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Cabaret (Blu-ray Book)
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on November 6, 2017
I actually saw this originally in the theater (way back when) and worked in a theater production of the musical.

The movie is excellent - darker (if possible) from the musical on stage. Minnelli and Grey were phenomenal. The film captures pre WWII Germany in all it's decadence The dancing was Fosse - what can we say...

Definitely a memorable film.
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on May 23, 2013
Appearing in various forms from short stories (1930's) to straight play (1950's) to musical play (1960's) to the darkest of musical films, "Cabaret", the 1972 recipient of 8 Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director ( the Best Picture and Adapted Best Screenplay Oscars went to "The Godfather") , has now arrived, along with an extremely informative and appreciative book, in a stunning Blu-ray upgrade from Warner Brothers. Frankly, the film hasn't looked and sounded this good since its original big screen incarnation. If any musical of the past 40 years deserves such a deluxe treatment, it is "Cabaret".
Giving the performances of their lives, both Liza Minnelli, as the self-deluded but highly ambitious anti-heroine Sally Bowles, and Joel Grey, as the Mephistophelean M.C., transport us to the tawdry ambience of the 1931 Weimar Republic, where sexual identity is fluid and everything and everyone is for sale (the contemporary club scene, anyone?). The "Money Money" number about the erotic attraction of wealth could be successfully placed into the soundtrack of "The Great Gatsby"(2013).
Under the sure and certain control of choreographer/director Bob Fosse, "Cabaret" the film solves the traditional problem of the musical play and the musical film. Since every number, save one, in the surprisingly contemporary score takes place in the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, where corpulent businessmen mingle with uniformed Nazi thugs and prostitutes, the element of realism can be planted and nurtured. Characters don't suddenly erupt in song. Every Kit Kat number comments on what is going on in the alleys, on the streets and in the boardinghouses: the brutal tactics of the surging National Socialist Party, the increasingly lethal rise of anti-Semitism (also reflected in the doomed love story between the secondary characters Natasha and Fritz), the nostalgia for the old order which Sally's landlady harbors.
"Tomorrow Belongs to Me", the sole number set outside amidst the natural beauty of the German countryside and the Gemutlichkeit of the German biergarten, is also the perfect combination of music and political commentary. As a scout-uniformed, perfect Aryan boy begins to sing what will become a Nazi anthem embraced by a multi-class, multi-generational audience, the camera slowly pans down from his angelic face to the swastika prominently displayed on his uniform. When Brian and Max , bisexual lovers who form a sexual triangle with Sally, leave the scene in a limousine, Fosse inserts a knowingly sardonic shot of the smiling M.C.
The film opens and closes with distorted funhouse mirror images of the audience at the Kit Kat Klub, slowly melding from black and white to color at the beginning and finishing with shots of a predominately Nazi audience. When a mirror was used onstage in the musical play, the audience could see itself. Geoffrey Unsworth's Oscar winning cinematography, rendered here with solid blacks and the subtly shifting quality of stage lighting, puts us there. Though the Weimar era was 80 years ago, (think Dietrich in "The Blue Angel" (1931), Fosse, Minnelli and Grey took us there 40 years ago and continue to do so to this day. The hypnotic spell of "Cabaret" lives and breathes on this splendid disc.
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on May 7, 2017
LOVE IT, GREAT CONDITION, TIMELY SHIPPING, VERY PLEASED. I LOVE MY PURCHASE, AND WOULD DEFINITELY BUY FROM THIS SELLER AGAIN...
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on March 11, 2017
A very classic film. If you like the title song, you might want to actually know what it was written about.
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on May 1, 2017
I wore out the VHS copy of this classic and now delighted with it in this format.
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on December 26, 2015
Cabaret is one of my favorite shows, and I love the film. I have seen it many times, and will definitely see it many times in the future.

I have been disappointed each time I have purchased a film from Amazon for streaming. Although I have high-speed Internet, there always seem to be problems with video quality, with many stalls, stutters and glitches in playback. I purchased the HD version, but what I ended up seeing was definitely not HD.
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on March 4, 2017
Classic movie. Joel Grey at his finest.
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on May 18, 2017
Great product and delivery love it. A+
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on August 18, 2017
Not so grat. Stage show better
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on May 11, 2017
Awesome, as always! Liza is magic in this film!
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