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A Delightful Romp,
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This review is from: The Pirates of Penzance [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Unlike a previous reviewer, I am a long-time Gilbert and Sullivan lover who loved this movie--I first saw it some 15 years ago, and I waited for many years for it to come out on video. Needless to say, when I finally bought a VCR, I bought this as soon as I could find it.
The three key roles in Pirates are the Major General, the Pirate King, and the Sergeant of Police. All are well cast here. Tony Azito has a bit less vocal heft than a true Savoyard would like in the Police Sergeant's role, but he is superb at the physical comedy the role demands. George Rose is a superb Major General (that's, in Anna Russell's immortal phrase, "the little man who prances around and sings the patter song.") Best of all, Kevin Kline turns in a terrific performance as the Pirate King, showing once again what a wonderfully versatile actor he is.
Of the rest of the cast, Linda Rondstadt and Rex Smith, as the young lovers, are good. As Mabel, Rondstadt's job is primarily to sing with gusto, which she certainly does. G&S purists may be annoyed by Smith's casting as Frederic, since he does not have the pure tenor voice the role calls for, but he acquits himself well in the comic moments.
All in all, this is a movie to be enjoyed over and over. And for any of you out there who don't like it, a suitable penalty has been prepared. Something with boiling oil in it, I fancy. Yes, boiling oil or molten lead.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2010 6:28:01 AM PDT
Great review of a great performance. I saw the movie in 1983 and later on recorded a VHS tape off TV. I had hoped for years to find a DVD version, but had to make do with a Video Disk (remember them?), from which I made my own DVD. Here we are in 2010 and an official DVD release is finally appearing. Well, this superb performance really is a collector's item, so I hope there are still enough old G&S buffs out there to make the DVD release a success.
Posted on Dec 11, 2011 9:48:20 PM PST
Yes. Of course. Something humorous...but lingering.
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