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  • Acorn Antiques - The Musical Acorn Antiques - The Musical | DVD | (13/03/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Acorn Antiques: The Musical! is the all-singing all-dancing fully overalled stage version of the beloved TV spoof. This triumphant West End production brought together Julie Walters (Mrs Overall) Celia Imrie (Miss Babs) and Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford) - the original cast of the series. Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables Woman in White Starlight Express) the show was written by Julie Walters' understudy the award-winning Victoria Wood! This DVD filmed during th

  • The Phantom Of The Opera The Phantom Of The Opera | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £5.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (72.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • Rock of Ages [Blu-ray][Region Free] Rock of Ages | Blu Ray | (24/12/2012) from £7.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (68.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Rock of Ages 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 hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage [Blu-ray] [2012] Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013) from £10.09  |  Saving you £14.90 (59.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Stage musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel recorded live at London's O2 arena in 2012. The reimagined story which was first released in 1978 as a concept album by Jeff Wayne is narrated by Liam Neeson and includes performances by Jason Donovan Marti Pellow and Ricky Wilson.

  • Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary [DVD] Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary | DVD | (29/11/2010) from £4.95  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition

  • King Lear King Lear | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £9.85  |  Saving you £10.14 (50.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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

  • An American In Paris [1951] An American In Paris | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The plot of An American in Paris is mostly an excuse for director Vincente Minnelli to pool his own extraordinary talent with those of choreographer-dancer-actor Gene Kelly and the artists behind the screenplay, art direction, cinematography, and score, creating a rapturous musical not quite like anything else in cinema. An American GI (Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become an artist, and has to choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French gamine (Leslie Caron) engaged to an older man. The final section of the film comprises a 17-minute dance sequence that took a month to film and is breathtaking. Gershwin songs specially arranged for the film include "'S Wonderful", "I Got Rhythm", and "Love is Here to Stay". --Tom Keogh

  • That's Entertainment Box Set That's Entertainment Box Set | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £9.29  |  Saving you £0.70 (7.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This box set includes That's Entertainment That's Entertainment Part II That's Entertainment Part III.

  • South Pacific [1958] South Pacific | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £5.95  |  Saving you £10.04 (62.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Blessed with a treasure of timeless songs South Pacific combines the passionate heartwarming romance of a naive young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) with South Seas splendour and a world at war while the breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written.

  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage [DVD] [2012] Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage | DVD | (25/11/2013) from £5.10  |  Saving you £14.89 (74.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stage musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel recorded live at London's O2 arena in 2012. The reimagined story which was first released in 1978 as a concept album by Jeff Wayne is narrated by Liam Neeson and includes performances by Jason Donovan Marti Pellow and Ricky Wilson.

  • Dreamgirls [Blu-ray] [2006][Region Free] Dreamgirls | Blu Ray | (29/04/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The spirit of Motown runs through the long-awaited film adaption of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which centres around a young female singing trio who burst upon the music scene in the '60s, complete with bouffant hairdos, glitzy gowns, and a soul sound new to the white-bread American music charts. Sound familiar? You aren't the first one to draw comparisons to the meteoric rise of the Supremes, and despite any protests to the contrary, this is most definitely a thinly veiled reinterpretation of that success story. The Dreamettes--statuesque Deena (Beyonce Knowles), daffy Lorell (Anika Noni Rose) and brassy Effie (Jennifer Hudson)--are a girl group making the talent-show rounds when they're discovered by car salesman and aspiring music manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx). Sensing greatness (as well as a new marketing opportunity) Curtis signs the Dreamettes as backup singers for R&B star James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). But when Early's mercurial ways and singing style don't mesh with primarily white audiences, Curtis moves the newly-renamed Dreams to centre stage--with Deena as lead singer in place of Effie. And that's not the only arena in which Effie is replaced, as Curtis abandons their love affair for a relationship with star-in-the-making Deena. Besides the Supremes comparison, one can't talk about Dreamgirls now without revisiting its notorious Oscar snub; though it received eight nominations, the most for any film from 2006, it was shut out of the Best Picture and Director races entirely. Was the oversight justified? While Dreamgirls is certainly a handsomely mounted, lovingly executed and often vibrant film adaptation, it inspires more respect than passion, only getting under your skin during the musical numbers, which become more sporadic as the film goes on. Writer-director Bill Condon is definitely focussed on recreating the Motown milieu (down to uncanny photographs of Knowles in full Diana Ross mode), he often forgets to flesh out his characters, who even on the Broadway stage were underwritten and relied on powerhouse performances to sell them to audiences. (Stage fans will also note that numerous songs are either truncated or dropped entirely from the film.) Condon has assembled a game cast, as Knowles does a canny riff on the essence of Diana Ross' glamour (as opposed to an all-out impersonation) and Rose makes a peripheral character surprisingly vibrant; only Foxx, who never gets to pour on the charisma, is miscast. Still, there are two things even the most cranky viewers will warm to in Dreamgirls: the performances of veteran Eddie Murphy and newcomer Jennifer Hudson. Murphy is all sly charm and dazzling energy as the devilish Early, who's part James Brown, part Little Richard, and all showman. And Hudson, an American Idol contestant who didn't even make the top three, makes an impressive debut as the larger-than-life Effie, whose voice matches her passions and stubbornness. Though she sometimes may seem too young for the role, Hudson nails the movie's signature song, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," with a breathtaking power that must be seen and heard to believe. And for those five minutes, if not more, you will be in Dreamgirls' thrall. --Mark Englehart

