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  • The Wiz [DVD]The Wiz | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Directed by Sidney Lumet (Serpico) and penned by Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin), this lavish 1978 adaptation of the Broadway hit The Wiz was the biggest production filmed in New York City up to that point, utilising the newly revamped Astoria Studios and locations around the city. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (reprising his Tony-winning role as the Lion) star in this Academy Award-nominated musical for the whole family. The Wiz is probably the grandest take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The production team created sets with a sense of urban magic and spectacle: a New York subway station literally comes to life, and the massive plaza between the World Trade Center towers is transformed into the Emerald City, featuring nearly 400 dancers with three costume changes. Like all good musicals, the Quincy Jones arrangements are highly hummable long after viewing (especially the funky "Ease On Down the Road" and the inspirational "Brand New Day"). In an era before MTV, the camera stays nearly stationary as Ross and Lena Horne vocally soar through their numbers. Their stage-like performances successfully make the leap to film, making The Wiz a testament to their singing talents and star presence. The then-thirtysomething Ross raised some eyebrows playing the traditionally teenaged Dorothy, but she and her supporting cast (including Richard Pryor as the Wiz) carry the tunes with an infectious verve that will appeal to folks of all ages. --Shannon Gee

  • Till the Clouds Roll ByTill the Clouds Roll By | DVD | (29/07/2003) from £5.94   |  Saving you £-1.69 (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    Till the Clouds Roll By was the big MGM extravaganza of 1946, purporting to be a life of the first giant of the stage musical, Jerome Kern. Great chunks of Show Boat, Sweet Adeline and Sunny dominate while, in between excerpts, reliable Robert Walker does valiant work as Kern, lending a gentle credibility to even the most extravagant licenses taken by the writers. The liberties taken with Kern's story beggar belief, but what a fine excuse this is to sit back and enjoy a procession of gems from the great American songbook, performed by genuine legends. Judy Garland has two numbers as Marilyn Miller, both directed by husband Vincente Minnelli at the peak of their creative and personal relationships. Singing "Who?", she has to float down the proverbial staircase, obviously pregnant (Liza was born a short time later). Others to shine include Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Dinah Shore and, more bizarrely, a skinny young Sinatra drafted in at the last for a rousing "Old Man River". Most poignant of all is the presence of Lena Horne who, but for the racist values of Hollywood at the time, would have been a great film star. Ever confined to guest appearances, she here sings the songs of Show Boat's tragic half-caste Julie. When MGM filmed the musical in 1951, the same part went to Ava Gardner. On the DVD: Till the Clouds Roll By may boast digital remastering, but it could have done with a deal of restoration, too. Presented in 4:3 format, the picture quality is often pixellated and the soundtrack in "HiFi Stereo" is muffled and occasionally cracked. Considering its value as an archive of great performers, some rarely seen on film, this film deserves better DVD treatment. --Piers Ford

  • The Wiz [Blu-ray]The Wiz | Blu Ray | (07/09/2015) from £6.39   |  Saving you £9.60 (60.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Directed by Sidney Lumet (Serpico) and penned by Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin), this lavish 1978 adaptation of the Broadway hit The Wiz was the biggest production filmed in New York City up to that point, utilising the newly revamped Astoria Studios and locations around the city. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (reprising his Tony-winning role as the Lion) star in this Academy Award-nominated musical for the whole family. The Wiz is probably the grandest take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The production team created sets with a sense of urban magic and spectacle: a New York subway station literally comes to life, and the massive plaza between the World Trade Center towers is transformed into the Emerald City, featuring nearly 400 dancers with three costume changes. Like all good musicals, the Quincy Jones arrangements are highly hummable long after viewing (especially the funky "Ease On Down the Road" and the inspirational "Brand New Day"). In an era before MTV, the camera stays nearly stationary as Ross and Lena Horne vocally soar through their numbers. Their stage-like performances successfully make the leap to film, making The Wiz a testament to their singing talents and star presence. The then-thirtysomething Ross raised some eyebrows playing the traditionally teenaged Dorothy, but she and her supporting cast (including Richard Pryor as the Wiz) carry the tunes with an infectious verve that will appeal to folks of all ages. --Shannon Gee

  • The Wiz [1978]The Wiz | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £6.72   |  Saving you £4.53 (82.97%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The fabulous land of Oz rocks in the spectacular musical based on the smash hit Broadway show. In this Motown production Dorothy is a shy Harlem kindergarten teacher who while searching for her lost dog Toto in a swirling blizzard is whisked to a wonderland to follow the yellow brick road. Director Sidney Lumet (Serpico Murder on the Orient Express) not content to merely film the stage production transforms the physical attributes of New York City into the fabulous land of Oz.

