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Fiddler On The Roof | DVD | (10/11/2003)
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Fiddler on the Roof arrived in cinemas in 1971, seven years after the Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Bock musical about Jewish life in a pre-Revolution Russian village first gripped Broadway. Based on the stories of Shalom Aleichem, with its potent mixture of sentiment and religious and historical context, it remains one of the most popular shows of the modern age. With the help of an outstanding performance from Topol as Tevye--the milkman with five daughters kicking at the constraints of tradition--Norman Jewison's captivating film retains a moving intimacy in its portrayal of relationships in changing times. But it also stretches the possibilities of location shooting--in this case the countryside of the former Yugoslavia--further than any musical movie before or since. The villagers are played by the inhabitants of the area, lending a poignant realism to the vibrant crowd scenes. And the cinematography is spectacular, with Jewison's clever use of distance generating an epic feel that helps to explain the story's continuing resonance and popularity. Topol's career-defining star turn is balanced by the warmth and sensitivity of the surrounding performances, particularly Norma Crane as his abrasive wife Golda. British sitcom fans will spot early appearances by Roger Lloyd Pack, and Ruth Madoc as the demonic butcher's wife, Fruma Sarah. At nearly three hours, it's a long emotional haul, but aided by some of the most beautiful songs in musical history, Jewison's Fiddler is ageless. On the DVD: Fiddler on the Roof Special Edition is presented on DVD in widescreen with a Dolby soundtrack that makes a mighty meal of John Williams' Oscar-winning musical adaptation. The most fascinating extras are a making-of documentary that shows a youthful, slightly tetchy Jewison at work, and a 2003 reminiscence in which all of his passion and feel for the piece has survived intact. He shares a commentary with Topol crammed with vivid memories and context. There is also a photographic gallery showing the resources that were used to give the film its authenticity, and Jewison reads extracts from original Aleichem stories. --Piers Ford
Whiplash | DVD | (01/06/2015)
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Andrew is an ambitious young jazz drummer single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band forever changing the young man&rsquo;s life. Andrew&rsquo;s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability&mdash;and his sanity.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (22/05/2006)
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Celebrate 25 years of midnight movie madness! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an ""erotic nightmare beyond any measure."" Relive Richard O'Brien's sinfully twisted salute to horror sci-fi B-movies and rock music - a ""sensual daydream to treasure forever"" - starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance) Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the ""Time Warp"" and sing ""Hot Patootie"" with Meatloaf again...and again...and again...at home or in a movie theater
High Society | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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MGM's bold idea to remake George Cukor's Oscar-winning upper-class romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, into a star-studded technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes somehow works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Even the plot and character names--and some bits of dialogue--all remain the same as the original. Crooning Bing Crosby replaces Cary Grant as the wealthy ex-husband trying to win back his soon-to-be-remarried ex-wife, spoiled ice queen Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly, stunning and aloof in her last film role, originated in the earlier comedy by Katherine Hepburn). Unlike Grant, however, Crosby has jazz great Louis Armstrong, playing himself, in his corner for quixotic persuasion. Frank Sinatra (cocky in James Stewart's former role) and Celeste Holm add support as the nosy reporters covering, and subsequently complicating, the upcoming wedding. Sure, High Society lacks the original's witty satire, sarcasm and character complexity; but it's assuredly paced and wonderfully acted, and contains enough romantic chemistry to keep the plot engaging. And then there's the music. Unlike the grandiose production numbers of many 40s and 50s musicals, High Society's musical sequences are considerably low-key and intimate, focusing on Porter's lyrical content and the style in which it's delivered by the charismatic performers. Armstrong kicks the film off in telling style: he sings the title track, a calypso tune outlining the plot like a Greek chorus--not as an elaborately choreographed song-and-dance number, but instead stuffed claustrophobically in the back of a limousine with his jazz band. Other musical standouts include Sinatra and Crosby playfully tossing barbs during "Well, Did You Evah?"; Crosby and Armstrong teaming up for an energetic clash of styles in "Now You Has Jazz"; the two soaring, archetypal ballads by the leads--Crosby's "I Love You, Samantha" and Sinatra's superior "You're Sensational"; and, finally, the satirical Sinatra/Holm duet, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", the closest High Society ever comes to social or class-commentary. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com
Gypsy: The Musical | DVD | (28/11/2016)
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Imelda Staunton stars in the performance of her carer in one of the greatest ever musicals, based on Gypsy Rose Lee's Memoirs, the famous striptease artist. Telling the story of the original archetypal show-business mother, who raises Lee (played by Lara Pulver - True Blood, Sherlock) and her sister June as they travel around America with their vaudeville act and co-stars Peter Davison (Dr Who, All Creatures Great and Small). This West End revival has already received 3 Laurence Olivier Awards (Best Actress - Staunton, Supporting Actress - Pulver and Best Musical Revival) and 2 U.K. Theatre Award Nominations (Best Actress - Staunton, Best Musical Revival) and is considered by many to be the greatest American musicals of all time. Complete with premium special packaging, this DVD is a must-have for any fan of Musical Theatre.
