The DVD version of Turandot is based on an outstanding MET production from 1988
"A straightforward, spectacular and star-cast staging by Franco Zeffirelli that comes over extremely well. At the heart of it is James Levine's massive, stormy reading. The Met orchestra are in tremendous form; so is the chorus. Eva Marton sings with stinging power and passion; Plácido Domingo is a superb Calaf, Leona Mitchell is a silvery-voiced Liu. - It is superbly directed and recorded, especially on laserdisc. A clear first choice."
(The Classical Video Guide, 1997, reviewing the LD release)
"Among the singers, Domingo reigns supreme. He is in ringing voice and tireless; and "fearsome" is not too strong a word for both his singing and for his stage persona. In his own way, he is as ruthless as the icy princess . . . The DVD looks and sounds good."
Fanfare (Tenafly, NJ) / 01 January 2004