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Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On [Blu-ray] (2010)

Bette Midler , Bette Midler  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Bette Midler
  • Directors: Bette Midler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00595W43C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Divine Miss M is back! Bette Midler returns in this Las Vegas extravaganza taped before a packed house at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade features an exhilarating tour de force of some of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage characters. Joining her is an entourage of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, 16 dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Thrilling audiences with her captivating performances, Ms. Midler’s superstar power continues to shine as she belts out show stopping renditions of her biggest hits including “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello in There” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Song List: Big Noise from Winnetka, The Showgirl Must Go On, Friends, The Rose, Do You Wanna Dance, From a Distance, Boolya JaDa, Hello in There, Pretty Legs/Hot in Here, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind Beneath My Wings

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I think that it's a safe bet that anyone who might be picking up Bette Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On" is most likely already a fan of the Divine Miss M. So what can I tell you? Showgirl is a production that ran for approximately two years at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between 2008 and early 2010. Taped for HBO, this is the fifth special that Midler has provided for the network in her illustrious career (the first was in 1977!). Unfortunately, the HBO airing and the subsequent DVD release does not showcase the entire Vegas production. Midler's average show clocked in at about 90 minutes and the DVD release (as well as the televised HBO production) comes in at 67 minutes. Most of Midler's biggest and most expected numbers are intact with a song list that includes the following noteworthy numbers:

Big Noise from Winnetka, The Showgirl Must Go On, Friends, The Rose, Do You Wanna Dance, From a Distance, Boolya JaDa, Hello in There, Pretty Legs/Hot in Here, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind Beneath My Wings

If you saw the show live, perhaps the most noticeable omission is the uproarious disco parody. However, wishing doesn't make things different and won't add the content back into the concert. As the creative force and producer behind the show, I'm sure Midler had a hand in the final decision making process (I suspect it came down to financial matters as it usually does, especially concerning various non-Midler covers). But if you love Midler, you'll have to decide if the 70 minute version is enough to keep you entertained. And, for most, I'm guessing the answer will be "yes."

Midler provides everything you might expect in this presentation. More mature, and more prone to breathlessness, she can still light up a stage.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such A Disapointment October 26, 2011
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As many others have stated, so much great material from this show was left on the cutting room floor. The audio is - LOUSY. Where are the vocals? It sounds like the audio recordists opened a stereo pair of mics in the middle of the room and called it a day. So sad. If you want the real Bette: energy, creativity, and the genius that she can be, get the first HBO special LIVE AT LAST. It may have really crude and early TV production values, but brilliant, honest and satisfying performance from a genuine STAR performer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE, FANTASTIC PRODUCTION September 2, 2011
I've been a Bette fan since I first saw her 40 years ago
on "The Mike Douglas Show" when I was in high school. You just knew there was something special, something very
different, about this woman. Four decades later this still holds true. Yes, she is a household name and yes,
she is now a mainstream performer, but she still stands
head and shoulders above all others as one of the best
live performers of all time. I've seen every tour she's
done since 1973 and made my first trip to Vegas for this
show. It was wonderful. Yes, there are no big surprises, and no it is not the complete show. I'm bummed out that they omitted "When A Man Loves A Woman"
which was the showstopper the night that I attended. But
I am totally fine that they left out the Delores Delago
segment. It was fun, but we've all seen it many times
before. It is short for a Midler show, but what's there
is still amazing. Great stage presence, great vocals,
beautifully staged and full of fun and uplift. I don't
get the complaints from people saying she's "lost it". She is 65 years old, for God's sake! She's got more energy than most 45-year old entertainers. If you like
Bette you will LOVE this extravaganza.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even die-hard fans, don't bother April 22, 2012
By jonny
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I'm sure this was an incredible show at an incredible venue, but you'd never know if from the DVD. This is the worst produced DVD ever in the history of the world. The audio quality is horrible, and the video isn't much better. For gosh sakes this is LAS VEGAS in the super showroom built to house Ms Dion for five years, you know they've got the very best sound and video available, but this DVD is just a bad afterthought. It's a shame, because Ms Midler has always been captured best live on camera, and she has a whole catalogue of HBO shows that were extremely well done (but apparently aren't available today).

