I just saw the incredibly wonderful Met production of Parsifal live in HD yesterday (March 2, 2013). I played this blu-ray afterwards and could not believe my ears. The conducting is shockingly bad. The timpani are WAY TOO LOUD, and certain instruments are put to deaf, so to speak. I don't mind the costumes in this blu-ray production at all. The stage direction was pretty insipid, however. Amfortas is portrayed as a sniveling coward in Act III after he first appears on stage. The Bayreuth 2012 production ARTE broadcast is available on youtube and, even with its ridiculous staging, is far superior to this production.