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Xanadu - Magical Musical Edition (With Complete Soundtrack CD) (1980)

Olivia Newton-John , Gene Kelly , Robert Greenwald  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, Teri Beckerman, Sandahl Bergman
  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Picutres
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FQZI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Step into the magical world of Xanadu with this dazzling Special Edition of one of the most extraordinary musicals ever! Superstars Olivia Newton-John (Grease) and Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain) star in this beloved film spectacular about a beautiful muse who is sent from heaven to help a struggling artist open a roller-disco. And now, this out-of-this-world fantasy sparkles like never before with a digitally remastered picture, new 5.1 surround sound audio track, all-new bonus features, and a music CD of the complete soundtrack featuring Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra. With songs like "Xanadu", "Magic", "Suddenly", 'I'm Alive' and "All Over the World", it's a dream come true for musical fans everywhere!

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    526 of 535 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Let Me Give You Kiddies a Little History Lesson November 4, 2003
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    All the people that say the plot makes no sense, and they didn't know what was going on, need to read this review. To truly enjoy this movie, you have to be educated on black and white musicals, poetry, and greek mythology.
    First of all I will explain the origins of the word "Xanadu".
    In 1797 there was a poet named Samuel Coleridge who lived by himself. He was asleep, after taking a dose of Opium and washing it down with alcohol. In his dreams appeared a beautiful woman, (he later called her a muse) reciting a beautiful poem. Alas, a knock at the door from a friend broke him out of his dream, and he rushed to his table to write down what he could remember. The result was a poem titled "Kubla Khan"
    In the poem, there is a heavenly place called XANADU, where there is eternal love and happiness. The word has sense been adopted to mean "heaven".
    The movie is based on this poem. When Kira appears to a bewildered Gene Kelly, and tells him to call his new club XANADU, and together they recite the first lines of the poem KUBLA KHAN.
    Now the reason Gene Kelly is in this film is because Kira has appeared in his life in the 1940's. She returns to help him out again, to inspire his dying ambitions, by inspiring him to open another music club. However he will need someone young and hip to help him out. So Kira also inspires Sonny Malone to quit his bland painting job and use his talents towards his dream. Therefore Kira brings the 2 men together.
    Xanadu is a remake of a film titled "Down To Earth" starring Rita Hayworth. Rita also appears as a muse to inspire people to follow their dreams.
    Gene kelly's character "Danny McGuire" was actually the name of Gene's character in the 1944 film "Covergirl".
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    183 of 197 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Xanadu Your Neon Lights Will Shine October 7, 1999
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    I LOVE this movie. Why talk about how bad it is? Because it is VERY bad. It's so bad it's good! Whose idea was it to merge fading musical star Gene Kelly with 80's pop sensation Olivia Newton John??? Throw in some ELO music and some neon special effects and you've got XANADU. Oh, it's fabulous!! Roller skating, off-the-shoulder 80's dresses, long hair, leg warmers.... This is XANADU. The storyline is negligable. You just wait till they get to the next song! The choreography is that Kenny Ortega 80's stuff. Look for Matt Latanzi (Olivia's ex) as a dancer in the background. By the time this movie gets to it's roller-skating in the round finale, you will be rocking! (The dancers/rollers chant: "Xanadu! Xanadu!" and perform some sort of choreographed hand-jive movements! I want to learn those moves!) Enjoy it, y'all. Like the song says: "Now that you're here, now that you're near ... Xanadu!"
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    157 of 170 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars XANADU IS A GEM! January 24, 2004
    Xanadu did exactly what it was supposed to do - entertain and make you imagine what it would be like to have a muse like Olivia breathe life into your dreams and have a sugar-daddy like Gene finance them! This movie was not supposed to provoke political thought, cure world-hunger or make you a better person. It was created to make you dream, for your mind to be mesmerized by the colors, the music and the beauty of its entirety. The music was great, the plot was cute, and while today many might laugh at the roller-boogie of the last scene, it takes me back to my high school years where going to the rink was THE thing to do! Thank you Olivia, Gene and ELO for making a movie and music that I still enjoy to this day!!!!!
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Full Length Music Video September 7, 2000
    Xanadu, Why do people criticize you so? All you ever wanted was to make people sing along, throw on a pair of roller skates, and boogie with Olivia Newton-John and ELO!
    I LOVED this movie as a kid. It brings back alot of memories watching it (we had a roller derby disco in town when I was a kid and I loved going there, I wanted so much to be like Olivia)...and I love it now for all the same reasons I loved it then...
    It's colorful, vibrant, visually appealing...and the music truly is incredible...all though the film is visually dated (the roller skates and all of the 80's type dress, hair, and makeup) the music remains timeless...the soundtrack album is considered a classic among many fans of Olivia as well as ELO...the songs are infectious and as slickly produced as the musical numbers that contain them.
    Which brings me to my point...this movie is a full length music video, it is nothing more than a series of musical numbers played out in different vignettes...tied loosely together by a weak storyline...that is all it seemed intended to be...just visually appealing fun (like most everything from the 80's i.e. pac-man and rubik's cube), set to a backdrop of incredible music. High concept, low plot...but what's wrong with that? I just think people get so tied up in "art" they forget to have fun...
    This movie also succeeded in celebrating two different eras the time Olivia Newton-John WAS 80's music, and Gene Kelly perfectly symbolized the musical films of yesteryear...I think it was good casting, it made sense for the time. And makes for an interesting collaboration in styles...particularly in the "Dancin'" number, in which the two eras collide into one and inventive.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars ... little I was only 8 years old but it's great to see it on DVD I...
    I remember watching this film when I was little I was only 8 years old but it's great to see it on DVD I hope one day they will put it on Blu ray even though people do not rate... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by luke emanuel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best music video of all time...
    All time favorite movie... just wish it was available in Blueray.
    Published 10 days ago by Ray L.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love it
    Published 16 days ago by Sandra L Amedick
    5.0 out of 5 stars -) I may view it this week because of the ailment of a friend making...
    People lose this film all the time - no gravitas! :-) I may view it this week because of the ailment of a friend making me sad.... Read more
    Published 24 days ago by LadyShopper
    5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this along with the CD for my mom ...
    I bought this along with the CD for my mom. She loves the movie and the soundtrack. She was very excited when she received it and listens to the CD all the time.
    Published 25 days ago by heath moyer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Not as good as I remembered.
    Published 29 days ago by Bookie
    5.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make movies like this anymore
    They just don't make movies like this anymore. This is the film that set the precedent for all of the incredible films of the 1980's that would follow. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by wiggler69
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good enjoyable movie
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by kevin n jurik
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cheesy 80's movies, look no further!
    So cheesy... So lame... But I can't get enough. ELO soundtrack is labored but unforgettable.
    Published 2 months ago by P. Shinn
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    Regarding the Magical Musical Edition DVD...
    Well, be disappointed--the CD is just the standard Xanadu soundtrack CD--no extras.
    Jun 25, 2008 by M. Stith |  See all 5 posts
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