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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Redeye Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039S37RI

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon The Stargazer on October 22, 2010
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Awesome production at the famous ABBEY ROAD STUDIO. If you want to learn more about Edgar Allan Poe's life and death in performance fashion, this is the music play to see! I am a BIG FAN of singer songwriter actor Steve Balsamo and this is one of his best works to date! If you liked JesusChrist SuperStar West End 1996 production you will be moved to tears by this and more! I recommend it to anyone building a theater library. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daniels on June 25, 2010
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The singly best surprise I've had in many a year. This is a masterpiece for both the poetic and musical ear
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I knew that Steve Balsamo would never disappoint me.
And I became to know another great artist, Eric Woolfson.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating and fantastic show.
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I've been a fan of the Alan Parsons Project for years, but it was only relatively recently that I started getting into Eric Woolfson's solo work. After adjusting to the stylistic shift from prog rock to musical theater, I came to like Woolfson's Poe: More Tales of Mystery and Imagination quite a bit. The problem with that album, however, is that the songs are ordered in such a way that there isn't much narrative cohesion.

Luckily, this stage adaptation eliminates that problem. Between the reordering (and sometimes division) of the songs and the addition of various spoken word sections, the Poe musical offers a much more satisfying and cohesive take on the late, great writer's life. The story covers the entirety of Poe's adult career leading up to his death. The performances are generally understated but very effective, particularly from Steve Balsamo's Poe. The stage presentation and set design are pretty minimalist, but enough to get the job done.

The one problem I have with this DVD is that the music itself doesn't always match the quality of the album version. Balsamo and David Burton sound great, but the chorus singers lack the depth and richness of those on the album. Chorus-heavy songs like "The Bells" sort of fizzle out in places. "Train to Freedom" in particular sounds awful compared to the original, lacking the soulful and baritone quality of the album version. The actress playing Poe's mother is also a little overly dramatic in her singing.

So in the end, I view this DVD as an interesting and illuminating companion to the album, but not necessarily the superior take on Woolfson's musical. Regardless, it was nice to see the complete version performed on stage. It's a true shame Woolfson passed away before he could write more music for Balsamo to perform.
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By rad on January 28, 2015
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The lyrics and music are up to Woolfson's great ability and the singing is fine. The production is super, too. But I still prefer listening to the Woolfson/Parsons music with headphones and eyes closed and using my own imagination. I still recommend it, though. Rad.
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