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Annie | DVD | (29/03/2004)
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As seen on ""The Wonderful World of Disney"" this new production of the classic musical features an all-star cast belting out the beloved songs. Original Broadway Annie Andrea McArdle makes and appearance too! Fun for the whole family.
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
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (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.
Mamma Mia! | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008)
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The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer
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
42nd Street | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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Julian Marsh a successful Broadway director produces a new show inspite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich old man who is in love with the star of the show Dorothy Brock. But she doesn't reply his love because she is still in love with her old partner. At the night before the premiere Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle and one of the chorus girls Peggy Sawyer tries to take over her part. Featuring incredible dance choreography from the master Busby Berkeley
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance | Blu Ray | (24/10/2016)
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THE BEST LIVE FILM OF A STAGE SHOW THAT I'VE SEEN Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail THE LEGENDARY MISS SAIGON The spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of this acclaimed new production of the global stage sensation was described as the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnifi cent performances by the Daily Telegraph and the greatest musical of all time by the Daily Mail. The epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The special gala fi nale also features appearances by the original cast including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. INCLUDES THE BEHIND THE SCENES DOCUMENTARY ?THE HEAT IS BACK ON: THE REMAKING OF MISS SAIGON' Special Features: Gala Finale (34 minutes) The Heat is Back on - Behind the Scenes of Cameron Mackintosh's new production
Pink Floyd - The Wall | DVD | (07/02/2000)
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By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd's The Wall is a glorious failure. Glorious because its imagery is hypnotically striking, frequently resonant and superbly photographed by the gifted cinematographer Peter Biziou. And a failure because the entire exercise is hopelessly dour, loyal to the bleak themes and psychological torment of Roger Waters' great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humour that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualise The Wall would be fraught with artistic danger, and Parker succumbs to his own self-importance, creating a film that's as fascinating as it is flawed. The film is, for better and worse, the fruit of three artists in conflict--Parker indulging himself, and Waters in league with designer Gerald Scarfe, whose brilliant animated sequences suggest that he should have directed and animated this film in its entirety. Fortunately, this clash of talent and ego does not prevent The Wall from being a mesmerising film. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof (in his screen debut) is a fine choice to play Waters's alter ego--an alienated, "comfortably numb" rock star whose psychosis manifests itself as an emotional (and symbolically physical) wall between himself and the cold, cruel world. Weaving Waters's autobiographical details into his own jumbled vision, Parker ultimately fails to combine a narrative thread with experimental structure. It's a rich, bizarre, and often astonishing film that will continue to draw a following, but the real source of genius remains the music of Roger Waters. --Jeff Shannon
Grease Live | DVD | (28/11/2016)
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Join the rollicking gang of Rydell High for Grease Live!, an electrifying production of the hugely popular musical Greaseâ?¢ performed before a studio audience LIVE! Featuring a cast of today's hottest young stars including Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, and Carly Rae Jepsen. With new music by Jessie J, Boys II Men, and DNCE, Grease Live! will reintroduce the unforgettable moments, classic music, and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. Special Features: ALL Without a Net: Performing GREASE LIVE! Becoming the T -Birds and Pink Ladies Greasin' Up The Joint Be-Bop, Swing, and Jitterbug: The Choreography and Dancers of GREASE LIVE! When Was Your First ? My Favorite Grease Moment
Grease | Blu Ray | (11/05/2009)
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John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a who's who in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50's. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade - it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock n'roll!
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!
The Slipper and the Rose | DVD | (05/03/2012)
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The Slipper and the Rose is Brian Forbes' classic Oscar-nominated musical that re-tells the much-loved story f Cinderella and features a wonderful score by the renowned Sherman Brothers whose numerous credits include Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book.Richard Chamberlain plays Prince Edward, the heir to throne of Euphrania, who is expected to find a wife. His parents the King and Queen plan a Royal Ball to which all the princesses in the land will be invited so that he can find his bride. Meanwhile Cinderella live in misery, her father has died and her wicked stepmother and awful sisters have made her house servant. But with the arrival of her fairy Godmother comes three wishes and the chance for Cindrella to go to the ball.
Rock of Ages | DVD | (08/10/2012)
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<i>Rock of Ages</i> tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock'n'roll romance is told through the heart-pounding rock hits.
Camelot | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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Joshua Logan's 1967 film of the hit Broadway musical about the love triangle between King Arthur (Richard Harris), Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave), and Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero) is strong on star emphasis and weak on such fundamentals as story and sets. Except for a handful of solidly dramatic scenes--such as Guenevere grieving, late in the film, for the ruination she and Lancelot have caused--there's not a lot to get excited about. (The story's theme of a lost, great society, however, certainly struck a chord in the 1960s.)The Lerner-Loewe songs ("If Ever I Would Leave You", "Camelot") pretty much sell themselves, even if they are, at best, only proficiently performed in this movie. --Tom Keogh
Blue Hawaii | DVD | (18/03/2002)
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Elvis Presley's seventh film was the first of his "Hawaii trilogy" (a group completed by Girls! Girls! Girls! and Paradise, Hawaiian Style). While its story is daft--the King has just been released from his army-posting in Italy and returned to the islands, where he's trying to avoid working in his father's fruit business--the music, including "Blue Hawaii," "Almost Always True" and the beautiful "Can't Help Falling in Love", is not. Angela Lansbury plays Elvis's mother, who can't seem to get through to him. The film is directed by Elvis's frequent collaborator, Norman Taurog. --Tom Keogh
Oklahoma | DVD | (20/03/2006)
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's charming and vigorous tale of romance and adventure set in the Wild West. Songs include 'People Will Say We're In Love' 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning' and the title song 'Oklahoma!'