I've loved Bette Midler her entire career, but this DVD is absolutely a piece of crap. Do not bother. It is an insult to one of the great talents of all time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bette midler: the showgirl must go on November 25, 2011
By rw
my wife and i have been fans of bette for almost 40 years-----we've seen many of her concerts including one in passaic, new jersey before she hit the big time----we love her and how she gives her all in every performance----now we are all getting older and are slowing down, but foolishly we didn't think bette would----of course she has----her energy level was not the same as we remembered----this is nothing against her since she still put on a good show, BUT if you want to see bette at her best get a dvd of one her her older shows----bette is one of the best performers of all time
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler Delivers World Class Entertainment ! October 8, 2011
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I fell in love with Bette Midler when she starred in The Rose, seeing the movie 9 times in the theater in 1979. With every concert, movie and TV special she always improved at every level, a master of comedic timing. A Hollywood producer once wrote, "Let Bette Be Bette" which is exactly what this incredible production is all about. Every minute of this show is Bette Midler at her very best, and it should be, Bette produced the show! The Showgirl Must Go On embodies a lifetime of Bette's hits in world class staging with a supporting cast that for me has propelled Bette to the the very top of entertainers who have performed in Las Vegas. Most impressive are the new arrangements of some of her biggest hits. "Do You Want To Dance" is sheer brilliance and magic, but the choreography of Boolya JaDa leaves me wondering how many months it must have taken to get the dancers to execute the precision timing of this number and reveal on stage costume transitions to the flawless levels exhibited. Having lived here most of my life, I have seen them all, from Barbra Streisand (1969 & 2000), Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, David Foster with the many singers he produces including Michael Buble and every major production show the strip has offered for the past 40 years. The Showgirl Must Go On zooms to the top of all Las Vegas shows I have seen because I have never felt any entertainer connect with the audience as The Divine Miss M does in this show. When she sings, most of the time she is at the edge of the stage. You feel as though she is talking to you in your living room during her monologue delivered while sitting on the stairs coming off the stage. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!
Bought 6 (yes six) of them and gave them out to people for Christmas, it is an excellent idea for people that you have no idea what to get them, everyone loves Ms M!
Published 18 days ago by besillysometimes
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds even better live
Brings back the time I saw her live at Radio City!
She one of the few performers that sounds even better live and just like her studio recordings!
A great show this DVD
Published 1 month ago by Luis
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by video quality and all the cuts
Being a fan of Miss M, I was having high hopes for this DVD, which was not available in my country due to the video format. I have no trouble watching it in my blu ray player. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Show ... great DVD ... Bette, this truly divine persona.
Published 2 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On [2010] [Blu-ray]
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On [2010] [Blu-ray] BLAZINGLY FUNNY! MS. MIDLER HITS ALL THE NOTES!

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Published 2 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars All the fun if Bette
Bette still has it. Fun and a great show. A lot of her best songs and the stage show is well done.
Published 4 months ago by AquashaD
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
I enjoyed watching/listening to this and look forward to watching it over and over. The inside view of what it takes to make a show is very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Debra Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag for "The Divine Miss M."
Like many other reviewers, I am a Bette Midler fan, but like many of the reviewers, I was disappointed in the DVD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by beagle2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This CD is one of Beth's better ones. Had all the tunes I liked the best from her.You won't be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette is a Star
Bette Middler's DVD is great to listen to and watch. The way she struts across the stage is excellent. She is a definite icon.
Published 9 months ago by Emily Benson
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From what I've heard, the cost of licensing all the songs used in the Doris DeLago section of the show was too expensive. It's a shame, indeed.
Sep 28, 2011 by D. Romero |  See all 2 posts
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