I generally prefer opera stage productions to movies of opera. Opera movies typically lack a human connection between the performers and audience that stage productions have. This makes more difficult to enjoy the opera experience. But for this DVD gave me the joy of a live opera. I loved every second of these two works. Both are tragic tales of jealousy. In Pag, Domingo and Stratas portray their respective characters vividly and convincingly. Pag is a better written opera than Cav, but Cav is the one I'd watch repetitively many times with great enjoyment. The duet of Turiddu and Santuzza is so powerful and haunting. Many tenors tend to play Turiddu just angry and nasty when they sing the duet. But here Doming gives a nuance to the role by playing angry, yet exasperated and troubled. Plus, Obraztsova does a great job portraying jealous, miserable, and angry Santuzza. You just can't help but have compassion on her. Despite the fact that the picture is a little grainy, this DVD is great. In short, in both operas, the casting and performances were outstanding.