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William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale - Complete Edition | DVD | (21/02/2005)
from £13.45 | Saving you £3.00 (15.00%) | RRP
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 1999 production of The Winter's Tale is the finest production of this great classic for the past decade. This landmark production was hailed by critics and played to packed houses both in Stratford and London. Originally released in an edited version in 2001 Heritage Theatre is delighted to be able to bring you the complete edition; the full three hour production exactly as it was staged at the Barbican. Also included are interviews with the cast and creative team as an extra feature.
King Lear | DVD | (06/10/2008)
from £9.85 | Saving you £10.14 (50.70%) | RRP
Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear... King Lear is a violent storm on a grand scale. It is a timeless tale of greed and lust for power. It is the story of a sick old man his scheming children and lost loyalties
The Pirates of Penzance | DVD | (01/08/2011)
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Frederic was, as a child, apprenticed to a band of inept pirates. Upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29th in a leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates, a Major General, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the local constabulary all contribute to a cacophony of music and laughter.
Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 | Blu Ray | (19/11/2012)
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Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Laurence Connor, promises to be the rock event of 2012. The star-studded line-up includes award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin for the role of 'Judas Iscariot'. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as 'Mary Magdalene'. BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as 'King Herod' and Winner of the ITV primetime show 'Superstar' Ben Forster in the title role of 'Jesus' in the 21st century 'Rock Musical' re-invention of Jesus Christ Superstar. An award-winning creative team have transformed this legendary rock musical into a unique state-of-the-art spectacular. Director Laurence Connor, known for his work on the 25th anniversary performances and concerts for Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, will work alongside Mark Fisher, the acclaimed world-leading set designer responsible for the staging of the Diamond Jubilee music concert in front of Buckingham Palace. They will be joined by internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, who worked on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Both Mark and Patrick have worked on global arena and stadium tours for some of the world's biggest music acts including the Rolling Stones and U2. Filmed live as part of the 2012 arena tour.
Tender Mercies | DVD | (03/06/2013)
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Sometimes everything comes together in a movie and it becomes something so much greater than the sum of its parts that it can only be described as a miracle. That's the case with Tender Mercies, a quietly luminous character piece about an alcoholic, washed-up country singer named Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance) who hits bottom in a motel room one night and then slowly finds his way back into the land of the living with the help of the widow (Tess Harper) and her young son. It's a low-key, contemplative film that feels like a rural American family comedy in the vein of the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu. Tender Mercies was directed by Australian Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant), written by Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird), who won an Oscar for his screenplay, and has an unbeatable cast. This is one of Duvall's most intimate and deeply personal performances, matched only by his debut 14 years later as actor-writer-director in The Apostle. --Jim Emerson
The Wizard Of Oz | DVD | (19/06/2006)
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Like the Tin Man's heart, the true test of a real classic is how much it is loved by others. The enduring charms of The Wizard of Oz have easily weathered the vicissitudes of changing fashions making the film one of the world's best-loved, most-quoted and frequently imitated movies. It's now as ubiquitous an American pop-cultural icon as McDonald's, making judging the movie purely on its own merits an almost impossible task. Judy Garland's tragic later life, for example, makes her naïve and utterly beguiling Dorothy seem all the more poignant in retrospect. But this at least is clear: much of this movie's success depends on the winning appeal of Garland's "Everygirl" figure, who creates the vital identification and empathy necessary to carry the audience with her into the land of Oz. We always care deeply about Dorothy, her quest for home and the strength of her friendship with her companions. Garland's assured dancing and singing routines with her ideally cast Broadway comedy co-stars Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley are still endlessly delightful, of course, and the songs and score (by Arlen, Harburg and Stothart) are as good as anything in the Hollywood musical canon. It is Garland's deeply felt rendition of "Over the Rainbow" that is both the film's emotional core and the reason why adults as much as children the world over still respond so strongly to this movie. So long as people long for home and the love of their friends and family, the nostalgic appeal of Oz will never fade. On the DVD: another splendid digital restoration from the MGM vaults keeps this wonderful classic as vivid and alive as it was back in 1939, if not more so. The 