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Victor Victoria: 1995 Broadway Production [Blu-ray]

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One of the world's best-loved performers, Julie Andrews reaches new heights in her most challenging role as a woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman! Filmed on the Broadway stage, VICTOR/VICTORIA is a warm, funny, wildly energetic look at the nature of love, gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, with an unforgettable score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, VICTOR/VICTORIA tells the story of an out-of-work singer whose life changes when she meets the flamboyant Toddy. With his help, she becomes "Victor," an overnight singing sensation in the nightclubs of Paris. But success becomes hilariously complicated when she meets the love of her life, King Marchan, a macho Chicago gangster. From the electrifying excitement of "Le Jazz Hot" to the contemplative "Crazy World," from the humor of "Chicago, Illinois" to the touching "Almost a Love Song," this classic musical has it all.

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Rachel York, Michael Nouri
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HTPI08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Victor Victoria: 1995 Broadway Production [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: DVD
Knowing that his wife possessed one of the best examples of on-stage charisma in all of the theater, Blake Edwards (and company) crafted an old-fashioned musical extravaganza specifically to showcase the wonderful talents of Julie Andrews. In an unusual move, Edwards adapted his 1982 film VICTOR/VICTORIA for the Broadway stage, thereby serving up Andrews in conjunction with one of his biggest film hits, and one of her best movie roles. Adapting the farce for the theater required filling out the film's score, and re-structuring the story in order for it to work on stage. The final result was terrific fun to watch, but rather disconcerting for those who loved the movie version. Andrews was a hit, of course, and the play moved along with pace and flair. This new DVD is a high-definition tape version of a performance of the play that was prepared for Japanese television. It looks great, letterboxed at about 1.75:1, with the camera(s) moving subtly to give us different angles that we would never have seen from the theater seats.
The sound is a problem, however, in that the Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks isolate the front channels to the two left/right front speakers, with the center channel only occasionally coming into active play. This makes the sonic experience rather hollow-sounding, and oddly displaces the action. The cast and orchestra sound fine, but pulling the sonic field toward the edges, as it were, is unsettling.
But at least we have the show documented, and that is a major triumph, as this production marks the last time that Julie Andrews sang in public before losing her voice to botched vocal chord surgery.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John S. Harris VINE VOICE on July 28, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
***** REVISED/UPDATED REVIEW, May 2011 ******

In my original review I lamented that the sound mix on the Blu-ray is faulty and that the orchestration and audience laughter is so muffled as to be inaudible. I have to correct that: I was watching the Blu-ray with the Blu-ray player hooked to a regular TV using composite audio/video cables. Once I attached the player to a high-def TV and used an HDMI cable, everything played and sounded fine. So the sound is no longer an issue.

But there are other considerations with the Blu-ray version: The performance on this Blu-ray is a different performance than is on the DVD. Same show, different performance. The camera blocking is either different or just edited differently. And there a few quick zooms and jump cuts that look like the show was filmed live but the camera work was not edited before being committed to home video. It plays like this was a live feed (this show was taped for broadcast in Japan -- did they air a live performance live on TV and just suffer with some bad camera goof-ups here and there? If so, this is that performance. The DVD version looks much more polished and professionally shot).

The same distributor that released the DVD also released this Blu-ray, but they didn't include all the bonus features from the DVD. In fact, they didn't include ANY of them. I emailed the distributor for a comment on that but got no response.

The picture quality on the Blu-ray is very good, no question. The fact that you get a different performance from the DVD is interesting and a bit confusing (It's probably a rights issue. Maybe that's why the DVD extras weren't ported over).

I'd advise you to stick to the DVD. The Blu-ray picture is great but the performance in the DVD (and the camera work on it) is better and more polished.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Murray on August 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Let's get the tough stuff out of the way first: No, the show ain't that great. It is, in a number of significant ways, inferior to the 1982 film. The book has a number of problems, mostly on display in the first act. However, it's pretty easy to overlook most of the show's flaws, because what it gets right it gets right in spades. The cast is impeccable: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri, Rachel York, Gregory Jbara, and everyone else give their all and then some. The show was, for the most part, well directed. The sets are stunning. The costumes are quite good. Just about every song works onstage, and most of the new material fits into the show quite well. Perhaps most importantly, this show is stunningly produced. You really feel like you're in the theater watching the show, and you see everything you need to see, when you need to see it. Whether you like or hate the show, if you like musicals, you need to get Victor/Victoria. It is, perhaps, the best video adaptation of a stage musical ever, at once flawlessly preserving the stage production, while still being a completely "television" experience.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Byron on March 15, 2000
Format: DVD
I am thrilled that this production,Julie's first appearance on Broadway in thirty years is now to be captured forever.Filmed at the Marquis Theatre,it boasts the entire original cast,before Julie was first replaced by Liza Minnelli,then by Raquel Welch. This was a steller production and director Blake Edwards brought out all the fun and frolic of the film version all in its gaudy glory.
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