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Cabaret [Blu-ray] [1972]

 Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6Q0WG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Little can be said about "Cabaret" as a movie that has not already been said. It transcended the musical genre and changed it forever. It is moving, profoundly human, socially and politically aware, and also a terrific piece of entertainment that can be enjoyed over and over. I was sort of worried about the HD restoration and transfer for this blu-ray edition. It had been talked about and postponed for some 3 years now, and, knowing that it was shot with a completely intended soft look, I was afraid that it was digitally over-treated (yes, I had "Out of Africa", "Gladiator" and other Universal disasters in mind). Well, nothing of that sort, on the very contrary; the restoration and the transfer are flawless, totally respecting the soft colors, low contrast, even hue and darkness. Its understated, timeless look is all there. Everything is seen as it was originally intended to be seen, incluing the beautiful celulloid grain (yes, it is there, thanks WB). No signs of DNR or artificial compression at all, so all the small details in the negative are there; the colors are not artificially oversaturated, the contrast is not boosted, and the sound is expanded without being overdone either. A perfect restoration and transfer that totally respect the view of the director and cinematographer. It is so fresh that it feels like seeing the movie for the first time. Can't be better, honestly. I do intend to enjoy this blu ray many times in the future. Unmissable, especially if you like the movie. And if you don't..it's about time you give it another chance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cabaret Blu Ray US Import is Region Free. 17 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Cabaret [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import] This item is Region Free, it plays on my standard Philips Region B BDP5200 player. Also the rear cover has NO region labelling.

Main benefit over DVD is superior contrast and colour depth - the night club scenes are 'as shot' and are still like you've never seen them before (I've had a number of versions over the years).

Sound is clearer plus subtitling is way sharper(extras are informative and entertaining, but un-subtitled); strangely this very popular film had no subtitles in UK DVD versions in the past.

Regarding less than expected sharpness - so much of the film is shot in low light - blu ray adds its own dimension for these reasons, making viewing a richer experience IMO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A `Nazi Musical' - Now, That's Innovative 13 Nov 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Now I know Mel Brooks might have prior claim to this title via his 1967 'musical within a film' Springtime For Hitler and The Producers, but this 1972 film directed (and choreographed) by Bob Fosse really is something very 'un-Hollywood-like', with its intimate personal story interwoven with themes of 1930s Berlin Nazis, homosexuality and high-kicking, cross-dressing musical numbers. This was, I guess, the film that really 'broke' Liza Minnelli onto the world stage and in which she drew on her family heritage to deliver a whole series of infectious Kander and Ebb songs (alongside a marvellous Joel Grey) such as Willkommen, Maybe This Time, Money and film's famous title tune.

In addition, however, Minnelli demonstrates that she is not just a compelling (and androgynous) stage performer, but that she can also act, here as the brassy, down-to-earth, ambitious and (ultimately) vulnerable, Kit Kat night-club turn, Sally Bowles. It soon becomes clear that Fosse's film is going to be far from a 'traditional' Hollywood musical as Michael York's repressed, and sexually insecure ('nil' sex life), Englishman (and teacher), Brian Roberts, arrives at Sally's door, and the era's political overtones gradually seep into proceedings (initially via background radio broadcasts), drawing viewers into this world of 'divine decadence' (Sally's adage). Fosse (and cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth) create an authentic and evocative sense of the period, with stunning night-club sequences (blacks, reds, whites), ageing communist (Lenin) street posters and a sense of greater social/sexual liberalism, all tempered by the increasingly pervasive Nazi presence.

In addition to Minnelli's endearing turn, I have never seen York as impressive (not difficult, I'll admit) as the emotionally complex Roberts.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A stunning film: Liza Minelli is truly knockout - sadly never to again have such a perfectly fitted role - and Fosse's choreography is superb - reinforced by brilliant photography, lighting, and editing. Joel Gray as Emcee matches and supports her impeccably - and their "Money" duet is just wonderful.

Loving this film, I paid to see it several times in the cinema, and have bought several versions of the DVD since - always hopeful of a proper-format screen-filler appropriate for all those fabulous shots and routines. In vain!

Why, why, why....isn't this barnstormer of a film available yet in a proper anamorphic transfer?

Is the argument that it's been out long enough that everyone who wanted this film will have already bought it? So there won't be a big enough market for a new version?

NO....! I think that all the lovers of this film would absolutely flock to buy a top-quality anamorphic transfer. But please shout that it's NEW on the cover - don't try to fool us again with any more letter-box mini-versions. No-one should be palming off these versions in 2011!!! Cameron gave us an anamorphic Titanic after the initial shoddy letterbox-version. It's time this was done for Fosse's gem!
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