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Mahogany (1975)

Diana Ross , Anthony Perkins  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Foch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mahogany" on IMDb

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One simple question, people: Do you know where you're goin' to? And furthermore, Do you like the things that life is showin' you? These questions are posed in the unavoidable theme song (a huge Seventies hit) from Mahogany, a splashy, diva-sized vehicle for Diana Ross. Miss Ross was hot off her unexpected and critically approved starring role in Lady Sings the Blues when she embarked on this musical, a rags-to-riches saga of a Chicago girl who dreams of being a fashion designer but becomes a supermodel instead. Original director Tony Richardson was replaced behind the camera by Motown founder and puppetmaster supreme Berry Gordy, who knew something about turning Ross into an idealized vision of femininity (for more on their relationship, check out the fictionalized version in Dreamgirls).

Ross looks a little overwhelmed by the plot machinations, which take her from the orbit of a regular-guy activist (Billy Dee Williams) into the glam world of European fashion--the latter courtesy of a cranky, unstable photographer played by Anthony Perkins. Perkins is sky-high fun in this thing, as though he suspected the movie was in trouble and decided to let the tics and nerviness fly. These days Mahogany is treasured either as a fond childhood memory or as a ripe camp-fest, and that's probably about where it belongs. Still, it looks positively restrained next to the other big diva musical of the same historical moment, Barbra Streisand's 1976 A Star is Born. --Robert Horton

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After her acclaimed film debut in Lady Sings The Blues, Diana Ross created another powerful characterization as Mahogany, and ambitious young secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world famous designer. This dramatic love story filmed in Chicago and Rome also stars Billy Dee Williams, her electric co-star in Lady Sings The Blues, as the Chicago politician who falls in love with her. Anthony Perkins is at his best portraying a malevolent fashion photographer who masterminds, then tries to sabotage, Mahogany's career.

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documenting Diana May 22, 2005
By BOYWAY
Format:VHS Tape
There is no need to film a bio on Miss Ross, anyone who is curious about the Diana Ross persona,her obsession with re-packaging her image and her crowd pleasing energy should be able to feast on all of the above in this very simple, light bit of entertainment fluff that is period perfect, complete with a campy runway show displaying Miss Ross' very amateur fashion designs. Her eye for style has always been much more successful in her real life on stage and off. Mohagany is about an ambitious fashion design student (Tracy chambers) coaxed into modeling( while toiling under the most uptight boss at a dept. store) and ending up the toast of (mid-seventies fashion hot spot)Rome.The re-named Mahogany is played with relish by Miss Ross at her physical peak with all the elements in place: the high-fashion skeletal frame, the elegantly graceful body language,the voluptuous lips, enormous eyes, perfectly chiseled button nose and sculpted cheekbones. All shown to stunning effect with her natural hair pulled tightly back. Miss Ross performs the mega-hit theme song in that instantly recognizable voice which could be described as velvet wrapped longing teetering on the brink of heartbreak. And simmering just beneath that delicate voice is the sass, the singleminded ambition, the will of steel, the ferocious drive,the anger-management issues, the diva-tantrums and of course, the man-troubles. Does she find love in the arms of the earnest ,underdog local politician played by Billy Dee Williams whose life is the flip side of the decadent-glitzy fashion world or does she let a rich Italian sugar daddy provide her with her dream fashion empire.
The scene that really sums up that legendary Ross spirit is when she goes on her first casting(go-see) as a model.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fashion movies ever! April 11, 2007
Format:DVD
I first saw Mahogany on TV in the 70's. I remember the scene when the Italian millionaire jumps up and shouts "Twenty Million Lire!" and my grandmother said "that's sure an expensive dress."

Mahogany is one of my favorite movies of all time. I know it's not a "great" movie. It's not "Citizen Kane." But, if you love movies about fashion, you will LOVE this!

There are so many great things about Mahogany from a visual standpoint. The crazy Asian disco outfits with tubing were actually designed by Diana Ross herself. Think mid 70's Labelle. Just fabulous! The montage of Diana Ross modelling in Italy with the theme song playing is fantastic! The scene where Ross's character is hung over and making crazy faces wearing a white fur coat in a red Ferrari (I think it's a Ferrari)is hilarious. And, of course, you get to see La Ross's nipple when she fumbles with her robe.

Mahogany is pure camp fun. I own the VHS of it and can practically recite the entire film. I am so happy it is finally going to be available on DVD.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Now...For An ACTUAL DVD Review! August 24, 2005
Format:DVD
What an incredible surprise to open my mailbox yesterday to find advance copies of the forthcoming DVD sets for "Lady Sings The Blues" and "Mahogany"! Rightly considered among the "holy grail" of DVD's for Ross collectors, there has been speculation for years as to WHY? it has taken so long for Paramount to address these titles when most every other motion picture has seen not one but several reissues in the digital format. One must keep in mind, however, that these films represent Berry Gordy's last ties with his legendary label and the film industry; he OWNED these films, Paramount is simply the distributor. It wouldn't surprise me if their DVD release was held back until the public was clamoring for them. In the past couple years, demand for these films has built to a fever pitch, and at last here they are.

"Mahogany," in particular, holds a special place in my heart, as it was my introduction to the LEGEND of Miss Diana Ross when I first saw it in theaters in October '75. Storyline aside (and it is a wimpy one), Diane gave a dazzling performance and looked brilliant throughout this, her second motion picture. In its first two weeks, "Mahogany" grossed nearly $7M (good gross then), and the demand for it was so strong that the Loews State in New York was forced to stay open around the clock in order to accommodate the crowds. People in ticket lines were controlled by mounted police. Reviews were simply lukewarm, but I often wonder if that had to do more with the production/directorial values - this was Berry Gordy's first attempt at being the director of a major motion picture - than Diane's performance. Laughingly, I think reviewer Rex Reed said it best, when he observed that, "Mahogany exists as a hymn to the celebration of how glorious it is to be Diana Ross.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A camp classic January 3, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Like so many divas before her and after her, "La Ross" shines in this 1975 camp classic which exemplifies the cliche saying "it's lonely at the top."
The gowns, the glamour, the nails and the youth of Miss Ross are unparalleled. She was beyond fabulous and at the height of her artistic zenith. The montage is especially pleasing and one can only fantasize about being in Rome in the mid 70's while swathed in those fantastic creations and Fendi and Maximillian furs (read the credits).
Substantively, the film is not to be taken seriously....but I agree with one reviewer's assessment back then who said that it is "testament to how glorious it is to be Diana Ross." I wholeheartedly agree.
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I would love to watch it, but as I live in Germany I think the DVD woul´nt work here. Does anyone know if there is a DVD from "out of the darkness" with Diana??? I´hv senn a few parts on you tube and I was very impressed. But I cant find it....
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