As I wrote in an earlier post, a couple of weeks ago I was given an Amazon gift voucher. I had a great time selecting books and CDs. Then I saw a double DVD set of the 10th Anniversary ‘Les Miserables’ Concert and ordered it without a thought. I’ve always wanted to see ‘Les Mis’ live but haven’t got there yet. I figured that this would be second best, especially as it had Australia’s own Philip Quast playing Javert. He’s come a long way since I used to sit with Eldest watching him on Playschool singing ‘Old MacDonald’. What I didn’t think about was that this was Amazon UK and regional coding on DVDs means that it won’t play on Australian dvd players. I didn’t think about it until the parcel was winging its way across the sea. I spent a week hoping that maybe our dvd player was one of those that would play all regions.
No such luck. Sure enough it refused to play. But it will play on the computer, (though not the laptop) so I’ve spent the last few evenings blissfully soaking up the beautiful music, great acting and powerful story that is Les Miserables. Not terribly comfortable on an office chair, but worth it. The characters have to be some of the strongest ever written and the music is just as brilliant. I have to have a tissue handy. My tear ducts overflow within the first three notes of ‘Bring Him Home’, especially the way Colm Wilkinson sings it, and when he sings the other version of it at the end, I’m done for.
It would be great to watch it on the big TV screen with the proper speakers. But the computer will do for now. Next time I order something from Amazon, it’ll be the soundtrack CD so I can play it full bore in the car when I’m on my own. And next time Les Mis comes to Perth, I’m going. That’s a promise to myself.