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The Mikado (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Green truly makes the most of his role as the nervous Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko. His dances of glee in the "Here's A How De Do" number are a great highlight. In contrast, Granville is the epitome of pompous officialdom as Pooh-Bah, the Lord High Everything Else. Kenny Baker's Nanki-Poo doesn't quite have the flair of the others, but he's pleasant enough in the role.
In the title role, John Barclay makes an absolutely gleefully ghoulish Mikado. Some of the costumes are a little strange and the "prologue" which basically sets up the story is charming, if a little strange to those familiar with the opera. If you're a solid G & S fan, you might not appreciate the abridgement, but the performances of Green and Granville are truly classic.....and that alone makes this film worth recommending.
* Much of the Overture (understandable, as it wasn't even written by Sullivan)
* Some of the opening chorus I think, but half of it is run over the opening credits anyway
* Both of Nanki-Poo's recitatives (some of the words of the first one are place in his dialogue with Pish-Tush)
* 2nd verse of Pish-Tush's song, "Our great Mikado"
* Pooh-Bah's song, "Young man despair"
* The list song, "As some day it may happen"
* All but the coda of "Comes a train of little ladies"
* "So please you sir, we much regret" and much of the dialogue preceding it
* "With aspect stern and gloomy stride" (the orchestral part is altered in order to skip from the introduction to Pooh-Bah singing "To ask you what you mean to do we punctually appear")
* 2nd verse of "The threatn'd cloud has passed away"
* "Oh fool that flee-est my Hallow'd joys"
* "The hour of gladness is dead and gone"
* Katisha's first solo lines in the conclusion of the Act I Finale ("Ye torrents roar"), allowing for the chorus to continue on after they interrupt Katisha.
* Pitti-Sing's solo and the reprise of the main verse in "Braid the raven hair"
* 2nd verse of "The sun whose rays are all ablaze.Read more ›
I thought that Kenney Baker made a fine Nanki-Poo, he was much better than Stratford's Henry Ingram, who overacted even more, if that's possible. Baker's voice was good for the role. The accent wasn't much of an impediment, though getting an English one may have helped.
I liked this Yum-Yum because she was much different than the Stratford one, she was quiet and graceful while the other was bouncy, active and perky.
I like the way that Martyn Green hammed up the role, he is the best Ko-Ko I know and did that very well. The Mikado, however, I thought was very bad because he was nothing compared to Gidon Saks of Stratford, a better Mikado than Saks never did in DVD exist.
My favorite character was certainly Sydney Granville, he really captured and haughtiness and snobbery perfectly. While the Stratford Pooh-Bah makes one laugh more, this Pooh-Bah had the correct personality and was better. I loved his fake stomach.
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Frustratingly cut, this classic movie records Martyn Green's finest performance as Koko. The Blu ray disk is beautifully restored, full of detail and saturated color. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doug
Old, old movie - for today's audience lacks the sophistication of current movies. Maybe a remake would be better.Published 3 months ago by ACampbell
I love the Mikado, but I guess this was a real old version of it. I have seen better versions.Published 4 months ago by eyecore7
This is mutilated Metro-Kenny Baker version, not true to G&S and very dated. Filmed in 1939, I think.Published 5 months ago by maltixx
I love Gilbert and Sullivan as the social critics they are; and The Mikado is chock full of criticism (and sarcasm), as well as fun songs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pepper
While the reason to watch anything like this is the music, the spoken dialogue had some of the most entertaining bits of character. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 4thace
I love the Mikado, but I have only seen it in theaters. This movie seems very watered down to me. The singing was not as lively, the colors were muted. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Foster
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