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  • Actors: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell
  • Directors: Steve Antin
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HILPQY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A small town singer, Ali (Christina Aguilera), moves to the big city for her chance at stardom where she is enchanted by Burlesque, a glamorous nightclub packed with dancers, sizzling music, and an owner (Cher) in need of a star. Jam-packed with visually stunning musical numbers and an all-star cast featuring Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci.

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There is, according to Burlesque, a nightclub on the Sunset Strip that looks like a blend of Cabaret and Moulin Rouge and employs a full contingent of dancers and musicians in the service of a neo-retro-burlesque-blues program. Presiding over the craziness within is Tess, a grande dame who also performs occasionally and who could only, under these circumstances, be played by Cher. Entering the scene is a young leather-lunged hopeful from Iowa named Ali, played by Christina Aguilera in her movie-acting debut. The vibe of this glitzy concoction is more Flashdance than Showgirls, despite prerelease predictions that the film would be a campfest of epic proportions. In fact, it's more cornball than trashy. Ali hits most of the clichés of the genre: defying Tess's skepticism by proving her mettle during an impromptu stage number; flirting with the nice-guy bartender (Cam Gigandet, of Twilight) whose home she shares for a while, in a purely platonic way, of course, just until she gets her feet on the ground; and keeping a wary eye on the high roller (Eric Dane, of Grey's Anatomy) who wants to possess her, because, you see, he takes whatever he likes. And did we mention that Tess is facing foreclosure on the club in a month's time? Seriously, you didn't see that coming? Writer-director Steve Antin has no embarrassment about putting any of this across, which may be why it all feels weirdly innocent, if relentlessly silly. Stanley Tucci revives his gay assistant from The Devil Wears Prada, Alan Cumming lurks about in an undefined role that might well have been filmed months after everybody else, and Kristen Bell enjoys a few wicked-witch moments as Ali's main rival. Aguilera, needless to say, belts out her songs as only someone with a very large voice can, and Cher stops the show with an old-fashioned torch song ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me") that is clearly designed as a roof-raiser. (And, by gum, it works.) This is a ridiculous movie, but it gets points for never claiming to be anything else. --Robert Horton

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christy on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
I love this film - the story - the actors - the songs - the dances - the costumes - this is definitely going to be one of those films I watch over and over again.
If you don't like musicals then obviously you won't like this but if you like a film with loads of atmosphere then at least go and rent it - I guarantee you will be singing the songs for weeks after.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By phil1978 on 23 Jan. 2011
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I have watched Burlesque at the cinema twice! It's a fun good feel film. Christina has done a good job in her first acting role and Cher is a plasure as always. I loved the songs and the choreography!

I totally recommend this for a night in with friends and drinks!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Scattergood on 16 Jun. 2011
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I loved this film. Had seen it before and loved it so much decided to buy it as I know I will watch it over and over again as I do with Chicago and Cabaret. Burlesque is very much the same as these two films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
Cher is a good singer. But she is also a brilliant actress. And my goodness, so is Christina Aguilera.

This is a typical rags to riches, unlikely-star-makes-it-against-the-odds tale, but it is very well acted and directed, gorgeous to look at, and the music is brilliant. Christina Aguilera steals the picture, both acting and singing. I am a middle-aged cynical typical grumpy old man, and I am not exactly a huge fan of her work, it's not quite my thing, but that moment where, in response to an attempted sabotage of her mimed act (everyone mimes up to this point) she opens her mouth and actually sings for the first time, sends shivers up my spine and makes what little hair I have left stand on end. What a voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 21 Sept. 2013
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Christina plays a small town girl who leaves town and her Mickey Mouse life and heads to LA during the credits. In LA she is attracted to a 1920's style burlesque club. The small club puts on a large theater type show with costumes and a band. So even with the $20 cover charge, on a great night they wouldn't come close to breaking even, let alone pay the band, which is more like a small orchestra. I'm not sure why they even have a band since most of the girls lip sync. The club has a surreal appearance and the men who work there are dressed as gang characters from "Clockwork Orange" complete with the derby and eye make-up, although they incorrectly make-up both eyes instead of just one.

