I cannot speak about the sound quality of this dvd, and the video quality is perhaps so-so, but I found the staging concept and realization to be wonderful, ingenious. How better, visually, to present or accompany music that is stately and, no doubt, for many people, at least some of the time, a bit tedious, than by showing people who are manifestly bored, or, if not bored, making an obvious and failing effort to stay alert...exactly as people do at concerts! This is how we see the subjects of Admetus behaving, during the long temple service, and during a symphonic interlude...Delightful! It actually makes the stateliness of the music easier to...enjoy.
Meanwhile, the intentionally dull, functional set, and even more the dull costumes, somehow (for me at any rate) made the human drama much more affecting. This queen was a very proper, but unexciting, middle-aged modern monarch; in other words, a real person. This is by far the most moving production of a Gluck opera I have seen on video.