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"Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Nearly 30 years ago, Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables was transformed into a musical adaptation by French composers Schönberg and Boublil. Les Miz is one of the longest running and most successful musicals in history. This concert Blu-ray was filmed at London's O2 arena and takes Les Miz to epic new heights.  

Prisoner Jean Valjean is released on parole and finds home with the Bishop of Digne who helps reform Valjean into a new man. Valjean goes off to become a wealthy factory owner where  he promises to look after the daughter of a dying worker named Cosette. Meanwhile, Paris is in a state of rebellion as General Lamarque, a man with sympathy for the poor, is sick and dying. Cosette falls in love with one of the rebelling students, Marius.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 2 Hr 50 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Roger Allam, Alun Armstrong, Samantha Barks, Alfie Boe, Rebecca Caine
  • Directed by Nick Morris
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex:  No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is an excellent presentation of the Les Miz musical and is definitely worth checking out for any fans.  Since no one has yet to make a movie musical of Les Miz, this is about as good as you can get for watching at home.  Wonderful songs like "I Dreamed a Dream" will have you rewatching this Blu-ray more than once. The only real downfall of this production is Nick Jonas as Marius. Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers. Need I say more?

Technical

The picture and audio quality on Les Miz: 25th Anniversary its all-around pretty good. I don't think I will use it to test out gear, or to demo the home theater to friends, but the presentation is very nice for a Live recorded show.  I thought the vocals sounded a bit empty and distant in the sonic presentation, and would have liked a bit more body to the actor's voices.

Extras

One short featurette, Commentaries and trailers.