WHV Press Release: Cabaret 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Book and DVD

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    "A great movie musical, made, miraculously, without compromises."

    - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

    Winner of 8 Oscars® / Nominated for 10!

    CABARET 40TH ANNIVERSARY

    BLU-RAY™ BOOK & DVD



    Remastered with New and Vintage Special Features

    FEBRUARY 5 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO


    Burbank, Calif., October 8, 2012 – Cabaret, Bob Fosse’s ground-breaking Oscar®-winning musical drama starring Liza Minnelli (Arthur, The Sterile Cuckoo), Michael York (the Austin Powers films), Joel Grey (TV’s “Oz”), Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson (I am Love), celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Blu-ray debut on February 5, 2013. Remastered for the first time in over 20 years, Cabaret is presented in its original aspect ratio (16 x 9 format). Winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Director (Fosse), Actress (Minnelli), and Supporting Actor (Grey), the film will be offered in a premium Blu-ray Book format ($27.98 SRP), which contains 40 pages of insightful photos and text. A new documentary, "Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals" will be featured, along with vintage documentaries "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making," "The Recreation of an Era," a multi-part memory gallery and more. A DVD version will also be available ($14.97 SRP).
    Cabaret was adapted from the Tony® -winning stage production, which was in turn inspired by Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and the play and movie I Am a Camera. This remarkable musical turns the pre-war Berlin of 1931 into a sexually charged center of decadence. Liza Minnelli gives a bravura performance as nightclub entertainer Sally Bowles, and Joel Grey is the master of ceremonies at the nightclub, also acting as the storyteller for the audience, exposing the seediness of the cabaret world. The superb songwriting team of Kander and Ebb contributes a string of memorable songs that not only entertain but also provide social commentary on the events of the time. Under the helm of director-choreographer Bob Fosse (All that Jazz), Cabaret becomes both a devastating drama and top-rate entertainment, and the result is one of the most memorable and meaningful screen musicals ever made.
    In 1995, Cabaret was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
    In 2006, Cabaret ranked #5 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.

    Synopsis:
    Flamboyant and eccentric American entertainer Sally Bowles (Minnelli) sings in Berlin’s decadent Kit Kat Club, even as Nazism rises in Germany in 1931. She falls in love with a British language teacher (York) – whom she shares with a homosexual German baron (Griem). But Sally's insular, carefree, tolerant and fragile cabaret world is about to be crushed under the boot of the Nazis as Berlin becomes a trap from which Sally's German friends will not escape.

    Special Features:
    · Commentary by Stephen Tropiano
    · Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals New Featurette!
    · Cabaret: A Legend in the Making
    · The Recreation of an Era
    · Marisa's Close-up Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Liza Minnelli Remembers...
    · Sally's Look Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Liza Minnelli Remembers...
    · Observing the Master Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Liza Minnelli Remembers...
    · Challenges Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Joel Grey Reminisces...
    · Collective Memory Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Joel Grey Reminisces...
    · Strange Inspiration Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Joel Grey Reminisces...
    · A Called Bluff Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Michael York Remembers...
    · Risk Taking Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Michael York Remembers...
    · Rush(es) Hour Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Michael York Remembers...
    · A Happy Accident Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Michael York Remembers...
    · Rock 'N' Roll Editing Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Martin Baum Reminisces...
    · Isherwood's Surprise Reaction Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Martin Baum Reminisces...
    · Smithsonian Honor Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Martin Baum Reminisces...
    · Tomorrow Belongs to Me Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Cy Feuer Remembers...
    · Taking on 'The Godfather Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Emanuel L.Wolf Reminisces...
    · Timeless Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Emanuel L. Wolf Reminisces...
    · Playing 'What If?’ Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery; John Kander Remembers...
    · Almost a Nervous Breakdown Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: John Kander Remembers...
    · Sneaking a Peek Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: John Kander Remembers...
    · Play vs. Book Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Jay Presson Allen Reminisces...
    · Recruiting Hugh Wheeler Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Jay Presson Allen Reminisces...
    · Screening Blues Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Fred Ebb Remembers...
    · Screening Hues Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: Fred Ebb Remembers...
    · Theatrical Trailer


    Academy Awards® Wins (1972, 45th)

    Actor in a Supporting Role – Joel Grey "The Master of Ceremonies"
    Actress in a Leading Role – Liza Minnelli "Sally Bowles"
    Art Direction – Art Direction: Rolf Zehetbauer, Jurgen Kiebach; Set Decoration: Herbert Strabel
    Cinematography – Geoffrey Unsworth
    Directing – Bob Fosse
    Film Editing – David Bretherton
    Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score) – Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns
    Sound – Robert Knudson, David Hildyard




    CABARET 40TH ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY DISC™ AND DVD

    Street Date: February 5, 2013

    Run Time: 124 minutes

    Rating: PG



    BD Book: $27.98 SRP

    Cat# 1000332864



    DVD: $14.97 SRP

    Cat# 1000332834


    Academy Award(s)® and Oscar(s)® are registered trademarks and services marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    TONY AWARDS® is a registered trademark of American Theatre Wing, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

    Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film. For more information, visit warnerbros.com/warnerblu.

    About Warner Home Video
    With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.
     
  2. Powell&Pressburger

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    Nice Sounds like a Digibook release! I really hope we get the classic looking poster artwork for the cover, with the iconic font of the films title.
     
  3. Matt Hough

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    At long last we get this brilliant film on Blu-ray after very lackluster DVD releases. I'm really happy it's finally in the pipeline.
     
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    This is great news. I have waited a long time for a good home video version of this film. I recall it looking very grainy in the theater; since it's Warner, I have high hopes the grain will look natural and not too digital. Warners usually seems to do a good job with that.
     
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    I agree looking forward to moderate to heavy grain if done correctly it should look great. I love film grain.
     
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    Two of Warner's recent blu-ray releases, WHAT'S UP DOC? and OUTLAND, made the grain look so natural that projected at 100 inches I actually could believe I was projecting film. I love that! Hopefully, CABARET will live up to that.
     
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    Are most of the extras new?
     
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    Only the one noted "New Featurette" and the commentary were not on the DVD.
     
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    I saw a digital screening of the new restoration, and you won't be disappointed on that front.
     
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    i am sooooo looking forward to this...please work with care. Thanks.
     
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    Color me excited about this, although I wish we were getting some better extras. Surely this deserved a decent making of doc. The original extras were also broken up into frustraingly tiny pieces requiring you to click on each one. Hope they can edit the together. And why didn't Liza do a commentsry, I wonder. This film is her main filmic claim to fame, and she's quite good in it. Did they ever find original stereo tracks for this? I though the Chase faux-stereo tracks were decent on the DVD.
     
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    I've been looking forward to this one for awhile.

    Just watched my DVD of this a few months ago and really realized how much better it could look/sound in HD.
     
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    Now available for preorder on Amazon
     
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    After the visit to Warner Brothers I have decided to purchase this.
    Looking forward to it.
    Pre-ordered
     

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