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Forever Plaid (2011)

Stan Chandler , David Engel , Stuart Ross  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stan Chandler, David Engel, Larry Raben
  • Directors: Stuart Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K4FUWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing! --The New York Times

Hilarious! Delicious, adorable, finger-snappin laugh-out loud fun! --Wall Street Journal

FOREVER PLAID is a many splendored thing! --New York Magazine

Product Description

Product Description

After a 20-year off-Broadway run and over 3,000 positive reviews, fan favorite FOREVER PLAID comes to DVD for the first time! Struggling to make it as a swing and standards harmony group, the Plaids are suddenly wiped out by a school bus while driving to their first real gig. Nearly fifty years later, they re returned to Earth to put on the show they never performed.

Packed with vintage charm and the quirky fun of live musical theater, FOREVER PLAID focuses on the band s second earthly appearance, where they face the cosmic stakes of their performance: to hit the perfect harmonic chord buried in the song Love Is a Many Splendored Thing a chord they never hit in life.

Special Features

  • Featurette: Forever Plaid: Stage to Screen
  • Trailers
  • Original TV Commercials

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Amy
Format:DVD
I was already a fan of Forever Plaid, and I was thrilled to hear that it would be released on DVD. The four part harmonies are absolutely beautiful, and the actors exude enormous talent and irresistible charm.

This is a show that doesn't rely on the use of elaborate sets or crazy special effects simply because it doesn't need to. It's pretty amazing that a show that features four men on the same stage for an hour and a half can be so wildly successful and just so captivating.

The show translates perfectly to the big screen because it isn't altered in any way. And it shouldn't be! With its innocent humor and gorgeous music, Forever Plaid is a wonderful show, and I think it's one of the only "musicals" that is as just as fun to watch live as it is to watch on DVD. My only complaint is that one of my favorite songs, "Catch a Falling Star", is missing!

I'm so glad Forever Plaid is on DVD. I can't stop watching it; it never fails to put me in a good mood. If you're a fan of the show, or love four part harmonies, or if you want to see a charming story with beautiful music, then order this. Whether you've seen the show before or not, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great but January 8, 2012
By carguy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Translates great from stage to screen but am very disappointed that they left out the entire Perry Como tribute. I've seen the live show many times and love it each time; now I can spend time at home reliveing the fun, except for the deleted portion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Fun! September 27, 2011
By ChiGirl
Format:DVD
I saw the play many years ago and was looking forward to the release of the DVD for a long time. I'm not disappointed! Absolutely love the 4-part harmonies. This is one DVD I will watch over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever liking Forever Plaid!!!
What a great movie! Really enjoyed this!!
Published 24 days ago by Michael a. Radebaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the 50's songs you love this movie!
A very good & creative movie. The quartet were good singers. It was slapstick comedy & I thought it was tastefully done. The audience was interesting too. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Karen M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Harmonies...
I was unable to see the play in person, so I was happy to find that someone had the forethought to put a performance on DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Plaid-tastic!!!
Great show and the production values on the DVD are excellent! Really enjoyed it!! For anyone who loves this show; A MUST HAVE!!!
Published 3 months ago by GREG FINLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic soundtrack
If you love the music from the 50s, then this is definitely the musical for you. They do an accurate rendering of the tunes that were popular then and I found myself singing along... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marian D. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Plaid the Movie
This gem of a musical transforms well to the dvd for a fun evening with the family.The music is tremendous and the harmony is spectacular. Read more
Published 5 months ago by julie mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful!
One of the stars is a personal friend ( Larry Raben). We have known him since he was a young boy and think he is wonderful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judy Ciecka
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Got to Have This on Your Bucket List Before You Die!
Four single guys on their way to their first musical gig are killed when they collide with a school bus full of teenage Catholic girls. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David T. Kirby
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate production
Having seen this show on-stage 4 times, I was glad to see a DVD, so I could share this wonderful entertainment with friends. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MLG
5.0 out of 5 stars "Forever Plaid" is a "Must See"
I have seen "Forever Plaid" live four times and it never gets old. The DVD is of a live stage show with all the presence and pleasure of being at an actual performance. Read more
Published 9 months ago by William R. Mcdonald
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