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Musicals: From Stage & Film to Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ethan Riley, Apr 14, 2011.

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  1. Charles Smith

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    Oh my god. Seriously.
     
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    Except, of course, for the 90's "American Playhouse" series getting the rights to the later Stephen Sondheim musicals, resulting in the original Bernadette Peters INTO THE WOODS, the Mandy Patinkin SUNDAY/GEORGE and PASSION going to DVD. (Unfortunately, DVD only, as video.)
    Sadly, I remember Showtime in the 80's being one of the meccas for getting current Broadway onto cable (eg. the original "Pirates of Penzance", "Sweeney Todd" and "Master Harold & the Boys"), until they tried that stunt of a live as-it-happens airing of "Sophisticated Ladies", and the Unions hadn't stopped picketing since.
    Pay-Per-View seems to have only recently revived the practice years later, even if we only got (yeesh!) MEMPHIS. Still, it's better than getting a movie version.
     
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    It's a fine production even if the filming is a little wonky (audience applause at odd intervals) and Josafina Gabrielle, even if she is the first stage Laurey to dance her own part in the dream ballet, is only a mediocre singer who doesn't always do those rapturous ballads justice..
     
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    I sampled sections of the NPH Company tonight and it looks awesome...and sounds even better. The DTS-HD MA track is really terrific.

    One strange thing: the packaging describes the AR as 2.35:1. It's 16:9. I'm pretty sure 16:9 is correct.

    One other thing--not crucial--is that they broke the disc into chapters based on individual songs...and yet they left off "Getting Married Today" from the list of songs. The song is on the disc (its sandwiched between "Another Hundred People" and "Marry Me a Little."

    I'm looking forward to taking the entire thing in...and getting a chance to experience the ending as it was meant to be seen. Watching this on my new 55" Plasma will make for a much better viewing experience than what I had in the theater. For sure.
     
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    I am anxiously awaiting for mine to arrive. It was shipped out yesterday
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    Wow! That's a super price on one of the greatest documentary series ever produced about Broadway. My only complaint about it is that even in six parts, it's too short. To cover the topic thoroughly (especially the Golden Age musicals), it would need to be twice as long as it is now.
     
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    Okay, I'm in for that!

    While I totally agree, about doing the subject true justice in terms of complete coverage.
     
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    I think I did this list on another thread, but I can't find it! Here is a list of stage musicals from 1950 onward, and obviously the ones in blue are on blu-ray! In some cases, the stage musical in question was inspired many years later by the movie version, such as Gigi or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:

    1950: Annie Get Your Gun
    1951: Show Boat
    1952: Singin' in the Rain
    1953: The Band Wagon
    1953: Calamity Jane
    1953: Call Me Madam
    1953: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
    1953: Kiss Me Kate
    1954: Brigadoon
    1954: Carmen Jones
    1954: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    1954: The Student Prince
    1954: White Christmas
    1955: Guys and Dolls
    1955: Hit the Deck
    1955: Kismet
    1955: Oklahoma!
    1956: Anything Goes
    1956: Carousel
    1956: The King and I
    1957: Funny Face
    1957: The Pajama Game
    1957: Pal Joey
    1957: Silk Stockings
    1958: Damn Yankees
    1958: Gigi
    1958: South Pacific
    1959: Lil' Abner
    1959: Porgy and Bess
    1960: Bells Are Ringing
    1961: Babes in Toyland
    1961: Flower Drum Song
    1961: West Side Story
    1962: Jumbo
    1962: Gypsy
    1962: The Music Man
    1962: State Fair
    1963: Bye Bye Birdie
    1964: Mary Poppins
    1964: My Fair Lady
    1964: The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    1965: The Sound of Music
    1966: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
    1967: Camelot
    1967: Dr. Dolittle
    1967: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    1967: Thoroughly Modern Millie
    1968: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    1968: Finian's Rainbow
    1968: Funny Girl
    1968: Oliver! (coming later this year)
    1969: Hello, Dolly!
    1969: Paint Your Wagon
    1969: Sweet Charity
    1970: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
    1970: Song of Norway
    1970: Scrooge
    1971: The Boy Friend
    1971: Fiddler on the Roof
    1971: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    1972: Cabaret
    1972: Man of La Mancha
    1972: 1776
    1973: Godspell
    1973: Jesus Christ Superstar
    1974: Mame
    1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    1977: A Little Night Music
    1978: Grease
    1978: The Wiz
    1979: Hair
    1980: Xanadu
    1982: Annie
    1982: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    1982: Victor/Victoria
    1986: Little Shop of Horrors
    1992: Newsies
    2002: Chicago
    2004: The Phantom of the Opera
    2005: The Producers
    2005: Rent
    2006: Dreamgirls
    2007: Hairspray
    2007: Sweeney Todd
    2008: Mamma Mia!
    2009: Nine
    2012: Les Miserables
    2012: Rock of Ages

    So what have we learned? 1) If a musical was filmed after the advent of blu-ray, it's likelier to be out on blu-ray. 2) The powers-that-be at Warner Brothers have barely begun to exploit their vast MGM catalog! 3) Cole Porter has YET to be represented in the blu-ray format!! 4) The films from the prolific mid-50s era are still popular and would probably sell well on blu. 5) All of these movies are on dvd; they all deserve to be restored and offered on blu. Even Mame...
     
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    Great list, but at least two shows jumped out at me that are missing: A Little Night Music and Dreamgirls, and latter is, of course, on Blu-ray.
     
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    Added; thank you Matt!
     
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    Hair was released in Blu-ray about three years ago.
     
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    Funny Face is available from Paramount France in a region-free blu-ray...Oliver! is being released this week in region free blu by Sony in Europe as well...
     
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    You're right! I even reviewed it for HTF! Can't believe my eyes skimmed right over that!
     
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    Caught another omission: Song of Norway.
     
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    Even though, your list is very inclusive and shows a lot of work. Great list.
     
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    No doubt about it. I complimented him about the list in an earlier post. But we do want it to be as close to accurate as possible.
     
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    Has The Fantasticks ever been mentioned on this thread? It was released on DVD a few years ago.
     
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    It certainly should be in this list. And would that Neal Patrick Harris version of Company that was broadcast in theaters apply? Maybe not.

    And a couple more crossed my mind while thinking of this, two entries in the American Film Theater series:

    Lost in the Stars

    Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
     

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