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Dreamgirls | Blu Ray | (29/04/2013)
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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
Chicago (Special Edition) | DVD | (12/09/2005)
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If you can't be famous...be infamous. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago there's only room for one legend!
Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary | DVD | (29/11/2010)
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Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Sound Of Music | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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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
All That Jazz | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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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
The Legendary Engelbert Humperdink DVD and CD | DVD | (30/04/2012)
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Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this DVD reveals the amazingly versatile talent that has made Engelbert Humperdinck a legend in the international music industry. Opening with A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening his easy on the ear voice mesmerises and captivates his audience until the final rendition of a medley of some of his best known recordings. With his soothing, mellow tones and relaxed style, Engelbert Humperdinck has enjoyed a long and successful career in show business. 4 Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe award for Entertainer of the Year 1988, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and over 130 million records sold. Englebert Humperdinck surely reigns supreme as the king of romance as he pours his honeyed, velvety voice over each note. Includes bonus live CD of the show.Featured Songs:1. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening2. I'm So Excited3. Hello4. After The Loving5. Medley (Mona Lisa & Unforgettable)6. Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer7. Rambin' Rose8. Medley (Too Young & When I Fall In Love)9. I Just Called To Say I Love You10. I'll Walk Alone11. Help Me Make It Through The Night12. Come A Little Bit Closer13. Please Release Me14. Medley (This Moment In Time, Les Bicyclettes De Belsize, Am I That Easy To Forget, Quandro, Quando, Quando, A Man Without Love & Spanish Eyes 15. Medley (The Last Waltz, Love Is All & Please Release Me instrumental) 16. Medley (If We Only Have Love & If You Love Me).
Top Hat | DVD | (10/01/2005)
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Following a case of mistaken identity dancer Jerry (Astaire) follows Dale (Rogers) the girl of his dreams to Europe and tries to win her heart through song and dance routines... This most lavish of musicals from Hollywood's golden era features lyrics and music by Irving Berlin.
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013)
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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.
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.
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
The War Of The Worlds Live : Special Edition (2 disc) | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time playing to sold-out arenas across the UK. The War of The Worlds - Live is a spectacular mix of live music theatre multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale. It combines the brilliance of the original performers including Jeff Wayne Justin Hayward Chris Thompson and even the late Richard Burton (In Sight and Sound) along with a brand new cast the 10-piece Black Smoke Band the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and an unforgettable fully operating 30ft Martian Fighting Machine!
Phantom of the Opera / Love Never Dies (Double Pack) | DVD | (19/11/2012)
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A two-volume set of Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musicals. 'The Phantom of the Opera' is a live performance from the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular musical, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux. Lavishly staged, this first release of the hugely successful stage version stars Ramin Karimloo as the disfigured musical genius 'The Phantom', whose terrorising of the Paris Opera changes when he falls in love with 'Christine' (Sierra Boggess). Other cast members includ...
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.
That Night in Rio | DVD | (24/09/2012)
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Have a rendezvous with music and gaiety! An entertainer (Ameche) in Rio impersonates a wealthy arisocrat (also Ameche). When the aristocrat's wife (Faye) asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.
Hello, Dolly! | Blu Ray | (01/04/2013)
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They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him. Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Shock Treatment "Nation" Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (11/09/2017)
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FROM THE CREATORS OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! It's not a sequel it's not a prequel it's an equal! Available on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, it is with absolute pleasure that Arrow Video presents Shock Treatment the criminally underrated sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Several years on from the events of the original Rocky, Brad and Janet Majors find their strained marriage put to the test on popular Denton TV show Marriage Maze. Poor Brad is heavily sedated and institutionalised, whilst Janet is given a radical makeover and primed for stardom. But what are the real motivations behind the kooky DTV crew and their enigmatic head-honcho, Farley Flavors? Featuring a host of familiar Rocky faces including Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, alongside the likes of Jessica Harper, Barry Humphries and Rik Mayall not to mention a rocking, shocking score from Richard O'Brien and Richard Hartley Shock Treatment is the follow-up that's more than the equal of its predecessor. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Digital transfer from original film elements High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 5.1 and Mono audio options Isolated Music and Effects Track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by Shock Treatment Fan Club presidents Mad Man Mike and Bill Brennan 35 Years of Shock Treatment live panel filmed at British Film Insitute DTV Presents: A Shockumentary featurette Let's Rock 'n Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score featurette Theatrical and International Trailers Exclusive Digipak Packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth Set of Exclusive Shock Treatment Mix ?n' Match Cards! Exclusive double-sided DENTON poster
Bad Girls: The Musical | DVD | (09/02/2009)
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With music by Kath Gotts and direction from Maggie Norris the popular ITV prison drama series Bad Girls was adapted into a musical in 2007 and now comes to DVD. As in the series the officers of Larkhall are involved in more than just a battle with the inmates - they have each other to contend with! With romances between inmates and guards and a murderous plot this song and dance extravaganza has a gritty edge.
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Broadway Favourites Collection | DVD | (21/02/2005)
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The curtain is up for this fabulous collectable DVD box set which showcases Andrew Lloyd Webbers most successful Broadway musicals. Includes: Cats Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Hair | DVD | (06/08/2001)
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Milos Forman's 1979 film of the 1968 musical Hair is far more watchable than it has any right to be. Controversial though the original stage version might have been at the time, it has not dated well. It was written back when most people thought the Vietnam War was a good idea and long hair on men a signifier of a hopelessly corrupt society, rather than the other way around. By the time the belated movie adaptation arrived attitudes had changed, and what made Hair so unique had become commonplace. However, the exuberance of the performances (led by Treat Williams) and the enduring appeal of some of the songs makes this movie version of Hair, even today, entirely impossible to dislike. On the DVD: The only extra is the theatrical trailer which, much like the film itself, is quite a cute period piece. Inexplicably, the scene-searching menu is not arranged by song, making it infuriatingly difficult to locate the tune you want, unless you already know the movie so well, which would leave little point in hearing these songs again anyway. --Andrew Mueller
Breakdance 2 - Electric Boogaloo | DVD | (06/04/2009)
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The return of breakdance sensations Turbo Kelly and Ozone. This time they're saving a local community centre from greedy politicians and bulldozers. Organizing a massive street-dance our heroes stop the demolition and save the center with the brightest fastest most colorful dancing seen on screen since the original Breakdance. The fun is nonstop in the best breakdance movie ever.