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Victor/Victoria (1982)

Julie Andrews , Robert Preston , Blake Edwards  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: Digital Sound, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Victor/Victoria" on IMDb

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  • All-new 2001 digital transfer
  • All-new Dolby 5.1 audio

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With warmth, pride, and laughter as well as the ease of a long-married couple, Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews settle in to record the DVD commentary for their 20-year-old creation Victor/Victoria. They discuss costars Robert Preston, James Garner, and Lesley Ann Warren; Andrews's fear of cockroaches; and comparisons with the Broadway stage version and with their 1970 musical Darling Lili. Andrews mentions how Henry Mancini wrote one of her favorite songs, "Crazy World," specifically for her vocal range, a comment made poignant by the fact that her voice is still rough from her ill-fated vocal-cord surgery in 1997. The commentary track is the lone feature on the DVD, though the remastering is sharp and the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is good; however, the mild rear-speaker output won't make you feel like you're inside the club. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

A woman singer masquerades as a man impersonating a woman in Paris, circa 1934. This brings her success in her professional life but complicates her personal life.
Genre: Musicals
Rating: PG
Release Date: 4-JUN-2002
Media Type: DVD

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hollywood's Great Comedy Musicals August 6, 2001
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In the age of "Moulin Rouge" audiences would do far better by rediscovering this musical comedy gem, starring the incomparable Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, Leslie Ann Warren and James Garner. Rarely has Hollywood captured the essence of great music with outstanding performances as it has in "Victor/Victoria." There are literally a dozen or so scenes that will leave you hysterical, as in gasping-for-breath hysterical, something many films aspire to, but few ever deliver on. But more than funny, this is a poignant, character driven film where every principal is allowed to shine.
Andrews permanently sheds her "Sound of Music" virginal skin in the title role, embodying the man-pretenting-to-be-a-woman-pretending-to-be-a-man part in a way noone has ever done before or since. Of course, the audience is in on the joke, but it never becomes tired or anything less than fresh. Robert Preston is the antithesis of his former "Music Man" personna, a gay-Paree emcee who discover's Victor's startling 8-octave vocal range and turns him/her into the rage of Paris. These two performances, along with Leslie Ann Warren's unforgettable floosy - all three Oscar-nominated - are drop dead fabulous. These are actors at the very height of their form....funny, passionate, real and endearing. The musical highlights are truly phenomenal, certainly better than other "best loved" musicals like "Singing In the Rain" or "An American In Paris." Andrews scores on "Le Jazz Hot" and shows an indelible comic flair few people knew she was capable of in the legendary cafeteria sequence, which literally had the audience I viewed this with ROLLING in the aisles. It's a movie where even the insects - cockroaches in this case - are memorable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "She's a winner!" November 22, 2003
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This Blake Edwards film is a sort of valentine to the many gifts of his amazing wife Julie Andrews more than ten years since her last musical, and wouldn't you know it, it was a gigantic hit. It helped that the book poked a great deal of fun at the homophobia of the nascent Reagan era, that James Garner, Alex Karres, Robert Preston and (especially) Lesley Ann Warren (in her funniest role ever, as the idiot dancehall bimbo Norma). But the real reason the film takes off is because of Julie Andrews. She may be utterly unbelievable passing as a man, but she does get to show her great gift for dry humor, and she sings several fine, fine songs, including what may be one of her absolute careeer highlights, "Le Jazz Hot." No one has ever been less appropriate for a jazz number than Julie--she of course sings every single note exactly on the beat, and with her signature perfect diction--, but she gives the number so much zing and warmth and excitement it just doesn't matter. When she's up there in her Josephine Baker outfit snapping her fingers and smiling expansively, and showing off her astonishing and perfect vocal range, she is every bit as showstopping and iconic as when she was spinning round the Salzburg mountaintops in THE SOUND OF MUSIC: she's up there in movie history heaven. And if that weren't enough, you also get to hear her pronounce the word "heterosexual" (several times!) like no one before or since.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
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Blake Edwards created a musical, comical, award-winning masterpiece with his film "Victor/Victoria", starring Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren and Alex Karras.
Julie Andrews received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grezhinski, a divorced, American lounge singer struggling to make ends meet in 1934 Paris. Unable to pay for rent or food, she decides to use a ruse at a restaurant to earn a free meal. There she meets Carroll Todd ("Toddy"), played by Robert Preston who earned Best Actor nominations for both the Oscar and Golden Globe. Also having financial difficulties, Toddy is inspired by Victoria's somewhat masculine-sounding voice when she gets angry to have her pretend to be gay male drag queen. She agrees and she becomes an overnight success after her first performance at one of the most upscale nightclubs in Paris. In the audience are King Marchand (James Garner), his girlfriend Norma Cassady (Lesley Ann Warren, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for both the Oscar & Golden Globe) and his bodygaurd Squash Bernstein (Alex Karras).
What makes this film such a masterpiece is not just the excellent comedic writing by Blake Edwards, but also the Oscar-winning music composed by Henry Mancini. Count Victor Grezhinski (Julie Andrews) sings two of the most memorable songs "Le Jazz Hot" during her first nightclub performance and "The Shady Dame from Seville" during another nightclub performance. She also sings the theme song "Crazy World" during a tear-felt nightclub performance.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is most definitely musical gender-bending at it's best!
Not many musical/comedies are produced nowadays, let alone good ones like Rocky Horror Picture Show & Little Shop Of Horrors to name a few that come to my mind.
This 80's musical/comedy is set in 1934 GAY and I DO MEAN GAY Paree! This film is quite unparalled in the fact that Victor/Victoria was a movie BEFORE it made it to The Great White Way. Julie Andrews played Victor/Victoria in both movie and on stage.
Great songs in - Julie's "Le Jazz Hot" & Lesley Warren's bimboesque "Kings Can-Can". The sexual chemistry is A+++ between Andrews & a sexually confused James Garner who plays "King Marchand" a Chicago club owner, who is so TOTALLY out of his element in Paris, let alone being sexually frustrated and confused over his crush on the beautiful, stylish and gay, Victor.
Great cast, great songs and a greater storyline with lots of slapstick comedy make Victor/Victoria a classic of it's time!
Happy Watching!
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