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Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Julie Andrews , Vivian Blaine , Chris Cohen    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing
  • Directors: Chris Cohen
  • Writers: Hildy Parks, Steven Hecht
  • Producers: Chris Cohen
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWLU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true treasure 21 April 2008
The single star rating is a little undeserved. An opportunity to be reminded of the real star quality of performers who have done their time on the boards, who can sustain performances as broadway performers, should not be missed.

You will not find TV reality show 'stars' who find their way onto the stage on the crest of a wave of hysteria, and deny those who are time served and deserve the break from getting the headlines and work they have strived for; and rub the salt in by not being able to stand the course.

This seems to be the way of the UK West End anyhow. To me it seems that Broadway occasionally get stars from TV, who got to TV via hard work and an ability to sustain performances anyhow; then go on to Broadway.

This is a treasure, so occasional a performance comes from TV and is mimed. Don't forget these performance can cut it on stage and you are getting an indication of their quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Close as you can get to live theater 13 Jan 2014
By bernie VINE VOICE
No recording can actually capture the feel of live theater. However this series comes awfully close. What it does do is allow you to see the movies you have watched from a different angle. And for the few that were lucky enough to see the plays they also see a different version but it brings back their memories of the real thing.

As with any selection, "usually called the best of," most of this production is my favorites and then again the performances that I would like to have seen are missing. An example of this is from "Evita" they cannot play everything; we did get to watch "A New Argentina" and "Buenos Ares" but did not get to see "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."

About "Evita" I have the recording from Patti Ann LuPone, however this is the first time I actually saw her.

There are too many performances and performers to do them credit in this review.

The DVD is split up into sections:
Broadway Divas
Leading Men
Record Breakers
Bonus Performances (written information about the shows and performers)
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1.0 out of 5 stars check artists first 17 Dec 2003
Do not buy this DVD if you are expecting to see Jennifer Holliday performing what was described as possibly the greatest broadway moment ever. She is listed but DOES NOT appear. The rest of the DVD is good but there are quite a few performers who seem to need to mime the parts.
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any show music fan -- but less than perfect 30 Oct 2003
By Bill - Published on
We should be thankful for what we get on this DVD, so by all means, get it. By doing so, hopefully you'll encourage similar Broadway DVDs to be released in the future. (By the way, also consider getting The Best of Broadway Musicals - Original Cast Performances from The Ed Sullivan Show, which captures some great 1950s-1960s performances.)

However, I have to agree with those who say this set is lopsided, even considering that the producers didn't have the rights to release other footage from the Tonys.

The saddest thing about some of the footage is that, while it claims to capture "sung" performances, in fact a few of the numbers are lip-synched. These include two of the numbers that I was most looking forward to seeing: Angela Lansbury in "Sweeney Todd" and Robert Preston in "The Music Man." While it's great to see these performers in action, the lip synching makes it an artificial experience.

But enough caveats. These aside, there's still plenty to enjoy.

The great John Raitt sings a definitive "Hey There" from "The Pajama Game" a couple of decades after its original run. He sounds just as exciting as ever. The song is shortened, but again, let's be thankful for what we have. And there's also a scene from "42nd Street" with pre-"Law and Order" Jerry Orbach singing his heart out.

Some of the most enjoyable segments are in the DVD's "bonus extras" section. For example, in what seems the oldest segment on the DVD, the utterly charming Barbara Harris performs a number from "The Apple Tree," a 1960s musical that is now essentially forgotten by all but fervent show fans. And to watch those ever-young old troopers Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller singing and dancing in "Sugar Babies" is a joy.

So, tap your way to Amazon's checkout and get this DVD in your hands ASAP!
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Stellar Performances 7 Jun 2004
By Dumb Ox - Published on
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We saw this on PBS and almost made an outrageous donation to obtain a DVD, then held out for its public release. (The price was far more reasonable buying it through Amazon!) Our family enjoys American muscial theater and this DVD serves up plenty of great performances. The production is well-done, with four segments: Broadway Divas, Leading Men, Dancin', and Record Breakers. Angela Lansbury introduces the show, then each part is hosted by Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Jerry Orbach and Chita Rivera, each of whom has at least one terrific performance during the show. Many of the scenes were clearly taken from a special that aired on TV in the late seventies. The singers and dancers---some of them getting a bit up there in years---deliver wonderful performances. There isn't a single bad one in the roster. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but our family really loved Betty Buckley's awesome version of "Memory" from Cats, Andrea McArdle belting out "Tomorrow" from Annie and the great hoofing and singing by Jerry Orbach and company in "42nd Street" from the musical of the same name. We also found Angela Lansbury creepily funny in Sweeney Todd and Joel Grey just plain creepy in Cabaret, as his character was intended to be. Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon also prove the old gals still have it in their song-and-dance number "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Yul Brynner also is light on his feet in "Shall We Dance?" from his signature musical The King And I. Paul Lynde vents wonderfully as a frustrated parent in his part from Bye, Bye Birdie; both Robert Preston as The Music Man and Zero Mostel as the poor man from Fiddler On The Roof display remarkable energy and zest for their longtime roles. As for the ladies, Carol Channing croaks and squeaks delightfully in Hello, Dolly!, Julie Andrew is elegant and wistful singing "Send In The Clowns", and Patti Lupone is great as Evita. The DVD is nicely done, and includes five bonus acts not shown on the PBS version. We highly recommend this for fans of American musical theater or those curious about this almost-lost art form.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treasure! 3 Oct 2005
By R. Harris - Published on
I ordered this DVD when it first came out and I've been enjoying it ever since. All the performances are enjoyable- some more than others, but they are all wonderful nonetheless. Some of my pesonal favorites include:

