The two-disc DVD set includes many subtitle options, a choice of stereo or DTS Surround sound, and a short documentary about the work, including many fascinating shots of the 200-year old stage machinery in action and some comments from the artistic team behind this production. Like the Rameau, this production uses eighteenthcentury design as a point of departure, but the effect here is more colorfully cartoonish, with many anachronistic touches thrown in for comic effect: hardhats are worn on the construction site of the Squire Western's new home, where the women have forsaken their skirts in favor of trousers under their bodices and panniers; Western's hunting companions sport military camouflage; Tom Jones himself, looking like a romance novel cover model, appears in what seem to be cowboy buckskins; and the country inn in the final scene is identified by a neon motel sign.
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