Handel's celebrated 18th-century opera is here given an exciting contemporary adaptation at the Opernhaus Halle in Germany. The stellar cast is led by Matthias Rexroth, who plays ailing king Admeto, and Romelia Lichtenstein as Alceste, the wife who prepares to sacrifice herself for her husband in a supernatural bargain. Raimund Nolte, Melanie Hirsch also star. 196 min. on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM stereo; Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; bonus CD soundtrack. In Italian with English subtitles.