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The Rocky Horror Tribute Show - Richard O'Brien, Royal Court Theatre (2008)

Anthony Head , Michael Ball , Christopher Luscombe  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Head, Michael Ball
  • Directors: Christopher Luscombe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kultur White Star
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When you've got a soft spot in your heart for the twisted sci-fi, rock n roll grandiosity of Rocky Horror as I do and when you ve seen the movie too many times to count, then it's hard to resist its evolution and evocation. That includes the uneven but often worthwhile Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Tribute Show, new on DVD today from Kultur.

Actually, the concert-style show isn't exactly new. It was performed and recorded at an intimate but lively theater more than two years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the English Stage Company. O'Brien, the stage show's original writer and Riff Raff, returns to perform briefly, and other Rocky Horror veterans popping up include Patricia Quinn and Little Nell.

But mostly the music is performed by various people who have moved in and out of Rocky Horror's stage universe over the years and they're a mixed lot.

As Dr. Frank, Anthony Head is more of a singer than an actor, but Michael Ball, in the same role, is both, and he's better in my book. Jo Farrell's Janet also excels with Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, and the Time Warp Reprise is an energized full-cast kick.

O Brien has written some shrewd new narration which advances the plot when read by various actors and sets up the next song. I love this material, and it's great to hear it in a loving atmosphere like this.

. It runs just over an hour, and for much of that time you should be richly entertained if you re a fan of the show. And if not? Well, to paraphrase Frank, they didn t make it for you. No, this is for the many of us who love Rocky Horror and luxuriate in the exquisite pleasure of its nostalgic glow. In fact, the DVD has me singing all those old songs again.

This was a treat to watch. Rocky Horror Picture fans will be very pleased with the performances on this DVD. Just as the synopsis of this DVD hails, Anthony Head (who also played Giles from the cult hit classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer), is one of the best Franks ever. When Head performed Sweet Transvestite; I literally got cold chills. Head is an excellent singer and performer. He really made an impression on this Rocky Horror fan. Other performances from the original cast of the Rocky Horror movie, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell and Raynor Bourton were fantastic as well. I would highly recommend this DVD for any Rocky Horror fan!

Recommended. --Video Librarian

Product Description

The Rocky Horror Show was born at the Royal Court's tiny Theatre Upstairs on June 16, 1973, and went on to become an international stage smash hit and a major motion picture. Now, Rocky Horror Company and The Royal Court Theatre present this historic program, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Tribute Show.

In 2006, Richard O'Brien, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, rewrote the narration for the show and a cast of performers was put together from previous stars of the show and other amazing performers, including Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell and Rayner Bourton, on stage for the first time in 33 years, back where it all began. They are joined by one of the best Franks ever, Anthony Head, as well as original Transylvanians from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This is a must-have DVD for all Rocky Horror fans!

STARRING: Richard O'Brien, Anthony Head, Michael Ball

SINGERS: Patricia Quinn, Adrian Edmondson, Sophie Lawrence, Kraig Thornber, Toyah Wilcox, Amy Field, Anthony Head, Gary Amers, Ben Richards, Joanne Farrell, Stephen Gately, Julian Littman, Michael Ball, Little Nell

NARRATORS: Richard O'Brien, Tony Slattery, Robin Cousins, Rayner Bourton, Steve Pemberton, Christopher Biggins, Jamie Theakston

Music & Lyrics Richard O'Brien
Directed for the stage by Christopher Luscombe
Producer Simon Flind
Director: Robin Lough


