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Carol Channing - Larger Than Life

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Channing's life story is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. This inspirational film captures the 90-year-old icon's magic and vivacity both onstage and off, past and present. Illuminated by behind-the-curtain stories from Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tyne Daly, Tippi Hedren, Loni Anderson and Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Tommy Tune, Bob Mackie and Bruce Vilanch.

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  • Actors: Carol Channing
  • Directors: Dori Berinstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075FF5NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 11, 2012
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Wacky, disjointed, funny, rambling, perplexing, and absolutely charming. These are words that can be used to describe theater legend Carol Channing as well as this loving tribute of a documentary. "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," by Dori Berinstein, is as infectious as its subject. If the description larger than life ever had a more apt usage, I don't know what it is. Channing is an enormous personality and has made a lifetime career and millions of fans by being herself. She truly has no equivalent, either today or in the past. I won't contend that she's the biggest talent that the stage has ever seen, but she's a consummate professional that it's impossible not to like. Her saucer eyes, big smile, platinum hair, distinctive voice, and perennially upbeat attitude have made her a beloved icon. But if you're shopping this DVD, then I suspect that I'm preaching to the choir. So I'll shut up and proceed to discuss the film!

It's hard to establish exactly what the narrative scope of "Larger Than Life" is. The most contemporary footage revolves around Channing as she approaches her ninetieth birthday and she readies herself for a charity performance (her first time on stage in 16 years). It's easy to see that Channing is still well recognized and idolized, and she is a gracious host and quite quick witted. The relationship with her husband Harry (unfortunately since deceased) is absolutely beguiling and has an incredible back story that I won't spoil. This film is a fitting love letter to this unorthodox couple as much as being a chronicle of Channing's career. The film really jumps all over the place, though, it does not particularly give you a comprehensive overview of Channing's life, more like savory bites and humorous anecdotes.
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Wow - this is such a great documentary about a GREAT lady. I am so happy I found this movie. It is a MUST for anyone who loves theater/movies. It is about 90 minutes and moves so well covering all of Carol's life and love(s). So many great interviews and cameos from many celebrities, some of whom have only recently passed away. Overall it is inspiring, funny, moving, and just plain fun to watch. I hope it is considered for (at least) an Oscar nomination next year.
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What an amazing documentary of an amazing actress! This film follows Carol around as she gets ready to go onstage again after 16 years for an AIDS benefit. Her Dollly 'Boys' are there to help her along and so is a long lost love - just try not tearing up when he talks about how he wanted to come up to her when he saw her outside a theatre and didn't - Carols "Oh you should have!" tugs at the heart strings.

Still going strong at her age is also a gret example for all of us! As the song saysw "Look at the old girl now fellas" and we must!
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By Boogie on August 27, 2012
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I admit, I've heard of Carol Channing and I know who she is but I've never seen her in any Broadway shows with that being said ~ and the positive reviews on the cover ~ I looked forward to seeing 'Carol Channing - Larger Than Life'. I only wished there were more interviews involving Carol, the woman can tell fantastic stories all the while, acting out! Overall, I thought it was ok. Carol exudes positive inspiration which I loved to see and the story how she reunited with her current husband was very touching. She's a gem!
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Well, whether you're a fan or not, you have to admit, Carol has had decades of success and full houses. Some of the after show comments never change, but even in her 90's she is still growing, she's still glowing and she's still going strong. From Lorelei, to Dolly, good golly, she keeps packing them in and bri9nging them to their feet. She has given us the perfect funeral song, RE: The Johnstown Flood, in, "This is a Darn Fine Funeral", she has given us guts, in "Switchblade Bess", and she's taught us how to dance with both, "The Yahoo Step" & "Dancing" She's put on more miles than most Secretaries of State, she's performed for Kings and Queens, with dozens of well know leading men. She even lent her talents and voice to President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 reelection, with, "HELLO, LYNDON". She's sold Kitty Litter, Diamonds, Gimbels, furs, and dozens of other items. She has never flinched when tossing dozens of Diamond rings to eager fans, though, usually fake, she did throw one out the a fan at a GIMBELS special event, in 1972, while doing a GIMBELS promo, while here to perform in 4 shows at the Wisconsin State Fair. On her very first show at the Wisconsin State fair Park, it poured with lightening and thunder. No matter, trouper that she is, she moved the show to a huge tent. Devoid of Electric power after lightening struck a transformer, on she went, she needed no POWER, she provided her own. The review the next day read, "Incandescent CAROL, using her own Dynamo goes on despite power outage and blows the roof off the tent with her voice and showmanship" And it's all here including many hard to find clips of that dazzling "HELLO,DOLLY!" title number, and in full color. It's so nice to see that performance somewhat preserved, though in just parts, it and CAROL are NATIONAL TREASURES! Thanks for all the years of entertainment!
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