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#1 of 31 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 05 2011 - 11:23 PM

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Promotion: Les Miserables

Headline Date: TBA
Release Date: 2/22/2011
 
LES MISERABLES
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 11/17/2010
Synopsis: Experience the event of a lifetime with this spectacular 25th anniversary celebration of one of the most popular musicals ever written, Les Misérables. Honoring 25 years of this incredible show, this momentous film captures the excitement of two magnificent sold-out performances that were watched live around the world. With a phenomenal all-star cast, including pop star Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers), Tony® Award winner Lea Salonga (the voice of Disney’s Mulan and Princess Jasmine), and over 500 additional artists and musicians, revel in the songs of the unforgettable characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.
 
Blu-ray Widescreen (61118326) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-21008-4-0
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  2/22/2011  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Dolby Digital Plus 2.0
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French European
Italian
Castilian Spanish
Japanese
Latin Spanish
Korean
Swedish
Danish
Finnish
Dutch
Norwegian
Portuguese
Hungarian
Icelandic
Cantonese
Traditional Mandarin
Polish
Turkish
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  Not Rated  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:   
DVD Widescreen (61118325) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-21008-3-3
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  2/22/2011  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  Not Rated  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:   

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#2 of 31 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 05 2011 - 11:25 PM

At first.....at first.....I thought that perhaps Universal obtained

Sony's rights to the infamous Les Miserables release that was

promised on Superbit so many, many years ago that the studio

never bothered releasing.


But at closer look, this isn't the DREAM CAST presentation.


Not sure if I want to pick this up without reading some reviews first.

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#3 of 31 Brian Sharp

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Posted January 05 2011 - 11:58 PM

Never seen the show or heard any previous recording but received this for Christmas and really enjoyed it.  Only the vocals for Marius seemed a little weak.  Picture quality and sound both good.

It is a concert version and lacks the full stage scenery. If you like "Little Britain" then you will enjoy the cameo by Matt Lucas as the innkeeper.


There is a brief mention in the credits that Universal are going to produce a cinema version.



#4 of 31 Matt Hough

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Posted January 06 2011 - 12:41 AM

Who plays Marius? I'm assuming Lea Salonga is playing Eponine, but who's singing the other major roles?



#5 of 31 Brian Sharp

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Posted January 06 2011 - 03:12 AM

Alfie Boe as ‘Jean Valjean’,

Nick Jonas as ‘Marius’,

Norm Lewis as ‘Javert’,

Matt Lucas as ‘Thénardier’,

Lea Salonga as ‘Fantine’,

Jenny Galloway as ‘Madame Thénardier’,

Katie Hall as ‘Cosette’


I think Nick Jonas is one half of a pop group "Jonas Brothers"



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Posted January 06 2011 - 08:11 AM

Nick is 1/3 of the Jonas Brothers, and the fact that his vocals are weak is unsurprising.


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Posted January 06 2011 - 08:29 AM

I wish they'd put out a film of an actual performance instead of yet another "in concert" version.


Amazon lists the MSRP as $57!


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Posted January 06 2011 - 08:33 AM

Works out at less than $20.00 on Amazon UK.  Only one disc though and not sure if it is region free.  http://www.amazon.co...94349488&sr=1-3


Edit:  Link added.  Some reviews on Amazon UK as well.



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Posted January 07 2011 - 04:34 PM

A Jonas Brother in Les Mis. I can't even begin to describe how wrong this is. Did they learn nothing from the Complete Symphonic Recording when they had Gary Morris doing Valjean? And I'm going to wager Morris is a superior singer to Nick Jonas.


Oh well, at least they made him Marius rather than Valjean. I am not as passionate for Marius's songs as I am for Valjean, Javert, Fantine and Eponine, so as long as they have strong performers in those roles I may be happy with this production.


No Philip Quast and Colm Wilkinson really hurts this (though admittedly they may be too old now).


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Posted January 07 2011 - 05:18 PM

I ordered this last month from Amazon.co.uk. It should be arriving any day now. And I liked the Complete Symphonic Recording.

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Posted January 08 2011 - 09:07 AM



Originally Posted by Carlo Medina 

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No Philip Quast and Colm Wilkinson really hurts this (though admittedly they may be too old now).


The cast list at IMDB includes Colm Wilkinson. From the reviews posted there it seems his participation is during the encore.



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Posted January 08 2011 - 01:32 PM

I saw the one night theatrical release of this and the entire original cast performed "One Day More".  Also, Nick Jonas was by far the worst performance of the night.



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Posted January 08 2011 - 02:50 PM


Originally Posted by Aaron Silverman 

I wish they'd put out a film of an actual performance instead of yet another "in concert" version.


Agree. I saw this in a cinema screening, and while it was fun (except for the Jonas brother, who is unbelievably weak, and constantly overpowered by the woman playing Cosette), and the music is great, it often does not work in these barely-staged concert versions. Jean Valjean stands on stage, does nothing, and suddenly Javert is talking about how "I've only once before seen someone that strong"? It's often difficult to tell if people have or haven't died, since they're still standing around on stage - a problem that becomes absurd in the big barricade scenes where there are lots of smoke and gunfire and lasers, but none of the dozen of characters on screen actually visibly dying.


