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Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience [DVD] [2010]

Christine Douglas , Heather Begg    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christine Douglas, Heather Begg, Anthony Warlow, Dennis Olsen, Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FII1C6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Cameron Kirkpatrick directs this production of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Set in the early 20th century, the aesthetic poet Bunthorne sings his love for Patience, the village milkmaid. Meanwhile he has captured the heart of every other lady in the village. Upon the arrival of the idyllic poet Grosvenor, all hell breaks loose when he proposes to Patience.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top marks for a classy production! 29 Oct 2008
I discovered this production about 10 years ago (on good, old fashioned VHS) but what a delight to rediscover it on DVD! A G&S fan friend once told me with a sorry shake of his head that Patience was 'not much fun'. Ha! This production makes best use of every shred of humour. The mechanics of the production are a delight - the pre-Raphaelite lovesick maidens, the wonderfully stylised set of Act II, wonderfully bitter Bunthorne, Archibald the Alright, and the divine Lady Jane - who not content to play the 'cello at the opening of Act II, plays the double bass! It's just jam packed with vibrant, good fun. It is true that Patience herself has clearly travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain and Northern Ireland accumulating accents, but if this is the only criticism I can make of the show then it's a really great show!
I recommend this to anyone - G&S fans should love the attention to the text and to the great music - and people who have never heard G&S will find a production that is both humourous and inviting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance of a great opera 25 Dec 2007
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The singing is good, the acting is good, although one of the star moments appears too be unplanned (near the end of Act II, Lady Jane barges into Bunthorne and sends him sprawling - and then can't control her laughter). It's a live performance in front of an audience at the Sydney Opera House, so accidents like that can't be cut or redone, but this is a comic opera after all, it's supposed to be funny, and Gilbert once told an actor to make a regular feature of a similar accident in the Mikado because the audience loved it so much.

Patience contains some of Sullivan's best music, and Gilbert's work is excellent too. As a satire of the aesthetic movements that were running around in the late 1800s, you will enjoy it more if you understand something about them, but The Complete Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan (available here on Amazon) explains a lot of the refences, and the opera is very funny even if you don't know anything about the Pre-Raphaelites, Oscar Wilde, etc.

The performance sticks very closely to Gilbert's original words, with only a very few lines being cut.

The biggest complaint is the Patience has a weird accent - or she does in the spoken dialogue, it's not so noticeable in any of the songs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! 23 Jun 2009
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Over the years I have grown accustomed to many tired and poor performances of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas but this production by Australian Opera is a revelation! Having seen Mike Leigh's film of the G & S partnership, Topsy-Turvy, with its inspiring reconstructions of the first performances I decided to chance my arm again and try to find a really good production of one of their operas on DVD.
I can agree with the other reviewers opinions as to the quality of this production with good clear diction, correct British Army salutes, fine ensemble work and crisp liveley playing from the orchestra.
Strongly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem 24 Sep 2010
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Despite being a G&S aficionado for many years, I had never seen Patience. Encouraged by the other reviews I decided to watch it for the first time on this DVD. I cannot judge this performance against others (obviously) but I can say that I enjoyed every minute. The whole cast is excellent, splendid singing and brilliantly funny. All the leads play their roles superbly. If I had any criticism it would be that Dennis Olsen sounds uncannily like John Reed in the role of Bunthorne - but it's hard to call that a criticism, more a distraction. For someone who has enjoyed Savoy Operas for years, this was a revelation. Worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIVE THE GIRL SOME CREDIT! 12 Aug 2009
Most of my fellow-reviewers have been very begrudging with their comments about the Patience, Christine Douglas. Yes, of course she (and the director) should have thrown out the Sandra Dugdale/ENO copycat accent...but Ms. Douglas is a marvellous character, and she SINGS so beautifully! Sometimes in the past this role was undercast - for example try the '60s D'Oyly Carte recording (with dialogue) and see if you can stand the thin piping of Mary Sansom who -for me- ruins the whole performance. Just listen to what Douglas does with her Act Two ballad and be grateful!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick of the bunch 25 Aug 2008
By Freddie
With so many mediocre Gilbert & Sullivan productions on film, it is great when a really good one appears. I rate this particular production as the best of any Gilbert & Sullivan video I have seen. The cast, most notably Anthony Warlow as Grosvenor, Dennis Olsen as Bunthorne and Heather Begg as Lady Jane, are spectacular. It is well staged, well performed, well directed and well orchestrated.

For traditional Gilbert & Sullivan fans, this is a must. While the less enthusiastic Gilbert & Sullivan fans may lean towards the better known HMS Pinafore, Mikado and Pirates of Penzance productions, if you wish to see how well a Gilbert & Sullivan show can be produced and captured on film, I strongly recommend you check this one out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan 4 Sep 2009
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This is a well-filmed account, with high quality sound and colour, of Patience, as staged in Australia. It is a completely traditional production, with excellent singing from the accomplished professionals, who in most cases act brilliantly as well. Dame Heather Begg's performance is a particular highlight, and the chorus of soldiers with their smart drill is a joy. Audience reaction adds to the sense of occasion. I loved every minute of this DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance - and the producer saw no need to "modernise"...
Great cast, great singing and acting, and wonderful costumes - one or two of the ladoes could have stepped right out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting.
Published 16 months ago by Sutton Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly utter!
Based on the ENO production (the costumes and sets are exactly the same, the direction very similar in parts), this really is a treat. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. R. T. Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT
I am a very keen G&S follower and this Sydney DVD production of Patience is one of the best I've seen. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jussi
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired production
The biggest problem with this production is the poor sound recording coupled with performers substandard diction. Read more
Published 24 months ago by bracma
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well - what can I say - Anthony Warlow in Pink Tights!!! Wonderful he lights up the stage when he comes on. All the cast had beautiful singing voices. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Cher
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience Down Under
This production by Opera Australia has a freshness to it whilst avoiding any "updating" for a "modern audience". Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Bernie Gooz
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience
My first viewing of this Gilbert & Sullivan classic was on television as was this Opera Australia version. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully staged, sung, and filmed
Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas are performed by many opera companaies world wide, but when Opera Austalia mounts a production you can be certain of seeing an absolutely beautiful... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by John Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but unenthralling
It should be a national embarrassment that there are no filmed performances by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, other than the 1967 Mikado. Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by S. Devereux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and pleasure.
Only Australian opera can add another dimension to the much loved G and S operas and not bowdlerise them. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by E. M. Thompson
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