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Cabaret [DVD]

Liza Minnelli , Joel Grey , Oliver Collignon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson
  • Directors: Oliver Collignon
  • Producers: Fred Ebb
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZYL9BK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Cabaret is one of those film musicals whose cultural and stylistic influence extend well beyond the cinema. It confirmed Bob Fosse's status as one of the boldest choreographers of the 20th century and gave Liza Minnelli an early peak in a film career which would never scale such heights again. Minnelli is both the film's strength--on its own merits her performance is an Oscar-winning tour de force--and weakness. The real Sally Bowles was a third-rate performer and just one of a rich gallery of characters; here, the constant allowances for Minnelli's star turns and mannerisms ultimately throw the story off balance. But the source material is impeccable: Kander and Ebb's stage show, based on the autobiographical stories of Christopher Isherwood, has long since been acknowledged a classic. The songs, augmented by some new numbers in the film, are ageless.

Joel Grey from the original Broadway production is the Emcee, the master of ceremonies who, with his Kit Kat Klub girls, provides a depraved Greek chorus satirising the rise of the Nazi regime and the lazy complacency of the 1930s Berlin cabaret-goers. The "divine decadence" tag is only part of the story, though. Cabaret still works a sinister, uncomfortable magic which sets it apart as a uniquely powerful film musical.

On the DVD: Cabaret's 30th Anniversary Special Edition is packed with extras which include a scratchy "making of" documentary from 1972 and a retrospective from 1997, the latter featuring reminiscences from the cast. There’s also the original theatrical trailer, though in the absence of the late director Fosse the lack of some kind of commentary is a disappointment. The picture itself, presented in widescreen 16:9 letterbox format with a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack, gleams as sharply, visually and aurally, as it did on its first release. --Piers Ford

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Classic screen musical directed by Bob Fosse and set in depression-era Berlin. Liza Minnelli stars as Sally Bowles, a singer at the decadent Kit Kat Club; Michael York is her gay flatmate Brian; and Helmet Griem is the rich aristocrat who sleeps with both of them. As they enjoy the variety and excitement of their bohemian existence, all three gradually become aware of the Nazi's rise to power and realise that the freedom offered by Weimar Berlin will be a short-lived one. Based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories, 'Cabaret' won 8 Oscars, including awards for Fosse, Minnelli and supporting actor Joel Grey, who plays the Kit Kat Club's emcee.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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''s about time you give it another chance.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray NOT DVD Review 16 Feb 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This new transfer reproduces the original look of the film perfectly. Don't expect fine detail and stunning definition as the softness is deliberate, and the blu ray precisely captures the director and cinephotographer's intentions. The 5.1 audio remix (originally 4track) is very good too but once more don't expect spectacular sound. This upgrade is definitely recommended however as it's a definite improvement on the old DVD version and on par with the 40th Anniversary edition.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (30.74 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English SDH, French, Spanish

50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)


Region free
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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minnelli is divine. 24 April 2013
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
This musical mix of the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood first found fame as a stage musical. On film, it gets its wings, and can break out of the set, and film on location. However, it is still at its best in the smoky confines of the Kit Kat club, in 1930′s Berlin. Outside, the Nazis are on the up, and there is a hint of the terror and persecution to come. Inside the club, there is innuendo, satire, cheeky songs, and ribald performances. The ingenuous Brian (Michael York) arrives from Britain, and is caught up in this heady world, of the singer Sally Bowles, (Liza Minnelli) and her rich, bisexual lover Max (Helmut Griem). Joel Grey won an Oscar for his part as the club compere, LIza Minelli won the best actress Oscar for her lead role, and Bob Fosse took another, for best director, with the film getting 5 more. You can see all the eight Oscars in every frame, and rarely has a film won so many, and deserved them all. Whether dealing with brownshirt violence on the streets of Berlin, or featuring a solo from the heartbreaking Miss Minnelli, this film delivers at every level. It is simply marvellous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars But somewhere a glory awaits unseen. Tomorrow Belongs To Me
Made more than forty years ago and still a stunning piece of cinema. The song and dance performances with Emcee Joel Grey and the garishly-sinister looking troupe of girls in the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by John William Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars you gotta ring them bells
camp classic of all time you gotta love me some liza liza with a z and them eye lashes that just go on and on
Published 1 month ago by david butterworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed seeint it again
Liza Minelli and Michael York still appeared as fresh as ever.
Bit of nostalgic viewing.
Wonderful music and dancing.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. A. H. Mullender
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
A christmas present for a friend who loves Liza, after we went to see Will Young's version. Not my cup of tea per se as I'm not a Liza fan
Published 2 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Present
A much loved piece of memorabilia that will be watched over and over again with much enjoyment on rainy afternoons
Published 2 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Great Film glad I updated from Video. Had not seen it in a while and missed it on tv so when I saw this at the low price sent off for it straight away. Glad I did.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Temple
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cabaret DVD
Bought this for someone who has went to see Cabaret before and loved it. She says she likes this very much but it wasn't as good as other cabaret dvds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Brilliant classic which fills you heart with music and makes you look at your own life and wonder, am I having enough fun?
Published 3 months ago by fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Lizas' best films.
Great film , excellent music.Probably a true view of Pre-war Germany and it's social problems .Also Joel Grey was as real as life in this story .
Published 3 months ago by I. G. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs but...
Love the songs, the big showy numbers, costumes and sets but if you're not a fan of Liza Minnelli then forget it.
Published 3 months ago by Lou
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