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  • Actors: Anthony Warlow
  • Directors: John Cox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, 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: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012EM5BU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in the early 20th century, the aesthetic poet Bunthorne sings his love for Patience, the village milkmaid. Meanwhile he has captured the heart of every other lady in the village. Upon the arrival of the idyllic poet Grosvener, all hell breaks loose when he proposes to Patience.

...this production has assembled a cast that simply could not be bettered.
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

...Warlow from the first moment of his appearance on stage radiates star quality
FINANCIAL REVIEW

Featuring: Christine Douglas, Heather Begg, Anthony Warlow, Dennis Olsen

Customer Reviews

A wonderful production by the Australian opera.
Gwynnion Kildare
Opera Australia has performed a great service by making a video recording of Patience and making it commercially available.
Jay Young
It is well staged, well performed, well directed and well orchestrated.
Freddie

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jay Young on April 16, 2008
Opera Australia has performed a great service by making a video recording of Patience and making it commercially available. Patience, though a hit in Gilbert & Sullivan's time, is largely forgotten today, since the target of the satire, the Aesthetic Movement, is so topical. That is unfortunate, because as Opera Australia demonstrates, the show is a lot of fun and has something to appeal to everyone. Specifically, Patience can be thought of as a satire on cultural fads and the cult of celebrity. For example, toward the end of the show (possible spoilers), after Archibald becomes a "commonplace young man" on threat of a curse by Bunthorne, all of his devoted female followers follow suit and disregard their aesthetic demeanor. As Angela explains, "It means that Archibald the All-Right cannot be all-wrong; and if the All-Right chooses to discard aestheticism, it proves that aestheticism ought to be discarded." In other words, they are imitating him because he's a celebrity, a phenomenon just as real today as it was then. Besides that, the music in Patience is as good as any Sullivan wrote, and Gilbert wrote some of the most witty dialogue of his career. In short, this is a must-own for any fan of musicals, light opera, and Gilbert & Sullivan particularly, and indeed anyone who is looking for some whimsical fun. Highly recommended.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard Middleton on October 23, 2008
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"Patience" was my introduction to the Savoy operas - nearly 50 years ago now! - and I think this is the best production that I have seen. The opera is a brilliant parody of the Aesthetic Movement, and deserves to be far better known. Gilbert obviously thoroughly enjoyed himself making fun of the ridiculous pretensions and jargon of the aesthetes (and for that reason newcomers might find it helpful to have the libretto to hand - otherwise, to quote Ruddigore, some of the patter may indeed be unintelligible). Perhaps because he was having such a good time, he made Lady Jane a far more likable character than his usual formidable contralto, and Heather Begg plays the role to perfection. The rest of the cast are equally strong, and the Australian Opera orchestra is in great form. Because the recording was made for television, it uses the full screen without sacrificing any of the action. As far as I could tell, there were very few deviations from the original libretto, a great relief after the butchery of some of the "made for television" versions of the other operas. Recommended without any reservations.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Freddie on August 25, 2008
With so many mediocre Gilbert & Sullivan productions on film, it is great when a really good one appears. I rate this particular production as the best of any Gilbert & Sullivan video I have seen. The cast, most notably Anthony Warlow as Grosvenor, Dennis Olsen as Bunthorne and Heather Begg as Lady Jane, are spectacular. It is well staged, well performed, well directed and well orchestrated.

For traditional Gilbert & Sullivan fans, this is a must. While the less enthusiastic Gilbert & Sullivan fans may lean towards the better known HMS Pinafore, Mikado and Pirates of Penzance productions, if you wish to see how well a Gilbert & Sullivan show can be produced and captured on film, I strongly recommend you check this one out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodney M. Cole on March 8, 2010
Whenever I can contrive to show this to guests they are surprised and amazed that Gilbert and Sullivan can be such fun! I have three other Opera Australia Gilbert and Sullivans and there is not a dud in the lot but this is the one I reach for first. If I were to rank order them on the basis of musicality and shear fun this would be number one with Gondoliers a close second and then Pirates and finally Pinafore (which is enhanced somewhat by the inclusion of Trial by Jury). None of them are bad and all are well received by those who see them. Some of the stage business is very clever. Heather Begg accompanying herself on the sting bass for instance as well as the persistent cymbal player in the women's chorus bring chortles of joy. Also watch for the slip near the end when an exuberant Heather Begg nearly knocks Reginald into the orchestra pit. I'm so glad the editors didn't chop this amazing bit out. Some of my friends are Anglophyles and are amazed at the character Patience' accent which they guess may be lowland Scotts.

I recommend Patience and only await an updated Mikado.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Brambletoes on February 10, 2009
Patience has long been a G&S favorite of mine. It is the funniest in the entire series, funnier than "The Mikado", and has curiously not been so popular in recent decades. Some speculate because a send-up of the 19th century Aesthetic Movement is meaningless today, but that has never made sense to me. Patience is as timeless as any other, being in fact a satire on the entire culture of celebrities and fandom, and it doesn't miss a single trick. This production is certainly the best on DVD, with stellar performances, most notably by "Reggie & Archie", the two ridiculous poets who dominate the story, and who are extremely well portrayed by David Hobson and Anthony Warlow. Lots of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. MacEllen on June 9, 2010
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Saw this brilliant and funny production in Sydney in 1995 and loved it. So great to have a copy of it, particularly with Opera Australia's Heather Begg now retired. Before I saw 'Patience' I wasn't aware of any of the music, or indeed the story, but Anthony Warlow, Christine Douglas, Denis Olsen and Co., have won me over. If you love Gilbert & Sullivan then you'll love 'Patience'.
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