New Release: Carmen Blu-ray and DVD

Carmen Blu-ray boxOpera fans rejoice: Olive Films will release Carmen, Francesco Rosi’s 1984 film of the Georges Bizet opera, starring the great tenor Placido Domingo and respected soprano Julia Migenes-Johnson, on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 30.

The Blu-ray and DVD will carry the list prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

This release marks the Blu-ray debut of Rosi’s Carmen, a French/Italian co-production that’s widely considered the most popular filmed version of the opera every produced. It was previously released on DVD back in 1999 by Sony but has long been out of print.

Concerning a lusty gypsy woman woman (Migenes-Johnson) in 19th century Seville, the naive army corporal (Domingo) she seduces into abandoning all he holds dear and the tragedy that ensues (but we didn’t have to tell you that!), the gorgeous movie was shot entirely on location in Andalusia, Spain.

No bonus features have been announced for the Blu-ray and DVD editions of the PG-rated movie.


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