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DVD. Bdcast live, 1998 on VH1. Grtst songs by Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, & Mariah Ca rey. Appearances by Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Jenn ifer Aniston, Teri Hatcher, & Sarah Jessica Parker. Lyrics in Engl., Fre

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Once an appellation reserved for high-flying operatic stars, the diva has gone mainstream in recent decades, mirroring pop music's post-rock recovery of glitz, glamour, and theatrical hyperbole. Where once there was but a handful of pop divas, fans can now find a growing legion of contenders, a trend underscored by this 1998 cable special originally produced for VH1. The show's producers start with the title's high concept (five divas, one stage!), add an admirable if shrewd charity hook (the better to recruit platinum stars without prohibitive fees), and provide fans with an otherwise straightforward revue, interspersed with introductory cameos from film and television actresses.

For the starring quintet's fans, VH1 Divas Live is hard to disparage: Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, and Mariah Carey provide the requisite combination of beauty, high-ticket sartorial glamour, and stage drama, and their brief sets hew to their biggest hits. Beyond that common formula, these four do diverge somewhat, Dion and Carey most closely following the mannered tradition of the prima donna, Estefan (who, between songs, admits her bemusement at inclusion) offering an earthier and less calculated variant, and the nominally country-oriented Twain rounding out the headliners as a diva-in-the-making, perfectly packaged if vocally more modest.

Still, it's the show's "old timers" who remind us of what's too often missing from today's diva--the emotional largesse that fans crave, and an underlying sense of true worldliness. The fifth featured diva, Aretha Franklin, has never achieved conventional glamour, but what she offers in vocal power and career prestige enables Lady Soul to cast a long shadow across the entire show, even when her actual performances are duets or ensembles. And Carole King, also along for duets and ensemble spots, is even less to the diva manor born, a quintessential singer-songwriter even when draped in an elegant black suit, but her longstanding credibility likewise translates to pole position here. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Actors: Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Carole King
  • Directors: Michael Simon
  • Producers: Jay Peterson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573301051
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "VH1 Divas Live" on IMDb

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chad DeFeo on December 23, 2003
Format: DVD
VH1 had decided to put together a benefit concert that was to help raise the money for the Save The Music Foundation. In 1998, they had their first charity concert entitled, "VH1 Divas Live '98". They have chosen five female solo acts to perform in this concert. Those five women are: Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, & Mariah Carey. Carole King was also invited to this concert, but only as a guest diva. These five women helped redefine the meaning of listening to music and it is all defined right here.

Mariah Carey is the first two perform. She comes out, wearing a beautiful white sparkling gown, and performs, "My All". Just as the song nears the end, the song goes into a dance remix, where Mariah closes out the song. After "My All", Mariah then sings, "Make it Happen", a song that she had written about how she made it to where she is now.

Gloria Estefan then takes the stage, wearing a longer silver gown. Gloria sings "Heaven's What I Feel", the first single off her 1998 dance-fused album, "Gloria". After "Heaven's What I Feel", Gloria then sings, "Turn The Beat Around". After those two brilliant songs, Gloria performs an awesome Megamix Medley. The medley consists of, "Dr. Beat", "Conga", "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You", "1-2-3", & "Get On Your Feet".

Shania Twain then takes the stage, wearing a black sparkling half-top and black pants. First, Shania sings, "Man! I Feel Like A Woman". After that, she sits on a stool and, while playing an acoustic guitar, sings, "You're Still The One".

Aretha Franklin then takes the stage to perform, wearing a black party gown. Only, Aretha is not alone. Mariah Carey is with her. The two perform Aretha's hit song, "Chain Of Fools" and they sing it brilliantly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
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I love this video. It was fantastic. Good performances given by Celine Dion , Shania Twain, Gloria Estefen BUT my hat goes off to Mariah and Aretha. Seeing the two do a duet was breath-taking. Mariah the greatest voice of today ( and ever) and Aretha the Queen of Soul was perfect. Mariah Carey is one reason alone to buy the video. If you aren't the biggest fansof these ladies you will be after watching this video. I luv you Mariah!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IJustDiedAlive on March 11, 2007
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When funding for school music classes were being cut all over the country people kind of brushed it off as a non-necessity. Studies prooved that many kids prosper in other academic subjects when taking a music class. Art should be available for all kids in school as well as sports. This benefit concert brought awareness to that. Mariah, Celine, Gloria & Shania all appeard to support the cause. And of course Ms. Aretha Franklin. The performnaces were great. Carol King was brought out as a special guest of Celine Dion. The best part of the show was when the diva's sang You've Got A Friend and Natural Woman. This show sounds even better with the 5.1 sound.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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I first watched the VH1 Divas Live special on VH1 when it came out on cable tv about a year ago. I have to admit that I was pretty pleased because Celine Dion,Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin(the queen of soul) were on it. Celine is my most favorite singer because she has a magnificent voice. I love listening to her sing and on this video you can catch her singing the World-famous song "My heart will go on."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2002
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Divas Live is was great. This is the best because this is the original. The top stars Celine, Gloria, Arethe, Shania, Carey along with special guest Carole King were execelent. But Aretha stole the show when she performed with the other divas her classic "A Natural Woman"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo E. Ortega on July 28, 2006
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I have seen this video I don't know how many times... I never get tired, It never bores me.... It is the best video I have seen in my life!!! It is trully outstanding... I strongly recommend it.. You will not regret!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
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IT AWESOME.I loved it.I thas all the greatest women in music all lined and they give a great show that u can watch over and over. and will want to watch over and over.grand finally is the best.MUSIC WISE NOTHING CAN TOP THIS.i watched this once and it opened me up to them and i found out that i liked shania twain and now i have to of her cd's.i liked everyone on there.when they sing the finally you will be amazed by there great talent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anja Blechschmitt on November 17, 2005
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I just can't understand why everybody tries to run down Mariah, Celine and the rest of these singers. Why can't you just accept that everyone of them is a brilliant singer and that it just depends on one's personal taste whether one prefers one singer over the other. I Myself like Mariah best and it's ridiculous to hear a voice student say that Mariah has lost her voice: her voice has always sounded like this, perhaps you should listen to mtv unplugged! Or has she lost her voice even before mtv unplugged? Apart from that a voice doesn't have to be clear in order to be a nice/good voice: Or would you say Tina Turner can't sing just because her voice is not as clear as Celine's??

I really enjoyed listening to this music and I can recommend this product to everyone who loves real music!!
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