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Continuing a fortuitous tradition of capturing the Sondheim legacy on video recordings, this performance was filmed before a live audience in Los Angeles during the 1982 national tour. Almost 20 years later, Hearn returned to the role opposite Patti LuPone in an acclaimed concert production. But Sweeney Todd is an especially compelling experience in this 1982 version, complete with the clever staging tricks (e.g., the barber's chair) and as close to the original cast as we're likely to see. --David Horiuchi
Angela Lansbury and George Hearn at their best for a flawless performance.
We're viewing a stage production, but the direction, camera work and editing give an excellent feel of immediacy.
Short of jumping in a time machine this is the closest one can get seeing this legendary cast, so give it a look.
I actually saw this play's revival on London's West End, and I still think the original version is the best I've ever seen. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Elisa Diehl
Even better than the stage production which was great (with Angela Lansbury et al). Wonderful cast and music. Sondheim at his best. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Joan A. Hussey
I do not find many Broadway plays on DVD and this was exactly what I was looking for.Thank youPublished 1 month ago by Ali
The play and this cast were excellent. Angela Lansbury - what a treat.Published 2 months ago by Sandra Chiesa
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|Snap Case Vs Keep Case||
A keep case is better because it is all hard plastic and closes like a book snapping shut and then self clicks shut tightly and it has a clear slip wrap around it to insert a movie jacket. The snap case has a cheesy plastic lip that folds over a cardboard frame and sorta snaps shut.
Sep 24, 2009 by Gizmo Gal | See all 7 posts
I too have the earlier DVD release, and hate the way they cut out most of the audience response, which somehow lends the whole performance an off-putting airless quality. And no, it's not a right-channel, left-channel problem, as another reviewer suggested. The laughter just isn't there on the... Read More
Mar 30, 2011 by The Naked Librarian | See all 4 posts
|What happen to Johana?||
They don't make it clear in the film--in the stage play, she runs out of the shop after escaping Sweeney's razor. After Tobias has killed Sweeney Todd is when Johanna, Anthony and two policemen run into the bakehouse and see the carnage. Obviously, Johanna had found Anthony and informed the... Read More
Apr 26, 2008 by David S | See all 4 posts