The review is based on Pioneer DVD copy, serial number PC-99-102-D. God, fine, brilliant 1983 years performance from Met. All these kind of words you can decide to this cast. Definitely, it is difficult for all tenors to be in excellent shape just in first act, when tenor has big aria and scenes (the same experienced Gino Penno in live Cetra recording), but Pavarotti is better in second act with traditionally omitted aria after well-known duet with de Silva (this aria is recorded in studio by Pavarotti with Claudio Abbado on CBS label), but there is no way to hear cabaletta with chorus after aria in II act (at least I have never heard this piece!!!). And he is excellent in last final trio. Raimondi is fine de Silva, absolutely different interpretation and sonically may be much less impressive then Christoff classic performance, but with his play it become captivate. Milnes is not in top vocal shape, however he gives a very solid face of King Carlo, it is worth to listen and watch him. Although Leona Mitchell (Leonora) is bad prototype of Leontine Price, she doesn't spoil the cast. Tempos are fast, however under the sensitive and right James Levine reading everything seems beautiful. And we need to mention maestro Verdi's deep both musical and theatre talent, fully revealed him in this opera. Not in vain famous German film director and big music lover Werner Herzog used final trio in his best and great film 'Fitzcarraldo'(1982) with fantastic Klaus Kinski in title role.
Finally, I have to say a couple words about technical details of the copy, sound is terrific - beautifully recorder, as studio audio recording, picture is clear, as it should be, unlike Kultur Film (see my review of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia on DVD) copies.
There is no way do not recommend this full version (more longer than Schippers version on RCA studio recording) of the opera performance. If you buy you will definitely love it.