Christina works as a waitress at the club and desires to be a star on this sinking ship. The star of the show is a problem child who shows up late and has an attitude. It doesn't take any imagination to figure out how this turns out. Christina belts out a few good numbers, but when she is not singing and dancing she really isn't acting. Cher does a fine job of acting and makes the rest of the crew look like a high school drama club.

Cher belts one out too. This movie is set up as a "pass the torch" symbolism. We saw how well that worked with the Madonna/Brittney/Christina kiss-NOT!

The movie is worth 5 stars on the strength of Christina's singing and Cher's acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Throda tzen on 13 Feb. 2015
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Burlesque was released at the end of 2010 starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, marking pop singer Aguilera’ debut as an actress.
Ali Rose (Aguilera) quits her dead end waitress job and heads to Los Angeles and is intrigued by a burlesque club run by feisty Tess [Cher] and takes up waitressing there in order to get her foot in the door as a would-be dancer. Tess is struggling to keep the nightclub open and gives Ali her break, serving as her mentor, but new girl Ali is shunned by the others and has to prove herself to be accepted.
The opening is very ‘Cabaret’ in style but almost immediately gets a more upbeat modern take. Christina Aguilera puts in a better than expected role and Cher is predictably on form. The numbers are grinding and punchy with some raunchy routines and crisp photography. So where does it go wrong?
The film takes its plot too seriously, Burlesque is fun an irreverent, but here the back plot is far too gloomy as the continual infighting tends to pull the highs down into a low, realistic and modern it may try to be, but it takes the edge off and sometimes makes the film appear to be too long. Unlike the escapism of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ one feels like ’Burlesque’ tones down a developed plot/storyline to concentrates on a pop video approach and the film suffers from it.
The discs main menu offers; Audio [5 European languages], subtitles [7 languages], special features [commentary, Burlesque jukebox, alternate opening, blooper reel] and trailers [blu ray add and 4 films].
The bulk of the tracks are by Aguilera so if you don’t like her voice, avoid this. Chicago, Moulin Rouge or Cabaret, this isn’t, but it does entertain although some could feel let down by it. Undoubtedly a **** rating but I think it will lack the staying power of other movies mentioned –time will tell. Well worth the current £3.50 price tag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiction_Fan on 3 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Singers don't have a great reputation for making the change from song to the big screen. If you think back to Mariah Carey being in her own film, you will remember why. Christina Aguilera seems to be changing that though. Everyone knows that Aguilera has one hell of a voice but this film does nothing but showcase that even more. Songs used are designed to make the most of her powerful range but is also able to show that she can pull of a great slow song as well when needed. Her acting ability is not anywhere near as bad as I was expecting it to be. As a character, Ali is likable but the problem here was that she was extremely underwritten. We only really get to learn a little bit about her at the beginning of the film where she works as a waitress and barely gets paid for it but after that, we barely get anything more. After her move to LA, Ali's character goes downhill and would have been completely terrible had Aguilera saved her with being great at the burlesque scenes.

Cher, another big name, who has previously been in films, does a great job but again, underused. As Tess, the owner of the Burlesque Lounge, Cher brings a subtlety to her character which makes her extremely likable. Although she starts off as quite hard and seeming to be uncaring, it quickly becomes clear that she is a lot more than that. Cher doesn't get much time on screen to use her great singing voice and I was disappointed by this. I wanted to see Cher rocking the stage a big more and to give Aguilera a run for her money but it was not to be. Some other big names grace us with this presence in this film too. Stanley Tucci is fantastic as the gay best friend which is a role he is getting his name for now. He was the one who added the softer and more relatable side to Tess and brought more out of her.
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