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Gilbert & Sullivan - Patience [1982]


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  • Actors: Donald Adams, Derek Hammond-Stroud, John Fryatt, Sandra Dugdale, Anne Collins
  • Directors: Dave Heather
  • Producers: George Walker, Judith De Paul
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FJ1D4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a world gone mad with languid ladies and affected gentlemen, the lovesick maides of Castle Bunthorne forsake their handsome soldier suitors to prusue poet aesthete - and fake - Reginald Bunthorne. But he loves the village milkmaid, Patience, who doesn't like poetry or understand love. When Patience finally learns what love is, it's Reginals's rival she falls for. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a DVD release by UNIVERSAL PICTURES for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view this) - The operetta is presented in COLOUR and FULL SCREEN (4:3 Aspect Ratio) format and runs for 117 minutes - The DVD has ENGLISH audio with a choice of Dolby 2.0 Stereo, Dolby 5.1 Surround or DTS 5.1 Surround soundtracks (There are no Subtitles on the disc) - Also included with the DVD is the 27 page booklet Libretto for this production of 'PATIENCE'.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth O'D on 8 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
I don't know whether you came across the Emo craze a couple of years ago; pale young men with straightened black hair and eye-liner writing songs about Love, Death, Roses, Death, Valentine Kisses and Death. If not you will remember some other 'poetic' or 'artistic' craze - maybe Morrisey with a bunch of flowers sticking out of his back pocket, or Blackadder's parody of the romantic poets who haunt Mrs Miggins' Pie Shop : "Don't worry about my poets, Mr. Blackadder. They're not dead; they're just being intellectual."

It is just such a craze that W S Gilbert is mocking in 'Patience', poking fun at both the 'aesthetic' poets themselves and their adoring female fans. You don't need to know anything about the aesthetic movement to enjoy the satire - there have been so many similar pseudo-artistic fashions before and since that I'm sure you'll appreciate the fun. And this operetta is great fun and wonderfully silly.

The excellent Sandra Dugdale plays the title role of Patience, a simple milk-maid who knows nothing of love and doesn't like poetry. She is the unlikely object of desire of two rival poets, who are in turn pursued by '20 lovesick maidens'. These soppy women are supposed to be engaged to a group of manly red-coats who struggle to understand the attraction of the shallow, pretentious poets.

This production is colourful, witty and musically satisfying. All the cast enter into their roles with great aplomb. Even though the subject matter is very much of its time it is very easy to see the parallels with the present. I nominate Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) as Poet no 1; I'm not quite sure who is my poet no. 2 - maybe that guy from Radiohead!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Cantrell on 27 Aug. 2010
Format: VHS Tape
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This "Patience" is one of the "complete" series of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas made by producer Brent Walker for the BBC in 1982-83. "Patience" was shot over a two-week schedule in 1983. Four G&S collaborations were omitted from the series. The score of their first work, "Thespis," has been lost. The last two collaborations, "Utopia Ltd" and "The Grand Duke" were then still regarded as failures and not worth the cost and bother of mounting them. The other collaboration was "The Martyr of Antioch," a perfectly serious, even ponderous oratorio that was much admired by the Victorians, but for all intents and purposes forgotten since then.

SOUND:
Minimally acceptable stereo of somewhat limited dynamic range.

CAST:
Patience, a village milkmaid - Sandra Dugdale (soprano)
Reginald Bunthorne, a fleshly poet - Derek Hammond-Stroud (baritone)
Archibald Grosvenor, poet and apostle of simplicity - John Fryatt (baritone)
Colonel Calverley, of the 35th Dragoon Guards - Donald Adams (bass-baritone)
Major Murgatroyd - Roderick Kennedy (baritone)
Lieutenant, the Duke of Dunstable - Terry Jenkins (tenor)
Lady Angela - Shirley Chapman (soprano)
Lady Jane - Anne Collins (contralto)
Lady Saphir - Shelagh Squires (mezzo-soprano)
Lady Ella - Patricia Hay (soprano)

CONDUCTOR:
Alexander Faris with the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the London Symphony Orchestra.

COMMENTARY:
This 1983 British television version of "Patience" is in head-to-head competition with the 1995 version from the Australian Opera. It loses, and the match isn't even close.

Both productions are based on the 1967 production of the English National Opera, sharing costume designs and many bits of stage business alike.
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It was good to see Donald Adams in this performance.
His singing is very good .
nice to put a face to the voice.
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By RHT on 23 Jan. 2015
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As advertised - much liked by recipient.
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