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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T5OCD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Gilbert and Sullivan's first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history loved for its dynamite songs gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. Filled with Sullivan's memorable melodies - infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop - H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone young or old!

Customer Reviews

I would NEVER be tempted to add it to my collection!
Phyllis A. Karr
My great-grandmother, Carrie W. Wilcox, performed in HMS Pinafore in 1889 (Little Buttercup).
Laird M. Wilcox
Frankly, "The Simpsons" does faux-Broadway better and at least they're just kidding.
Kimberly Chapman

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Blake I. Duncan on November 15, 2011
This is by far the worst production of HMS Pinafore I have ever had the misfortune to see. Simply put it is not Gilbert and Sullivan. The genius of Gilbert has been destroyed by silly nonsense, sight gags, pratfalls, pants loosing and boob jokes, there is also a goofy added plot line with Dick Deadeye and Queen Victoria (who turns up at the end) and Sullivan's score is just about unrecognizable. There are long (albeit well-performed) meaningless dance sequence inserted in the oddest places (the tap dance right at the dramatic climax of the 2nd act for example). In a nutshell, the core issue is simply one of respect - it is obvious that there was no respect for or trust in the original work of the team of Gilbert and Sullivan. I found this production to be - in words of Gilbert, which were cut from this production: "Horrible, Horrible!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim D. on January 2, 2012
I have not seen this DVD, but watched the PBS television broadcast. I really wanted to turn it off at the end of Act One, but the interval was short, so I stayed till the bitter end. Oh dear. I didn't mind the re-orchestration as much as the deliberate alteration of virtually every tempo indication and note value. In the amount of time it took the arranger to trash Sullivan's score, he could have written something of his own. By comparison, Gilbert's book and lyrics were relatively untouched, and it's worth noting that none of the "improvements" got as big laughs as the author's original jokes. Some of the performers are quite capable, and some viewers might enjoy this for what it is, but is is NOT Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Donald Bartholomew on December 28, 2011
What a total embarrassment to the "institution" of the Guthrie Theatre. Didn't the Managing Director of the Company watch any of the rehearsals. The only way I can describe this "happening" is to say that one is drawn in to it because it is so terrible. You can't believe what is happening before your eyes. Walk away for twenty minutes and come back to it. It's even worse than before.

Having worked with The New Savoy Opera Company in Portland, OR and The Lamplighters in San Francisco, CA, I can honestly say that this in NOT Gilbert and Sullivan.

I don't know what it is; p'haps something Doctor Who brought back from an alternate universe
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Weiss on February 10, 2012
The Guthrie theater is renowned for innovation. This production -- from conception to execution -- was just a bad idea. Take the plot line and the melody, and then put it through a meat-grinder with arrangements and orchestrations straight out of Andrew Lloyd Weber. What do you get? Not a very appealing meal -- just a pile of mush.

The production values were fine, the casting and costumes fine. But musically, it was just an abortion. The dancing and "acting" could not have been more gay. Well, let me be more specific here: almost everyone who does Gilbert and Sullivan these days may be gay, and that's fine. But this particular style, I'd just rather they were back in the closet.

All the cleverness and wit of G&S are just washed away here. I'm sorry, this is just a POS that shouldn't have been made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Julian Adams on October 22, 2013
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Terrible musical arrangements badly played. One star for Little Buttercup Dick Deadeye and the enthusiastic dancing - they'll have to share, I couldn't give more than one star. Just dreadful - a travesty.
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Yes, I too watched this on PBS broadcast, and thoroughly agree with all the bad things every other reviewer says about it. I would NEVER be tempted to add it to my collection! The Corcoran exemplifies everything Gilbert did NOT want in a performer! At the same time, just for the sake of controversy, I remember a FEW things to justify giving it two stars instead of (if it were possibly) MINUS two. The Josephine did her second act scena and aria "A simple sailor, lowly born" quite well. The treatment of Cousin Hebe, now having a few lines, was interesting and potentially worth having been in a better production. I rather liked the Dick Deadeye, even if I absolutely LOATHED his being made a former lover of Queen Victoria! (How anti-Savoy spirit can you get?) And the Buttercup played a good part -- pity it was no character Gilbert and Sullivan ever created for any of their collaborations.
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