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

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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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  • 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)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00595W43C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: Blu-ray
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Audio Guy on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By NYC Music Lover on September 2, 2011
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Roth on 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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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.
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