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Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Tony Bennett , Robert De Niro , Rob Marshall  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Bennett, Robert De Niro, Elton John, Catherine Zeta-Jones, k.d. lang
  • Directors: Rob Marshall
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV82SO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
To accompany his lustrous "Duets" CD, perennial crooner Tony Bennett recruited some first-rank talent behind and before the cameras to help him produce this remarkable TV special to commemorate his 80th birthday. It is at once a throwback to the network variety specials from the 1960's and 70's (before pay-cable rendered them obsolete) and a reinvention of the format incorporating biographical elements within the context of mini-video performances. The result aired on NBC earlier this week as an hour-long special. Without commercials, the program scarcely runs forty minutes, but it remains a superbly crafted showcase for a timeless singer. Thanks to Rob Marshall's innovative conception and immaculate direction, the show follows a roughly chronological timeline of Bennett's career with nine starry-eyed duets connected by brief snippets of his professional milestones.

Things start on a high note with Bennett in an empty theater singing Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" joined by a mellifluous-sounding Barbra Streisand, his most accomplished partner for the evening. In a jazz nightclub setting, he is surrounded by the acrobatic Tony Bennett Dancers and swings though "Sing, You Sinners" with a confident John Legend. In a recording booth at Columbia Studios, Bennett sings his first hit, "Because of You" accompanied by smoky vocals from k.d. lang and a languorous trumpet solo by Chris Botti. Visually, my favorite part of the program is the black-and-white recreation of the 1960's-style variety show complete with dancers in sailor tops and Capri pants. In this segment, Diana Krall joins Bennett on a finger-snapping "The Best Is Yet to Come" followed by a sonorous version of "The Shadow of Your Smile" given a samba-accented makeover by Columbian rock singer Juanes.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the clowns? November 24, 2006
I've seen Tony 5 times live and have all his records. The dvd was great, what there was of it! PLEASE, what happened to the filming with Sting, Bono, Celine, Mcgraw etc??????If time was a problem then I have no problem with the edited program-a one hour special on TV. BUT, why didn't Sony film the rest and offer it to us on a full length dvd???I would gladly have paid for a complete film. Shame on you Sony!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tony Bennett American Classic December 24, 2006
This DVD was excellent as far as it went. However I saw the show when it was presented on TV. I was very disappointed that when veiwing the DVD at least four maybe more artists were left off . I never would have bought this product had I known that it was not complete. I feel cheated and want others to realize that they are not getting a complete show.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This disc is encoded for a 16x9 anamorphic picture... December 22, 2006
By Al Lutz
...and offers the choice of a rich sounding PCM Stereo (default) or an atmospheric (and tastefully restrained) 5.1 Dolby Digital surround mix (offered via the audio set-up menu). All of the bonus material is also presented in 16x9 anamorphic and in stereo - "enhanced for widescreen televisions." The show really takes advantage of this movie-like format - adding to the classy elegance of the, alas, much-too-short presentation.

I only note this here because nowhere on the packaging or on the disc itself is this information offered. It's obvious this was shot in HD, and apparently there will also be a Blu-Ray release of this title.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony B Blu-ray February 21, 2007
Outstanding duets. Tony Bennett again multi-generational. That's why he's still winning awards. LOVE the blu-ray format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Legend! March 26, 2007
First, I give this four starts and not five only for the brevity of the program. But 40-odd minutes still offer many opportunities to appreciate what this 80 year-old can do! The creative program was directed by Rob Marshall and includes choreography (Tony even dances a bit) and visuals that live up to his Chicago accomplishments. Being something of a purist, I have to say I was initially skeptical of the "guest list." Each musician rises to the challenge, and the songs alternate between touching and flashy. Tony shines in each tune, an effect heightened by a full orchestra and elaborate sets. The film quality is excellent and vivid as is the sound recording. I found myself watching and re-watching sections over and over again -- you will, too. The extra features (including the "making of" documentary) are very interesting, too. This project was clearly a work of love for all involved. What a fine way to celebrate Tony's career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bennett April 10, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Uncompressed PCM stereo is superb. Picture is excellent, if you like contempary style music, this is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Bennet - An American Classic - Blu-ray September 27, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Everything about this show is top notch. I have the Blu-ray version and the video and audio quality was superb. The production was outstanding and was patterned after some of the old time tv variety shows. Every guest that performed seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and were at the top of there game. I would highly recommend this in any format but the Blu-ray version really stands out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... purchased this for a friend as it is truly excellent. Many Thanks...
Already had a copy - purchased this for a friend as it is truly excellent.
Many Thanks for your excellent service.
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Published 4 days ago by stan buckthorp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 7 days ago by richard perel
5.0 out of 5 stars A few notches above the rest
I caught this special when it was shown on NBC to honor Tony Bennett on his 80th birthday.

I was absolutely besotted with the very high quality of the performances and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by noe berengena
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Bennett the ultimate
Such an excellent DVD. Tony Bennett has exquisite taste in talent in others since he set the standard like all his crooner friends -Sinatra/Dean Martin/ Andy Williams/ ...
Published 1 month ago by roro
3.0 out of 5 stars adequate
Price was high but you delivered. Since I am not blue-ray yet I have used the DVD version. I am assuming the blue ray is good and functional, for later reference.
Published 4 months ago by Gregory S. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Performances by Tony Bennett
Great music. Product in superb condition. Hours of great listening joy. Artists who appeared and the cozy studio scences were wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by sapphirecanburn
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic he is !!!!
Having seen Mr.Tony Live in concert at the age of 87! he hasn't lost any of the electricity on stage. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Parthiben
5.0 out of 5 stars TONY STILL GOT IT
Published 13 months ago by Lawrence J. David
3.0 out of 5 stars not as I had hoped
a real mish mash of clips from the past.

Mr Bennett deserves better production than this. I have seen one or two of these clips previously. A real el cheapo!
Published 16 months ago by A. Youdan
3.0 out of 5 stars Tony and performers great production of video fair
Great idea, duets were good but the video production was only fair--- choppy and slow

What music was in it was great.
Published 17 months ago by Bruce Kobal
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