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The Sound Of Music | Blu Ray | (02/03/2015)
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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rodgers &amp; Hammerstein&rsquo;s The Sound of Music &mdash; Winner of five ACADEMY AWARDS&reg; including Best Picture* &mdash; with this 2-disc Blu-ray&trade; set that includes an all-new hour-long documentary detailing Julie Andrews&rsquo; return visit to Salzburg where she filmed her iconic role as Maria half a century ago! *1965: Directing Film Editing Music Best Picture Sound Includes All-New 60-Minute Documentary &ndash; The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and more!
Bing Crosby Collection - The Emperor Waltz / A Conneticut Yankee | DVD | (08/05/2006)
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The Emperor Waltz (Dir. Billy Wilder 1948): A rare musical comedy for Wilder it stars Bing Crosby as Virgil H. Smith a phonograph salesman plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Believing that if he's able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I the rest of Austria will soon follow his example Virgil attempts to gain access to the man. After he's refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb he meets Countess Johan
Coppelia - Delibes | DVD | (23/10/2000)
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Scintillating" is the word which comes to mind to describe this performance of Delibes' Coppélia. Both the story and music (here presented in 2.0 Dolby stereo only, which is a shame) are among the most robust in the tradition, and here Oleg Vinogradov's choreography gives us the most extrovert depiction of an already extrovert subject. Highlights abound, but Irina Shapchits's Swanilda and Petr Rusanov's Coppelius are particularly delightful. The former is a boisterous, tomboyish interpretation, providing an additional dimension of contrast with the soullessness of Coppelius' dolls, while the latter eschews the bumbling eccentricity sometimes imposed on the role and instead depicts the dollmaker as an almost wraith-like, Mephistophelian figure. The disc carries one multi-angle option plus a DVD-ROM article by Harlow Robinson which includes a Web link to the label's home page, which is just as well given the drab, parsimonious nature of the accompanying black-and-white booklet. However, just buy this disc for the spectacular performance--you'll be glad you did. --Roger Thomas
Fiddler On The Roof | DVD | (01/02/2000)
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This rousing musical, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, takes place in pre-revolutionary Russia and centres on the life of Tevye (Topol), a milkman who is trying to keep his family's traditions in place while marrying off his three older daughters. Yet, times are changing and the daughters want to make their own matches, breaking free of many of the constricting customs required of them by Judaism. In the background of these events, Russia is on the brink of revolution and Jews are feeling increasingly unwelcome in their villages. Tevye--who expresses his desire for sameness in the opening number, "Tradition"--is trying to keep everyone, and everything, together. The movie is strongly allegorical--Tevye represents the common man--but it does it dextrously, and the resulting film is a stunning work of art. The music is excellent (it won Oscars for the scoring and the sound), with plenty of familiar songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man," which you'll be humming long after the movie is over. Isaac Stern's violin--he provides the music for the fiddler on the roof--is hauntingly beautiful. And despite the serious subject matter, the film is quite comedic in parts; it also well deserves the Oscar it won for cinematography. --Jenny Brown
Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The sound of music / The king and I / South Pacific / Oklahoma / Carousel / State Fair) | DVD | (10/09/2008)
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The Sound of MusicThe magical, heart-warming story, which has become the most popular family film of all time, tells the story of a spirited young woman, Maria (Julie Andrews), who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of the autocratic Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). The King and IThis visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award winning performance as the stubborn King of Siam, Deborah Kerr's charming portrait of the schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and some of the world's best-loved songs, including 'Getting To Know You', 'I Whistle A Happy Tune' and 'Shall We Dance?' South PacificThis tender romance, with a score as breathtaking as the film's tropical setting, tells the story of two sets of couples on an island paradise, struggling to make love work during wartime. Featured songs include Some Enchanted Evening, Bali Hai, There is Nothing Like A Dame, Younger Than Springtime and much more. Oklahoma!This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900's, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs, such as Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, People Will Say We're In Love and Oklahoma! CarouselThis, the most poetic and lyrical of all the Rogers And Hammerstein musicals, tells the story of a fairground worker who dies before the birth of his daughter and is allowed to return to Earth for one day to redeem himself. The dazzling soundtrack includes the classics If I Loved You and You'll Never Walk Alone. State FairThis rousing celebration of love and laughter in America's heartland tells the story of the Frake family's visit to the Iowa state fair and of the younger generation's search for love. The Rodgers And Hammerstein score features I Think I Am Falling In Love, It's A Grand Night For Singing and the Academy Award winning song It Might As Well Be Spring.
