Video — 2 videodiscs (173 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD 1(75 min.). Prologue
2 (98 min.). Acts 2-3, Epilogue.
The opera is based on a play by the writers Jules Barbier, who wrote the opera's libretto, and Michel Carre. The play takes the real life German poet, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and makes him a character in some of his own, fanciful stories. Offenbach's drama follows the same scheme, placing the title character into three, fanciful stories of failed love.