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Advantages of this live performance include a sense of spontaneity, and the feeling of being part of a theatrical audience that is visibly and audibly having a very good time. The (reduced and partly electronic) orchestra is also visible; scenery is minimal; the onstage pirate boat, excellent for a live production, is no match for what a movie can offer. The voices are uneven, and some of them evoke Broadway more than London. But the performance is well styled, lively, and energetic. Gilbert and Sullivan's witty sparkle comes through clearly. --Joe McLellan
We don't get the opportunity to see really funny "over the top" stuff much anymore ... don't miss this one!
Really thought I was buying the film version, but instead I received this awful amateur production with poor sound and picture quality.
This is an excellent film for those living in a culturally deprived area and to hold others until they can see the real thing again.
This video of a live performance in Central Park (before the show moved to Broadway, and was later filmed) is valuable principally because it preserves the delightful performance... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Frank Kelly
Didn't realize that this one was a taping of a live performance with Angela Lansbury playing Ruth instead of Patricia Routledge, but I still liked it.Published 1 month ago by Erin E Brewer
This is the stage version, not the film version. It was very enjoyable to watch the recording of the live performance by the same actors from the film.Published 5 months ago by Kyle Curry
This is the original Broadway musical based on Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Pirates of Penzance, and it is mostly faithful to the operetta. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine Dahms
Excellent movie , bought it because I had it on Laser disc but they have become obsolete. So I wanted it on disc, price was right.Published 15 months ago by David E. Miller