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Kiss Me Kate [DVD] [2007]

Brent Barrett , Rachel York    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Kathryn Anderson, Michael Berresse, Nicholas Colicos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CNTKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,709 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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One of Cole Porter’s best-known musicals showcasing some of his greatest songs - Too Darn Hot, So In Love, Why Can’t You Behave, Wunderbar, Another Op’nin, Another Show - and based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Filmed live in front of the Victoria Palace Theatre audience in August 2002, this show boasts a cast including Brent Barrett and Rachel York, veterans of the multiple award-winning North American production, as well as one of Hollywood’s current leading heart-throbs, Colin Farrell. This London revival won the 2001 London Evening Standad Theatre Award for Best Musical and the 2001 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.


"With his warm, radiant baritone, Brent Barrett is perfection as Fred/Petruchio, delivering a drolly winning send-up of macho swagger that enhances his romantic appeal" -- The Independent

"With its blissfully tuneful score, superbly witty lyrics and great charge of Broadway energy, this blazingly confident show shines like a beacon" -- Daily Telegraph

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant theatre 4 Aug 2007
By MrsWS
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I went to see this live in the West End and I loved it! I was waiting for it to tour but it didn't come near me, so I was so pleased when the BBC showed it at Christmas. I taped it, and it's wearing out now, so I've got the DVD, and I have to say I love it love it love it!!

The acting is brilliant, the songs are funny, naughty and catchy, the costumes are vibrant. Yes, the camera angles do take a little something from the theatre atmosphere, but the fact that this was filmed from a theatre might encourage more people to go and see things live.

This has always been one of my fave musicals (next to 7 Brides) and I like the stage version much more than the Howard Keel film. The whole thing is a delight for young and old alike. Buy this DVD or go see it on the stage - you won't regret it!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stage performance 3 Jan 2004
This, for me, is the best version of any stage musical I have ever seen on DVD. Looking through the whole catalogue of musicals, most are screen versions, with their overlay of lush orchestrations and hollywood razz-ma-tazz. But this is the real thing. It is suffused with the spirit of the theatre. Acting is big and telegraphed for a large live audience, but because it is a stage performance (of a Shakespeare Play within a Play), this is perfectly natural. The vocal performances are highly characterized, with the words and meanings given careful pointing, so that a fun song (like Wunderbar) can be uplifting, humorous and poignant in turn. I have myself conducted this musical, in a highly creditable amateur performance, and I followed the DVD through with my own score in which I have pasted the libretto. I delighted in the constant subtleties of delivery. The songs are faithfully presented in the usual sequence with one additional number, with rewritten underscore between the songs The orchestrations are magnificent with refreshing new versions of the dance numbers. The overture and entracte are replaced by attractive new stagings. The band is terrific with its balance of saxophones, brass and small string section so characteristic of a pit orchestra. The libretto is wittily updated and beautifully delivered. And shining throughout the whole production is the original combination of music and lyrics by Cole Porter in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Enjoy!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Despite the Missing Overture 30 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I saw the show in London with the same cast and spent a wonderful evening. It was directed by Michael Blakemore (who, at the 2000 Tony Awards not only got an award for this show, but also for his work on the play 'Copenhagen') and packs a wonderful punch. Rachel York not only looks stunning, she sings and acts excellently as well (Sondheim fanatics may know her from the original cast recording of 'Putting It Together' - also very recommendable) and together with Brent Barrett she forms a superb team. Barrett sings very well and is a wonderful and virile Fred. The rest of the cast are on the same level.
What is, however, galling (and what accounts for one star being subtracted from the maximum five) is the absence of the overture - obviously modern audiences cannot be expected to sit quietly for seven minutes; so the show starts with 'Another op'nin, Another show'.
This DVD is a winner. Buy it if you want to spend a blissful couple of hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Me Kate DVD 12 Dec 2013
By Madison
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I had just seen the live peformance and this DVD as veryy much as the stage version I had seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used, but perfect 13 Nov 2013
By M. West
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Bought for someone appearing in Kiss me Kate to learn the lines for the show. It is deal for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You bit King Kong and gave him rabies" 1 Aug 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
Next best thing to seeing the real thing live. There are other classic versions of"Kiss Me, Kate" and local plays. This Great Performances: Kiss Me Kate (2003 TV episode) is still a standalone solid presentation.
It was a live performance of the 1999 revival, filmed at The Victoria Palace Theater London, the theatre in which it was staged, and in front of a live audience.

Brent Barrett as Fred Graham / Petruchio
Rachel York as Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
Nancy Anderson as Lois Lane / Bianca
Michael Berresse as Bill Calhoun / Lucentio

The presentation is clear and the sound is well recorded. You do not have to be a Cole Porter fan or even familiar with Shakespeare to appreciate this lesson on the evils of gambling and its consequences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just good 5 April 2013
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good quality dvd and of the best version I saw. but it is a show to see on scene .not convincing on small screen
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4.0 out of 5 stars About as Good As It Could Be 4 April 2013
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This is just about my favourite of the Broadway musicals, mainly thanks to the superlative songwriting. I recently saw it on stage in London and it was one of the best things I've ever seen. This video is probably about as close as you can get to 'live' and I'd recommend it to anyone.

The 1953 film version with Howard Keel is ok in it's way but loses much of the bite in the lyrics and feels a bit remote. This filmed version of a live performance is a much more appealing offering.

The two leads are great in my view both for stage presence and singing. I think this is a hard musical for amateurs to stage because the songs are hard to sing so good leads are essential, this production is about as good as you could expect anywhere.

The main caveats and the reason for only four stars are inherent in live to video. It is always irritating when a show put on a stage is then over-interpreted by enthusiastic 'arty' cameramen and editors. This was designed to be seen face on, whole stage. Close ups of the nostrils of the guy in the third row of the chorus add nothing. Most of the camera angles in this video are OK but still a bit obtrusive to my taste. Generally there is a pretty good 'as live' feel and at least much of the dancing and spectacle is covered full stage.
The music balance didn't suit me. At times the orchestra was much too noticeable and in a show where the lyrics are so outstanding that's not what one wants. Fiddling with the playback settings on my machine helped a bit and I'm probably being a bit fussy.

So, really good performances in a great musical that isn't as good as seeing it live but probably the next best thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best production of this show you can buy on DVD
Probably the best production of this show you can buy on DVD - fantastic stuff!
Published 3 days ago by David Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Stage beats film.
Excellent sound , fine singing,good staging.10 out of 10.Way better than the MGM motion picture,I think.The songs are wonderful.Most enjoyable.
Published 17 months ago by dq
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful new version of a classic
When I ordered this version of 'Kiss Me Kate', I wondered whether it could live up to the original, particularly the Howard Keel part. I need not have worried! Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by M. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Me Kate - Stage Production; DVD
Stage Production of this musical is just what I wanted. The description of product was good; delivery time excellent; packaging v.good. V.good experience
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Tizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Misleading about Colin Farrell
I saw this musical visiting London in august 2002, the same month this DVD was recorded.
Still one of the best shows I have seen, and I can recommend this DVD to everyone. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by Eduard Cabuy
4.0 out of 5 stars kiss me
Live recordings of theatre productions are very difficult to sucessfully achieve, however I feel that this is a very good recording and very worthwhile viewing excepting that some... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by Philip Murray
2.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Show Ruined By Bad Camera .
To show only the heads of performing dancers was rediculous and to suddenly jump from left view to right view and even from behind, is not what the cast wanted to show to a frontal... Read more
Published on 13 April 2007 by Alan Alfred
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