Cats - Ultimate Edition | Blu Ray | (02/09/2013)
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One of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history has now been re-mastered in High Definition for Blu-Ray. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats one of the most famous musicals of all time first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory' one of its many classic songs became an instant worldwide hit. Since then Cats has smashed records and conquered the world. Boasting an all-star cast headed by Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills breathtaking visuals and the full digital sound of an eighty piece orchestra this Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray will lead you deep into the mysterious world of Cats. Cats - as you've never seen it before - more mesmerising and magical than you could possibly imagine. Special Features: Character Make-up with Karen Dawson Harding Making of Cats Featurette Interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber Cameron Mackintosh Trevor Nunn Gillian Lynne John Napier Gerry Schoenfield
Easter Parade | DVD | (16/05/2005)
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If you can't join 'em beat 'em! When his long-time dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies Don Hewes decides to show who's who what's what by choosing any girl out of a chorus line and transforming her into a star. So he makes his choice and takes his chances. Of course since Fred Astaire portrays Don and Judy Garland plays the chorine we know we're in for an entertainment sure thing.
Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set | DVD | (03/05/2004)
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Watching Baz Luhrmann's award-winning Moulin Rouge is a lot like falling in love. It is total immersion cinema and while you're experiencing it ("watching" is too passive a word) you can't imagine that cinema could be for anything else. In the harsh, objective post-viewing daylight Lurhmann's gaudy spectacular might seem like a triumph of glossy style over any genuine substance, but as the film unfolds Lurhmann subjects his audience to a such a barrage of overtly stylised music, dance, colour, design and human passion that the senses are overwhelmed and critical faculties put on hold for the duration. The story is paper-thin, but that's hardly the point. Nicole Kidman's courtesan Satine falls for poor poet Ewan McGregor while pledged to a psychotic English Duke. The show goes on, of course, and we know it will end in tragedy--because that's the sort of story this is, and the only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that it's all just brilliant artifice. The third of Luhrman's "Red Curtain" trilogy (after Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet), Moulin Rouge reinvents musical cinema, acknowledging its debt to past masters like Vincente Minnelli (Gigi) and Michael Powell (The Red Shoes), but taking in the best of rock video along the way. The incessant MTV-style editing might seem like a distraction, but in the end a film insane enough to include Jim Broadbent's cover of "Like a Virgin" defines its own genre rules. On the DVD: this double-disc package sets new standards of presentation while also having an ideally appropriate light-heartedness. The extra features are as inventive in their use of the format as the film itself. Highlights include not one but two commentaries--one by Luhrmann, his designer and his cinematographer, the other with Lurhmann and his fellow scriptwriter Craig Pearce. We get two videos of "Lady Marmalade" and there are also uncut dance numbers, for example the fabulously dark Tango sequence in all its detail, which come with alternate camera angles so that you can edit your own version. There are whole segments on the glittery costumes, the three-dimensional model of Paris and the transformation of Kylie Minogue into the Green Fairy of absinthe. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen (formatted for 16:9 TVs) with a visual aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and has lush, velvety Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 sound options. --Roz Kaveney
The Phantom of the Opera (3 - Disc Dual Format Edition) | DVD | (02/12/2013)
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BFI Video proudly presents this definitive three-disc Dual Format Edition of this celebrated classics of silent film and horror cinema. Lon Chaney &lsquo;the man of a thousand faces&rsquo; gives his most famous performance in this first version of the oft-filmed tale. Based on Gaston Leroux&rsquo;s novel Chaney stars as the &lsquo;Phantom&rsquo; living in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera who falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated he kidnaps her dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him. Directed by Rupert Julian this lavish 1925 production launched the Hollywood Gothic style &ndash; which would become the trademark of Universal horror films. Original prints of the film were fully tinted with some sequences in Technicolor and a rooftop scene using a special process that enabled the Phantom's cloak to show red against the blue night sky. This Photoplay restoration carefully re-instates all these effects and is accompanied by Carl Davis&rsquo; celebrated score which draws heavily on Gounod's Faust which is the opera being performed in the film. Contents: Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition Newly restored presentation of the tinted and toned 1929 version with Carl Davis score High Definition presentation of the 1925 version with newly-commissioned piano accompaniment Original trailers for the 1925 and 1929 versions The &lsquo;Man with the Lantern&rsquo; sequence Sequences from the sound version Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000 Kevin Brownlow 86 mins DVD only): Kevin Brownlow&rsquo;s definitive documentary Fully illustrated booklet with essays film notes and credits