Originally Posted by Brian Sharp 

There is a brief mention in the credits that Universal are going to produce a cinema version.


I assume this is about the cinema screenings of this concert, rather than (as I first read this comment) a Les Miserables movie musical (which I would love to see made, and which I was disappointed never happened during the recent movie musical boom).


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Posted January 08 2011 - 07:29 PM

I am fairly certain Universal are to make a movie version of Les Mis.  There was a programme on UK television about the 25 years of Les Miserables and Cameron Mackintosh stated that, after long negotiations, they had come to agreement with Universal for the making of a screen version.

Colm Wilkinson does only appear in the reprise at the end.

From the UK press release for the  dvd/BluRay, "Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Misérables with Working Title and Universal".


Edit:  Added line from press release.



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Posted January 09 2011 - 07:33 AM

It's too bad that Nick Jonas seems to have dragged-down this event...because I was really hoping this would be worthy of an "upgrade" over my DVD of the "Dream Cast" Concert.  Like Ron, I was waiting for that Superbit--with hopefully upgraded audio--which never came.  Posted Image


But anything with Lea Salonga in it gets me to lean towards making a purchase...as long as it's not too expensive. 


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Posted January 09 2011 - 08:43 AM


Originally Posted by Brian Sharp 

I am fairly certain Universal are to make a movie version of Les Mis.  There was a programme on UK television about the 25 years of Les Miserables and Cameron Mackintosh stated that, after long negotiations, they had come to agreement with Universal for the making of a screen version.

Colm Wilkinson does only appear in the reprise at the end.

From the UK press release for the  dvd/BluRay, "Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Misérables with Working Title and Universal".


Edit:  Added line from press release.


That is exciting news. Hope it all comes together.

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Posted January 09 2011 - 08:46 PM

I'm a pretty big Les Mis fan, have seen the stage show many times in London and on Broadway. I own CDs of the London, Broadway, Complete Symphonic, Original French and 10th Anniversary recordings.


We all have our favourite roles and performers to go with them.


The 10th Anniversary DVD release cast was great but the visuals and audio were just okay.


This Blu-Ray is a real mixed bad. Visuals are okay, it looks like some smoothing has been added, or perhaps this is inherent in the camera. I would give it a rating of B, as it does not live up to my expectations for the format.


The casting is bizarre to say the least.


Alfie Boe as ‘Jean Valjean’ - He is great, my favourite Jean Valjean. We have booked to see him in the London show this summer. I did not see Colm in his prime. Previous favourite was David Willetts

Nick Jonas as ‘Marius’ - A real disaster, very nervous, doesn't have the singing chops, ruined "One Day More". I actually like the Jonas brothers, seen them in concert with my daughter.

Norm Lewis as ‘Javert’ - Not to my taste at all, took the character in a very different direction, this is my favourite role so deeply disappointing. I was lucky enough to see Philip Quarst more than once in London in this role.

Matt Lucas as ‘Thénardier' - I always liked Alum Armstrong in this role, you have to believe that Thenardier is capable of sisnster things, he is not just comedy relief. Matt played the role for laughs, there was no menance of bite about him.

Lea Salonga as ‘Fantine’ - I was never much of a fan of Lea during her hayday with Miss Siagon. But I have to say here performance was a revelation, brought tears to my eyes, with out doubt the best rendition of this role for me.



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Posted January 09 2011 - 09:13 PM



Originally Posted by Brian Sharp 

Works out at less than $20.00 on Amazon UK.  Only one disc though and not sure if it is region free.  http://www.amazon.co...94349488&sr=1-3


Edit:  Link added.  Some reviews on Amazon UK as well.


I'm holding the UK version in my hands - it's region free as far as I can tell from the cover text (caveat: I haven't actually played the BD on my US-machine).


Note: I don't remember if some of the extras were SDVD, in which case they could be PAL. The main feature isn't, of course.


Originally Posted by Nick Laslett 

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Lea Salonga as ‘Fantine’ - I was never much of a fan of Lea during her hayday with Miss Siagon. But I have to say here performance was a revelation, brought tears to my eyes, with out doubt the best rendition of this role for me.


Same here. And I've seen several London versions.



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Posted January 10 2011 - 06:43 AM

Brian, that's great news!


I'm not a fan of bare-bones "staged concert" performances either.  I saw Chicago on Broadway, which had a very minimalist production, and I liked the movie *much* better.


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Posted January 10 2011 - 12:11 PM

I am watching the UK edition now. The sole supplement is something called "A Whiz Thru Miz" which plays back fine. It's a fluff piece about 5 minutes long. The main feature plays fine as well. This is the edited version of the show, shortened over the years to bring the running time with intermission to under 3 hours. I'm glad the Complete Symphonic Recording is around; it was made before the edits. The only reason I see to get the US version of this disc is to get the subtitles...the UK edition only has subtitles in English and German.