Capping a year of touring which took Andre and his orchestra around the world The Flying Dutchman was filmed in the Kerkrade, Holland soccer stadium and celebrates his return home. This blockbuster program presents a dynam... more »ic concert featuring guest artists, equestrian riders, fireworks and a delightful collection of musical favorites performed by the incomparable Johann Strauss Orchestra.« less
"I originally posted a five star review of this concert, based on the import copy I ordered through the official Andre Rieu website (andrerieu.com). I assumed the American release would be the same. Apparently, I was wrong. I can't imagine why the American release wouldn't have subtitles. The copy I ordered from Andre's website DOES have English subtitles, which work fine. It is also full screen. It has a different cover, too (Andre in an airplane, holding his violin). I would not necessarily recommend this DVD without subtitles, unless you can speak Dutch."
Excellent music and video, now Five Stars
T. Dimock | Ventura, CA United States | 10/08/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"UPDATE: Denon recalled the entire run of this DVD in October 2005, remastered it, and even replaced for free customer's original copies. The picture quality is now gorgeous, subtitles are provided, and the picture aspect in the extras have been corrected. Thanks to Denon for doing this. This program is now, in my opinion, second only to the Tuscany DVD. Five stars. Buy it!
Previous review: This DVD now takes its place as the DVD with the poorest picture quality in my collection. None of the moving shots are smooth; instead they flutter across the screen. When the camera moves too fast, the picture breaks up into pixels. It's almost headache-inducing. The pixels become more and more obvious towards the end of the picture, particularly in the "bonus tracks", which are merely selections removed from the concert and touted as bonuses. The poor image is NOT because of your DVD player: simply pause the scene and count the square pixels. Only "Old MacDonald" and part of one of the bonus tracks have some English captions; the rest do not, despite the false claim on the case. The picture is widescreen but not anamorphic. The "Limbourgeois" TV special is full screen compressed to widescreen, so everything is flattened. There's no way to correct it. Shame on Denon for manufacturing such a shoddy product. Except for the little tyke who plays the violin (too cutesy and out of tune, but remarkable for such a little guy, and his water "trick" gets very old), the music is performed well (the organ pedal part is missing from the Intermezzo, track 3: bummer). "The Last Rose", with the heartbreaking female solo, is truly the finest performance of that song ever. Still, it's hard to recommend such a poorly mastered DVD. "
Denon to the Rescue!
Onie | Pittsburgh PA | 11/07/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Originally, I posted a one-star review for this DVD. Since that time, I've been in contact with Denon and they recognize there are problems with the disc.
They've apologized for the error and have since shipped a replacement DVD.
I can't change my rating, but I'd give this disc four stars now.
This replacement is MUCH better than the one in my first review. There are English subtitles! (This is great, because I didn't want to have to go study Dutch just to know what they were saying.)
The video quality is much improved, and the picture is anamorphic widescreen. It looks better...much better.
The audio is still the high-quality as in the first disc.
Alas, there's still the scenes with "Otto", but that's why we have fast-forward buttons on the DVD remote.
Once again, if you bought this disc previously, please contact Denon (http://denonclassics.com/sites/denon/) and make arrangements for a replacement. You'll be glad you did."
Great program! Problem with subtitles, but I can get a new
D. Wiese | Fanwood, NJ, USA | 10/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
I loved the program, but was disappointed that to not see subtitles in English. I contacted Denon Classics and they said they'd replace the discs from people who's players can't see them. They were very nice and gave me all the info I needed- and the return instructions would be up on their website. I returned mine today, now I just have to waite for the new disc."
Incredible Introduction to a great entertainer
J. Cosgrove | New York | 10/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My DVD was a gift from my sister who received it from PBS in early September. It has English sub-titles and has a picture of Andre with the backdrop of the stage in Roga Stadium where the concert was held. You have your choice of English or French sub titles.
I had never heard of Andre Rieu before and as I put the DVD in my wife and I didn't budge till it was finished. The next day I ordered from Amazon, Tuscany, Live in Dublin, and the Concert in Albert Hall. I have viewed them all and it is hard to say which is best but I lean to Tuscany and the Flying Dutchman. My favorite number from the Flying Dutchman was the German comic, Otto, doing Old McDonald. What fun, all of them. Classical music mostly but a lot of popular music too and lavishly produced to create a fun atmosphere. In every one of his concerts the people participate and I am already making plans to get tickets for his 2006 tour in the US.
I can understant being upset with no sub-titles but I would have rated this 5 stars even without them. The sub titles make what is going on more understandable especially that this is a Dutch event and Andre is back home but it is the music and singing that make it such a good time."