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  • Original Release Date: 19 Feb 2010
  • Release Date: 19 Feb 2010
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:18:50
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  • ASIN: B003E7UJVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,384 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Superb music composed by Henry Mancini. Furthermore, Julie Andrews is at her best. If you have seen the film, this CD will bring back it to your memory. Don't miss 'The Shaddy dame from Seville' sung by Robert Preston and 'Le Jazz Hot'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine R. Christensen on 11 Feb 2010
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I love this movie. The music is very moving and I wanted to hear it again and again and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite is "Crazy World". It touches something deep inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol gee on 31 Dec 2009
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this is a film you will either love or hate. I love it. It is something totally different for Julie Andrews. Good film to watch on Sunday afternoon after a big lunch and a feeling of 'I just want to chill out and not have to concentrate on a complicated story!'
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought the first Victor/Victoria CD when it came out about ten years ago. Although the music from this great film can never disappoint, that first CD did, because the music sounded like it was recorded in an echo chamber. Dull, and with tons of reverb, it sounded no better than my old LP.
Now, finally, the Turner/Rhino crew have done their usual job of magic and created a beautiful sounding album that glistens with the same excellence that the movie did. Not only are all the songs and underscore here, but they even included a great rehearsal cut with Robert Preston cracking up everyone at the recording session.
Of course, Julie Andrews magnificent vocals highlight this great album, and they've never sounded better. We also are given a chance to hear the whole song "Cherry Ripe" which was just briefly excerpted in the movie. A true treat for Andrews fans.
As you listen to Mancini's underscore, you can relive the hilarity of the movie, and begin to giggle as you recall the wit and wonder of Blake Edwards' inspired farce.
Last, but certainly not least, this CD is impeccably packaged, accompanied by lots of rare photos, and a very informative essay into the history of the production.
Plainly said, if you have the old CD, throw it out, and get this new one immediately. You'll be glad you did!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest soundtracks... now better than ever! 19 Jun 2002
By C. Pencil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new Rhino / Turner music 2002 re-issue of the "Victor Victoria" soundtrack is just amazing! The whole thing has been remastered and the sound is like nothing you have heard ever before. It truly lets Julie Andrews and the rest of the casts' performances sparkle like you are hearing them live and for the first time. The inclusion of Julie singing the full version of "Cherry Ripe" is worth the purchase of this CD alone. My heavens, this woman is talented. Hearing performances like this by Julie, really makes you appreciate her great gift when it was at the top of it's form. "Le Jazz Hot" is a real experience in itself, and this new mix of it will just knock you out.
Many extra tracks, never before available even on the 1994 expanded release, are on this new CD and they sound incredible as well. "You and Me" sung by Julie and Robert Preston is here in it's original movie version for the first time, as well as the original LP version. The jazz instrumental of "You and Me" is now better than ever if that's possible. It really has a "live" quality to it now. Much more of Mancini's background score is included for the first time. Wow.. what classy, romantic mood music it is. This beautiful Oscar winning Henry Mancini score is one of his best. The "Crazy World" main title track, with it's gorgeous French sound, is so heartbreakingly beautiful, you can listen to it again and again.
This work is the combination of some of the greatest talents of our time. This CD will surely become a favorite.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional! 27 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is tops in every way. It is one of Henry Mancini's most beautiful scores and certainly one of Julie Andrews' greatest performances. The sound quality of this recording is very good. The main title instrumental of "Crazy World" is pure heaven. Julie's recordings of "Le Jazz Hot", "The Shady Dame From Seville" and "Crazy World" are amazing.
Included along with the vocal selections are the great instumentals from the film as well. "You And Me" is one of the most sophisticated and classy jazz performaces of all time. You will love owning this CD of this great film soundtrack.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the ultimate Julie Andrews musical 5 Mar 2004
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
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VICTOR/VICTORIA is most probably Julie Andrews' most-accomplished and effective movie musical performance. Singing the sparkling songs by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, Miss Andrews is beautifully showcased.
VICTOR/VICTORIA is based on the little-known German fim 'Viktor und Viktoria', and recounts the story of a penniless opera singer, stranded in Paris, called Victoria Grant. Victoria makes a friend in nightclub entertainer Toddy (Robert Preston - THE MUSIC MAN, MACK AND MABEL) who suggests that she masquerade as a gay polish female impersonator. The ruse works, and 'Victor' is the toast of Paris, until Victoria falls in love with a handsome Chicago mobster called King Marchan (James Garner). Adding complications is King's ditzy moll Norma (Lesley Ann Warren - CINDERELLA, THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE).
The score for VICTOR/VICTORIA runs the gamut from the showstoppers ("Le Jazz Hot") to the torchy ballads ("Crazy World"). Other standout numbers include Robert Preston's charming "Gay Paree" as well as Lesley Ann Warren's racy and raucus salute to "Chicago Illinois".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Two different versions, be careful when ordering 25 May 2013
By B. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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With this soundtrack release, there are two different versions each vastly different quality from one another. I am giving one of the two of these versions 5 stars. The other one gets 2 stars. The sound quality (and price) between these two is vastly different. First, let me start by giving links to both versions.

