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Memphis: The Original Broadway Production [Blu-ray] (2012)

Memphis , Don Roy  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Memphis
  • Directors: Don Roy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory!
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060QSGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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"Overall this is a really sharp and vivid looking presentation that pops very nicely and should please lovers of live theater." --Bluray.com January 2012

"OK, time to stop kicking yourself that you didn t catch composer (and Bon Jovi keyboardist) David Bryan's 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical when it was tested out at Beverly s North Shore Music Theatre several years back. This definitive presentation was recorded live on Broadway at a series of performances last January and features Tony nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover at their boogie-down best." --Boston Globe January 2012

Product Description

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball, Tony nominee for Best Male Lead in a musical) fell in love with everything he shouldn t: rock n roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover, Tony nominee for Best Female Lead in a musical). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Also starring Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 25, 2011
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Having seen this on Broadway several times, I was glad to see this was now available via instant streaming on another site. I have already pre-ordered the DVD and can't wait for it to arrive. The instant stream is amazing. They really did a great job filming and you truly feel like you are there in person. It's also great to see the original Huey in the cast as I saw him perform the role before he left the cast for medical reasons. It's an amazing show live and an amazing show filmed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Memphis Fans January 27, 2012
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My husband and I have seen Memphis on Broadway twice and absolutely love it. This filmed version is extremely well done, capturing the feel of the live performance. You will not be disappointed.

Since we live on the west coast it is not possible to go to NYC more than every 2 years. I love the ability to watch this great musical whenever we want to. The music is fabulous. The acting is great. I am not sure what more you could want for less than $20 to own.

If you have the ability make sure you go to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway and see this musical in person. You will walk away singing the songs of this great musical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would like to give it 10 stars February 16, 2013
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WOW! WOW! WOW! Where should I start? The acting...GREAT. The singing...GREAT. The staging...GREAT.
The story line...GREAT. The costimes...GREAT. So glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Blu-Ray May 16, 2012
By mikey8
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I became interested in Memphis - the musical when I happened to stumble upon it on Netflix. I liked it, enough that when the Blu-ray became available, I ordered it knowing the superior picture and sound would be much appreciated. I was not disappointed and loved it!

First, the technical achievement of filming a live stage show and presenting it with first rate sound is exemplary. The production crew succeeded in a big way. The performances by the actors is no less commendable.

Some don't like Chad Kimball's portrayal of Huey Calhoun (somewhat based on real-life DJ, Dewey Phillips). I get that, but I find him to be authentic in a goofy Gomer Pyle sort of way. With his optimism, humor, passion for music and indifference to race (in the 1950's), he is likeable. His manerisms take some getting used to, but so what? His heart and soul is really, well, the heart and soul of the show. Being the Felicia character is black and apparently has much more going for her than Huey does - and that she falls for him after seeing his passion and doing so much to realize her dreams, it isn't so unimagineable that they are drawn to each other. Not by a long way.

Montego Glover is phenomenal. She sings the pants off every tune she attempts. "Colored Women" is a definite highlight. The supporting cast is excellent too. There are many fine performances, right down to the last ensemble member. This isn't high-brow or sophisticated musical theatre, but it is extremely entertaining if you like good music, good acting and good story telling.

I had the good fortune to see the tour of Memphis recently, and it is even better than the excellent Blu-ray recording of the Broadway cast. If you get a chance to see it in person, don't miss it. The entire cast was awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical you will want to see time and time again April 24, 2012
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I orginally saw the show on Broadway and loved every minute. When I saw it out on DVD I had to have it. The story, the music, the characters, everything is wonderful. You will want to watch it time and time again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Power House. Great Story! March 4, 2012
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Memphis is such a beautiful love story that lives within the racial confines in the South years agao. The acting is superb and the songs and singing are brilliant. Everone should view this film of the musical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and Amazing on Blu-Ray February 6, 2012
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This is an uplifting and heartwarming musical with amazing music. What really blows me away is the quality of the Blu-Ray and the digital surround track that puts you IN the orchestra pit. The sounds of the horn section lighting up the rear speakers is mind-blowing. Plug this into a great home theatre system and forget the world for a couple of hours and you'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray Capture of Really Good Musical June 8, 2014
By docg
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Am a lover of musicals and had never seen this one. It is very good and the performances and quality of the Blu-Ray are first rate. Almost like being in the theater!! Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
It was a christmas present for my daughter she seen the play when in NYC and loves it
Published 1 month ago by Frank Yacono
3.0 out of 5 stars Memphis broadway blue-ray
Good quality of Blue-ray for broadway musical.

It delivered on time.

Good sound quality and contents

I really enjoy this tiltle
Published 4 months ago by sean d
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis is Great
Memphis is Great!!

I listen to the music every day and still remember seeing it on Broadway. It never fails to cheer me up.
Published 10 months ago by Susan K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantistic
I don't know why I bought this but I am glad that I did. The leading man voice takes a little bit to get use to but it is not bad.
Published 14 months ago by KAW999
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a good time!
This is a story you will enjoy seeing and hearing again and again. The cast recording is magnificent and draws you in. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cast, music and production!!!!
WOW, I took a chance in buying this Broadway Blu-Ray after watching a preview on Youtube. Fantastic cast,from the beginning to the end no stop music and performaces, great story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by DNeia
2.0 out of 5 stars The Lead is the problem...
I too couldn't stand the lead when PBS broadcast this performance. His nasal whine was unlike any voice I have known... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording of a wonderful original show.
It is a traditional yet unconventional Broadway show that delivers with a great cast and wonderful songs performed brilliantly. Bravo!
Published 20 months ago by Carlos G. Branch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show and fantastic blu-ray!
I saw this same show/cast live when it was in the small setting of the La Jolla Playhouse and lived it. One of the best musicals I've ever seen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Swonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis - A MUST SEE!
Having seen this show both on Broadway and on tour, I am so glad they have this on DVD to keep forever. The DVD captures most of the magic of the live production. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Adam
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