Orpheus in the Underworld

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Hello I'm trying, without any luck,  to buy a dvd (used or new) of Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld". I believe that the BBC performed this operetta many years ago, but don't think it was put out for general distribution. Would love to be proved wrong! There IS one available with Honor Blackman as Eurydice - would buy it but can't imagine her as a singer. Any comments would be appreciated.  Ferdinand 2


Tigger-459388 1396646531

The Honor Blackman version is available here:


It's bizarre, as it's an all star cast for an operetta.  I haven't seen it, so maybe they can sing (maybe the songs are dubbed) who knows?

Good luck!

Ferdinand2 1396652608

to Tigger


Thanks for reply. If I don't get any other replies I'll go for the Honor Blackman etc dvd and trust to luck. Ferdinand 2 

simonarn 1396996368

I could give a site that you will find it but i would get in trouble as its not to rrent, but its kick ass good. If you get my drift.

itinerant child-414831 1397050948

I am sure that you will be able to download it via a site like torrents.net,though you will have to see what it says on the site with regards to the legal status of doing so.

I hope that you find what you are looking for.

Very best wishes



Tigger-459388 1397055946

Unfortunately, Kickass doesn't seem to have it.  In fact, it doesn't seem to be listed in any similar sites.

In the meantime, you may wish to see the Cocteau version (no singing).  It's in Black and White and is one of my "best all time" films.  It's called "Orphee" and can be found on places like Kick Ass Pirate Bay etc.

simonarn 1397057230

you guys are ruining my subtility (is that a word?)

Ferdinand2 1397068904

Yes,subtility is a very god word. Perhaps too subtle for an old'un who didn't realise that kickass or even Kickass was a site! Will continue to pursue any suggestions but I DO so want the musical version as there are so many wonderful songs. Thanks everyone for your help.

Tigger-459388 1397078013

Subtlety is certainly a word.


simonarn 1397116337

Please excuse Tigger everyone. He's got a bit of French in him.

Ferdinand2 1397147286

Interestingly, BOTH words are correct according to my Chambers dictionary.

Tigger-459388 1397281742

I had to look this up.  Yes, technically, both words are corect.  Subtility, largely unused today, comes from old English (originally from the French word "Subtil" - so Simon is correct :-)

itinerant child-414831 1397495070

what is bad news there ,is that I would like to say " for once",however he appears to be right often; you did not doubt him,did you tigger?

wozza89 1397512204

Hi all, 

I have just tapped in (Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" dvd) into google and the first 2 links came up with a couple of web sites selling DVDs of Orpheus in the Underworld, mostly in German or  French.

Just to add to the linguistic banter on this post, Tigger and Simon, are of course right.

Itinerant Child, gramma and punctuation ... Gwin coch,  dewch ar Gymru. 



itinerant child-414831 1397574055

Diolch yn fawr wozza,my gramunctuation has always been a sort of celtic franglo mix. I may actually be a tad dyslexic,but I dont give a siht ;-)

wozza89 1397840468

Diolch yn fawr (Thank you) itinerant  child. for putting me in my place.

I am so regretfully sorry. Most uncalled for & well off the mark on my behalf.  I sincerely hope you except my heart felt apologies, and I really do mean that!  I have learnt a strict lesson, don’t go on social forums or anywhere else, whilst going through a low point in life, full of gwin coch and the odd Scotch.

I am equally sorry, as I am sure I have offended everyone else on AI Burgundy and I apologise.

simonarn 1397935667

Didnt offend me mate. Ive got 18 month old twins.

Ferdinand2 1397948034

Thank you everybody for your messages regarding my request for information about Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld". I shall purchase the dvd with Honor Blackman as Eurydice and take a chance that it is satisfactory. Meanwhile we do seem to have strayed somewhat from the original topic, so I say Goodbye and thank you for all the fish. By the way Simonarn with your 18month old twins. Have you yet read Munroe Leaf's "Ferdinand The Bull". The twins are guaranteed to love him a little later. Regards Ferdinand 2 

simonarn 1398325900

Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten about that one and will most certainly read it to them.The rate theyre growing they will be playing with the real thing outside in the next field about the same time!

Tigger-459388 1398361191

Hey guys.  Yes, the original post did end up a little "off piste" (no, Simon - resist), but it's been fun; a little like the old days.

For some criticisms of the Honor Balckman / Christopher Gable version see here and scroll down to the comments:


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