Xanadu DVD


A wimpy remake of an already anaemic movie (the 1947 Rita Hayworth vehicle Down to Earth), this glitzy musical from 1980 improbably stars Olivia Newton-John as a heavenly muse sent here to help open a roller-derby disco. Gene Kelly is mixed up in this well-meaning but goofy effort to fuse nostalgia with late-70s glitter-ball trendiness, and he looks just plain silly. Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film doesn't even work as decent kitsch. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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28 June 2004
Universal Pictures Video 
88 minutes 
  • Average Rating for Xanadu [1980] - 2 out of 5

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  • Xanadu [1980]
    Kashif Ahmed

    Olivia Newton John's first picture after 'Grease' and all eyes were on the Australian beauty to equal what is, arguably, still the best movie musical ever made, needless to say...she didn't. For Olivia Neutron Bombed her movie career back into the Stone Age with Robert Greenwald's much maligned romantic fantasy; trashed upon release, though nursed back to health over time and now cherished as somewhat of a guilty pleasure by queens young & old, hopelessly devoted nostalgia fans and Olivia Newton John aficionados. Truth is, 'Xanadu' is such an unrelenting audio-visual onslaught, that you may just make it to the 93-minute mark without ever dwelling upon its resounding stupidity & lack of anything vaguely resembling a coherent storyline. Olivia plays Kira; an ethereal, all singing, all dancing, roller-skating muse caught up in an implausible love triangle with sensitive artiste Sonny (Edward Fox look-alike Michael Beck) and old-timer Danny Maguire (legendary dancing man Gene Kelly in his last role). Both guys seek to create a quasi 1940s-1970s club called 'Xanadu', and just like Kublai Khan's Mongolian Empire (who built the original, mystical ancient city of Xanadu) this movie's determined to take its audience by force, brute force; exercised in the form of one musical number after another, a dizzying array of neon SFX, ELO swing and bitter hatred of pace, character or story. That said, Olivia Newton John looks absolutely stunning and it's a bit of a shame that the period in which John Travolta and Olivia were in peak physical condition, both were saddled with making some of the worst movies ever committed to celluloid. Receives an extra star for Olivia Newton John's sparkling radiance / powerful singing voice, for being Gene Kelly's last throw of the dice and the presumed catalyst which expedited director Robert Greenwald's unexpected transformation from Hollywood hack to respected documentarian, whose work includes 'Outfoxed', three documentaries about Iraq, one on the 'Enron' scandal and a number of programmes dedicated to the preservation of civil liberties and freedom in America today. 'Xanadu' is a psychedelic episode that's impossible to hate, but so middle-of-the-road that I was almost run over. Camp classic.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play The 1940s meet the 1980s!Xanadu is a look at the future and a loving remembrance of the way things were in the heyday of Hollywood Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly star in this dazzling musical with score including the hit songs &39;Magic&39; &39;I&39;m Alive&39; &39;All Over The World&39; &39;Suddenly&39; and the title song &39;Xanadu&39; Actors Olivia Newton-John Gene Kelly & Sandahl BergmanDirector Robert GreenwaldCertificate PGYear 1980Screen Widescreen 1851 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital SurroundSubtitles English for the hearing impaired ; EnglishDuration 1 hour and 32 minutes (approx)

Olivia Newton-John plays the goddess of dance in this rock/pop musical, based on the 1947 film 'Down To Earth'. She is sent down from the heavens by Zeus to inspire a frustrated young artist and a nightclub owner to realise their dreams in the form of a rollerdisco. The real-life god of dance Gene Kelly makes an appearance.

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