I Know Him So Well | DVD | (21/03/2011)
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Peter Kay and Susan Boyle join forces for a one-off red nose day single.The nation's favourite comedian Peter Kay and singing sensation Susan Boyle have teamed up to record a hilarious cover version of Tim Rice's I know him so well for red nose day.The single will see Kay performing as his alter-ego Geraldine McQueen while Boyle plays herselfin the hilarious one-off duet, all in the name of charity.
Meet Me In St. Louis | DVD | (24/05/2004)
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The wonderful Judy Garland stars in this charming musical as Esther Smith whose father comes home and announces he is going to uproot his whole family to New York on the very eve of the 1903 St. Louis World Fair. Brilliantly directed by Vincente Minnelli and full of wonderful songs - 'Trolley Song' 'Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.
Live From Planet Earth (CD/2DVD) | DVD | (11/07/2011)
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Steps - The Ultimate Tour Live | DVD | (29/10/2012)
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Lisa, Claire, Faye, Lee and H, otherwise known as Steps have come together once again after 11 long years for a highly anticipated reunion tour. Performing 22 sell-out dates and in front of over 200,000 screaming fans, this is a comeback you will not want to miss. Steps: The Ultimate Tour Live captures this amazing show on film. The band performs all their memorable chart toppers including Tragedy, One For Sorrow, Deeper Shade of Blue, 5,6,7,8, Heartbeat and many more. This spectacular and unforgettable show also features all of your favourite Steps dance moves.
The Phantom Of The Opera | DVD | (02/05/2005)
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Although it's not as bold as Oscar darling Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera continues the resuscitation of the movie musical with a faithful adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster stage musical. Emmy Rossum glows in a breakout role as opera ingénue Christine Daae, and if phantom Gerard Butler isn't Rossum's match vocally, he does convey menace and sensuality in such numbers as "The Music of the Night." The most experienced musical theater veteran in the cast, romantic lead Patrick Wilson, sings sweetly but seems wooden. The biggest name in the cast, Minnie Driver, hams it up as diva Carlotta, and she's the only principal whose voice was dubbed (though she does sing the closing-credit number, "Learn to Be Lonely," which is also the only new song). Director Joel Schumacher, no stranger to visual spectacle, seems to have found a good match in Lloyd Webber's larger-than-life vision of Gaston LeRoux's Gothic horror-romance. His weakness is cuing too many audience-reaction shots and showing too much of the lurking Phantom, but when he calms down and lets Rossum sings "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" alone in a silent graveyard, it's exquisite. Those who consider the stage musical shallow and overblown probably won't have their minds changed by the movie, and devotees will forever rue that the movie took the better part of two decades to develop, which prevented the casting of original principals Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Still, The Phantom of the Opera is a welcome exception to the long line of ill-conceived Broadway-to-movie travesties. DVD Features The two-disc edition of The Phantom of the Opera has two major extras. "Behind the Mask: The Story of The Phantom of the Opera" is an hourlong documentary tracing the genesis of the stage show, with interviews by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Harold Prince, producer Cameron Macintosh, lyricists Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart, choreographer Gillian Lynne, and others. Conspicuously absent are stars Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. Both do appear in video clips, including Brightman performing with Colm Wilkinson at an early workshop, and Crawford is the subject of a casting segment. Other brief scenes from the show are represented by a 2001 production. The other major feature is the 45-minute making-of focusing on the movie, including casting and the selection of director Joel Schumacher Both are well-done productions by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group. The deleted scene is a new song written by Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, "No One Would Listen," sung by the Phantom toward the end of the movie. It's a beautiful song that, along with Madame Giry's story, makes him a more sympathetic character. But because that bit of backstory already slowed down the ending, it was probably a good move to cut the song. --David Horiuchi Important note: Initial playback of this DVD defaults to the DTS (Digital Theatre System) soundtrack, therefore customers without such equipment will not hear any sound. Please note that this is NOT a fault with the DVD. If you are not in possession of a DTS compatible sound amplifier, you need to change the film's soundtrack type from the main menu. In order to do this, please follow the instructions below: 1. Click the "set-up" option. 2. Select either Dolby Digital Surround Sound or Dolby Digital Stereo as appropriate. 3. Select "Play Movie". The film will now play with a universal audible soundtrack.