1.33:1 picture is clear and defined, bursting with the vibrant colours of Oz (you can even see the wires holding up the Lion's tail). Even more remarkably, because the original microphone tapes have been preserved the soundtrack has been remastered in 5.1 stereo, thereby accentuating the lush tones of the MGM orchestra and Garland's famous singing. The disc is also chock full of extras, including outtakes, audio sequences, composer Harold Arlen's backstage movies, extracts from earlier silent Oz films, clips from the Academy Awards and interviews with the stars among many other fascinating nuggets. The new 50-minute documentary hosted by Angela Lansbury, and irritatingly narrated in the present tense, is oddly the weakest part, with too little hard information and too much padding about how everyone loves the movie. The only gripe is Warners' trademark cardboard slipcase, which is awkward and easily damaged. But this is still an essential disc for the young at heart everywhere. --Mark Walker
Camp | DVD | (26/04/2004)
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A mixed up bunch of talented kids live love sing and dance through the summer at Camp Ovation. Is talented golden-boy Vlad (Daniel Letterle) honest about his feelings for Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat)? Is there anything Fritzi (Anna Kendrick) won't do to get to the top? Will glamour girl Jill (Alana Allen) steal all the limelight like she did last year? Will on stage be the only place Michael (Robin de Jesus) feels at home? And can shy quiet Jenna (Tiffany Taylor) find her voice
Bing Crosby Collection - Rhythm On The River / Rhythm On The Range | DVD | (08/05/2006)
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Rhythm On The River (Dir. Victor Schertzinger 1940): Bing Crosby and Mary Martin play a pair of star-crossed ghostwriters he of melody and she of lyrics who discover that the man they write for is a fake but their love for each other is real. Rhythm On The Range (Dir. Norman Taurog 1936): Bing plays a singing cowboy out where the b-b-b-buffalo roam in this lighthearted musical western.
Man Of La Mancha | DVD | (05/12/2005)
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Peter O'Toole Sophia Loren and James Coco dream the impossible dream. The hit stage musical given the movie treatment. A skinny old gentleman with wispy white hair dreams the impossible dream... He is Don Quixote de La Mancha the knight errant. Don Quixote is the mad aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden w
New York City Ballet Workout 2 | DVD | (03/01/2005)
from £10.77 | Saving you £7.22 (40.10%) | RRP
New York City Ballet 2, like its bestselling predecessor, is still designed to sculpt and tone your body; but this second edition has also learned the lessons of the original routine, which was difficult to use for those without formal ballet training. This second workout attempts to be accessible to all, providing a glossary explaining ballet terminology and introducing such steps as Plies and Tendus. Be warned though, this will still take practise if you are new to ballet. The routine itself is also less demanding than the first, but includes one of the best abs workouts to be found on an exercise programme. While the steps do not offer a cardio workout, they are enjoyable once mastered and will make you feel more graceful. Combining ballet and yoga is all the rage at gyms, so a good tip is to tie this in with your favourite yoga programme for that ideal posture and definition. All in all this is a great improvement on the first edition and certainly more enjoyable than watching a Big Brother celebrity's dance routine. On the DVD: New York City Ballet 2 offers pristine images and a 5.1 Dolby sound. This works wonderfully on the choice of classical and contemporary tracks. There is also the option to develop your own routine, which is useful if you are never sure how much time you have spare to exercise. The DVD also offers a movement combination which slowly takes you through the steps to learn a dance sequence. --Nikki Disney
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet | DVD | (29/03/2010)
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Beat Street | DVD | (12/04/2005)
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A slightly dated but nonetheless fascinating snap shot of musical history, Beat Street is an urban musical detailing the roots of hip-hop. Set in early 1980s New York, the film focuses on the lives of a small group of young people setting their experiences against the larger backdrop of the city's burgeoning music scene. The story of up and coming DJ Kenny and his relationship with jazz musician Tracy may only be a device, but it's surprisingly effective, as is the ultimately tragic tale of graffiti artist Remo. The movie's real raison d'être, however, is to showcase the sounds of the street and thus is full of some of hip-hop's most influential names--Melle Mel, Doug E Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, The Rocksteady Crew, Jazzy Jeff and Arthur Baker--and while the combination of electro and rapping may sound a little crude to modern ears, there can be no doubt that Beat Street is the sight and sound of history being made. On the DVD: Beat Street on disc comes with pretty basic picture quality, but the soundtrack has benefited greatly from the digital remastering. The extras are limited to a collection of stills from the film and an amusing guide to break beats, which seems like a wasted opportunity. Given the nature of the movie, it's something of a shame that this disc doesn't go deeper into the subject matter. For a far more detailed examination of how the music of Kraftwerk blended with the sounds of American city streets, go to Volume 3 of the excellent BBC series Dancing in the Street. --Phil Udell
