One of Nat's very early feature films, a truly hard-to-find is out on DVD - that's the good news. Unfortunately you'll have to stretch your muscles a bit to get this edition, but it's worth it!

This special movie, directed by Derek Jarman and starring Sir Laurence Olivier in his last screen appearance is a touching and daring artistic adaptation of an opera composed by Benjamin Britten which is based on the poems of Wilfred Owen. This edition of War Requiem is currently out on DVD in Japan with Japanese subtitles.

But no worries, you can turn them off and enjoy the whole dramatization in the original English version should you find the sub-titles too irritating. Japan runs its DVDs in region two encoding (this is compliant with Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt ). All other regions need to have a region-free DVD player or a region-free PC-DVD-drive in order to enjoy this edition.

For those of you who are familiar with amazon, here's the link to amazon.jp.co. I got a friendly and supporting connection, who's willing to order for those who need more help in this. There was also a making-of book out for this special opera movie. It's out-of-print, but I've been lucky in tracing it via abebooks.

The soundtrack that has been used for this gem has been recorded by such wonderful voices like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble of London, Simon Preston, Galina Vishnevskaya and Peter Pears. This CD production which has been conducted by Benjamin Britten has just recently been issued as a digitally remastered edition.

March 4, 2007 - 03:15 (GMT)

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