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Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years (2008)

Mitzi Gaynor , Bob Mackie , Various  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mitzi Gaynor, Bob Mackie, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Rex Reed
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: 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: City Lights Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDL6R0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years" on IMDb

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Glittering Perfection --Los Angeles Times

One of the colossal talents of our age --Rex Reed

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'Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years' is an all new documentary that captures the creative excellence, the brilliant fusion of song and dance, the glamorous Bob Mackie costumes and the non-stop excitement that were the hallmark of her glittering annual television events. Experience the ground breaking Emmy winning performances, unseen for three decades, as well as photos and footage from Gaynor's personal archive that illuminate the behind-the-scenes stories and impact of her landmark television events.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise! November 17, 2008
"Ladies and gentlemen... Miss Mitzi Gaynor" and be prepared for a wonderful surprise, for this is one of the "must have" DVDs of the year.

The first time I saw Mitzi was on the movie version of SOUTH PACIFIC and I liked her Nellie Forbush. Later I had the pleasure of seeing her dancing with Gene Kelly in LES GIRLS and with Donald O'Connor in ANYTHING GOES and THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS. Unfortunately, I never saw any of her television specials and to be completely honest (please keep in mind that I live in Portugal) I didn't even knew of their existence. So, imagine my surprise when I put this DVD running and suddenly realized that there was much more to Mitzi than I knew from the movies.

Last year I discovered at YouTube a video of her energetic and funny 1967 Oscar appearance with "Georgy Girl" and I loved seeing it. Now, with this DVD, I have plenty more to see and I tell you that's all worthy. Mitzi was (still is) an amazing performer, able to sing, dance and act; with a gorgeous smile that conquers our hearts and make us want to be her friend.

This DVD takes a look at all her television specials (the first was in 1963 and the last in 1978), with plenty of material to keep us happy and it also includes interviews with people who worked with her, like Bob Mackie (the costume designer who did all of her fabulous costumes), and with fans like Kristine Chenoweth. But the best is the interviews with Mitzi herself who, at the age of 77, still looks great, with a terrific sense of humor and an energy that make us jealous. Personally, I think I could listen to her for hours without getting bored.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Mitzi Gaynor had the talent to be a big star in Hollywood. After her spectacular performance in "South Pacific" everyone expected greater things, but instead of being the breakthrough launching pad for superstardom, it ended up being the culmination of her career in film. Yes, she made a few more movies, but nothing that built her star power. Maybe it was the change in fashion and fewer musicals. I don't know. When you look at her ability to really dance, to really since, and she could actually act, well, how could she not become a superstar? And she did, but not in Hollywood, but in Las Vegas.

Her abilities to sing, dance, be funny, engage an audience, and her boundless energy were perfect for a long Vegas career. Then in 1967 she did an unlikely number, "Georgy Girl" on the 39th Academy Awards broadcast. It stopped the show. Someone realized they had to use this huge talent on TV and they gave her a special in 1968. When it was a hit, she got a second and then a third annual special. All in all, there were ten of these wonderful extravaganzas. Bob Mackie gave her perfect costumes to show off both her body and her movement and the numbers were all about showing off her strengths. For a decade people loved them.

The main part of this DVD is a series of cuts from those shows, commentary by Mitzi and her fellow stars, friends, and industry admirers. Well, a selection from that big universe. In the extras, you get Mitzi and Bob Mackie looking at the designs he made for her and talking about them, Mitzi talking about being on the Ed Sullivan show with the Beatles when she was a huge star and they were just becoming known and how wonderful they were.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I thought I was purchasing a DVD of Mitzi Gaynor TV specials. She made 9, so minus ads that's about 7 hours of content. Instead, I got a 2-hour documentary *about* the Mitzi Gaynor specials: brief glimpses of what I thought I was purchasing intercut with interviews with a late-life Gaynor and other participants and fans.

The documentary was okay, but the price is quite expensive compared to other documentaries of comparable quality and length. Rereading the DVD box, I do find the word "documentary" buried on the back cover, but it does not appear on the front of the product - not even in small print! I am left feeling somewhat misled and gypped, and will be very hesitant to purchase anything from City Lights Media in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great visit with a great star November 23, 2008
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This part-documentary/part-sheer entertainment is long overdue. Mitzi Gaynor has always been a favorite, with "The 'I Don't Care' Girl" being a revelation in my life and sense of dance-filled entertainment. Watching this DVD brought back many memories and pleasures. Including the people who collaborated in her very SPECIAL "Specials" adds to the pleasure: Bob Mackie, Tony Charmoli, Randy Doney and Alton Ruff. Masters all! Plus the great respect shown to other choreographers who helped create these movie musicals (and they were THAT) like Bob Sidney, Peter Gennaro and Danny Daniels in on-screen credits validates the credibility of the filmmakers. Mitzi's self-effacing humor and honesty are a revelation in these days of "stars of the moment" who are merely spouting what they were told to. She has the ability to move from "laugh-out-loud" to "from the heart" in an instant. I had forgotten how brilliant her pieces as "The Kid" are - showing other layers that the lady could tap into. The music, dancing, costumes, staging and performances remind me of what is missing from contemporary performances. Let's abandon the noise, the explosions, the in-your-face aggressive dancing and take a good look at what a very talented human can do. Thanks for this one - and to Amazon for the quick shipping and pristine copy they sent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mitzi Gaynor Is Wonderful !
Mitzi Gaynor:Razzle Dazzle ! The Special Years is just that ! Special, as it covers her television specials of the 1960's and 1970's. Read more
Published 7 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This!
I bought this for my 94 yr. old Hungarian father and he enjoyed this so much! Great! she was in South Pacific and Mitzi is wonderful to watch!
Published 16 months ago by Bec - CPA
5.0 out of 5 stars She was amazing
Variety shows were the ticket in the 60's. Mitzi shows how it is done right. The costumes alone are worth the purchase.
Published 16 months ago by dgmathew
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Mitzi is/was one of the most remarkable dancers of her time. Hooray to Bob Mackie for bringing out all her best features in those razzling dazzling costumes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Mitzi Gaynor's TV specials are unforgettable. A beautiful woman; a great dancer and entertainer. As a dancer, I always learn something from watching her performances. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Howard J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitzi, not itty bitty, but MIGHTY talented.
In a three-minute period in the 70's I had the opportunity to see one of her TV specials, and I passed on her, a misjudgement I greatly regret. Read more
Published on December 18, 2009 by Gene Cisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitzi, I want more!
The only thing bad I can say about this wonderful collection of Mitzi Gaynor memories is, it was not long enough. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by Harvey Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitzi Gaynor
I loved this DVD because I have always loved to watch Mitzi Gaynor. I'm glad that these DVD's are being produced. Dancing has always been one of my favorite programs/movies. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by Patsy Green
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FABULOUS MITIZI
Published on August 10, 2009 by Deanna D. Surbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, gorgeous, glitzi Mitzi!
Mitzi is and was the queen of this kind of glizty, glamorous fun! This documentary lets us relive her specials that were the best version of this kind of showbizzy entertainment. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by Lady Broadbent
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Who originally recorded/wrote Mitzi Gaynor song: Let Go?
Me too! I'm looking at I tunes music store, etc. for that one song. I just found ( by shear luck) the recording done in portuguese by Astrud Gilberto called "canto de ossanha" Let Go. So, she may have sung it first. I hope this helps ..... let me know if you find anything in addition.... Read More
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