Strictly Come Dancing - The Best of Series 6 | DVD | (09/02/2009)
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The glamorous dance extravaganza is back! The astounding sixth series of Strictly comes to DVD with your hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. 16 contestants start off the competition with a mixture of young and old male and female flexible and not-so-flexible! Watch them samba cha-cha-cha and foxtrot their way through the weeks all under the beady eye of the quartet of judges. Which pair will win the heart of the nation and waltz away with the prize?
Bugsy Malone | DVD | (17/02/2003)
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Writer-director Alan Parker's feature debut Bugsy Malone is a pastiche of American movies, a musical gangster comedy set in 1929, featuring prohibition, showgirls and gang warfare, with references to everything from Some Like It Hot to The Godfather. Uniquely, though, all the parts are played by children, including an excellent if underused Jodie Foster as platinum-blonde singer Tallulah, Scott Baio in the title role and a nine-year-old Dexter Fletcher wielding a baseball bat. Cream-firing "spluge guns" side-step any real violence and the movie climaxes cheerfully with the biggest custard pie fight this side of Casino Royale (1967). Unfortunately for a musical, Paul Williams' score--part honky-tonk jazz homage, part 1970s Elton John-style pop--lets the side down with a lack of memorable tunes. Nevertheless, Parker's direction is spot on and the look of the film is superb, a fantasy movie-movie existing in the same parallel reality as The Cotton Club and Chicago. A rare British love letter to classic American cinema, Bugsy Malone remains a true original; in Parker's words "the work of a madman" and one of the strangest yet most stylish children's films ever made. On the DVD: Bugsy Malone's picture is presented non-anamorphically at 1.66:1, with rich colours and plenty of detail. The print is excellent. The audio is stereo only and while full and clear seems to leave a hole in the middle of the soundstage. Extras include an informative commentary by Parker, eight pages of trivia notes by Parker and a very informative 12-page booklet, also by the director. There are three trailers, nine character profiles, two scored galleries, and more imaginatively, a multi-angle option to compare Parker's sketches, their comic-strip realisation by Graham Thomson and the finished opening sequence. Quality over quantity make this a strong collection of extras, though recollections from the stars would have added so much more. --Gary S. Dalkin
Stricly Come Dancing: The Live Tour | DVD | (10/11/2008)
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Packed full of glitz glamour show-stopping moves and more sequins than ever the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing is now live on stage... Glittering glamourous exciting and funny Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour features all of your favourite elements from the series - including sequins and feathers bickering judges even the glitter ball - as each couple performs two dances to receive the expert judges scores and face the audience vote. Stars from all five series including celebrities Zo'' Ball Louisa Lytton James Martin Chris Parker Denise Lewis Letitia Dean Matt Di Angelo and Darren Gough join their professional partners such as Darren Bennett Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone to tango foxtrot waltz jive rumba cha-cha-cha and pasa doble in front of judges Len Goodman Arlene Philips and Craig Revel Horwood and a packed arena audience. Introduced by Kate Thornton the show sees the couples battling for the glitter ball trophy.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera is a worldwide entertainment phenomenon. It has been staged in 145 cities across 27 countries and its box office sales eclipse Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars. Seen by over 130 million people, the stage show has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray. Until now. To celebrate its 25th Anniversary year, Cameron Mackintosh presents The Phantom Of The Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of the Royal Albert Hall. Phantom Of The Opera At The Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom' and Sierra Boggess as 'Christine'. They are joined by Barry James as 'Monsieur Firmin', Gareth Snook as 'Monsieur Andr', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry', Wynne Evans as 'Piangi' and a supporting cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.This is a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime staging of the world's biggest musical, and a must-have on DVD and Blu-ray for fans everywhere.
