HANSEL AND GRETEL: An Opera Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9780803024212

HANSEL AND GRETEL: An Opera Fantasy

 
9780803024212: HANSEL AND GRETEL: An Opera Fantasy
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This DVD, Hansel & Gretel: An Opera Fantasy, may be the definitive production of one of the greatest fairy tales ever told. With brilliant imagination and technical wizardry, comparable only to Walt Disney's Fantasia, this DVD uses stop-action animation, over 35 hand-sculpted Kinemen dolls (a precursor to claymation), and lavish sets to create a fantasyland of unearthly beauty. Set to Englebert Humperdinck's classic 1893 opera, sung by some of the most acclaimed performers of the time (Anna Russell, Constance Brigham, Mildred Dunnockand Frank Rogier), the film's score, conducted by Franz Aller, won a Grammy Award and is filled with characters of unparalleled charm.

The Kinemen characters featured in the film took over 15 years to develop. Compounded of intricate armatures, a secret chemical mixture for flesh, human hair, magnetized feet and truly human personalities; they are exemplary ''actors,'' able to simulate natural movements of the human body, with a variety of facial expressions that equal the range of humans.

Directed by Michael Meyerberg, this DVD, Hansel & Gretel: An Opera Fantasy, is a masterpiece, combining melodic beauty, a whimsical story, a magical settings, and delightful characters, that will delight both your children and the rest of the family alike with this inventive and original recreation of the classic fairytale.

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Composer Englebert Humperdinck Biography
''Making Of...'' Featurette
Story Synopsis
Over 30 Scene Selections with Instant Access to Songs
Digital Dolby Stereo Audio
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Multi-dimensional Interactive Menus

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From the Back Cover:

Hansel and Gretel came to life in 1954 as never before, in this kinemin animated feature set to Englebert Humperdinck's classic 1893 opera. Sung by some of the most acclaimed performers of the day, this score was nominated for a Grammy Award. With brilliant imagination and unprecedented technical wizardry-comparable only to Walt Disney's Fantasia-this production uses 35 hand-sculpted dolls and lavish sets to create a fantasy land of unearthly beauty, inhabited by characters of unparalleled charm.
V.I.E.W Video is proud to present this definitive production of Hansel and Gretel. A masterpiece of melodic beauty, whimsical story and magical settings that will delight children and the whole family.

Review:

...Brilliant imagination and unprecedented technical wizardry,...A masterpiece that will delight children and the whole family. --Video Store

Beautifully animated... The singing voices are wonderful... For a family treat, try this enchanting video. --Nancy McCray, Booklist

The charming characters in colorful settings create a fantasyland that young children will enjoy... The hand crafted dolls used as puppets are also noteworthy; their human-like characteristics, expressions, and movements are definitely exemplary... excellent technical quality. --Video Rating Guide for Libraries

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