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Forever Plaid

4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Product Description

After a 20-year off-Broadway run and over 3,000 positive reviews, fan favorite FOREVER PLAID comes to DVD for the first time! Struggling to make it as a swing and standards harmony group, the Plaids are suddenly wiped out by a school bus while driving to their first real gig. Nearly fifty years later, they re returned to Earth to put on the show they never performed.

Packed with vintage charm and the quirky fun of live musical theater, FOREVER PLAID focuses on the band s second earthly appearance, where they face the cosmic stakes of their performance: to hit the perfect harmonic chord buried in the song Love Is a Many Splendored Thing a chord they never hit in life.

Special Features

  • Featurette: Forever Plaid: Stage to Screen
  • Trailers
  • Original TV Commercials

Review

Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing! --The New York Times

Hilarious! Delicious, adorable, finger-snappin laugh-out loud fun! --Wall Street Journal

FOREVER PLAID is a many splendored thing! --New York Magazine

Product Details

  • Actors: Stan Chandler, David Engel, Larry Raben
  • Directors: Stuart Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K4FUWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 9, 2011
Format: DVD
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.
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I was already a fan of Forever Plaid, and I was thrilled to hear that it would be released on DVD. The four part harmonies are absolutely beautiful, and the actors exude enormous talent and irresistible charm.

This is a show that doesn't rely on the use of elaborate sets or crazy special effects simply because it doesn't need to. It's pretty amazing that a show that features four men on the same stage for an hour and a half can be so wildly successful and just so captivating.

The show translates perfectly to the big screen because it isn't altered in any way. And it shouldn't be! With its innocent humor and gorgeous music, Forever Plaid is a wonderful show, and I think it's one of the only "musicals" that is as just as fun to watch live as it is to watch on DVD. My only complaint is that one of my favorite songs, "Catch a Falling Star", is missing!

I'm so glad Forever Plaid is on DVD. I can't stop watching it; it never fails to put me in a good mood. If you're a fan of the show, or love four part harmonies, or if you want to see a charming story with beautiful music, then order this. Whether you've seen the show before or not, you won't be disappointed.
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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.
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I was unable to see the play in person, so I was happy to find that someone had the forethought to put a performance on DVD. If you like some of the older male four-part harmony groups, such as, The Four Lads & The Four Aces, then you should appreciate "Forever Plaid". I did not particularly care for their zany Caribbean medley, nor their ultra zany synopsis of Ed Sullivan's old variety show (I thought it detracted from, and basically ruined "Lady of Spain"). The rest of the "show" was well done, and reminiscent of the great groups of the late 50s & early 60s. Because these guys harmonized so well together, I wish they had sung a few more of the great oldie ballads. They did not have to "dress" the show up with goofy stuff--to me that effort was the show's biggest negative. However, the good far outweighed the bad, therefore, I recommend you get your own copy of "Forever Plaid The Movie". I should mention that my wife said she thought the "show" was more like a nightclub act, rather than a Broadway worthy musical.
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