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The tales of Hoffmann

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Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Leonide Massine, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tcherina, Pamela Brown, Ann Ayars ; additional singers: Monica Sinclair, Bruce Dargavel, Fisher Morgan, Rene Soames, Dorothy Bond, Grahame Clifford, Murray Dickie, Margherita Grandi, Owen Brannigan, Joan Alexander,

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2022]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (133 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 17 cm)


Not rated.


"Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach's fantasy opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women--a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer--all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger's feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced."--Container.


Based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.

Special features: 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive, in association with STUDIOCANAL, featuring newly rediscovered footage and with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; audio commentary from 1992 by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Bruce Eder, newly updated by Eder ; interview with filmmaker George A. Romero from 2005 ; The sorcerer's apprentice (1956), a short musical film based on the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe story and directed by Michael Powell ; collection of production designer Hein Heckroth's design sketches and paintings ; gallery of production and publicity photographs ; trailer.

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