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The Gene Kelly Signature Collection (2011) | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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Glee - The Complete Second Season | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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The glee club's fearless leader is Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) a talented young teacher with hip-hop skills and a heart of gold. New Directions' aspiring stars include Rachel (Lea Michele) a pitch-perfect singer with an unfaltering determination to be popular; Finn (Cory Monteith) the heartbreakingly cool quarterback who struggles with his personal life; Kurt (Chris Colfer) the baby-faced soprano with a fierce eye for fashion; Mercedes (Amber Riley) a powerhouse vocalist whose diva attitude rivals the greats; Artie (Kevin McHale) a physically disabled performer with killer vocals and a dream to dance; and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) a goth chick with a soft side. There's also arrogant and cocky crooner Puck (Mark Salling); ice-cold queen-bee-turned-teen-mom Quinn (Dianna Agron); and the dynamic dimwitted cheerleading duo of Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera). With his heart in the right place Will is determined to help the kids take Nationals but at every turn he must battle with his nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) the conniving cheerleading coach; and his evil ex-wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig). Mr. Schuester's only allies at McKinley are OCD-afflicted guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) and supportive parents like Kurt's dad Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley). The second season of Glee includes guest appearances by Britney Spears Gwyneth Paltrow heartthrob John Stamos international pop star Charice and newcomer Chord Overstreet. Season 2 includes all 22 episodes.
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.
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
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
Gigi | DVD | (02/06/2003)
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Gigi, Vincente Minnelli's 1958 adaptation of Colette's story about a girl (Leslie Caron) groomed as a courtesan but desired as a wife by a Parisian playboy (Louis Jordan), won a lot of Oscars, but it also has the unusual distinction of being an MGM musical shot on location in the City of Lights. What a musical it is (by Lerner and Loewe): Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold crooning "Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well", plus the songs "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", "Gigi", "I'm a Bore", and "She's Not Thinking of Me". Director Minnelli makes a sumptuous, dreamy, almost laid-back affair of it all and the indispensable cast is forever etched into memory. Hollywood's long-running infatuation with continental grace and manners, the memory of a much earlier time imported to American movies through such immigrant directors as Ernst Lubitsch, may have finally come to a gentle end with this film. --Tom Keogh
The Best Of Riverdance | DVD | (14/11/2005)
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Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade - in rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. See Riverdance journey from its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre Dublin with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall New York to its latest live recording in Geneva. With an international cast fea
Gala Concert | DVD | (04/02/2011)
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1. Dark Eyes 2. Thunder And Lightning 3. Lips Are Sealed 4. Vienna Blood 5. Clogdance 6. Voices Of Spring 7. Flight Of The Bumblebee 8. My Heart Will Go On 9. Gypsy fiddles Playing 10. Hung Arian Dances 11. Roses From The South 12. Radetzky March 13. Strauss & Co. 14. Rigoletto 15. Chianti Song 16. Red Rose Cafe 17. Opera 18. Childrens 19. Tyrol Rock Image: 16:9 Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Der Rosenkavalier (2pc) (Ws Sub Ac3 Dol Dts) | DVD | (06/10/2009)
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Track Listing: 1.Der Rosenkavalier / Opening Credits - Fleming, Rene2.Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 (Original Versi 1.Introduction - 'wie Du Warst! Wie Du Bis2.Warum Ist Tag? (Act 1)3.Er Katzenkopf, Er Unvorsichtiger! (Act 14.selbstverstndlich Empfngt Mich Ihro G5.hat Sie Schon Einmal Mit Einem Kavalier6.Drei Arme Adelige Waisen (Act 1)7.Di Rigori Armato Il Seno' (Act 1)8.Da Geht Er Hin, Der Aufgeblasene Schlech9.Ach! Du Bist Wieder Da!' (Act 1)10.Die Zeit, Die Ist Ein Sonderbar Ding DVD 2 1. Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 (Original Versi - 1. Introduction - 'Ein Ernster Tag' (Act 2)2. Der Rosenkavalier Op. 59 - 1. Mir Ist Die Ehre Widerfahren' (Zweiter3. Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 (Original Versi - 1. Ich Kenn' Ihn Schon Recht Wohl' (Act 2)2. Jetzt Aber Kommt Mein Herr Zuknftiger'3. Wird Sie Das Mannsbild Da Heiraten' (Ac4. Eh Bien, Mamsell, Was Hat Sie Mir Zu Sag5. Da Lieg' Ich!' (Act 2)6. ohne Mich, Ohne Mich, Jeder Tag Dir So7. Introduction And Pantomime (Act 3)8. Hab'n Euer Gnaden Noch Weitre Befehle?'9. Nein, Nein, Nein, Nein! I Trink' Kein W10 Macht Sie Der Wein Leicht Immer So? (Act11.Halt! Keiner Rhrt Sich!' (Act 3)12.Bin Glcklich ber Massen (Act 3)13.Er Sieht, Herr Kommissar (Act 3)14.Leopold, Wir Gehn!' (Act 3)15.Eh Bien, Hat Sie Kein Freundlich Wort Fu16.Marie Theres'!' - 'hab Mir's Gelobt, Ih17.ist Ein Traum, Kann Nicht Wirklich Sein20.Der Rosenkavalier - Closing Credits
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.