Patti Lupone bringing down the house along with Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton doing the song "A New Argentina" from Evita. This is definately one of my top 5 favorites on this DVD.

Anegela Lansbury providing a hilarious performance in "The worst Pies in London" from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Carol Channing singing the nothing-less-than inspirational "Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello, Dolly!

Yul Brynner performing "Shall We Dance?" with his co-star (not sure of her name). This performance is priceless and so is that dress!

John Raitt's beautiful baritone voice soars in this song-"Hey There" from The Pajama Game

Paul Lynde delivers a ton of laughs in "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie

Joel Grey and cast perform the spectacle that is Cabaret in the song "Willkommen". This song never gets out of your head!

Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera- two of Broadway's top leading ladies come together and perform two wonderful songs from Chicago: "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays". Bob Fosse's coreography can never get old and is dispalyed in this performance for your full enjoyment.

Jerry Orbach. His death was a tragic loss to the theater. That's why these DVD's are so remarkable. This is another top performance- the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd Street. It was this performance that inspired me to save up and go to NYC to see my very first broadway show- 42nd Street.

Andrea McArdle and the orphans perform "Tomorrow" and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" from Annie. This is just superb. There's absolutely no flaws.

Betty Buckley and cast perform two songs from Cats-"Jellicle Songs" and the classic "Memory". It is stunning to watch.

Any performance with Patti LuPone in it is a gem in itself. This one- "Buenos Aires" from Evita shows off her powerful set of pipes and shows the other side of the character of Eva Peron.

Bonnie Franklin and cast are hilarious in the song

"Applause" from the show Applause. The whole theme to the song is 100% true and kind of "hits home" for every actor. Plus, it has parodies of other classic musicals that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter if you're a big fan of musicals.

All in all, this DVD is totally worth buying! And after you're through with this one and have memorized all the songs, check out Broadway's Lost Treasures II. I have yet to receive III, but I am looking forward to it!
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of these "treasures" should have stayed lost. 2 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I am a Broadway musical "junkie" and it saddens me to not give this DVD the five star rating it promised. My disappointment came when I noticed some of the numbers are basically the original cast members lip synching to the original cast recordings. Still there are enough "live" performances on this DVD to make it well worth the money. Just be prepared to be a little dissappointed for the reasons stated above.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deja vu all over again 19 Mar 2006
By David S - Published on
Being a farm boy from Illinois, "the-ay-ter" could have been in a foreign country and I would have never been wiser. Area schools performed shows written especially for high schools (like "Mississippi Melody" and "Up On Old Smokey"). In 1971, I had just purchased a state-of-the-art reel to reel tape recorder and was anxious to do a bit of experimentation with it. As fate would have it, I saw an ad on CBS for the 1971 Tony® Awards telecast and thought I'd see what kind of sound quality I would get from the tinny little speaker on the television. I had no idea the format for that year was to perform 1 song from each award-winning show using as many of the original cast members as possible. Even though the sound quality was far less than perfect, I realized I had an audio tape of more original cast members singing songs from Broadway shows than I could shake a stick at. And many of the songs were familiar from television variety shows like Ed Sullivan etc.

I went away to college taking my recording with me and thoroughly annoyed my dormmates with it. It was good to listen to while cleaning my room--but I had the advantage that I could recall what was on the television screen. Reel-to-reel fell by the wayside for 8-track, cassette tapes, and finally cd. The tape became brittle and would break many times over and electronic manufacturers slowly pulled reel-to-reel from the market. Now, 30 years later, I'm actually seeing the performances again (remember this was YEARS before home video recordings). The 1971 broadcast is heavily used throughout Broadway's Lost Treasures I, II and III. The telecast that year used the giant lighted years as the backdrop for the songs. Plus I found out that things like a "clunk" in the audio of "If I Were A Rich Man" was not caused by me--but it was Zero Mostel hitting the stage wagon with his shoe.

One performance I can recall in particular that has not been used (yet) is the one where the female announcer says: "...then came the sparkling 'High Button Shoes' and every bit as lovely then as she is now: Nanette Fabray..." (So I guess there's still enough material out there for "Broadway's Lost Treasures IV").

Get all 3 dvds for your collection because it's nice to have something when you simply want to be entertained and don't want to be bothered with a story line.
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