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That's Entertainment - A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals (2012)

John Wilson Orchestra , John Wilson Orchestra  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Wilson Orchestra
  • Directors: John Wilson Orchestra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, 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: Warner Classics
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008EL1WSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Clive Anderson introduces a sensational concert celebrating 75 years of classic MGM film musicals. John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra, including superb and diverse vocal talent, celebrate the golden age of Hollywood musicals with songs from the great movies, including The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, High Society, Gigi and Singin' in the Rain.

Joined by an array of talented vocalists including Curtis Stigers, Kim Criswell, Seth MacFarlane, Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Fox. Wilson sends the feel-good factor soaring with a medley of popular songs including "Get Happy", "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", "Wonderful, Wonderful Day", "Steppin' Out With My Baby", "Lover, Come Back to Me" and a host of other sumptuous, delicious numbers.

Amazingly, although all the original orchestral parts were lost, Wilson has painstakingly reconstructed the original scores. The result was the highlight of the 2009 BBC Proms season - a unique live performance of these beloved songs.

1. A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals - Opening Titles - 2nd Movement (Red) from the Colour Symphony
2. MGM Jubilee Overture
3. The Trolley Song (from Meet Me in St Louis)
4. Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
5. Steppin' Out With My Baby (from Easter Parade)
6. The Heather on the Hill (from Brigadoon)
7. Wonderful, Wonderful Day (from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
8. Barn Dance (from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
9. Stranger in Paradise (from Kismet)
10. More Than You Know (from Hit the Deck)
11. I Got Rhythm
12. An American in Paris - Main Title
13. Love is here to stay (from An American in Paris)
14. Get Happy (from Summer Stock)
15. Who Wants to be a Millionaire (from High Society)
16. You're Sensational (from High Society)
17. Well, did you evah? (from High Society)
18. Gigi
19. One Kiss/Lover Come Back To Me (from The New Moon)
20. I Like Myself (from It's Always Fair Weather)
21. Singin' in the Rain (from Singin' in the Rain)
22. Broadway Melody Ballet (from Singin' in the Rain)
23. That's Entertainment (from The Band Wagon)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the CD. This DVD is what you want! October 22, 2012
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There are segments of this sensational 2009 Proms concert posted on youtube, which served as my introduction to John Wilson and his brilliant orchestra of hand-pick virtuoso musicians. As an American, I never heard of John Wilson before I stumbled upon these youtube clips. But I could easily tell that John Wilson and these musicians and singers not only understand, but also fully appreciate this material. I was hooked instantly.

Everyone is in top form and having a lot of fun here. You never get the sense of listening to staid and stuffy interpretations played by classical musicians who are "slumming" between performances of Mahler symphonies. And as the audience begins to realize they are witnessing something truly special, you can't help but be caught up in the joy and excitement yourself. You may quibble over the choices of a couple of the solo singers (Yes, I'm talking about Sarah Fox and Sir Thomas Allen) and wonder whether or not their vocal styles really fit the material at times, but somehow it all works. I don't want to overstate the importance of this concert or the quality of the material. Because yes, this is generally light and frothy music. But it's also genuinely complex and interesting in these authentic arrangements which John Wilson has meticulously reconstructed almost from scratch. There is art here. This is American "popular culture" at its aspirational high point before the "culture" was removed and "pop" began its long and dismal descent into gansta rap.