  • Hollywood Musicals Of The 40's [1999]Hollywood Musicals Of The 40's | DVD | (01/09/2000) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    In the 1940s America was just emerging from The Great Depression. War engulfed half the world and the future looked uncertain. The Hollywood musical had the recipe to make things better. With the Hollywood musical people still believed that dreams really do come true. Glamour spread across the screen. In glorious colour and even in black and white the screen glittered. Join the biggest stars as we celebrate the great musicals of the 1940s when Hollywood put its best feet forw

  • Till The Clouds Roll By [1946]Till The Clouds Roll By | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Till the Clouds Roll By was the big MGM extravaganza of 1946, purporting to be a life of the first giant of the stage musical, Jerome Kern. Great chunks of Show Boat, Sweet Adeline and Sunny dominate while, in between excerpts, reliable Robert Walker does valiant work as Kern, lending a gentle credibility to even the most extravagant licenses taken by the writers. The liberties taken with Kern's story beggar belief, but what a fine excuse this is to sit back and enjoy a procession of gems from the great American songbook, performed by genuine legends. Judy Garland has two numbers as Marilyn Miller, both directed by husband Vincente Minnelli at the peak of their creative and personal relationships. Singing "Who?", she has to float down the proverbial staircase, obviously pregnant (Liza was born a short time later). Others to shine include Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Dinah Shore and, more bizarrely, a skinny young Sinatra drafted in at the last for a rousing "Old Man River". Most poignant of all is the presence of Lena Horne who, but for the racist values of Hollywood at the time, would have been a great film star. Ever confined to guest appearances, she here sings the songs of Show Boat's tragic half-caste Julie. When MGM filmed the musical in 1951, the same part went to Ava Gardner. On the DVD: Till the Clouds Roll By may boast digital remastering, but it could have done with a deal of restoration, too. Presented in 4:3 format, the picture quality is often pixellated and the soundtrack in "HiFi Stereo" is muffled and occasionally cracked. Considering its value as an archive of great performers, some rarely seen on film, this film deserves better DVD treatment. --Piers Ford

  • Stormy Weather (Tiempo De Tormenta) [DVD]Stormy Weather (Tiempo De Tormenta) | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £18.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • Stormy WeatherStormy Weather | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A musical vehicle for 'Mr Bojangles' Bill Robinson which pays tribute to some of the greatest jazz stars of all time. Hit songs include: 'Stormy Weather' 'Jumping Jive' and 'Ain't Misbehavin'.

  • Till The Clouds Roll By [1946]Till The Clouds Roll By | DVD | (12/01/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-1.74 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £4.99

    A fascinating and colourful screen biography of Jerome Kern (Robert Walker). It starts with the opening night of his smash hit ""Showboat"" and flashes back to his beginnings as an almost penniless songwriter. The film follows his friendship with James I. Hessler and journeys to England where the best songwriters are reputed to be and where he finds his early successes - and the future Mrs Kern (Dorothy Patrick). After some difficult times in the USA he collaborates with Oscar Hammerst

  • Till The Clouds Roll By [1946]Till The Clouds Roll By | DVD | (21/04/2003) from £6.94   |  Saving you £-2.95 (-73.90%)   |  RRP £3.99

    A fascinating and colourful screen biography of Jerome Kern (Robert Walker). It starts with the opening night of his smash hit Showboat and flashes back to his beginnings as an almost penniless songwriter. The film follows his friendship with James I. Hessler and journeys to England where the best songwriters are reputed to be and where he finds his early successes - and the future Mrs Kern (Dorothy Patrick). After some difficult times in the USA he collaborates with Oscar Hammerstein; the result being the classic adaptation of Edna Ferber's Showboat. The picture's grand finale features Frank Sinatra singing Ol' Man River. This is one huge and lavish theatrical feast; great entertainment!

  • 3 Classic Musicals Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 1 - Second Chorus / The Duke Is Tops / Private Buckaroo3 Classic Musicals Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 1 - Second Chorus / The Duke Is Tops / Private Buckaroo | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £4.03   |  Saving you £0.96 (19.20%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Second Chorus: Trumpet players Danny (Fred Astaire) and Hank (Burgess Meredith) have been avoiding graduation for seven years so that they can continue playing with their college band. They hire pretty Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) as the band's agent and as she quickly increases their earning power the boys find themselves with flourishing musical careers. Ellen is one day hired as Artie Shaw's band manager and makes plans for Danny and Hank to audition for Shaw. Both ho

