Video — 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in., 1 audio disc (72 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD. Excerpts from Herbert von Karajan conducting: The magic flute / W.A. Mozart ; Symphony no.
3 / A. Bruckner ; Carmen / Bizet ; Die Walküre / R. Wagner ; Hungarian dances / J. Brahms ; Concerto for violin and orchestra / L. van Beethoven ; Requiem / G. Verdi ; Interviews with Christa Ludwig, Seiji Ozawa ; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Oliver Rathkolb, Michel Glotz, Dietrich Gerhardt, Fritz Dolezal, Innes Clouzot, Gustav Zimmermann, Gunther Schneider-Siemssen
Bonus CD. Symphony no.
1 in C minor, op.
68 / Johannes Brahms ; Don Juan : op.
20 ; Salome. Dance of the seven veils / Richard Strauss.
"Herbert von Karajan: a portrait departs from cliched images of this imposing and charasmatic artist, looking behind the drama of his style and the superstardom of his career to rehabilitate his reputation as technically and aesthetically one of the most proficient conductors of his time. Archival footage of Karajan leading a variety of orchestras ... show him as not only extraordinarily intense and powerful but also warm and engaging ... The film also takes an unflinching look at conflicts in the career of a great but flawed artist. Karajan's alleged relationship with the Nazi Party is examined with fairness and clarity."--Container.