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Mozart - Don Giovanni [Import]

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  • Actors: Carlos Alvarez, Lorenzo Regazzo, Maria Bayo, Sonia Ganassi, Jose Bros
  • Format: Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • Release Date: Oct. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000HKDB2W
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Don Giovanni (2 Dvd)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barcelona's "Don" better than anemic Salzburg version! July 11 2007
By Evan M. Malin - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This predominantly Spanish cast handles the Mozart classic effortlessly. Carlos Alvarez is in even better vocal and acting form than on the Muti DVD, being both handsome and despicable in the same breath. Sonia Ganassi is an impassioned Elvira, and Maria Bayo hits a true note of pathos and dignity as Donna Anna. Jose Bros (Why is he not at the Met????) continues to be one of the opera world's few real successors to the Wunderlich and Bjoerling roles. He acts realistically, with style and verve, and sings with depth and emotion. Ringing high notes and excellent phrasing complete his portrait. The rest of the cast is also excellent, and the direction is credible, and is in alignment with the original story - just updated to the early 1940's. Setting is integrated ino the story, and it works! (Unlike the bizarre contemporary Salzburg version with Hampson, with the gratuitous girls in undies, and people walking around in circles - who cares!)

Quite recommendable, even for a first time viewer!
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni Sept. 15 2007
By Bruce M. - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A first rate prodution on all levels!

The music (Mozart!); the voices (the whole cast, though the Commendetore could have been deeper in bass)!; the acting/staging!(great interpretation-- Franco's 1930s Spain)!; Set Design (inspired)! The orchestra... on the money!

The only flaw in the DVD is the subtitles. Many times the translations were off (sometimes way off) in their timing and the attachment to the singer singing the line.

Despite the flaw of the subtitles, this production is well worth it. It would be very hard to find a better production. This version joins my favorite DON GIOVANNI DVDs... The Peter Sellars', DON GIOVANNI with the Perry twins, and Joseph Losey's classic DON GIOVANNI version with Ruggero Raimondi.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spanish production July 7 2010
By A. Lupu - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It is set in the dark world of 1940 with the appropriate dark lighting. Mozart would have been proud to see this staging; in general it conveys De Ponte and Mozart message even better than other more time accurate staging I have seen. Despite the different time setting it does not disturb neither the characters nor the music as envisioned by Mozart. Each aria is beautifully sung; in particular Jose Bros (Don Ottavio) is worth mentioning. The filming is also very effective. Those arias that portray internal conflicts and emotions are filmed as close-ups. It is the character and you (the listener) only; the rest of the world is outside. Very effective. Carlos Alvarez is a great Don Giovanni (Don Juan), despicable and probably the only main character that does not evolve through the drama. I strongly recommend this BluRay recording to even those who have never seen a Don Giovanni production. The recorded sound is great and your will enjoy it fully. The extra interviews are worth viewing, although the English translation looses some of the nuances spoken in Spanish. The interview with the stage director Lluis Pasqual helps understand the images projected at the end.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singing and acting, too dark on the stage April 20 2011
By PETER VADASZ - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The performance of this Spanish production is outstanding in terms of singing and acting. Unfortunately, the director made poor decisions from moving the period of the opera to the 1940's which makes the story-line less believable, while his intent was the opposite. However, the most annoying part of the production is that most of the stage is far too dark to the extent that the faces of the actors cannot be properly seen even in close-ups. The fact that Don Giovanni has a dark personality does not mean that the performance has to hide it by dark stage. If not for this shortcomings I would have given it five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5-star production but lighting technicians seemingly on strike June 26 2016
By David Alt. - Published on
Format: DVD
I've never seen such a darkly lit production of anything. It's visually wearing and boring to see nothing but black and dark blue for 3 hours.
Without Zerlina's green sweater you could be excused for wondering if this was done in black and white.
The orchestra is small but spirited..
All the acting is quite good and appropriate, but for Donna Anna looking like Don Ottavio's mother.
The production is updated to 1940's Europe, but it did not bother me until the final sextet was mixed with an incomprehensibly useless film montage of 30's EU (Spanish?) crowd scenes.
Charming, holds interest, falls nicely on the ear almost all the time... but visually monotonous and irritating by turns.