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Company [Blu-ray] (2007)

Barbara Walsh , Angel Desai , '  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Walsh, Angel Desai, Raul Esparza, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Elizabeth Stanley
  • Directors: '
  • Format: 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)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014IC320
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,429 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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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45 of 48 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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21 of 22 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Company worth keeping March 22, 2008
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Aside from seeing the production live on stage (I agree with other reviewers, Raul should have won the Tony for this performance), I've seen this video production. Not only on PBS, where the quality was so-so, but a copy of this disc. It's not out yet officially, but it's out already. The quality of the picture is far superior to that shown on television, and the production itself is very exciting and innovative. This is definitely one show you'd want to add to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Company November 16, 2009
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"Company" was the first Sondheim musical I saw on stage in London's West End. It was the
beginning of a life-long love. The man is - without hyperbole - a genius. And this production
of "Company" proves it. Who would have thought that anyone could improve upon the original
staging? But in almost every way, this digs deeper and mines the psychological truths embedded
in a work that shows that this "musical comedy", like Shakespeare's comedies, to touch profound
depths. Unequivocally recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Bad. Very Disappointing.
Wow. Really bad...I couldn't even believe how bad. Just glad I didn't pay for the price of the ticket. Hated it.
Published 17 days ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful son time
Company was the first musical that I ever heard of Sondheim's. I never saw it live in the theater, but, this video is a perfect example of his genius! What wonderful melodies! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Roger Kellaway
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bobby.....Bobby.....Bobby Baby.....Bobby Bubbe.....Robert...
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite plays ever
Great story line. Raul Esparza gave a great performance (A bit better than the version starring Neil Patrick Harris).Stephen Sondheim score is funny as you would expect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by james kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Just marvelous
Without a doubt my favorite musical. One of Stephen Sondheim's bests. Raul Esparza is so good and "Being Alive" never fails to bring me to tears.
Published 1 month ago by Eto Demerzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Production
Raul has a voice. He's incredible in this production. It's an interesting production as to staging and the use of instruments by the actors but all the voices are top notch!
Published 2 months ago by Pete Schuppenhauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love when PBS records these shows. I'm not a fan of the cast playing the instruments. It breaks the 4th wall too much.
Published 3 months ago by Robbie R
3.0 out of 5 stars Look for Better Company
I love “Company,” but this version is not one I would come back to. There are a lot of names in this cast that anyone would recognize, but who aren’t known for their musical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Glassner
5.0 out of 5 stars my go-to sondheim fix
This is a repurchase. I left my other copy in Russia because my friend wanted to watch it till she understood all of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kira
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triple Whammy
Sondheim's best; the entire cast is terrific, Esparza especially so with the climactic "Being Alive." Music, lyrics, acting, set design are all superb.
Published 4 months ago by Kathy Hanke
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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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