This gorgeous new digital restoration—the most complete, crisp and beautiful version ever released in the United States—is a fantastic feast of music, dance and visual effects. Directors and co-writers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death) create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story, based on the 1881 opera by Jacques Offenbach. The Tales of Hoffmann is an anthology of fantastic and romantic adventures, recounted by the fableist Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville): a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. This 1951 classic features Moira Shearer (The Red Shoes), Ludmilla Tchérina and Ann Ayars. One of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced, Powell and Pressburger's feverishly romantic adaptation has been singled out by both Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero as a major influence on their own work.