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Company (Stephen Sondheim) (2011)

Neil Patrick Harris , Stephen Colbert , Lonny Price  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Patti LuPone
  • Directors: Lonny Price
  • Writers: Stephen Sondheim
  • Format: 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008SBXFUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set firmly in, and often about, New York, COMPANY follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby's eyes, so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, it is obvious to the audience that the committed are happy. Eventually, Bobby learns that while relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of "Being Alive."

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
When you're a theater lover, you greet every revival of a Sondheim work with great enthusiasm. "Company," to my mind, has always been one of the master's more accessible pieces. Originally produced in 1970, the show may be a product of its time but with a powerhouse roster of songs including "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Side by Side by Side," and "Another Hundred People," it makes for an era well worth revisiting. This star-studded production, shot at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, certainly had a curiosity factor working for it with its eclectic cast. Headlined by Neil Patrick Harris, the show also features the always welcome Patti Lupone. But in addition to these two, the cast boasts a number of less likely (but no less recognizable) faces. Craig Bierko, Anika Noni Rose, Katie Finneran, Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), and Stephen Colbert are some of the others on stage. This filmed version of that event was presented in theaters at a one night only showcase with Fathom Entertainment. And admittedly, I was first in line.

"Company" tells the story of a perpetual bachelor, in this instance played by Harris. With minimalist staging, he is surrounded by five married couples who are at hand to celebrate his thirty-fifth birthday. The couples are at different points in their relationships (from bliss to divorce) and all have an opinion about the lifestyle that the central protagonist has chosen to live. Whether it is envy or mild disapproval, the show features them battling him and one another in a series of mildly comic scenarios. Harris, as might be expected, shows a light touch with the dramatics of the work.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Sondheim Lives On.... October 5, 2012
Format:DVD
In 2011, I was sitting at the local movie theatre when a preview for Stephen Sondheim's Company came on the screen- I immediately had a musical theatre nerd-gasm. I've listened to this show over and over again, but I never really grasped the full concept of the show. I bought the 2006 Broadway Revival DVD in hopes to gain some more insight into the show- I received, some. It wasn't until I saw this production (one of only a few in the theatre), that I completely understood Bobby's story.

The scale of this production, and the staging was simply magnificent. Many forget that this was Company: In Concert because it feels as though it's a full-scale Broadway production. The full orchestration was fantastic, and the talent on stage, sublime: Neil Patrick Harris embodied Bobby perfectly. Patti LuPone's Joanne had me on the edge of my seat- I've always been a fan of her. And the three young ladies playing Bobby's girlfriends (Chryssie Whitehead, Anika Noni Rose, & Cristina Hendricks) were excellent choices: each one played their character beautifully.

Ms. LuPone brought her own to the role of Joanne. Each of her musical numbers brought down the house: during "The Ladies Who Lunch" I forgot I was in a movie theatre and actually gave a standing ovation. NPH's "Being Alive" had me in tears- I couldn't help it, again a standing "o". Anika Noni Rose's "Another Hundred People", amazing; Christina Hendricks' "Barcelona", hauntingly simple; Chryssie Whitehead's nimble pins during "Tick Tock" (cut from most productions) had me moving my own feet. Kate Finneran's "Getting Married Today", funny as always.

If you're looking to add this to your collection, I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Hesitant about seeing it for one reason or another? It can't hurt to give it a chance.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "COMPANY": A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE FOR ADULTS November 14, 2012
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Stephen Sondheim fans should rejoice that Lonny Price's superb production of "Company" is now on DVD. Price restores and rescues "Company", (from the awful, over-rated clutches of "acclaimed" director John Doyle) -- placing it firmly back in New York City in 1970. Well, it takes place there and it doesn't. "Company" actually takes place inside Bobby's (Neil Patrick Harris) mind.
With "Company," Sondheim effectively moved the musical theatre from the "integrated musical" (pioneered by his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II) into the "concept musical." The concept or "theme" of "Company" is the difficulty of maintaining interpersonal relationships in an increasingly depersonalized society. Sondheim writes in his career retrospective "Finishing The Hat", ("Company") "takes place not over a period of time, but in an instant in Robert's mind; perhaps on a psychiatrist's couch, perhaps at the moment when he comes into his apartment on his thirty-fifth birthday." The unattached and seemingly "emotionally unavailable" Robert imagines his surreal birthday party; reviewing his relationships with his "good and crazy" married friends, as well as his relationships with three disparate girlfriends (Chrysse Whitehead, Christina Hendricks and Anika Noni Rose). The "in his head" approach allows Robert's interactions with his married friends to unfold as a series of vignettes, outside of time and space. It also provides for a great amount of theatrical fluidity and versatility. In this cerebral-emotional context, it is quite natural for Bobby's three girlfriends to pop in and sing "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" in the style of the Andrews Sisters; or Bobby and all of his friends to perform a vaudeville-circus routine to "Side By Side-What Would We Do Without You?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Version of a Classic Show
Phenomenal cast, I love Broadway musicals done with full orchestras. Staging is super. A must-have for any Sondheim fans. Great gift for musical lovers.
Published 3 hours ago by Nicole J. Rademan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical!
Loved this... will re-watch it as often as possible. For a newly single person, this just felt like magic to me.
Published 2 days ago by Jennifer M. Goaring
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Production I have ever seen.
I saw the original production of Company in the 70s. It was the first Broadway production I had ever been to. It made me become hooked on Broadway musicals. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Robert Rosati
3.0 out of 5 stars Company comparison
Expected better from Harris - Lupone was in great voice. Rest of cast paled in comparison to recent show at the O'Reilly in Pittsburgh. Wanted to compare.
Published 13 days ago by Ella L. Stanek
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT MUSICAL
Stephen Sondheim is perhaps the greatest composer of musicals in history..This new adaption of his great musical is brilliant..The cats are superb. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Peter Fraser
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Version
There is another version of Sondheim's "Company" that I love. When I realized that this one featured Neil Patrick Harris in the title role, I shut it down.
Published 23 days ago by Seth & Paula Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
truly enjoyed it.

never saw it in the theater but this was almost as good an experience.

i would recommend it!
Published 26 days ago by Bernie Sharf
5.0 out of 5 stars Another smashing production of Sondheim's Company!
I've only watched the first 1/2 hour, but the musicianship, acting a and staging are excellent. Loving the actors performances!
Published 26 days ago by R. S. Marcontell
4.0 out of 5 stars A comedy with music.
The music is very good although there is less of it than in a typical Broadway show. Think of the show as a comedy with music. If you like Sondeim you'll likely like this show.
Published 29 days ago by GJD
4.0 out of 5 stars All Star Cast
I really like this musical, and this cast cannot be beat! At least in this version/incarnation, the book is still timely, witty, and engaging. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Midwestern Dancer
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