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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 (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carol Channing
  • Directors: Dori Berinstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075FF5NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,584 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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4.8 out of 5 stars
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Carol! July 14, 2012
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What an amazing documentary of an amazing actress! This film follows Carol around as she gets ready to go onstage again after 16 years for an AIDS benefit. Her Dollly 'Boys' are there to help her along and so is a long lost love - just try not tearing up when he talks about how he wanted to come up to her when he saw her outside a theatre and didn't - Carols "Oh you should have!" tugs at the heart strings.

Still going strong at her age is also a gret example for all of us! As the song saysw "Look at the old girl now fellas" and we must!
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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 What's not to LOVE! June 21, 2012
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I have been a fan of Carol Channings since I was a teen and my Mom and I saw her in the 1970's production of HELLO DOLLY on broadway. She had broken her arm the night before, but as they say " the show must go on". She and the show were FAB; at the end of the performance she came back out and sat on the edge of the stage and told us all of the misadventure that left her with the broken arm. I bet everyone in that theatre felt as I did...that she was talking directly to me! ...and She was my friend!
That is a rare gift is this documentary. If you are a fan of Miss
Channing or of the broadway theater...BUY THIS CD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legendary Carol Channing.. August 28, 2012
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If you are a Carol Channing fan, get this DVD, you will love it!
If you are not a Carol Channing fan, watch it and you will become one. The lady is 90 years young and still going strong. I saw her in a touring company of Hello Dolly in the 1980s and, though I walked in thinking she was just a punch line for jokes, I left smitten. Her curtain speech was so heartfelt and sincere. A life-long fan was born!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Fun! May 29, 2012
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Carol Channing has always been a joy to watch, but this documentary shows you that her big hearted performances are more than just pretend. She's a beautiful human being and a wonderful entertainer! Anyone interested in theatre or the performing arts should give this a watch. We need more one of a kind performers like her these days. No more cookie cutter pop tarts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carol Channing is one of the great Americans.
Carol Channing is one of the great Americans. She has an extraordinary power to open the hearts and minds of an entire audience. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Craig M. Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars no words can express how great she is
Carol Channing ... no words can express how great she is. !!!! Wonderful DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and fun
Excellent and fun. Great memories and a great treasure to have. We must never forget those who paved the way for the performers of today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sabrina Sadler
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 6 months ago by Peter M
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 7 months 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 8 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 12 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 14 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 15 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 16 months ago by Cary Wiedeman
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