  • All That Jazz [1979] All That Jazz | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £3.29  |  Saving you £2.70 (45.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Choreographer-turned-director Bob Fosse turns the camera on himself in All That Jazz, a nervy, sometimes unnerving 1979 feature, a nakedly autobiographical piece that veers from gritty drama to razzle-dazzle musical, allegory to satire. It's an indication of his bravura, and possibly his self-absorption, that Fosse (who also co-wrote the script) literally opens alter ego Joe Gideon's heart in a key scene--an unflinching glimpse of cardiac surgery, shot during an actual open-heart procedure. Roy Scheider makes a brave and largely successful leap out of his usual romantic lead roles to step into Gideon's dancing pumps and supplies a plausible sketch of an extravagant, self-destructive, self-loathing creative dynamo, while Jessica Lange serves as a largely allegorical Muse, one of the various women that the philandering Gideon pursues (and usually abandons). Gideon's other romantic partners include Fosse's own protégé (and a major keeper of his choreographic style since his death) Ann Reinking, whose leggy grace is seductive both "onstage" and off. Fosse/Gideon's collision course with mortality, as well as his priapic obsession with the opposite sex, may offer insights into the libidinal core of the choreographer's dynamic, sexualised style of dance, but musical aficionados will be forgiven for fast-forwarding to cut out the self-analysis and focus on the music, period. At its best--as in the knockout opening, scored to George Benson's strutting version of "On Broadway", which fuses music, dance and dazzling camera work into a paean to Fosse's hoofer nation--All That Jazz offers a sequence of classic Fosse numbers--hard-edged, caustic and joyously physical. --Sam Sutherland

  • Hollywood Musicals Of The 60's [1999] Hollywood Musicals Of The 60's | DVD | (01/09/2000) from £4.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (22.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The 60's were the last great decade for the American movie musical but it was also probably its best. With blockbusters like The Sound of Music West Side Story My fair Lady Mary Poppins Oliver! and Funny girl the artform reached its peak. Join us on a singing and dancing tour from the Austrian Alps to the vauderville halls of Brooklyn... from dancing in the streets of Spanish Harlem to the shores of River City... from the chimneys of Old London to the sound stages of Hollywoo

  • The Sound Of Music [1965] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (28/11/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (73.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Share the magical heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture this timeless cla

  • Sweet Charity [1969] Sweet Charity | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £3.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    After several years as the hottest musical director on Broadway, Bob Fosse made his film directorial debut with this movie version of his Broadway hit, which was based on Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. Shirley MacLaine is terrific as the proverbial hooker with the heart of gold, one who is convinced that she will find the right man if she just turns enough tricks. The Cy Coleman score is a solid one; the film is at its best when Fosse lets his cast of singer-dancers (which includes Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, and Sammy Davis Jr) unleash his leggy brand of choreography. While the film suffers from stylistic excesses of the period, you can see the seeds being planted for Fosse's future musical film forays in Cabaret and All That Jazz. --Marshall Fine

  • Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition [1987] Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £3.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [DVD] Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 | DVD | (19/11/2012) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • New York, New York [1977] New York, New York | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The day WWII ends Jimmy (De Niro) a selfish and smooth-talking musician meets Francine (Minelli) a lounge singer. From that moment on their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top...

  • Michael Jackson - Moonwalker [1988] Michael Jackson - Moonwalker | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £4.70  |  Saving you £9.20 (65.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A story of the classic struggle between good and evil as a drug dealer pushes his drugs to children. Set against a backdrop of special effects and song and dance numbers Jacko sets out to put evil in it's place.

  • The Gang's All Here (1943) [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] The Gang's All Here (1943) | Blu Ray | (22/09/2014) from £9.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (47.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The iconic director-choreographer Busby Berkeley's first full-length film in Technicolor is well established as being perhaps the most visually stunning spectacle of any Hollywood musical. But to focus on this risks overlooking its exuberant performances gleeful humour sensational music and glowing romance amidst countless other pleasures. A young soldier's fast-struck love affair with a New York City nightclub singer despite his long-standing betrothal to a wealthy childhood friend provides the catalyst for this dizzying parade of home-front melodrama comic set-pieces and mind-boggling musical numbers (including 'The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat' and 'The Polka-Dot Polka'). Featuring some of the most popular musical stars of its day including Alice Faye the incomparable Carmen Miranda and the legendary Benny Goodman along with brilliantly funny supporting turns from Edward Everett Horton Eugene Pallette and Charlotte Greenwood The Gang's All Here is an outlandishly surprising classic from one of the Hollywood dream factory's most influential innovators. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a world premiere of a stunning new restoration on Blu-ray. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired New and exclusive full-length audio commentary with critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme and film historian Ed Hulse The documentary Busby Berkeley: A Journey with a Star A deleted scene from the film Trailer A 36-Page Booklet featuring essays on the film by critics David Cairns and Karina Longworth and more!

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