as a child many a time, children will adore "Beethoven Lives Upstairs."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kmmdaley" on Dec 13 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Our family (girls ages 4 and 6) loved the CD by the same name so much that we bought the video too. We were impressed at the ability of the writers and director to rearrange the story and the music to fit a film version. I realized that I knew nothing of Beethoven and read his biography after viewing the video. Then I was really impressed to find how much accurate information about Beethoven's life was interwoven into the story. Although we prefer the CD version, I think that seeing the period costume and setting helped the girls place the story in an historical context. We are now all Beethoven fans and listen to his music with new appreciation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7 1999
Format: VHS Tape
We borrowed this tape from a local library and our kids (5 & 2 years old) loved it. We had watched it at least half a dozen times in a week. It gives the audience an appreciation of what Beethovan's final days were like when he was composing his last symphony.
We will buy this tape so the entire family can watch it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 17 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This video and the CD of same title are both beautifully made. Portions of the composer's most famous selections become part of the backdrop to the story of Beethoven's relationship with a young boy. An appreciation develops for the composer as a human being with human needs and frailties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 26 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is a really terrific, educational, and exciting film to watch with children say, from 5 years old to 12 years old. I'm buying another copy now because I'm dying to see it with some more children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy O'Gorman on Dec 7 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Excellent video for children. I teach elementary school music and it puts a personal face on a distant genius. Beethoven lived a very troubled life and it puts his genius and suffering into a language that children not only understand but embrace. After watching this video they want to know more about Beethoven and his music.
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