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Carol Channing - Larger Than Life (2011)

Carol Channing , Dori Berinstein  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carol Channing
  • Directors: Dori Berinstein
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075FF5NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Carol Channing's life story is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. This inspirational film captures the 90-year-old icon's magic and vivacity both onstage and off, past and present. Illuminated by behind-the-curtain stories from Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tyne Daly, Tippi Hedren, Loni Anderson and Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Tommy Tune, Bob Mackie and Bruce Vilanch.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Wacky, disjointed, funny, rambling, perplexing, and absolutely charming. These are words that can be used to describe theater legend Carol Channing as well as this loving tribute of a documentary. "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," by Dori Berinstein, is as infectious as its subject. If the description larger than life ever had a more apt usage, I don't know what it is. Channing is an enormous personality and has made a lifetime career and millions of fans by being herself. She truly has no equivalent, either today or in the past. I won't contend that she's the biggest talent that the stage has ever seen, but she's a consummate professional that it's impossible not to like. Her saucer eyes, big smile, platinum hair, distinctive voice, and perennially upbeat attitude have made her a beloved icon. But if you're shopping this DVD, then I suspect that I'm preaching to the choir. So I'll shut up and proceed to discuss the film!

It's hard to establish exactly what the narrative scope of "Larger Than Life" is. The most contemporary footage revolves around Channing as she approaches her ninetieth birthday and she readies herself for a charity performance (her first time on stage in 16 years). It's easy to see that Channing is still well recognized and idolized, and she is a gracious host and quite quick witted. The relationship with her husband Harry (unfortunately since deceased) is absolutely beguiling and has an incredible back story that I won't spoil. This film is a fitting love letter to this unorthodox couple as much as being a chronicle of Channing's career. The film really jumps all over the place, though, it does not particularly give you a comprehensive overview of Channing's life, more like savory bites and humorous anecdotes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Wow - this is such a great documentary about a GREAT lady. I am so happy I found this movie. It is a MUST for anyone who loves theater/movies. It is about 90 minutes and moves so well covering all of Carol's life and love(s). So many great interviews and cameos from many celebrities, some of whom have only recently passed away. Overall it is inspiring, funny, moving, and just plain fun to watch. I hope it is considered for (at least) an Oscar nomination next year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun May 24, 2012
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If you enjoy musical theater and it's history you will enjoy this lovely film. It's a sweet tribute to an icon of the Broadway stage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute August 27, 2012
By Boogie
I admit, I've heard of Carol Channing and I know who she is but I've never seen her in any Broadway shows with that being said ~ and the positive reviews on the cover ~ I looked forward to seeing 'Carol Channing - Larger Than Life'. I only wished there were more interviews involving Carol, the woman can tell fantastic stories all the while, acting out! Overall, I thought it was ok. Carol exudes positive inspiration which I loved to see and the story how she reunited with her current husband was very touching. She's a gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, Well Hello CAROL! From beginning to end. December 18, 2012
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Well, whether you're a fan or not, you have to admit, Carol has had decades of success and full houses. Some of the after show comments never change, but even in her 90's she is still growing, she's still glowing and she's still going strong. From Lorelei, to Dolly, good golly, she keeps packing them in and bri9nging them to their feet. She has given us the perfect funeral song, RE: The Johnstown Flood, in, "This is a Darn Fine Funeral", she has given us guts, in "Switchblade Bess", and she's taught us how to dance with both, "The Yahoo Step" & "Dancing" She's put on more miles than most Secretaries of State, she's performed for Kings and Queens, with dozens of well know leading men. She even lent her talents and voice to President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 reelection, with, "HELLO, LYNDON". She's sold Kitty Litter, Diamonds, Gimbels, furs, and dozens of other items. She has never flinched when tossing dozens of Diamond rings to eager fans, though, usually fake, she did throw one out the a fan at a GIMBELS special event, in 1972, while doing a GIMBELS promo, while here to perform in 4 shows at the Wisconsin State Fair. On her very first show at the Wisconsin State fair Park, it poured with lightening and thunder. No matter, trouper that she is, she moved the show to a huge tent. Devoid of Electric power after lightening struck a transformer, on she went, she needed no POWER, she provided her own. The review the next day read, "Incandescent CAROL, using her own Dynamo goes on despite power outage and blows the roof off the tent with her voice and showmanship" And it's all here including many hard to find clips of that dazzling "HELLO,DOLLY!" title number, and in full color. It's so nice to see that performance somewhat preserved, though in just parts, it and CAROL are NATIONAL TREASURES! Thanks for all the years of entertainment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A character, a professional and a star October 11, 2012
What a force of enhanced nature is Carol Channing. This documentary gives us her life and career. More importantly, it shows us her character, her dedication and her drive. She carved a career for herself; her children paid part of the cost; she had four marriages. Two were short and one was long and disastrous. Her fourth was to her middle school sweetheart, 70 years after they went to school together. It was a happy marriage.

Channing was driven to entertain. She played over 5,000 performances in Hello Dolly without a miss. She toured all over the U.S. Her outsized personality was too big for Hollywood, but theater audiences and the people who worked with her loved her. We watch her at 90 rehearsing for a performance. She's a bit shaky on her legs and the dancers take care of her. When she steps on the stage she lights up. She still projects warmth, good humor and some slyness. She can sing with volume and her memory is just fine. She's a character, a professional and a star. And she seems to be a nice person.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Who does not love Carol Channing? I wished it had been longer as it is such a brilliant documentary .
Published 14 days ago by Peter Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Carol
Carol Channing is truly Larger than Life. Laugh and cry along with Carol as you discover her life and undisputed creative genius. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Woman
I watched this movie on cable and was entertained enough to watch it for the duration.
Ms. Channing is a true Broadway talent and icon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenn Roma
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and love her!!
This was great!! I am glad I got the DVD and not just rent it on Prime as you get a lot more stories on the Extras on the DVD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kristopher D. Michaels
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol, I didn't know you!
Wow, everyone should watch this. She is one great lady from whom everyone can learn. What talent, what humanity, what great gusto for life!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by BrendaMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars She is larger than life
For such a tiny woman, regardless of her age, she is dynamic, loves and lives life to the max, and is as interested in others as they are her. Read more
Published 10 months ago by donna McCune
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone that is a broadway fan.
A biographical look into the life of a true Deva.
Touching story of her life. Funny, moving, inspiring.
What a great lady, and wondeful performer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cary Wiedeman
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLO DOLLY
Published 11 months ago by Francis J. Daily
5.0 out of 5 stars A TREASURE BETOND WORDS
This tribute to the the virtual Queen Of Broadway served two great purposes. The first, and the principal one, was to show our
love for this ancient relic of entertainment,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Neil Motchan
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
We are friends of Carol since she lives nearby. She is larger then life even today. I guess in a word fabulous
Published 13 months ago by Richard Connema
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