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary | DVD | (04/01/2013)
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Specia Edition, includes Souviener Booklet And 40 minutes of unseen footage, also BBc Documentry Dream The Dream.
Billy Elliot The Musical | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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Seen by over 10 Million people with a global theatre box office of over $720 Million and winner of over 80 theatre awards worldwide comes the one-off spectacular production from London&rsquo;s West End! This amazing one-off staging of Billy Elliot is a celebration of one of the most popular and successful stage shows and has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray until now! &lsquo;Based on the Academy Award&reg; nominated film Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London&rsquo;s West End and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world winning over 80 theatre awards along the way including Tony Awards&reg; and 5 Olivier Awards. Set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/&rsquo;85 miners&rsquo; strike Billy&rsquo;s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. The original creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book &amp; lyrics) director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling are joined by music legend Elton John (music) to produce a funny uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever! .&hellip;breathtaking choreography&hellip;&rsquo; &lsquo;&hellip;remains the best musical in London.&rsquo; &lsquo;Billy Elliot&hellip;.is still terrific&rsquo; Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail April 2013 &lsquo;A fantastic inspiring and uplifting night!&rsquo; BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans &lsquo;Still the Musical of the Decade&rsquo; Radio 2 18 May 2009 Great Paul Gambaccini &lsquo;Not only the best musical in London now possibly the best British musical ever &ndash; It&rsquo;s simply tremendous&rsquo; Paul Callan 21 August 2009 Daily Express &lsquo;A Definitive British Musical&rsquo; Time Out 3 November 2009
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! | DVD | (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
Little Shop Of Horrors | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant...
Midnight Tango | DVD | (14/11/2011)
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Vincent and Flavia are back!Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for six series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. Now they have created their own live show - Midnight Tango - a breathtaking evening bringing all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms to life. Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires and featuring some of the finest Tango dancers in the world, Midnight Tango, takes you on a journey into a heart of this intoxicating city. As danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion all combine - this is a spectacular and explosive evening not to be missed! Filmed live on their 2011 sell out UK tour!
Alfie - The Bring Him Home Tour | DVD | (12/03/2012)
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Filmed live at Alfie Boe's sell out 'Bring Him Home' tour, the star of Les Miserables, and hugely popular tenor, brings his outstanding voice to his very own DVD. With a diverse collection of classics including When I Fall In Love, Leonard Bernstein's impassioned Maria from West Side Story and Ewan MacColl's heartfelt The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and of course Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, Alfie delights with another truly magical performance. With some very special guests joining him, including Matt Lucas, Melanie C and Claude Michel Schonberg.
Carousel | DVD | (20/03/2006)
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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2006 Carousel tells the story of Billy Bigelow a smooth-talking carnival barker who falls in love with a mill-worker on the colourful coast of Maine. But right before the birth of his daughter Billy is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven years later he returns to earth for one day to attend his daughter's high school graduation and teach her one very important lesson... Featuring classics like 'If I Loved You' and the insp
Les Miserables (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (13/05/2013)
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Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France,Les Misrables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Featuring an incredible cast who give truly outstanding performances including: Hugh Jackman, Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Filmed by the visionary Academy-Award Director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper. Special Features: The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables Les Miserables: A Revolutionary Approach (The Start of Les Miserables) The West End Connection Les Miserables on Location Creating the Perfect Paris Battle at the Barricade Les Miserables Singing Live Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper
Under the Stars | DVD | (10/09/2012)
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