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Company [Blu-ray] (2007)

Barbara Walsh , Angel Desai , '  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Walsh, Angel Desai, Raul Esparza, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Elizabeth Stanley
  • Directors: '
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014IC320
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Company [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Winner of the 2007 Tony Award®!

Sweeping all the major theater awards for Best Revival of a Musical, this beloved Stephen Sondheim-George Furth classic is more relevant today than ever before. Far ahead of its time with its unconventional look at love and commitment in modern Manhattan, Company is an honest, funny and sophisticated portrayal of the pros and cons of marriage as seen through a 35-year-old confirmed bachelor and his enthusiastically married, slightly envious friends. With a wise and witty score including "Another Hundred People," "Side by Side by Side," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive," this Broadway production of Company offers musical comedy at its finest.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Marry me a little,
Love me just enough.
Cry but not too often,
Play but not too rough.
Keep a tender distance
So we'll both be free.
That's the way it ought to be....

Only Stephen Sondheim could come up with such sophisticated couplets to a love song as disquieting as the beautiful "Marry Me a Little". I was very fortunate to have seen the enthralling 2006 production at the Ethel Barrymore Theater last season, and I'm thrilled it has been captured for posterity on DVD as part of PBS's "Great Performances" series. There is something supremely ironic about how a 37-year old show, already revived twice, can feel fresher than most Broadway musicals written today. However, when the music reflects Sondheim at his most accomplished with performers so adept, it becomes a moot point, even though several of the songs here have been inescapable at karaoke bars for years from the lips of overly zealous musical theater aficionados.

Staged like a minimalist cabaret act, John Doyle's joyous revival uses the same technique he used in his 2005 production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, specifically he has the actors play their own musical instruments, a daring move which actually helps underline the characters' feelings. The story is blessedly simple as it revolves around perennial bachelor Bobby, as he turns 35 and observes his circle of upscale Manhattanite friends, five married couples at different stages in various vignettes that make him reconsider what he wants out of life.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful production, get it for Raul Esparza May 21, 2008
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Company is one of my favorite Sondheim shows so far (the others being Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George). It's a show that requires good acting and showcases outstanding acting. The ensemble numbers are beautiful. The Original Broadway Cast recording sounds very 1970s-ish, but the revival orchestration has updated the music to sound modern and classy. The musical has three of my favorite songs: "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch," and "Getting Married Today." The show is funny and witty, but it carries a strong message, too. Marriage, in fact any kind of commitment, is a compromise. It sucks that when we choose one path, we close many others, but that's what life is about. Life is about making choices. There's nothing wrong with Bobby being a bachelor. The problem is that it's all he knows. He's never tried anything else. He's never made a choice; he's always waiting to see what other people do. Joanne's stinging number "The Ladies Who Lunch" reminds Bobby (and the audience) that you can sit around wasting your life pretending you're actually living it. Delusion is insidious. There are so many ways to waste time, whether it's going to fittings, taking in high art like Mahler symphonies and Pinter plays, mocking other people, surfing the internet (wait, that's not in the musical...)
I loved Raul Esparza as Bobby. He played a very calm, sweet guy who gradually becomes more and more distraught about being as an outsider. His rendition of "Being Alive" is amazing, beyond words. The supporting cast is directed to be that -- "supporting" so if you're looking for an Elaine Strich-like "Ladies", get the OBC recording. I like this choice, because it makes Bobby the focal point, as it should be.
This revival is in the controversial John Doyle actor-doubling-as-musician style.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In good "Company." May 25, 2008
By Gibby
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I saw the original on Broadway way back in 1970, and the memory of that wonderful production was still on my mind as I saw this latest version on PBS earier this year. I was astounded. It was as fresh and wonderful as the original, but in a totally original way. Mr. Esparza is the best Bobby of the bunch and the rest of the cast is simply wonderful. Nobody does it better than Sondheim, that's for sure; this score sounds as original today as it did in 1970. The only drawback, and this is just for those of us who remember the original Joanne (that perfect freak of talent, Elaine Stritch) will never be equaled. That aside, this DVD is a must for those who love theatre, musicals and Sondheim. They've finally figured out how to film a live show without ruining the theatrical experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the 2007 version of Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical COMPANY (specifically COMPANY: A MUSICAL COMEDY) starring Raul Esparza, who has since taken up residence as the new A.D.A. on TV's LAW AND ORDER: SVU. Here he plays the central character, 35-year-old unmarried Bobby, friend and pet to five separate married couples. The wives want to get him married off, the husbands warn against it, Bobby chases away several prospects and tries to settle on one, all the while wondering whether marriage is worth it.

This version has all the Sondheim songs that have grown into classics over the years, including "Another Hundred People," "Barcelona," "Sorry-Grateful" and of course the ever-fierce "Ladies Who Lunch." Other than Esparza, the cast members are not well-known names. We are told that this is the version that played for a year on Broadway and this TV edition was originally presented on the long-running "American Masters" series for Public TV.

Most people are bound to ask: Which is better, this version or the 2011 version with Neil Patrick Harris? Well, this version proceeded flawlessly enough, but it did not have quite the "oomph" of the Neil Patrick Harris version, possibly because it lacks the celebrity power. It also runs close to fifteen minutes shorter than the 2011 version, suggesting that some of the more New York-specific dialog was eliminated. (The cast members in this version wear stylish but black costumes, suggesting present-day action, while the 2011 version used period end-of-Sixties getup and no attempt to update the material.) Here, the action is restricted to a tiny square floor of a stage that would draw apologies as a disco dance floor or the setting for dinner theater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the version to buy. (Sorry, NPH)
Much better than the NPH version, which runs like a sitcom. (And I hate saying that considering how much I love Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, and Martha... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Timothy C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this musical
Hard to say which I love more - this version or the Neil Patrick Harris version - either way you'll be happy.
Published 16 days ago by This Is Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this CD.
Never had the opportunity to attend a Broadway show - this is the next best thing for me. I only wish you had more Sondheim musicals.
Published 1 month ago by Audrey Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stephen Sondheim - the greatest!
Published 2 months ago by Josephine D. Croucher
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great show, great dvd
Published 3 months ago by Henry Lew
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musical.
This is one of my favorite musicals, especially for Raul Esparza's performance as Bobby. The cast in fantastic and the idea of the musicians mainly consisting of the cast... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kurt Wendler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Such talented cast!
The cast sing AND play instruments in this performance - it is incredible! Such pure talent. Raul Esparza is amazing.
Published 4 months ago by Michael McCracken
5.0 out of 5 stars sondheim at his best
I would recommend this version of Company to any Sondheim lover. Raul Esparza is great. Musicians as singing actors is unique.
Published 4 months ago by Phyllis W.Zeno
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites.
Company is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. This production of it is extremely meaningful; there is so much added symbolism with all of the performers doubling as the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
This other worldly production of Company is the best rendition, by none other than Raul Esparza. The cast and their performances we're top notch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Wahl
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It must be a typo. I received Company on blu-ray this week (from Amazon) and there is one disc. (opens case again) Yes, one disc.
Mar 20, 2009 by K-Diddy |  See all 2 posts
I am so freakin happy right now.
Can anyone tell me if this DVD is region FREE?? I have heard rumour that it is playable in region B/2 (Australia, UK etc) but I need to know before I order it!
Thanks in advance
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