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Fame - Season 1 (Region 2) (Import)

Debbie Allen , Lori Singer    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Debbie Allen, Lori Singer, Gene Anthony Ray, Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel
  • Format: Import, PAL, Box set, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Run Time: 738 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042NL2PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English. Fame soars! The Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning TV series portrays the lives of a diverse group of talented high school students at New York's School of the Arts. Training hard for careers onstage, the young performers face tough competition and even rejection, along with all of the normal teenage dramas. Debbie Allen, the series' star and choreographer, heads a dynamic ensemble cast: Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel, Albert Hague, Carlo Imperato, Carol Mayo Jenkis, Valerie Landsburg, P.R. Paul, Gene Anthony Ray (as dance sensation Leroy), and Lori Singer. Filled with exciting dance sequences and original musical numbers, this set includes all 16 original episodes from the explosive first season, digitally mastered and on DVD for the first time!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fame- Season 1 24 Jun 2007
By Gregory Shanley VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Fame" the TV series based on the 1980 Alan Parker film was a smash hit in the 80s,particularly in the UK,its fans helping to bring it back from its axing after two series.

Viewers tuned in,each week to watch the "School of The Arts" drama and dance students of New York,deal with a show problem or a personal one,usually ending in a big production at the end of the episode.

Lee Curreri recreated his film role as Bruno Martelli,the musical genius playing away on his synthesiser while his cabby father tries to pay for all the expensive equipment.

After having only a tiny part in the "Fame" movie,Debbie Allen had a very large role as dance teacher Lydia,the feisty but caring dance teacher,Miss Allen also the dancing boss,behind the scenes too.

The late Albert Hague was great as Professor Shrofosky and his scenes with Bruno were some of the special ones in the show.

The real star of the TV series as in the film,was the late,great Gene Anthony Ray as Leroy Johnson,the street kid with a fantastic dancing ability,whose problems with his other school work,caused him to be at loggerheads with English teacher,Miss Sherwood,a very strong performance from Carol Mayo Jenkins.

Valerie Landsburg was very funny and endearing as the plump Doris,always fighting the weight problem but very funny too,one of the highlights of season 1 is Miss Landsberg belting out "High Fidelity" in a music shop,the song becoming a big hit in the UK,as indeed,did the whole "Kids From Fame" album,leading to several "Fame"tours in Europe but usually without Miss Landsberg.

Strangely Montgommery,gay in the movie,was suddenly straight in the TV series,actor P.R.Paul not really making much of an impression and he didn't return in the 2nd season.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember their names - Nostalgia at it's best 21 Aug 2006
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Hard to believe that this series was a must see for us teenagers back in 1982 (not 1980 as stated). The series was little short of a phenomonem back then and spawned a number of successful albums and a UK tour by the cast. It ran for 6 years but the first two or three were the best.
Apart from 4 episodes recorded to VHS back then it's been a long wait to see the series again and reacquaint myself with Coco, Leroy, Bruno, Julie, Doris and of course Danny. With sterling performances by the 'supporting cast' of teachers the episodes crafted a great tale every week with a good moral lesson and one or two great tracks thrown in for good measure.
If you remember their names then it's a must see.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Memorable 17 Aug 2006
By Salve
Format:DVD
All those 80s folk who enjoyed this series will still do so - the DVD quality is good and the episodes are light entertainment with a feel-good factor

Enjoy and hope the next season DVD comes out sooner than the time it took this one to reach us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered 24 May 2007
Format:DVD
The last time I watched Fame, I was about 8 years old. I was a bit nervous 20 years on that it would be rubbish. But it is absolutely brilliant. The singing and dancing are of course really well done, but what I hadn't really remembered was the lovely storylines in each episode. They highlight some really interesting issues and deal with them in a non-patronising way.

What I need to know now is.... when is series 2 out?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I had fond memories of this TV series but hadn't seen it for over 20 years. It's as good as I remembered, if not better. The characters are endearing - the casting was spot on and I love the songs. The whole thing lived up to and exceeded my expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Forever Indeed!! 7 Dec 2009
By Paula
Format:DVD
As other reviewers have pointed out, as soon as Lydia Grant asks "You want Fame?" I was instantly transported to happy Saturday afternoons as an awestruck 5year old who was uterally convinced that the New York School of the Arts was a truthful representation of a southern county Senior School.

Watching it again as a less niave 30+ yr old, I was of course struck by the 80tastic aspect (hair, clothes, music and dance) as well as Bruno's obsession with synths. None of this detracts from the show as it does in many programs from my childhood, but rather sets the show in that particular era.

Storywise, the content surprised me... stories of teen prostitition, drug addiction, inapropriate student/teacher relationships as well as the transitory and tenuous nature of fame are sensibly and subtely dealt with. Music/dance wise the cast may not reach the perfection I remember from my younger days but they put their all into it and with only one or two exceptions (mostly on the part of Julie Miller, and less frequently Danny Amatullo) manage to convincince of their talents in singing and dancing (although to be fair Julie was a celloist and Danny a comedian so outstanding vocals/dancing could be overlooked.)

All in all a welcome reminder of my childhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely classic 12 Jan 2009
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I bought this as a christmas present for myself. I was a HUGE fan of the show in the 80s, dancing in our attic in my leg warmers! I was worried about watching it - as many of the shows I watched way back when . . . have now aged. I was not disappointed - I was as gripped to the stories now as I was in the 80s, add to that a huge dose of nostalgia. Fabulous.

My children who are 8 and 6 also LOVE it. To quote "This is LOADS better than Brittania High".

After I bought this, I also recently saw Justin Lee Colins with "Bring Back Fame". Another must show for any Fame fans. What an insight - Debbie Allen was the actual choreographer for the show and her nickname was "ballbreaker". Bruno Martrelli did actually compose many of the songs!! Leroy's character was v similar off-screen. Sadly he has died.

Fame - FABULOUS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting my childhood
For someone who grew up with this series and loved everything about it I LOVED revisiting this!! Well worth buying and watching over and over and over again..
Published 1 month ago by Lnott7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
I bought this to remind me of my past and it fulfilled this. A great product at a good price.
Published 2 months ago by steven charman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Brilliant series! Why are more series not available?!?! Much better than Glee and similar more recent programmes of similar ilk.
Published 3 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
back in the day of 1982 i used to rush round to my mate Julie's to watch kids from fame after totps and sat enthralled and spellbound by every single episode. Read more
Published 5 months ago by spud
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated!
Got to watch as daughter is performing in her schools fame musical. Okay to watch, but not as good as i remember when i was a teen! Very dated now!
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Codd
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
The same comments as for Season 2. Enjoyed it the first time around on tv. Therefore purchased both complete sets
Published 10 months ago by Shaver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past.
I'd forgotten about this show.

I bought it for myself to see if it was as good as I remember, it was.

My 12-year-old daughter loved it too. Read more
Published 15 months ago by a a preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories from the early 80's
This dvd rekindled the many happy evenings with my growing family watching this series on TV.Sadly there doesn't appear to be a dvd available of their live concert on their UK... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Reginald Richard Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Fame - it's gonna live forever!
An early present to myself when my husband and I parted company, these DVDs had me bopping round the living room and singing at the top of my voice. Read more
Published 18 months ago by justvisitin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Entertainment
An excellent series and one that can be watched by all the family and if necessary watch over and over
Published 18 months ago by John Mccormack
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