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Cabaret (1972)

Liza Minnelli , Michael York , Bob Fosse  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper
  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Writers: Christopher Isherwood, Jay Presson Allen, Joe Masteroff, John Van Druten
  • Producers: Cy Feuer, Harold Nebenzal, Martin Baum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Y3L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cabaret" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 25th-Anniversary Documentary "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making"  
  • Featurette:  "The Recreation of An Era"  
  • "Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery": The film's stars and creators reminisce about making movie musical history
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret. The winner of eight Academy Awards, it boasts a score by the legendary songwriting partnership behind another film that would energize the movie musical genre with equal razzle-dazzle 30 years later: Chicago's John Kander and Fred Ebb. Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force. Cabaret caught lightning (and won Oscars) for Minnelli, Grey and director Bob Fosse, who shaped a triumph of style and substance. Come to this Cabaret, old chum. You'll never want to leave.

DVD Features:
Documentary:25th-Anniversary Documentary "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making"
Featurette:"The Recreation of An Era"
Interactive Menus
Production Notes:"Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery": The film's stars and creators reminisce about making movie musical history.
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Theatrical Trailer

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179 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark wild nights in the late Weimar period May 6, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very good movie, although deeply disturbing. Set in the great city of Berlin in 1931, a time of economic depression and political crisis, this movie constructs an image of the decadence and delusion of the late Weimar period as German society is plunging through a kind of moral and social decay into the nightmare of Nazism.
The film is based on "The Berlin Stories" by Christopher Isherwood (written between 1935 and 1939), who lived in the city in the early 1930s. He had seen both the decadence and the dangerous hunger for a kind of national "purification" among many "respectable" and "moral" middle class Germans, who already had been traumatized by military defeat, hyperinflation, and mass unemployment. The film, following Isherwood, weaves together the stories of the marginal characters who live in this troubled city at the very edge of the great moral catastrophe of the 20th century.
Liza Minnelli is brilliant as "Sally Bowles", an Americanized version of the British Sally who appears in Isherwood's book, and her energy (and visible angst)drive the film as other characters wander aimlessly through a narrative heading all the time towards disaster. Michael York is effective as "Brian", the fictional stand-in for Isherwood himself, and the other characters present believable and even moving representations of people wandering through the impending nightmare as through a fog.
The nightmare itself is suggested by the increasing visibility of the Brownshirts and the sinister swastika, the authentic posters and grafitti from the period, and the passing visual allusion to the street fights and storm troopers. These allusions effectively evoke the sense of uneasiness and danger in the air, an effect reinforced by Sally's deep desire to scream her heart out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a cabaret, old chum... January 7, 2003
It's often been said about old musical movies that they went too far in the conceit of people "bursting out in song" during a scene. Well, in his film version of Kander & Ebb's masterful Cabaret, Bob Fosse completely got around that problem by presenting the songs on stage. It was handled brilliantly, the choreography was incredible, and the movie just plain works.
Cabaret the movie doesn't share many songs in common with the original stage version - it still has "Willkommen," "Two Ladies," "Tomorrow Belongs To Me," a German version of "Married," "If You Could See Her," and "Cabaret" - but that's it. A few new songs were added - "Mein Herr," "Maybe This Time," "Money, Money," - but for the most part it's a lot less sung than the staged version. A lot of musical numbers dealing with the world outside the Kit Kat Klub were used as underscoring, preserving John Kander's great tunes. But this doesn't detract from it being one of the best filmed musicals out there.
Fosse's direction is a big help; it has a great eye for early 1930s Berlin, and presents the decadence and foreshadows the Nazis brilliantly. Fosse created great, sensual choreography for the film, and it is completely entrancing to watch the musical numbers. And the rest is worth it, too.
Flipflops aside, the couples are presented well; Liza Minelli's portrayal of Sally Bowles is definitely the acting part of a lifetime. She was just completely *convincing* as Sally, from end to end. Michael York as Brian is very reserved, very British, and very studied. Helmut Griem is entirely convincing as Max, who creates tension between the couple after befriending them.
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228 of 255 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware False DVD Packaging March 7, 2004
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While this is probably not a bone of contention with most viewers, I think it's worth noting for those that do pay attention to these things, especially if you base your purchases on them, as I did in this case. The packaging on this newer DVD edition of "Cabaret" states that it is an anamorphic transfer (i.e. "Enhanced for Widescreen TVs"). It is NOT. This is the SAME disc as before, with new a label on it.
They merely changed the packaging, I guess, so that they could mention "Chicago" in the description on the back cover and tie it into the heat for that film. Shame on you, Warner Bros. We all work hard for our money and deserve better than to believe we're buying a new anamorphic transfer, when you are really marketing the exact same discs as before.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Bob Fosse's mesmorizing movie-musical "Cabaret", winner of eight Academy Awards, is a landmark in American cinema. The always-wonderful Liza Minnelli gives a "truly terrific" performance, earning her a Best Actress Oscar, and proves to us that she really is "a most extraordinary person." Emcee Joel Grey lulls the viewer into his seedy underworld of "divine decadence" and never lets go, earning him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The brilliance of Fosse's work is best exemplified through the intertwined plots and music, creating a dark portrayal of pre-war Berlin. As a musical, "Cabaret" is tops. The dynamic songwriter/lyricist team of Kander and Ebb brings us a terrific score of music that is brought to life by the exciting Liza. The opening number, "Wilkommen" brings us into the Kit Kat Club and keeps us there until Minnelli's showstopping swan- song "Cabaret." Other highlights include Liza's Ditrich-esque "Mein Herr" with the subtle, yet captivating choereography of the back-up Kit Kat Girls, Liza's "Maybe This Time", Liza and Joel's "The Money Song", and Joel Grey's raunchy "Two Ladies." Each time I watch the movie, I am again taken into the Cabaret and revisit the lives of the engaging charaters. The movie is chalk-full of messages and symbolism and I have yet to find all of them. Performances of all the actors, including the underrated Michel York, Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson, are top-notch as well. The movie has great touches of comedy, displaying Liza's great timing and expressive faces. Read more ›
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