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Into the Woods [DVD] [NTSC]

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Product details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bmg
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVSB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason recreate their Broadway success in this specially filmed version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale stage musical. A baker and his wife venture into the woods to seek out the objects that will free them from the curse under which they have been placed; a cow, a red cape, a pair of golden slippers and some magic beans. Without them the couple will remain childless forever!


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 23 April 2007
Many of you will be thinking "I've never heard of that musical before?" The truth is, not many people have. I was lucky enough to be introduced to this musical during my time at university. I was asked to be the musicial director for a production that the drama society was staging. The musical was 'Into the Woods'. With 'West Side Story' being one of my favourite musicals of all time, I had no idea what Sondheim had in store for me with this effort. I was to be pleasantly surprised.

The story of the musical follows much the same path as the music itself; both simplistic and complex at the same time. At times, you feel that the texture of the music is far too thin to support some of the musical numbers, but Sondheim has a way of making even the simplest of parts throughly enjoyable and engaging.

James Lapine must also be given a tremendous amount of credit for the simply astonishing way that he intergrates a number of different fairy tales in to one story. Whilst conveying a story with huge amounts of humour and character, he is also able to establish a serious undertone that gives the musical an educational value as well as an entertainment one.

And in this version, the star of the show is Bernadette Peters. The talent that this woman exudes is nothing short of miraculous. She is able to be vile and beautiful without losing any of the characters defining characteristics, and convincingly nails each of her challenging musical numbers with great ease and conviction.

The clinching point for me is that, even though the story is based and a number of different fairy tales, there is so much entertainment value for adults as well. I find it impossible to think that anyone who watches this production will be any less than spellbound by its brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered magic? 9 April 2007
Anyone who likes musicals is usually aware of the incomparable talent of STephen SOndheim - West Side STory, SUnday in the park with George to name but a few. Into the woods is in many ways his masterpiece - a wonderful blend of original narrative, extraordinary songs and a cast of musical talent so sublime that it is impossible to find a weakness in this glorious ensemble.

The first act revovlves around a series of popular fairy stories (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the BEanstalk) that all become interlinked when a baker and his wife journey into the woods motivated by the promise of a child by the Wicked Witch.

The second act takes it a step further and asks the question - what happens after happily after? As you would expect from Sondheim, it veers into darkness at times but the comic relief is always lingering there keeping the audience engaged and entertained.

Bernadette Peters shines in a part that asks her to be ugly and beautiful and take on some dizzyingly tricky songs that leave you assured of the vitality of this womens monstrous talent. (One song - Children Will Listen is regularly included as part of Barbra Streisands repertoire - a clue to the quality of the songs here).

I guarantee that at the end of watching this you will be delighted by its mixture of emotion and sparkling wit and probably ask yourself why this particular show hasn't had the recognition it clearly deserves.

Take a walk Into the Woods and discover the magic for yourself ..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Woods and out again... safely 4 Feb 2009
Sondheim's music is, without doubt, always a joy, with wit and structure and fine tunes coupled with drama and the often thought-provoking lyrics. Into the Woods is no exception. Starting where it means to continue with "Once upon a time there was...." the various fairy stories weave their way one within another to the happy conclusion of Act 1 where everyone from the childless baker and his wife to Cinderella, Jack and his magic bean stalk and the handsome Prince, have what they want. Told with humour this collection of interlocking tales is far from being a child's musical. The witch with the vegetable fetish (an eventually voluptuous Bernadette Peters)and the challenge she sets the Baker and his wife become the fulcrum around which the various stories are played out... the stories of loss and lust, greed and need. Act 2 starts where those who triumphed in Act 1 starting to feel disenchanted: the Baker's new baby cries, Cinderella is an angel and loved by one and all but the Prince has a roving eye, Rapunzel can't run fast enough and the death of the giant has to be avenged... and it's all to wonderful music. This isn't a simple theater experience to while away an hour or so.
As to the actors and the production... The standard of each of the players is universally good with Bernadette Peters and Joanne Gleason excellent. The film was taken directly from the stage and this shows with the cohesive nature of each scene running into the next. There are no cuts and tricks typical of most film and television dramas and that only enhances the production. It is as near to a theater experience as one could wish without the discomfort of catching the bus home afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever fairytale! 1 Jan 2013
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Sondheim, for beginners - can't go wrong! He takes a weave of fairytales and unravels them, then puts them back together in a kind of deep reality, all with humor and compassion; The actors are amazing as well - and Bernadette Peters as the witch is worth watching all by herself! I am so glad I have this to watch over and over.
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