Handel - Rinaldo (Harry Bicket, David Daniels, Debora York) 
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR Auto Letterboxed | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch), (DTS, 5 ch), (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.68 GB + 4.05 GB (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: ArtHaus | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | +3% Recovery | 163 min + 54 min (bonus)
Rinaldo’s libretto, based on Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, relates the siege of Jerusalem, during the first Crusade, by the Christian army lead by Godefroy de Bouillon. In this production, Goffredo is a preacher – nice suit and white teeth – who seems to be in conflict with the vamp Armida and her night club called “Gerusalemme”. Argante is the Saracen bouncer of the night club and particularly resistant to Goffredo’s speech. Almirena, Goffredo’s daughter, is a good looking maid who appears looking like a sort of Jeanne d’Arc but rapidly changes into a pom-pom girl. She is lusted after by Armida for her night club and is used by her father to manipulate or at least to motivate Rinaldo – an Eliott Ness or Dick Tracy like hero. Note that Almirena’s capture, which precedes and triggers Rinaldo’s famous lament “Cara sposa”, looks like a tribute to Hitchcock’s Birds.