La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (23/02/1998)
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La Fille Mal Gardée ("The Unguarded Maiden"), perhaps the best-known work of composer Ferdinand Hérold, is here presented in a Royal Ballet production freely adapted, arranged and conducted by John Lanchbery. The unquestioned centre of attention is Royal Ballet superstar Lesley Collier who plays Lise, the beautiful farm girl whom her widowed mother (Brian Shaw) plans to marry to the eligible Alain (Garry Grant) despite Lise's love for young farmer Colas (Michael Coleman). This is a colourful pastoral romp with pause for tender and lyrical moments and plentiful opportunities for Collier to enchant her many admirers. Royal Ballet principal conductor Lanchbery--himself composer of the well-loved Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971)--brings all his flair for this sort of carefree entertainment to play and the result is delightful. Filmed for BBC television at Covent Garden in January 1981, the witty, energetic and romantic choreography is by Frederick Ashton (his dancing chickens are hilarious, as is Shaw's "clog dance" in Act Two) and the stage design by Osbert Lancaster, whose legacy adds charm to a much more recent BBC Royal Ballet film of Coppélia (2000). Hérold's score is filled with playfulness, melody and laughter, making this a very superior pantomime. --Gary S. Dalkin On the DVD: Presented at the original 4:3 TV ratio, the focus is soft throughout and details lacking in long shots are reduced to a formless blur. The image looks washed-out, with colours missing any sparkle or depth. The live stereo sound is much better, being detailed, full, and free of the hiss one might expect from a TV soundtrack of this vintage. The disc offers one page of credits, a three-page synopsis and a web link. The drab black and white booklet repeats this information in more detail in various languages, but offers nothing on the performers, composer or conductor. --Gary S. Dalkin
Glee: The Concert Movie (DVD + Digital Copy) | DVD | (05/12/2011)
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Glee! Like you’ve never experienced before! Here’s your front-row seat to a thrilling concert performed by the phenomenally talented cast of Glee. See your favourite stars from the hit TV show as they sing the songs you love and dance up a storm on stage. Get swept up in the energy of “Glee Live” – including performances not seen in cinemas, hilarious sue Sylvester introductions and exclusive interviews. Special Features: Exclusive Performances Not Seen in Cinemas: “Dog Days Are Over” and “Friday” Extended Performances of “Ain’t No Way” and “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy” On Stage With the Cast Sue Sylvester Introduction 1 Sue Sylvester Introduction 2 Kurt’s Proposal Backstage with the Cast Includes Warblers clip not seen in cinema
Wonderful Life | DVD | (26/02/2007)
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Cliff Richard & The Shadows are hired to star in a movie shot amid the lush tropical scenery of the Canary Islands. A sunny seaside spectacular filled with romance excitement and high spirits - not to mention a dozen musical numbers.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers | DVD | (16/05/2005)
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Starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel this musical showcase of spectacular love songs and dazzling dance numbers garnered a 1954 Academy Award for Best Score (Musical) and received four additional nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Featuring such memorable tunes as ""Bless Yore Beautiful Hide"" and ""Goin' Co'tin "" Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is ""an unending source of enjoyment - the best in every way "" --Los Angeles Times! When rugged frontiersman Adam (Keel)
Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
How to be a Ballet Dancer | DVD | (25/05/2006)
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Learn how to be a real ballet dancer with this magical video. We follow the basic steps for absolute beginners to those preparing for their first Presentation Class.Twin sisters Grace and Evie are preparing for their first lesson by going shopping for their dance outfit and ballet shoes.We meet their older sister Mia as she excitedly prepares for her first Royal Academy of Dance Presentation Class. We also see 11 year old Polly as she practises for her part of Clara in her ballet school's performance of The Nutcracker and follow her visit to a ballet school for older girls.Featuring dancers of different ages and experience viewers will be enthralled as they learn the basic do's and don't's of ballet from Good Toes - Bad Toes to Demi Plie and Saute.Teacher Sally-Anne Hodge is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary | DVD | (29/11/2010)
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Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Broadway Favourites Collection | DVD | (21/02/2005)
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The curtain is up for this fabulous collectable DVD box set which showcases Andrew Lloyd Webbers most successful Broadway musicals. Includes: Cats Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Funny Face | DVD | (03/09/2001)
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Fred Astaire plays a fashion photographer based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, in this entertaining musical directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). The story finds Astaire's character turning Audrey Hepburn into a chic Paris model--not a tough premise to buy, especially within this film's air of enchantment and surrounded by a great Gershwin score. Based on an unproduced play, this is one of the best films from the latter part of Astaire's career. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
By Jeeves (London Cast Production) | DVD | (28/10/2002)
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Australia released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A musical comedy based on the characters of P.G. Wodehouse written by Alan Ayckbourn and featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Bertie Wooster finds himself in all sorts of adventures...
Hello, Dolly! | Blu Ray | (01/04/2013)
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They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him. Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman