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THE WALTZ KING - on DVD-R

plus one hour bonus CD of Strauss music
sung by soprano Miliza Korjus.
STORYLINE:
The city of Vienna has never looked more beautiful or the music of JohannStraus,Jr. sounded more thrilling than they do in this filmed biography of ' The Waltz King'. ( It was filmed in Vienna - a rare Disney 'on-location' shoot). Johann Strauss, Sr, (Brian Aherne), a successful composer, forbids his precocious son "Schani" to pursue a similar career.
When Schani sells his first composition to a beautiful opera singer and subsequently falls in love with the diva, the elder Strauss, angry and jealous, forces his son to leave home.
Struggling to survive as a violin teacher in order to pursue his aspirations as a composer/conductor, the youth finds his artistic efforts sabotaged at every turn by his domineering father. But the elder Strauss greatly underestimates his son's talent, determination, and will to succeed!
As in most film biographies of musical composers, Hollywood ( and Disney) take many liberties, intending mostly to capture the mood and flavor of the era (in this case Vienna of the mid-19th Century). The story is well crafted and it is nice to see that Johann's younger brother Josef, (a more timid lad and also a composer but of lesser renown), is encouragingly portrayed. The singing of Strauss' music by Berger is not on par with the legendary Miliza Korjus ( 1938's 'THE GREAT WALTZ' ) or German coloratura soprano Erna Sack, but is engaging, intelligent and much more than adequate in this 'made-for-tv' film.
IT IS A SUPERB FAMILY MOVIE- one that should be added to your own collection or bought as a FANTASTIC GIFT to be treasured by any lover
of Viennese/Strauss music!
RUNNING TIME IS 94 MINUTES - COLOR
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FREE ONE HOUR BONUS CD OF STRAUSS MUSIC
sung by Soprano Miliza Korjus.
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DVD-R disc comes in jewel case with colorful insert and notes.
VERY GOOD SOUND AND 9.5/10 PICTURE QUALITY.
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