Science Fiction: Usherette (Patricia Quinn)
Damn it, Janet: Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Janet (Sophie Lawrence)
Over at the Frankenstein Place: Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Janet (Sophie Lawrence), Riff Raff (Kraig Thornber)
Time Warp: Riff Raff (Kraig Thornber), Columbia (Amy Field), Magenta (Toyah Wilcox)
Sweet Transvestite: Frank, (Anthony Head), Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Magenta (Toyah Wilcox), Columbia, (Amy Field), Riff Raff (KraigThornber)
The Sword of Damocles: Rocky (Gary Amers)
Hot Patootie Bless My Soul: Eddie (Ben Richards)
Touch-a touch-a touch me: Janet (Jo Farrell), Magenta (Toyah Wilcox), Columbia (Amy Field)
Once in a While: Brad (Stephen Gately)
Eddie's Teddy: Dr Scott (Julian Littman), Frank (Anthony Head), Columbia (Amy Field)
Planet Schmanet: Frank (Anthony Head), Janet (Jo Farrell)
Floor Show: Columbia (Amy Field), Rocky (Gary Amers), Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Janet (Jo Farrell), Frank (Michael Ball), Dr Scott (Julian Littman), Magenta (Toyah Wilcox), Riff Raff (Kraig Thornber)
I m Going Home: Frank (Michael Ball)
Super Heroes: Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Janet (Jo Farrell)
Time Warp reprise: Full company with Richard O'Brien, Little Nell, Patricia Campbell

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the RHPS Fanatics January 11, 2011
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I bought this as a gift after searching for items hits for Anthony Stewart Head for a Buffy Fanatic (who also loves RHPS) and we found this show to be extremely entertaining. We were surprised by the format at first, but everyone who showed up for the Tribute show did a great job with their songs, dialogue and actions. We recommend this for anyone who loves Rocky!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No. January 28, 2009
I admit I first bought this for Michael Ball, but I really love Rocky Horror Picture Show so I was incredibly excited to receive this. However, upon seeing it, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed.

First off, the entire performance is done in a bit of concert style as opposed to it actually being performed, which I had no problem with. It was more the performers that were disappointing than anything. Even the ones that sang really well, seemed sloppy and all over the place (ie: not with the backup singers). The guy who played Rocky had an awesome voice, but how he sang the song was really bad with a lot of scooping up to notes as opposed to coming over them.

They also switched performers for some of the roles and the second girl to play Janet did really well, as did Anthony Michael Head and Michael Ball. All of the narrators did great, as was Riff Raff, but everyone else seemed like they just couldn't pull the role vocally.

All in all, it's worth a watch if you can rent it or borrow it. If you're a die hard Rocky fan, I would say buy it purely for some songs that weren't heard in the movie or the bits of trivia dropped in here and there or even a few things explained that were not in the movie. I regret buying it a little, but not enough to return it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!! May 30, 2014
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I'm a big RHPS fan and this show really is fantastic.Loved seeing different actors' interpretations of the characters and songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 5, 2013
By Nidia
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Simply great. It is something that if you are a RHPS fan must be in your collection.
A great experience to get all the great songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment June 11, 2013
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Great entertainment, but of course I'm totally biased being that Richard is a relative. Surely don't need to say anymore
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO. WONDERFUL. March 10, 2013
I read about this concert version of "The Rocky Horror Show" when it happened but I had no idea it had been recorded. I was a hardcore RHPS fanatic back in the day and had no interest in any other version of Richard O'Brien's show until recently running across Anthony Head's rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" from this DVD, which introduced me to the idea that, although it may be a role that will forever be identified with Tim Curry and rightly so, Frank N. Furter is one of those great musical roles, like Don Giovanni, or Sweeney Todd, so powerful and with so many possibilities that it would be downright criminal to deny it new interpretations.

If you really want to see RHPS again, it's right there for you, but if you're prepared to explore other aspects of this legendary show I highly recommend this version, which features legendary talents, knockout performances and just plain priceless moments. Among them I'd list Kraig Thornber's thrilling vocals as Riff-Raff in "Over at the Frankenstein Place," Anthony Head's wonderfully dirty "Sweet Transvestite," the very funny narrative turn by Raynor Bourton (who created the role of Rocky Horror) opposite the dual rockabilly knockout of Gary Amer's "Sword of Damocles" and Ben Richards' "Hot Patootie," Stephen Gately's lovely rendition of "Once in a While" (a surprisingly sweet ballad for Brad that's not in the film), Michael Ball's full-out Judy Garland in "I'm Going Home," and heavily nostalgia-inducing featured spots by Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, and Richard O'Brien himself. Go ahead and make the investment. It's for a good cause!
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