A leopard skin shirt long hair and the ultimate highland dance are some of the highlights you'll expect to see in this memorable performance from Billy Connolly. The Big Yin himself descends on London to entertain an audience of celebrities delivering an unswerving performance in front of a packed studio full of stars. Enjoy a unique performance of outrageous comedy in this hilarious once in a lifetime show. If you love Billy Connolly you'll see him here as you've never seen him before.
After forming in Birmingham England in the 1970's UB40 became one of the world's most influential reggae bands spreading the word of this uniquely Jamaican music to an eager international audience. Through fascinating interviews which display the band's infectious enthusiasm and disarming modesty this film tells the UB40 story from their formation in Birmingham to recording at their own studios with some of the artists who inspired them to play reggae music. Artists such as Wins
KEPPEL ROAD THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF THE BEE GEES traces the lives of the Gibb brothers from their childhood in Keppel Road Manchester through their amazing career as one of the world's most successful singing and songwriting groups.Featuring in-depth interviews with the brothers archive footage and specially recorded versions of classic hits including Jive Talking Tragedy To Love Somebody NY Mining Disaster 1941 I've Gotta Get A Message to You and from their '97 album I Surrender Still Waters and I Could Not Love You More.An unforgettable video for all fans of one of the world's best loved and renowned groups.
The Kids Are Alright celebrates the phenomenon of the Who. More than a retrospective the film is a visual exploration of the great performances and maniacal events that constitute The Who legend. This special edition of the film includes the one musical omission from prior editions of this film: a video version of the classic song The Kids Are Alright. Tracklist of 24 songs includes: My Generation ; I Can't Explain ; Substitute ; Won't Get Fooled Again and many more.
A portrait of one of the most famous sopranos of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries filmed over a year. The camera follows her on her trips to New Zealand and the San Francicsco Opera. The DVD also includes recordings of Arias by Handel Charpentier Puccini Cilea and Richard Strauss.
With no apparent let up in the fascination for all things musically Cuban, Afro-Cuban Legends is a rather uneven but ultimately fascinating examination of the phenomenon. The first half, a 1998 South Bank Show documentary about the Afro-Cuban All Stars is wonderful, telling the story of young band leader Juan de Marcos Gonzáles and his efforts to reunite some of the stars of the golden age of Cuban music. The film works as much as travelogue as music documentary, painting a poignant portrait of a grand old city in decline--quite the opposite story of the musicians involved. Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Pio Leyva are all elderly artists who, having assumed that their moment had past, are clearly enjoying a second time in the sun. The story of their revival is both moving and inspiring (one of the best moments comes as Ferrer and González drive round Havana in an open topped car, raging about the US and its bully-boy tactics) and achieves that rare feat--a documentary that holds the interest whether or not the viewer is an aficionado of the music. The second half, a live concert recording of Company Segundo, is not quite so vital. A rather shaky television recording, the music lacks the spark and vitality of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and is strictly second division Cuban material. On the DVD: Chapter selection, a range of subtitles and a Web link are all that is on offer by the way of extras. Given that both programmes were made for television, the picture quality is not big budget standard. The South Bank Show is, however, beautifully shot and the DVD format makes the most of the impressive settings, both natural and architectural. The sound quality is crisp and clear, perfect for the series of musical performances. The Company Segundo segment suffers from the original's lack of production values, although the sound track is equally vibrant. --Phil Udell
Opera in the Outback features internationally renowned diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing a superb selection of songs from opera favorites such as Puccini's Tosca through to the popular classics of Richard Rogers and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Dame Kiri is also joined by the Adnymathanha Women's Choir the region's indigenous women's choir for the world debut of the Warrioota Song. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Yalkarinha Gorge in the South Australian Flinders Ranges Opera in the Outback is a truly magical event. Track List / Composer: 1. Prince Igor Overture / Borodin 2. Bailero / Canteloube 3. Malurous qu'o uno fenno / Canteloube 4. La Delaissado / Canteloube 5. Lou Boussu / Canteloube 6. Vissi d'arte / Puccini 7. Signore ascolta / Puccini 8. Un bel di vedremo / Puccini 9. Adagio / Khachaturian 10.Wayanta Lullaby / Traditional 11.Warrioota Song / Soutelle 12. Viliwarunha manyinga / Traditional 13. Marietta's Lied / Korngold 14. Chanson d'enfance / Lloyd Webber 15. Unexpected Song / Lloyd Webber 16. The Jellicle Ball / Lloyd Webber 17. How Deep Is The Ocean / Berlin 18. I Believe / Drake Shirl Graham Stillman 19. You'll Never Walk Alone / Rodgers 20. Summertime / Gershwin 21. O mio babbino caro / Puccini
Land Of Mann
A mock-reverent look at the life and career of a venerable old actor... a marvellous jape. People Magazine First time on DVD Harry Enfield's mockumentary, first shown on Channel 4 in 1989, is a hilarious send-up of biopics and British cinema. Melvyn Bragg (as himself) arrives at the country residence of Sir Norbert Smith (Enfield) in the week of his 80th birthday, to reminisce about a distinguished acting career that ranged from a whimsical Hamlet to a coveted role as the face of Sudso washing powder. Sir Norbert's patchy recollections, addled by drink, are accompanied by jovial clips from the thespian knight's greatest hits from comedy capers Oh, Mr Bankrobber!, Passport to Puddlewitch and Whimsy Galore! to the shocking tale of 1930s juvenile delinquency Rebel Without a Tie. He bravely serves the war effort by scuttling off to Hollywood to make atrocious musicals about London and the Blitz, and leads the cast of British Western They Called Him Stranger and Rover Returns Home, a very English take on the Lassie series. It's Grim Up North reprises the unremitting misery of 1960s social realism; while the WWII epic Dogs of Death finds Norbert joining an all-star cast determinedly drinking their way through the film's considerable budget. In his final role he gamely plays Nelson Mandela (as Alec Guinness was unavailable). Conversations with Sir Norbert's equally frazzled contemporaries complete the portrait of the great man as a dizzying array of famous actors and productions are gently lampooned. The cast includes Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), self-parodying Carry On regulars Jack Douglas, Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Connor, and RenÃ©e Asherson as Lady Norbert.
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