Rent - Filmed Live On Broadway [DVD]
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UK Released DVD/Blu-Ray item. It MAY NOT play on regular US DVD/Blu-Ray player. You may need a multi-region US DVD/Blu-Ray player to play this item. See one of the longest-running Broadway shows from the best seat in the house as it come to the end of its run. The musical follows the ups and downs of a year in the lives of a group of friends living in New York's East Village. This performance also features special appearances from some of the members of the original cast.In New York City's gritty East Village, a group of bohemians struggle to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. High definition filming of the current Broadway musical.PLEASE NOTE: This is a Region 2 DVD playable in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Japan only, unless you have an All Region DVD player. Please check before ordering.
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The guy who plays Mark brings so much of the young vibrancy the role of narrator needs. The pathos he displays in his soliloquy "Halloween" when he worries that he'll be alone is also very good.
Roger is strongly moody, always ready for a fight, which I think blends well with his lyrics. Say what you will about other guys who've played Roger, an insipid softly loving guy is just not what the character is about. He's a rockin' dude looking death in the face, and he's upset and angry about it. His version of "One Song Glory" is the best I've heard, even better than the original.
Mimi is energetic, yet can also be quiet. Her "Without You" brings me to tears every time. She's also willing to fight, which makes for interesting chemistry between her and Roger.
Angel does a lovely falsetto, and his part in "Contact" shows off his strong regular singing voice as well. He does a very good job of keeping the character loving and tender, yet fun. How he manages to look so very sick in "Without You" is beyond me, but he does a great job of it.
Collins is so full of passion when he performs the "I'll Cover You" reprise. The rest of his performance is fairly ordinary. He's got a good voice, but he's not as loud and flashy as the other characters. This fits in with his persona as philosopher, but makes him fade a bit into the background. Even his part in "La Vie Boheme" is quieter than everyone else.
Joanne does a great job. The character is a strong, successful type, and she does it well. Maureen also does well, although her character is my least favorite. (The role itself irritates me, not the performer.) Their duet, "Take Me or Leave Me" shows off the skills of both at belting out songs. Benny is just as smarmy as the character should be.
The reprise at the end with the original Broadway cast adding to the final Broadway cast was just lovely, and you could see how they all felt about it ending. The extra "Last Days on Broadway" feature of the DVD was an interesting look at the behind-the-scenes of the filming, as well as the feelings of the cast and crew.
In short, I'm very happy I bought this, and heaven forbid something happens to the DVD, I'd buy it again.
Many people would say that it is not as great as the movie or that the singers are not up to par with the original cast, but for anyone who has seen the show on Broadway knows that the movie, while stays true to the show, leaves some funny and emotional parts out, like the songs "Contact" and the second part, the best part in my opinion, of "Goodbye Love" and quite a few more. I personal like the Broadway version better, if you prefer the movie, this DVD is not for you. And just as a side note to people who think that the cast was terrible all I have to say is that it is obvious that they work hard and are talented or else they wouldn't be a part of the show and if you think you can do better then you go try out. That is the only negative thing I have to say in this review, because this DVD is perfect. I no longer have to watch bad quality bootlegs just to "get my sickness on"
The DVD offers a High Definition showing of the final performance, which as a RENT lover, makes me choke up just a little. Anyone who loves the Broadway show should get this DVD, it is a part of our culture and we should be able to share it with people who were not fortunate enough to see it when it was on stage.
Now to review Amazon, I got the movie the exact day they said I would and I was able to track it the whole way. I will definitely continue to use Amazon. All in all FIVE stars!