The Tales of Hoffmann

Edition no. 317

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Featuring: Moira Shearer

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.

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Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
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Supplements

  • 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
  • Insert featuring a new essay by film historian Ian Christie

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