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The Tales of Hoffmann - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Starring: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Plot Synopsis:

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.

Special Features:

  • PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED 4K 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
  • Plus: An essay by film historian Ian Christie
  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 7th, 2022
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1951
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:133 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH