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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. Ken Koc

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    Funny Lady
     
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    Stop The World I Want To Get Off
     
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    Funny Lady was not a stage show. It was an straight-to-screen musical biopic.
     
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    Another oddball relative to the list would be Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Currently on Broadway with no less than three TV versions (Julie Andrews '57, Leslie Ann Warren '65, and Brandy '97) all released on DVD.

    And that also puts me to mind of the DVD of Disney's televised version of Annie with no less than Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Audra McDonald, Alan Cummings and Kristin Chenoweth (which some, including myself, find much better than the film version).
     
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    Oh, boy, do I agree with you there. The TV Annie was so entertaining and much closer to the Broadway show than the film.
     
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    Funny Face on Blu was released last year in Australia. Anthony Newley's Stop the World was on Laserdisc but it never came my way.

    I wrote some time ago to PBS re Crazy For You and they said they had no plans for DVD or Blu Ray but did not indicate they have no rights in that regard which may be the case.

    I know the Dutch have a policy of recording for the archives stage shows for posterity but what do they do with them after that?
     
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    Dear Moviepas,
    I received a longer answer when I wrote PBS to ask pretty much the same question. I was hoping there might be DVD releases, not just of CRAZY FOR YOU, but for all the other musicals they've shown exactly once. In addition to CRAZY FOR YOU, there were other Papermill Playhouse productions, including a lovely SHOWBOAT (NOT the Hal Prince version) and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. And from Broadway there was THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and Lincoln Center's recent SOUTH PACIFIC. Their response, I'm sorry to report, was that they were allowed exactly ONE showing, and then the rights reverted to the original production company. Any attempts to issue these shows on DVD or Blu-Ray now would mean going back and negotiating new contracts with all the various Theater Unions ... Actors' Equity, the Musicians Union and IATSE. So hang onto those VHS tapes, if you have them. Some of mine are actually on Beta ... try finding someplace that can transfer THOSE to DvVD!! All the best ... Poder
     
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    ps: You CAN see pretty much every Broadway show produced over the last four decades or so at Lincoln Center. The shows are recorded from the back of the theater ... one camera, full stage ... for the very archival reasons you mention. But you have to watch your choices AT Lincoln Center ... no checking out.
     
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    There are some individual restrictions on this. For example Lincoln Center has a tape of Zero Mostel in a revival of Fiddler On the Roof. However the creators so dislike his performance in this tape they will not allow it to be shown to just anybody. I don't know who they would allow to see it but I know it is restricted.
     
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    I didn't list any TV productions. Sondheim shows are on DVD...and Cats and others. Does anyone know if Fox is putting Carmen Jones on blu? I recall it scored highly in the contest, but I can't find the thread.
     
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    I think Carmen Jones won and Desk Set came in second.
     
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    Added a few things; I had to repaste the list here because it wouldn't let me edit the other one...
    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: Half A Sixpence
    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
    1975: Tommy
    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
    1995: The Fantasticks
    1996: Evita
    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
    Stuff not on this list: Made for tv productions such as Once Upon a Mattress and Peter Pan, made for tv remakes such as the Matthew Broderick Music Man and Glenn Close South Pacific, made for tv concert versions such as the Reba McIntyre South Pacific, made for home video productions such as Andrew Lloyd Webber videos, Disney cartoons that were later made into musicals, Elvis movies, Beach Party movies, original musical films that don't really have stage versions, non-musical films that were later made into Broadway musicals such as Footloose and Hairspray, and movies I've never heard of. Of course, we can always make more lists...
     
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    "Carmen Jones" is slated for a December release on Blu-ray, according to DVDaf (Film Af.)
     
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    The 1952 Lovely to Look At was the Broadway musical Roberta with a name change (since Astaire and Rogers had made the first version in the 1930s).

    Stop the World I Want to Get Off (1966) should definitely be in this list.
     
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    hi ethan,

    my 3 favorites are on your list

    fiddler on the roof, king and i, singing in the rain
     
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    I've been thinking a lot lately about how much I'd like to watch my Blu-ray of the 2005 film The Producers (Lane/Broderick). But I can't. Because one doesn't exist.

    It seems odd that a DVD released in 2006 hasn't ever had a complementary Blu-ray release.

    Anyone got any ideas as to why?
     
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    Region 1 And it looks and sounds fantastic.

    producers.jpg

    Only catch is it's Japanese.
    I've had it for a couple of years now, so I'm not sure if it's still available.
    Once you navigate the confusing Japanese menu and instructions it's a truly great looking Blu-ray.
    Full English version with no forced subtitles or any other detractions.
    It's one of my favourite Blu-ray Musicals.

    I too have wondered why this hasn't had a US release.
    It would have been great to release it at the same time as the recent Zero Mostel Blu-ray version.

    My only explanation might be it's popularity.
    I recently saw the DVD in a $5 bargain bin at a Supermarket. :(

    Anyhow it's well worth looking for it.

    Doug.
     
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    Its still in the Amazon Japan site. Its 1575 yen. How much is that in US dollars?
     
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    Looks to be in the ballpark of $15.14.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
     
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    Ugh. But shipping is nearly $20.

    But...I pulled the trigger anyway. [​IMG]

    Merry belated Christmas to me. :D

    Ullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllla!

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