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Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! does Judy! Judy! Judy! [DVD] [2007]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Live, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2007
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJ41K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright's London Palladium revival of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 show, with special guest appearances from sister Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle and Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gay messiah pays tribute to Dorothy 23 Nov 2007
The earlier reviewer who had concerns over the track listing needn't worry - the version screened on TV a few weeks ago was just a taster. Accompanied by full orchestra, Rufus Wainwright runs the gamut of Garland's 1961 concert repertoire -- from an intense The Man That Got Away to an almost unbearably sensitive Over The Rainbow. These are songs which have much in common with his own work, but he makes a surprisingly good stab at the lighter material, too - camping it up on San Francisco, turning Puttin' on the Ritz into a jazzy tour de force and infusing Zing Went The Strings of My Heart with lively vigour.

Although he doesn't quite have the febrile, edgy quality that made Garland so watchable, Rufus's voice is well-equipped for transmitting emotional subtlety as well as barnstorming drama. The highlight of the show might well be his gently understated reading of Noel Coward's wry If Love Were All, along with a guest spot from his sister Martha singing Stormy Weather like a cross between Bjork and Cate Blanchett.

Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft also makes a brief guest appearance, and Rufus's mother Kate McGarrigle provides some of the piano accompaniment. A slightly shambolic but hugely enjoyable encore sees the family reunited on a spontaneous Someone To Watch Over Me and a beautifully sparse Every Time We Say Goodbye.

This two-and-a-quarter hour DVD shows the gay messiah in all his glamorous glory. A great Christmas buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars for this DVD! 11 Dec 2007
I bought this for myself as a Christmas present but couldn't wait and have already watched it three times. It's absolutely fabulous and I only regret I didn't see it at the Palladium. The camera work is excellent and gets up close to see his expressive face. His voice is amazing, as is his interpretation of the songs. Martha and Kate are a wonderful bonus and my only reservation is the bits with Lorna Luft. I know I will watch it over and over as his performance is brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know because I was there! 16 Nov 2007
I can't wait to own my own copy of both the DVD and the CD of Rufus's Judy concerts. Only he could pull off such a concert and he did so with his usual style, talent and passion. If you weren't lucky enough to have seen the show live in either the UK or the US, treat yourself to this and enjoy what we were fortunate enough to be able to have seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow is not enough 24 Feb 2008
Only Rufus could have done it. Such a talented singer and songwriter in his own right with nothing to prove.

Deciding to pay homage to one of entertainments greatest and most loved stars should have been risky and full of pitfalls. I am sure it was, but you will never notice as it turned into a complete and utter success.

A show to please even the most hardened lover of the past and most die hard critic of tribute albums.

It has been a project of love and because of that it has worked so well. You can feel the tribute to Judy and you can sense the overwhelming respect that Rufus has for her memory, and, even with all of that, the performance portrays his own unique personality.

Never to be done again but thankfully those in the know after the Carnegie concert made sure this was filmed for posterity and for that we should all be truly grateful.

Don't miss the chance to put into your music and film collection perhaps the most unique show ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave and mostly successful 11 Jan 2009
I was lucky enough to be at the London Palladium the night this DVD was filmed. As a long-time lover of the music of both Judy and Rufus, it was a night I wasn't going to miss. The show was great. Rufus, especially on the quieter numbers, was breathtaking. And the band was just amazing. This DVD is a great memento of a wonderful night but also stands up in its own right for people who weren't able to be there themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man that got his way! 21 Dec 2007
Before Kylie, before Madonna, before any other gay icon, there was Judy...
This album, for so many gay men, is the I-Ching. I can remember sitting on a train, heading into the bright lights of London town, listening to the original "Judy at Carnegie" album on my Walkman...learning and falling in love with the greatest collection of work in the Great American Songbook. I learnt more about love and life from this album than any other.
When I heard that Rufus Wainwright was going to re-create that magic night in 1961, I was both ecstatic and mightily concerned. I had long been a fan, to the point of major obsession, and was aware of his pretentious daring, but THIS?!?!?
I missed the Carnegie shows, and had to content myself with recorded snippets on YouTube. Then, the announcement...two shows at The Palladium and one in Paris...I had to see all three! Tickets bought, pressed and dressed, and it's showtime, folks!
As that legendary overture reached its climax, my heart was pounding...could he pull this off? Opening number, "When you're smiling"'s THOSE arrangements with THAT voice, and it is all working brilliantly! "Almost like being in love", and that bell is ringing for maaaaaay..."Do it again", in the original key, and I can't breathe as his falsetto rides on top of the shimmering strings. This is magical!
"You go to my head", and he even slips in the "forgot the goddam words"'ve done your homework, Rufus, even to the point of standing on the same part of the stage as Judy did to deliver "Alone Together"...dedicated to his partner, Jorn, and sung with such intensity and passion. The next four songs take us from swing to ragtime to late-night jazz and he wins each time, peaking with "How long has this been going on", which is just perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rufus and Judy
If you love Rufus Wainwright and you love Judy Garland then this will take you to musical heaven....Hard to imagine a chap singing Forget your Troubles but it works!
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Rufus
Having been a Rufus fan for years,My wife and I had the privilege of seeing him in person last year on his "All Days Are Nights"tour which was exceptional. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Max Reddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rufus! Rufus! Rufus, Buy It! Buy It! Buy it!For
For all Rufus Wainwright fans and Judy Garland fans this is a must buy, a great perfomance by Rufus filmed at the London Palladium, with the added bonus of guest appearancies of ,... Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by Mr. Duncan C. Ashworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough extras! extras! extras!
I am rating the DVD not Rufus! I would give him 5stars. But there are not enough extras to make this worth buying. There are more songs than the TV version. That was edited down. Read more
Published on 31 May 2009 by Tess Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - this DVD is not PAL
I've had 2 copies of this great performance direct from Amazon both of them turned out to be NTSC copies. Had to send them back - buy elsewhere.
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by I. Lenoir
3.0 out of 5 stars average
First - the DVD sound is only stereo. Second - there is something missing in Rufus singing and performance. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2007 by Goran Bukan
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!!
I have met this amazing man twice.
He is absolutely brillant! He has so much talent. When you are in his presence you are spellbound. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2007 by CrimSon
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