  • Lena Horne - An Evening With Lena HorneLena Horne - An Evening With Lena Horne | DVD | (09/01/2006) from £18.88   |  Saving you £-2.89 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Features live footage from Lena Horne's performance at the New York City Supper Club. Tracklist: 1. Come Runnin' (Live) 2. I'll Always Leave The Door A Little Open (Live) 3. I've Got To Have You (Live) 4. Maybe (Live) 5. Something To Live For (Live) 6. Just Squeeze Me (Live) 7. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Live) 8. April In Paris (Live) 9. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live) 10. I've Got The World On A String (Live) 11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Live) 12. How's Y

  • Ladies Sing The BluesLadies Sing The Blues | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £32.37   |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This acclaimed compilation brings together full-length rare performances from the great ladies of song: Billie Holiday Bessie Smith Peggy Lee Lena Horne Dinah Washington Sarah Vaughan and Ethel Waters. Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as ""a grand parade of American miracles"" ""Ladies"" captures the excitement of the most distinctive female vocalists in Jazz. Tracks include: 1. St Louis Blues - Bessie Smith 2. Darkies Never Dream - Ethel Waters 3. Quicksand - Ethel Waters (with

  • Classic MusicalClassic Musical | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £10.78   |  Saving you £-0.79 (-7.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Consisting of 9 classic musicals spread over 3 discs this collection contains some of the finest names in song and dance from the golden era of musicals featuring such talent as Fred Astaire James Cagney Duke Ellington and the Dorsey Brothers. Titles included are: Disc 1: Second Chorus / The Duke Is Top / Private Buckaroo Disc 2: The Royal Wedding / The Fabulous Dorseys / Black And Tan Disc 3: Something To Sing About / Basin Street Revue / Forbidden Music

  • FRANK SINATRA - The Premier Collection Vol 2 [DVD]FRANK SINATRA - The Premier Collection Vol 2 | DVD | (13/04/2009) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Hound Dog Entertainment proudly presents three fantastic hour long episodes of The Frank Sinatra Show starring the cream of musical entertainment including Lena Horne Jackie Gleason Jack Benny and Barbera Heller.

  • Frank Sinatra Premier Collection Vol.1-3Frank Sinatra Premier Collection Vol.1-3 | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £21.58   |  Saving you £-5.59 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Complete Frank Sinatra - ""This great box set includes 9 Frank Sinatra TV Shows on three DVDs with guests Elvis Presley Sammy Davis Jnr Peter Lawford Big Crosby and Louis Armstrong. This great bumper box set also includes 60 of Frank Sinatra's greatest hits on three CDs. Songs include Come Fly With Me I Get A Kick out of You I've Got you under My Skin and The Lady is a Tramp.

  • The Frank Sinatra Show - Tribute To The LadiesThe Frank Sinatra Show - Tribute To The Ladies | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Ol' Blues eyes turns on the charm for his TV variety show with Lena Horne and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt amongst the guests. Filmed in 1960 this DVD has been remastered from the archive tape of the original broadcast - it even includes the original sponsor promotional segments. Musical Performances: 1. Here's to the Ladies - Frank Sinatra 2. I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra 3.Timex Promotional Spot 4. By Strauss - Barbara Heller 5. Bizet's Theme - Mary

  • Sarah Vaughan - the Swing Era [Spanish Import]Sarah Vaughan - the Swing Era | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £11.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £8.99

    Track Include:Sarah Vaughan: 01 You're Mine You!02 The Nearness Of You 03 You're Not The Kind04 These Things I Offer05 PerdidoLena Horne:06 Boogie Woogie Dream07 The Man I LoveBessie Smith:08 Saint Louis BluesMamie Smith:09 Paradise In HarlemIda Cox:10 Kentucky Man Blues11 Fore Day CreepEthel Waters With Count Basie12 QuicksandThe International Sweethearts of Rhythm13 She's Crazy wit the Heat14 That Man of Mine15 'Jump Children16 Unidentified Title17 How About That Jive18 I Left My Man19 Unidentified Title20 Don't Get it Twisted21 Just the Thing

  • Judy Garland - Judy DuetsJudy Garland - Judy Duets | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Featuring the incomparable Judy Garland performing great songs with legendary singers and musicians including: Count Basie: I Hear Music The Sweetest Sounds Strike Up the Band Mel Torme: The Trolley Son Bobby Darin: Goin' Home Medley Lena Horne: Day In Day Out Barbra Streisand: Hooray For Love Medley Get Happy Happy Days Are Here Again Ethel Merman: Friendship Medley Tony Bennett: I Left My Heart In San Francisco Jack Jones: Nelson Eddy-Jeannette McDonald Medley Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin: Let There Be Love You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You Mickey Rooney: You're So Right For Me Peggy Lee: I Like Men Medley Vic Damone: West Side Story Medley Liza Minelli: We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together The Best is Yet To Come

  • Till The Clouds Roll By [1946]Till The Clouds Roll By | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £3.99

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