DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 104 minutes/ audio commentary/ deleted scenes with optional audio commentary, featurette
AUDIO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
STUDIO: MGM/ Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 4-3-2007
Beethoven was a musical genius- the rock star of his time. Ed Harris may shine as Beeethoven, but Gary Oldman's take on
the deaf musical genius (in IMMORTAL BELOVED) still reigns supreme. COPYING BEETHOVEN concerns a young composer Anna Holtz
(Diane Kruger) who comes to copy Beethoven's very hard to read music notes into readable music sheets on the eve of the premiere
of the Ninth Symphony. About an hour in the film is the premiere of that great piece of music and then the film starts to
falter to never recover. One of the big problems is that Diane Kruger is woefully miscast in addition to her character being
one I didn't give a fig about. I rather had even more time with deaf Ludwig Von Beethoven is his vulgar and insulting glory.
He was appreciated while some just thought he was a brute with his behavior while being deaf. The film has his nephew Karl
who wants to be a cavalryman and has no interest/talent in music. COPYING BEETHOVEN does paint a small part of his life through
a historical fictional context and yet Harris does breath life into Ludwig (still he is no Gary Oldman).
SPECIAL FEATURES: The feature audio commentary with actor Ed Harris and director Agnieszka Holland is dry but yet
informative. Sample it if you want, but you might want to have great reserves to listen to the entire track. The five deleted
scenes include character development scene for Anna Holtz which were thankfully cut (but the director does praise DVD for
including the deleted scenes on the audio commentary). The 20 minute making of featurette, ORCHESTRATING BEETHOVEN, touches
on a few things mentioned in the audio commentary.
FINAL ANALYSIS: COPYING BEETHOVEN is an interesting misfire which crashes after the big moment about an hour into it. rent
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