As far as this DVD goes, it appears to be the full concert as presented by the BBC on British TV complete with a pair of uninformative and slightly irritating presenters who step over the beginning of a few of the numbers. The video is a little soft, but the audio track is near perfect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD IS OVER TWO HOURS, NOT 90 MINUTES! September 27, 2012
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The Amazon product description says this DVD is 90 minutes, which is incorrect. Actual running time (as stated on DVD case) is 124 minutes. This is by far the best and most exhilarating concert I've ever seen. Who would think the "Broadway Melody" number from Singing In The Rain would be a knockout, (the audience breaks out in applause in the middle!) but it is. If you like this type of music even a little, do yourself a favor and order this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Concert--God Bless John Wilson & MGM! October 14, 2012
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This DVD is full of MGM musical magic. John Wilson has done a magnificent job bringing to life music from the classic MGM musicals exactly as they originated (with singing chorus & vocals). This is quite an accomplishment as much of the original material had been destroyed. It's obvious the man loves his work. Simply watch as he conducts. He's like a kid in a candy store. The orchestra outdoes itself enjoying the challenge of the MGM arrangers with audience and players amazed that something from 1943 sounds as good today as it did then. There are points where the audience can't help but burst into applause. There is such joy in the delivery it surrounds and takes you to a unexpected musical high. Thank God they captured this on DVD. When it was shown on PBS it was cut. This is the complete concert. The singers do a fine job with a couple of exceptions. But if you know this material as well as I do you can't help but long to hear the voices of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Ann Blyth etc. delivering their songs. There's no doubt it was an era of magnificent musical talent and will never be again. This is a wonderful reminder of what true music magic can be. Look, listen and enjoy. And God bless John Wilson for his hard work and reminding us that, even though some 60-years have passed, it has endured and still sounds great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a celebration, indeed!! September 26, 2012
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I viewed this DVD more than twice in 24 hours after I received it from Amazon. I love MGM musicals and this DVD contains all the best musicals there ever been. I not only enjoy all the tunes but they brought me back to the days when my mother first brought me to see them in theaters. If you like musicals, you should have it in your collection. Once in a while you should play it again and it will bring tears and joys to you. A Must Buy DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good wonderful arrangement of June 28, 2014
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Very very good wonderful arrangement of music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! December 28, 2013
By Diane K
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I've been lucky enough to see the John Wilson Orchestra twice now, and sent this to my dear American friend for Christmas, safe in the knowledge that, since she also appreciates the golden age of Hollywood musicals, she'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable is an understatement. December 11, 2013
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It is very difficult to add my own comments, because the other reviewers have said it so
perfectly. This is a concert to remember. Mr. Wilson's work has already been familiar
to me by several fine CD's. The musicianship displayed here is superb, as are Mr. Wilson's
accurate recreations of the MGM arrangements. The musicians seemed
to be as enthusiastic as the audience. British musicians are definitely second to none. Get this,
you won't be disappointed. More DVD's like this, please !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Live Orchestra Experience ! September 25, 2013
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I saw clips of this show on YouTube & have been haunting the BBC for a couple of years to see if I could buy a DVD copy of it. They said it wouldn't play in the USA & they couldn't sell it to me anyway. Finally Amazon had it. No one realizes how hard it is to make the music that one hears in the background of movies. Watching this shows the tremendous effort & how accomplished these musicians are--they are literally "sweating bullets". John Wilson should be given raves for his re-creating & transcribing by ear the original movie number orchestrations (every instrument)! MGM auctioned off half the studio in 1970. Someone asked what do you want to do with these musicals scores--"throw them away !" These were the scores from classical movies from Nelson Eddy/Jeanette McDonald, "the Wizard of Oz", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "Singin' In The Rain", "Gigi", etc. They should have donated them to a college like other studios have done with just letters & documents. Like Berkely School of Music here in Boston. Back to the DVD-the sound is "incredible"-louder & more crisp than any movie I own right now. I always was a fan of fast, flowery overture music--they open with a sampler of famous music from MGM musicals (an anniversary piece). "The Trolley Song" (Judy Garland) had the background singers singing the original lyrics along with the 'clang, clang, clang' sounds. Then there's "Steppin Out with My Baby" (Fred Astaire) w/ it's intricate tempos & styles, going fast then slow, then bluesy. "I Got Rhythm" is a favorite of mine. If you've seen the movie, the music is fast & matches an intricate Busby Berkely dance number. The violin section got a round of applause during one monumental section of speed playing. Read more ›
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