The Mikado | DVD | (27/02/2006)
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The Mikado is the comedy classic in which W.S Gilbert's 'topsy-turvy' words meet with a supreme musical response from Sir Arthur Sullivan. This is the most widely-loved and by general agreement hilarious of the Savoy Operas set in a wonderfully make-believe Japan.Filmed at Sydney Opera House Australia.
Guys And Dolls | DVD | (06/08/2001)
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This CinemaScope treatment of Frank Loesser's hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls is a deeply rewarding visual and musical experience. Frank Sinatra turns in one of his best screen performances running a close second to Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, looking adorable and singing sweetly. In essence this is a piece of photographed theatre mounted on a handsome scale. The striking set designs and a brilliantly executed soundtrack are courtesy of two Broadway craftsmen Oliver Smith and conductor Jay Blackton. Photographer Harry Stradling brings a meticulous eye for detail when his camera stationed on the auditorium side of the frame, peers into Miss Adelaide's bathroom cupboard as she views the lines of medicine bottles in her celebrated "lament". Sinatra, in his vocal prime, sings a new number to Adelaide (Vivian Blaine)--arranged by Nelson Riddle--and Brando and Simmons strike chords in all their scenes from their opening duet "I'll Know" through to their evening out at a Havana bistro where she gets pie-eyed on a Bacardi milk-shake, tipsily wondering "If I were a Bell". Stubby Kaye also from the Broadway cast recreates the show-stopping "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat". Michael Kidd's choreography for "Luck Be a Lady" is razor-sharp and superbly captured in the CinemaScope format, though the formalised staging of the opening ought to have been rethought for this medium. The biggest pity is that Loesser amended some of his lyrics and replaced several tunes from his original score with inferior material. On the DVD: The DVD trailer hosted by Ed Sullivan makes much of the $1,000,000 cheque producer Samuel Goldwyn paid for the rights and the previews of the picture he obtained for his weekly television show. There's no denying that the remastered stereophonic soundtrack captures the Broadway sound to thrilling effect without it being overglamorised. The picture looks splendid too--never settle for the compromise version we've endured all these years on television! --Adrian Edwards
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker | DVD | (22/12/2003)
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One of his earliest pieces of choreography, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also one of his most charming and imaginative. Moving the Christmas party from a comfortable middle-class home to a Dickensian orphanage whose proprietors starve their wards to spoil their own children, it then shifts to a wonderland where sweets and sugar are a none-too-subtle metaphor for sexual awakening. In both worlds, Clara (Etta Murfitt) has to struggle to be heroine, or even a participant, in her own story and her struggle for the muscular, sexy Alan Vincent with her bitchy rival Sugar (Soranne Curtin) is not resolved until the last moments of the ballet. Along the way, Bourne finds charming and sexy ways to make all of the well-known genre moments of the score fresh and new--the Chinese dancers are a bunch of daffy marshmallow girls in pink, for example, whose dance is all strutting cuteness. There is a truly stunning transformation scene at the beginning of the waltz, which like much else in the score becomes a complex ensemble in which all the character dancers have their own things to do. Bourne's Nutcracker has become a popular favourite, and deservedly so. On the DVD: Matthew Bourne's Nutcrackercomes to DVD with no additional features. It is presented in a 16:9 anamorphic ratio and has sumptuous sound in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and L-PCM Stereo that does full justice to the Royal Philharmonic's eloquent performance of the score. --Roz Kaveney
Carmen Jones | DVD | (29/03/2004)
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Few actresses have dominated the camera as powerfully as Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones. Her polished beauty plays in irresistible contrast to her title character's leonine sexuality and fluid emotions; a man can't decide from moment to moment if he wants to save her from doom, build her a castle, or never let her out of bed. Of course, that's the problem with the boys in this semi-experimental adaptation of Bizet's opera, Carmen. Straight-arrow Joe (a strapping Harry Belafonte), an obedient corporal on a southern military base during World War II, is all set to go to flight school and marry his hometown sweetie, Cindy Lou (Olga James), when his troublemaking sergeant orders him to accompany Carmen to a civilian court. In short order, Joe is swept up in Carmen's carnal anarchy and her craving for release from lousy options in life. An impulsive act of violence ensures that Joe's future is gone forever, putting Carmen in the difficult position of destroying their relationship to save him. Oscar Hammerstein II took Bizet's music in 1943 and rewrote the book and lyrics. The result is largely a smashing success with a few missteps (the bullfighter in Bizet's piece becomes a heavyweight boxer here, which breaks up a certain grace in the story) and a couple of perfect stretches (the long prelude to Carmen and Joe's first embrace, set on Carmen's hoodoo-ish home turf). Despite the fact that both Dandridge and Belafonte were singers, their vocal performances were dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. (Yes, it is a little disconcerting to hear another voice coming out of the more familiar Belafonte's mouth.) Otto Preminger directed with his usual eye on economy of action and production, as the numerous musical numbers tend to be shot in lengthy, single, carefully choreographed takes. The result can be a little visually static at times, but the passion behind the singing pulls everything through.--Tom Keogh
