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Lady Sings the Blues [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEFYG3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Diva Diana Ross Sings The Blues 3 May 2006
Format:DVD
Soul music legend, Diana Ross broke down many racial barriers between blacks and whites and opened doors for many other black entertainers. Lady Sings The Blues is a prime example of her remarkable achievements.

Lady Sings The Blues (1972) is loosley drawn from Holidays autobiography (co-written by William Duffy) of the same name though many incidents are fictionalised and re-worked for dramatic clarity. Die-hard Holiday fans were up in arms for the films often fictionalised account but they all rightly joined in to praise Diana Ross' truly dynamic silver screen debut.

Incredibly Diana had never before taken an acting lesson in her life and her only acting credit before this was a guest apperance in the U.S T.V series, Tarzan, playing a singing nun. She certainly didn't garner any such recognised praise for that role and critics doubted almost immediatley that she could truly carry out this challenging role. However once the film was released, critics were silenced and astounded by Diana's masterful playing.

The film follows Billie as a teenager where she worked as a prostitute in a brothel run by her mothers friend and chronicles her rise and fall of the days greatest Jazz/Blues singer. It largely focuses on her complex relationship with her husband, Louis Mckay, which is superbly played by Billy Dee Williams and details her horrific and physical decline into heroin addiction. There is also a fantastic supporting turn from Richard Pryor as the Piano Man who really bites into his part and makes the most of every scene he's in.

However the ultimate fact here is that Diana Ross is the star and she is just amazing. Watching her play those harrowing scenes as Billie goes through cold turkey from her heroin addiction, makes you appreciate her deep, raw talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Ross at her best 26 April 2008
By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I heartily endorse everything that the previous reviewer has written.

It's funny how some movies that were not popular on release become cult classics, yet others like this one, that were huge hits and received critical acclaim and awards, fade into obscurity. As a biopic it was wildly inaccurate, but most Hollywood biopics were inaccurate. The real story of Billie Holliday would not have played in 1972! 'Lady Sings The Blues' is still a great movie, and captures Billie's spirit in some ways.

The disc comes with a lot of extras. There are over half an hour of deleted scenes. Having watched the movie so often, I know exactly where they slot in, and it is good to see them after all this time.

There is also an all too short interview with Diana Ross from just a few years ago, talking about the film, and a short feature where people discuss the importance of the film. There is a director's commentary with the two directors, one was Berry Gordy.

The picture quality is excellent, but the disc really is really region 1. For a dedicated Ross fan, it is worth investing in a multi-region DVD player, just to see those deleted scenes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 ?? 10 Jun 2012
By D. High
Format:DVD
Having watched & enjoyed the film many many times, years ago, I always wondered why it had never been put onto DVD.
Now, at last it's made it's way onto the US Region 1 market.
How much longer do we have to wait for a Region 2 European version ??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overdue region 2 DVD release 3 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
This is yet another great movie that should have been on DVD here
long ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 12 Jan 2014
Format:DVD
For those of you who say you can't watch it, You are able to watch this on a laptop as it's area 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed as not suitable for GB 24 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Didn't realise but cannot play this DVD here in GB as it is for USA and Canada region only. Very disappointed but should have read the small print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just as I remember.. 11 April 2009
By Monte
Format:DVD
I saw this movie as teenager and found it a compelling watch then and now, my teenage daughter also enjoyed it. Diana Ross really acts her socks off and completely nails the junkie scenes, you the viewer become transfixed on the mostly fictional biography of the Billie Holiday story - but this does not stop it from being a great classic movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered. 15 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
This film is an absolute classic. The acting, the singing, the songs, it's all brill. I actually bought it so my daughter could watch it as she is so into drama and wants to act. She really enjoyed it. I gave it a rating of 4 simply because of the hassle of it being a region 1 DVD. It meant I couldn't watch it on my dvd and can't watch it whenever I want. Shame!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I had problems playing the DVD
Published 1 month ago by Dancing Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars although i love the film
although i love the film , it was not made clear that when it arrived i would not be able to play it as it is an american import when i emailed the company to point this out the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by douglas tindall
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
wont play on my system.American spec
Published 2 months ago by broken
1.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfied
DVD didn't work in my wii, playstation or my DVD player there should be a DVD for region kne as this is a good movie, shame it's not for the UK
Published 3 months ago by S. Willett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Diana Ross absolutely amazing ,sad powerful true story she played the part brilliantly, have the tissues ready, your going to need them.
Published 4 months ago by Claire Duncan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not able to play here so why sell to uk residents should have a warning, disappointed!
Settled down to watch this film then warning notice come up such a shame, waste of money
Published 5 months ago by Anne Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady sings the Blues
Where is the blu ray version, I would buy it again. Why only in Region 1 NTSC quality? Can't wait for the 4K or 8K version, is that what the movie companies are waitng for?
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Coy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not able to watch Lady Sings the Blues DVD
Was not able to watch the DVD. A statement appeared on screen that told me that the DVD was not compatible with my DVD player.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Margaret Townsend
1.0 out of 5 stars American playing only
Arrived ok and was in good condition but can not use in this country and didnt realise all DVD are not the same so now there useless.
Published 5 months ago by linda calladine morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember it
I first saw this in 1973 and seeing it again was great. Ms Ross is brilliant . A true tribute to Billie Holliday
Published 6 months ago by Geosfab
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