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Archive for Cabaret

Product Review: Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals

My new year’s resolution this year was to attempt to see all of the movie musicals in the canon – a difficult goal, to be sure, but what good are resolutions if they are easy to achieve!?

Luckily, Warner Brothers just released a 20 film collection that’s helped me check a bunch of the big ones off the list, including a number of classics I’d only ever seen clips of before.

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The set contains:

  • The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929(
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • An American In Paris (1951)
  • Show Boat (1951)
  • Singin In The Rain (1952)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  • Camelot (1967)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • That’s Entertainment (1974)
  • Victor, Victoria (1982)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Hairspray (1988)

Though I consider a couple of the additions to this set questionable, like Hairspray, which is hardly a musical in its original film version and That’s Entertainment, which is not a musical, but rather a compilation of musical theatre clips and interviews, there are tons of great films in the package – The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Singin’ In the Rain, The Music Man and Cabaret – shows ANY fan would affirm are staples in the musical film canon. Probably my biggest disappointment was seeing Viva Las Vegas, as I hadn’t thought to include the 30 films Elvis starred in as musicals, though they most surely are…

As for the box set, the packaging is great. Unlike many of the sets I own, each of the movies is well protected in its own slot, divided into three separate casings.

The disks themselves seem to be exactly those you would receive if you purchased each film separately. If you’re a bonus feature kind of person, you’ll probably be disappointed, but if you’re just looking to see the films and add them to your collection – this set it a real treat.

The booklet contained in the package isn’t much to write about – quick paragraph descriptions that you’ll glance at once and then never pull out again, but it does have lovely stills from each film and does note which awards, if any, the film won. (I forget how popular musicals were back in the day – maybe Les Miserables will take home all sorts of Academy Awards on Sunday and bring us back to those glorious days!)

You can purchase the box set on Amazon here for $70.83 at the time of this writing, which works out to each film costing $3.50 a piece – not too shabby!

The bottom line review: Nothing too fancy and nothing you won’t find anywhere else, but nonetheless a great collection of films worth owning, packaged well and at a reasonable price.

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this box set, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

GIVEAWAY: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Film Version of Cabaret

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It’s giveaway time once again and this time we’ve got a copy of the new 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray of Cabaret to give away (if you missed it, check out our review of the Blu-Ray here).

How to Enter

In honor of the upcoming Oscars (and the incredible 8 awards this film won at the 1972 Academy Awards), comment with who you think most deserving of an Oscar for their work on the film. Bob Fosse? Liza Minnelli? Joel Grey? Michael York? The cinematography? The art directors? The makeup designers? Should it have beat out The Godfather for Best Picture?

Can’t wait to hear what you think.

UPDATE 1-20-13

Congratulations to Gaby, the winner of the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret!

If you aren’t Gaby but still want a copy of the Blu-Ray, you can purchase it from Amazon now!

Thanks again to everyone who entered. We’ll have another contest coming up on the blog soon, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to to subscribe via email or RSS to ensure you don’t miss the next contest.

The winner was chosen at random from all comments using a random number generated by random.org on February 20th at 5 pm EST.

The Broadway Musical Home was furnished with a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray for this contest, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

A Merchandise Review: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret

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The 1972 film version of Cabaret is now out in a new 40th anniversary Blu-Ray edition, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s well worth revisiting.

As you may or may not remember, the movie version is quite different from the staged one.  Many songs are cut or just played as instrumentals, and singing arises realistically — songs are performed onstage at the cabaret by Sally and the Emcee, with the action of the play grounded in unsung realism. Many of the subplots are missing and much of the original Isherwood tale is added back in, but Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give wonderful performances in their roles under the expert direction of Bob Fosse. The movie won eight Oscars, especially impressive when considering  it was nominated alongside another movie you’ve probably heard of – The Godfather.

The film quality isn’t too much better than the DVD version (and is exactly the same as the previously released Blu-Ray), but what the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray does offer is an insanely large collection of extras, including a detailed (and wonderful) documentary about how the show changed musical theatre.  Also included are ‘behind the scenes’ videos, oodles of interviews, and funny and touching stories from the actors and others involved with the film.

If it all just sounds too marvelous to miss, you can buy your own copy at Amazon for under $20, and starting tomorrow, we’ll be featuring a giveaway of the new Blu-Ray on the blog here — so be sure to come back and enter to win!

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

The new West Side Story commercial (and some other great Broadway commercials)

West Side Story

Rent

Dreamgirls

Mamma Mia

Fiddler on the Roof

Victor Victoria

Damn Yankees

Cabaret

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The King and I

My Fair Lady

Guys and Dolls

Into the Woods

Phantom of the Opera

Spring Awakening

The Producers


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