The Elvis Collection | DVD | (08/04/2013)
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A collection of seven films starring Elvis Presley. Elvis made his acting debut in Love Me Tender (1956), starring as a young Texan farmer who, upon hearing of his older brother (Richard Egan)'s death in the Civil War, marries his sweetheart (Debra Paget). When the older brother returns from the war alive and well, a bitter feud between the siblings begins. In Flaming Star (1960), Presley plays the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and a Kiowa Indian (Dolores del Rio) who finds himself caught between the settlers and the Kiowas when his mother's people go on the warpath. Attempting to act as peacemaker, he only becomes embroiled in the violence. In Wild in the Country (1961), country delinquent Glenn Tyler (Presley) is paroled into his uncle's care on the condition that he pays weekly visits to widowed psychiatrist Irene Sperry (Hope Lange). She discovers that Glenn is a talented writer and encourages him to attend college. Meanwhile, Glenn is simultaneously dating the pushy Noreen (Tuesday Weld) and the more reserved Betty Lee Parsons (Millie Perkins). In Follow That Dream (1961), Toby Kwimper (Presley) and his wandering family set up home in Florida but find themselves menaced by local hoods. Toby also has to escape the advances of a tenacious social worker, who has more on her mind than just his health and welfare. In Kid Galahad (1962), a remake of the 1937 feature film, Walter Gulick (Presley) is a garage mechanic who is inadvertently drawn into the world of professional boxing. He has to free himself from the clutches of a gambler (Gig Young) who is attempting to manipulate him. In 'Frankie and Johnny' (1966), Frankie (Donna Douglas) is a riverboat entertainer who despairs of her gambling singing partner Johnny (Presley) but is too much in love with him to end their relationship. Finally, in Clambake (1967), Scott Heywood (Presley), an heir to millions, switches places with a ski instructor to learn about everyday life and competes with a wealthy playboy (Bill Bixby) to attract a beautiful co-ed (Shelley Fabares).
Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (09/05/2005)
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Perhaps the most popular ballet video ever released, this version of Tchaikovsky's beloved work stars one of the most famous classical dance partnerships of all time, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Nureyev choreographed this production for the Vienna State Opera Ballet. No ballet lover can afford to be without this DVD, which finds two icons of the 20th-century dance in magnificent form. Ballet authority John Lanchbery, former music director of the Sadler's Wells and Royal Ballet companies, as well as of America Ballet Theatre and Australian Ballet, conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's enchanting score.
Maya Plisetskaya - Diva Of Dance | DVD | (03/02/2006)
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Maya Plisetskaya: Diva Of Dance
Cover Girl (Masters Of Cinema) (Dual Format) (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (13/02/2017)
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Cover Girl was one of the big hits of Rita Hayworth's run as movie queen (and World War II pinup girl), a splashy musical geared to the talents of its redheaded star. Be warned: this is the kind of movie in which a single magazine cover turns an unknown dancer into the toast of her own Broadway show, virtually overnight. The corn runs high, but so do the spirits; plus, Eve Arden is around to toss in her trademark one-liners. Gene Kelly, as Hayworth's sulky choreographer and part-time boyfriend, stops the movie cold with his brilliant dance alongside his own reflection. The Jerome Kern-Ira Gershwin songs are middling, except for the lovely "Long Ago and Far Away". One number presents a parade of magazine cover girls come to life (great snapshot of an era). And check out the movie's hats: a parade of insane creations, perched uncertainly on many beautiful women's heads. --Robert Horton
The Great Ziegfeld | DVD | (16/02/2004)
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Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, 1936's The Great Ziegfeld stars William Powell in a biopic "suggested by romances and incidents in the life of America's greatest showman, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr". With admirable accuracy, the film follows Ziegfeld's career from small-time sideshow barker to creator of the famous Ziegfeld Follies, the collection of singing, dancing, and comedy vaudeville acts that launched the careers of such luminaries as Fanny Brice, Ray Bolger and Harriet Hoctor--all of whom play themselves in the film. In the title role Powell offers a believable combination of ambition and hucksterism, and his Thin Man costar Myrna Loy makes a late appearance as his second wife, but it's large-eyed Luise Rainer who has the showier role (and won an Oscar) as Ziegfeld's first big star and first wife. The musical numbers, however, don't hold up quite as well as the plot, and at some three hours the film is overlong. It's fascinating, though, to see the vintage stars performing and the eight-minute spectacle "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" is an eye-popper with an elaborate revolving set supporting a large cast singing and dancing to the Irving Berlin tune while throwing in some Puccini, Strauss, Leoncavallo and Gershwin for good measure. --David Horiuchi
Broadway Melody Of 1940 | DVD | (03/04/2006)
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The class of the Broadway Melody series with the burnished talents of Astaire and Murphy and the timeless tunes of Cole Porter. The plot never the point of these exercises pits two dancers in a friendly rivalry for the attentions of Powell. This was the only screen appearance together of Astaire and Powell and it makes you wish for more. Also features a fifteen year old Judy Garland.