December 05, 1988 12:00 PM

As performed by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Engelbert (not the Vegas semisensation) Humperdinck’s 19th-century score highlights soprano Frederica von Stade’s Hansel (both lead characters are played by females in this version of the tale). The Met’s chorus and opera ballet are enchantingly entertaining as gremlins and forest dwellers. But beware! The hook-nosed witch is u-uggghh-ly enough to make you drop a kernel from the popcorn string or a match on its way to the menorah. Opera buffs and fairy tale-loving kiddies are equally likely to enjoy this sweet 104-minute tale, sung in English. (Home Vision, $29.95; 800-262-8600)

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