Electric Guitar For Beginners 2 - Expanding Your Skills | DVD | (16/10/2006)
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He teaches chords in 'open' and 'closed' positions and how they can be moved up the neck to create a variety of sounds. This is a perfect starter course for aspiring players
Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion | DVD | (28/01/2002)
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The work of the Canadian circus troupe Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion is a show which has toured worldwide. It features elements of Chinese circus tradition interspersed with the troupe's own pan-cultural sense of stage spectacle. It's a combination of music, dance, clowning and acrobatics lavishly bathed in dry ice, strobe lights and a colourful array of oriental finery, elaborate costumes and props. Here you'l find Chinese women finding the strength from somewhere in their tiny bodies to balance by their hands atop 10-foot poles which are wheeled around gracefully; and young boys tumbling rapidly through revolving golden hoops; and bronzed dancers swinging through the air in balletic arcs from lengths of blue ribbon. What one could do without, though, is the She-Goddess' New Age babble throughout the proceedings, as well as the soundtrack, which is a queasy fusion of world music marinated in bass. There's also an over-indulgence of costume and choreography, presumably the work of the "avant garde" Cirque Du Soleil, though much here is distinctly apres-garde, reminding the viewer irresistibly of the musical extravaganza that was the daily centrepiece of the ill-fated Millennium Dome. All of this at times smothers and distracts from the impressive physical feats of the Chinese performers. Still, for the three million people who have witnessed this show worldwide this will certainly provide a worthy memento.On the DVD: a number of extra features include a featurette about the five-month deadline the troupe had to meet in putting together the show, splendid for those who thrill to the spectacle of tents being erected and dancers being winched carefully into the rafters of giant hangars. There's also a facility for viewing the performances from different angles. The show is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio, and is generally pristine in both colour and definition. --David Stubbs
The Merry Widow - The Australian Ballet | DVD | (01/12/2003)
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Recently widowed and seeking a new husband Hanna Glawari is one of Pontevedro's wealthiest women. If she marries a foreigner Pontevedro will be left bankrupt...so the bureaucats plot to ensure that Hanna marries a suitable national. The Merry Widow is sheer entertainment with lifting melodies breathtaking decor and glorious dancing!
Gypsy | DVD | (03/04/2006)
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The girl who became the greatest show in show business. Ringing with the show-biz sass of its Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim score the film version of the Broadway hit Gypsy takes you on a grand vaudeville tour. It sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise (Natalie Wood) the wallflower later to blossom into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her ambitious mother Rose (Rosalind Russell whose performance won her a fifth Best Actress Golden Globe
Love Never Dies | Blu Ray | (29/02/2016)
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The filmed Australian stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Set in 1907, the story follows the now world-famous soprano Christine DaaÃ© (Anna O'Byrne) as she accepts an invitation from a mysterious impresario to perform at Phantasma, a new attraction at New York's Coney Island. After arriving in Manhattan, Christine, husband Raoul (Simon Gleeson) and son Gustave (Ky Baldwin) are lured to the resort, unaware that it is the Phantom (Ben Lewis) who has arranged her appearance.
Kiki Dee - Under the Night Sky | DVD | (05/03/2012)
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Filmed and recorded live at Bray studios in February 2007, Kiki Dee & musician partner Carmelo Luggeri deliver an exclusive 20 track set of new interpretations of classic Kiki Dee numbers: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, I’ve Got The Music In Me & Amoureuse, alongside stunning covers of hits such as Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill, Frank Sinatra’s A Very Good Year, Peter Gabriel’s Digging in the Dirt & Tom Petty’s Learning To Fly . Bonus material on the disc includes interviews with both Kiki & Carmelo, plus a live set from Shepherds Bush Empire.Tracks: Learning To Fly (Tom Petty And Jeff Lynne) Everybody Falls Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (A. Orson/Carte Blanche) Just Killing Time Digging in the Dirt (Peter Gabriel) One And Only Love Salty Water Nobody's Child Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush) Amoureuse (Veronique Sanson And Gary Osbourne) Amen and Goodbye Under the Night Sky Oh Life A Very Good Year (Ervin Drake) Until We Meet Again Everybody Falls 2 I've Got The Music In Me (Bias Boshell) How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (Barry Robin & Maurice Gibb) How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Holland Dozier Holland)
Our House - A Musical Love Story - The Madness Musical | DVD | (01/11/2004)
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'Our House' is the first new musical for decades which celebrates London. It's pacey hilarious and often touchingly romantic journey through one boy's London life. Includes performances of the hits House Of Fun Baggy Trousers Embarrassment Driving In My Car My Girl It Must Be Love and Night Boat To Cairo. Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
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