I just found this. Â I cannot believe I never came across it before now. Â Just yesterday I ordered a DVD-R copy from a “source,” thinking it was the only way to obtain it.
This 1978 television version of the original stage production has never been released commercially. Â I do not know why. Â Maybe the BBC wants to have exclusive control over when and how it gets viewed. Â That is not surprising since it is a special sublime thing. Â It is sublime beyond sublime. Â The image, unfortunately, is poor on this transfer (I hope it will be better on the DVD I ordered–if I did in fact order it and not just cough into empty cyberspace), and I hope the sound allows for enjoying the language at least a little (I haven’t taken it in myself, yet).
I don’t yet want to turn into a school marm and lecture on why I think this is so special. Â I’d rather folks watch it and…experience.