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Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [Region 2/4/5] [DVD] [2012]

Tim Minchin , Melanie C    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Minchin, Melanie C, Chris Moyles, Ben Forster
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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 UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DHOP4S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,928 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London’s West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Laurence Connor, promises to be the rock event of 2012. The star-studded line-up includes award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin for the role of Judas Iscariot. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as Mary Magdalene. Former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as King Herod and Winner of the ITV primetime show Superstar Ben Forster in the title role of Jesus in the 21st century Rock Musical re-invention of Jesus Christ Superstar.

An award-winning creative team have transformed this legendary rock musical into a unique state-of-the-art spectacular. Director Laurence Connor, known for his work on the 25th anniversary performances and concerts for Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, will work alongside Mark Fisher, the acclaimed world-leading set designer responsible for the staging of the Diamond Jubilee music concert in front of Buckingham Palace. They will be joined by internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, who worked on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Both Mark and Patrick have worked on global arena and stadium tours for some of the world’s biggest music acts including the Rolling Stones and U2.

Filmed live as part of the 2012 arena tour--relive the spectacle.


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Superstars But Still A Super Show 22 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've always loved this musical primarily because of its rock roots and the fact that not one song within could be considered a filler. So, I was exceptionally cynical when the usual "Let's Find A Third Rate No Talent X Factor" format was applied to find a lead for the arena tour. Similarly, on discovering that stage luminaries such as Chris Moyles and Mel C would also be part of the show I didn't buy tickets. However, my wife and friends did and I was subjected to weeks of chiding as I had missed "the best performance she had ever seen of JCS". With this constant chirruping in my ears I had no choice but to buy her it on Blue Ray DVD as soon as it was released.

Having just watched it I will now live to regret that I didn't buy a ticket as the full show is stunning. The stage set is simple but varied, the musicianship from the band is excellent and the cast are all fantastic. Tim Minchin in particualr steals the show for me as his acting and vocal performances are jaw dropping. Where has he been hiding for the last couple of years? Even my initial cynicsm over the appointment of Ben Forster as JC has been washed away as he is outstanding as demonstrated by his strong performance of Gethsemane-stunning to watch and very emotive. Mel C also acquits herself well as do the secondary cast members playing Herod, Pilate and the Apostles. The disc also has behind the scenes extras that are quite interesting and give an insight into the whole set up, lighting, design etc.

Grudgingly, I can't recommend it enough and will bite my tongue next time a "Let's Find A Third Rate No Talent X Factor" show is on as the result for this stage show has definitely been a triumph.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Superstar 26 Sep 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I should disclose from the start that Jesus Christ Superstar has always been my favourite musical. I have seen many productions over the years and usually find something to love about each. This particular production, though, had a beauty and an impact for me that was quite exceptional and it will be a joy to be able to watch it again on DVD.

I saw the show in Glasgow on its tour around the UK rather than at the O2 and there were none of the sound / mic problems reported from the London shows - perhaps the smaller scale of the regional venues helped to control the sound more effectively or perhaps the technical teething problems had simply been resolved. The modernisation of the setting and design may not appeal to those who like their apostles in robes and sandals but it created an immediacy and a tension all of its own and some of the images created on the stage (and on the screen behind) were quite stunning. The portrayals of the Crucifixion and Judas's death in particular had a savage beauty quite unlike any I had seen in previous productions.

The incorporation of some sensational lighting effects and the newsreel / cinematic links on the screen also helped to create a truly multi-dimensional quality to the production. This, together with a top-whack band and the clever direction gave the show terrific pace and energy.

There has been much press coverage of the casting for this show but I found all of the performances strong, compelling and emotionally authentic. The lead trio of Judas, Mary and Jesus (Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Ben Forster) were particularly impressive and each in turn moved me to tears.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Feb 2013
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I saw the original show way back when and have the film version on video (showing my age). So when this new arena version became available I had to buy it. It's very different (although the music/songs are the same) and adds a new modern slant to the story. I love it-the performances of all lead roles are just brilliant-if you love JC Superstar you'll love it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Super 5 Stars 20 Jan 2013
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Having watched the Andrew Lloyd Webber search for Jesus show, I really wanted to see this Musical.
Decided to wait for the DVD. Watched it last night and WOW!! Great catchy songs, outstanding cast and Ben Forster is certainly the right choice for the lead. Favourite songs are Whats the Buzz and The Temple.
Finding the DVD in high street shops at prices over 12 I bought it in the January sale on Amazon at a brilliant bargain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb 14 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I own the original (desert) DVD and have seen the original live show a number of years ago (not this version). This interpretation is excellent, perhaps grittier than previous ones I've seen. Recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed this amazing musical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 7 Jan 2013
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Staging very clever, orchestrations excellent, acting and singing certainly up to expectations. Overall a most enjoyable show and exceeded my expectations. In fact so enjoyable that I am going to see the show, on its second tour, at the MEN Arena in March.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Cannot recommend enough!! Buy buy buy!!! Tim minchin is brilliant, as is Ben forester. Even better as I'm in the audience on the DVD :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 25 Nov 2012
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Saw the arena tour. Makes a fab souvenir. Well filmed, Can see the nuances missed at the time. . .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Jesus can't act, Judas can't sing, Mary Magdalene seems distant, Herod is worse than the worst amateur version I've seen and the production is by turns chaotic and cheesy. Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. C. Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I decided to take a chance on this after watching the TV shows where Ben was recruited to take on the role of Jesus.

I have to say that the show is taken by Tim Minchin! Read more
Published 10 days ago by ANDREW J BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought for daughter who wanted to see the live show. She is very happy with the DVD and will watch it a lot.
Published 11 days ago by TonyD
3.0 out of 5 stars Big, brash and bold but lacking in sensitivity
This is a big, highly produced, creative, polished performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. Unfortunately, the casting lets it down. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Wow and Wow!
This has moved me hugely. The performances are outstanding and utterly believable. Tim Minchin as Judas delivers an emotional, powerful performance and justifies Judas stance... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brillianrt show
Went to see this live was very impressed. I bought his as a present and was entertained over Christmas again what a fantastic show and this DVD captures the ambience perfectly
Published 1 month ago by Geoffpott
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good performances
I'll be honest I only bought this to see MelanieC performing and she is great - by far the strongest of the cast and she has the best songs to perform so lucky on that score. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Always loved this musical and the arena version is really great!!! Worth seeing xxx Well done everyone involved - worth every penny
Published 1 month ago by Christine Sandell
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Areana Tour 2012 DVD
I chose this rating as I did not see the series that was on TV when looking for someone to play Jesus. Having watched the live tour with the winner was unbelieveable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Hajredini
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film!
Fantastic interpretation of the original movie. I got impatient waiting for it though! It seemed to take ages to come although it did arrive within the promised.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Harris
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