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Gala From Berlin (A Verdi Gala From Berlin)
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Berliner Philharmoniker, Andrea Rost, Stella Doufexis, Carmela Remigio, Elizabeth Futral, Larissa Diadkova, Prague Radio Choir & Claudio Abbado

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID0682EIDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 04/23/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Hans Hulscher
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
With maestro Claudio Abbado at the controls, Gala From Berlin is a celebration of Giuseppe Verdi operas, 100 years after his death. The Italian composer is noted for masterpieces Falstaff, La Traviata, and Un Ballo In Maschera. While these operas are not staged, featured music is respectfully performed. For Giuseppe Verdi,

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a very nicely rendered performance. Images are sharp and detailed on the close-up shots of the performers and conductor, while shots of the stage appear somewhat blurred. Colors are rich and vibrant, with nicely balanced fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Pixelization is noticed occasionally. While there is a slight amount of edge enhancement detected, the overall quality of the picture is quite pleasing. (Suzanne Hodges)

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