* The Turner Classic Music / Rhino release Victor/Victoria (1982 Film Soundtrack) -- ASIN B000066RM3. -- :D
* The Crescendo release Victor/Victoria: Original Soundtrack Recording (1982 Film) -- ASIN B000001P1J. -- :\

For the 5 star review, I am discussing specifically the Turner Classic Movies / Rhino release of Victor/Victoria (1982 Film Soundtrack) and is ASIN B000066RM3. If you plan on ordering this CD, you owe it to yourself to order this edition even though it's ~$25. I strongly discourage ordering the Crescendo edition (ASIN B000001P1J) even though this cheaper edition can be found for less than $10.

The Turner Classic Music (TCM) version is an extended release. So, not only do you get the 'top' songs from the film, you get a lot of extra tracks (mostly instrumentals). Keep in mind that there aren't very many singing tracks in this movie musical. The singing tracks are specifically limited to the scenes where Victoria or Victor are doing a number in a nightclub. So, unlike other musicals where people randomly break into song at the drop of a hat, V/V has none of that. The singing in this film is specifically tied to the scenes surrounding Victoria's or Toddy's cabaret performances. The rest are instrumentals. But, of course, this is the work of Henry Mancini and his arrangements on here are spot on.

The best thing about this TCM CD is the sparkling sound quality of the mixing and mastering. Those at TCM who decided to compile this release did a spectacular job on making every track sound its best. Not only did they pull the original 24 track tape masters to begin this project, they professionally mixed and mastered this release without adding the standard heavy handed reverb to every track. There is no reverb here. The sound moving from track to track is amazingly consistent and the vocals are clear and pristine. For example, at the end of the 'You and Me' singing track which is the version used in the film, you can actually hear Robert Preston break out of song and clearly say 'Oh my God, look at that' at the part where Richard Dinardo enters Chez Lui. New to this extended CD compilation is 'Cherry Ripe', the song that Victoria auditions for the Chez Lui club owner Monsieur Labisse and also isn't on the 1982 soundtrack (but may have been issued as B side of something). I'd always wanted to hear the full length song and it's here in all its glory. Also added is 'Drag Blues' which is the instrumental number used at Chez Lui for the 4 dancers whose clever flip around costumes allow them to become male or female. The 'Chicago, Illinois' track, which is not a new track and performed by Leslie Ann Warren is crystal clear. There are also 11 other added tracks which I will let you discover on your own.

You can easily spot this release because it has 31 tracks of which 14 were previously unreleased on the original 1982 soundtrack. It also uses the black background with red lips and a gold 'Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' banner at the top of the cover. The 'You and Me' track mentioned above was not on the original 1982 soundtrack at all. The alternate version (which is also on this CD) was made specifically for the soundtrack album and was not used in the film. So, while the TCM version says it's the 1982 soundtrack, this CD was actually compiled and released in 2002 with new material. So, in a sense, this isn't really the 1982 soundtrack. This is an updated and remastered reissue of the 1982 soundtrack with a lot of added unreleased tracks. The booklet inside describes aspects of the film, the recording dates of the tracks and information surrounding the making of this soundtrack as kind of a mini-documentary booklet.

The Crescendo release (ASIN B000001P1J), on the other hand, seems to be a poor quality reissue of the 1982 orignal soundtrack album and contains 16 tracks. I give this version 2 stars due to awful sound quality. I have no idea where Crescendo got the master for this CD. The tracks, many of which have the typical heavy handed reverb, are muddy and distant. Oddly, though, the 'The Shady Dame From Seville' track by Robert Preston (used at the finale) contained no reverb and sounded tinny and thin. The mastering is of average to poor quality making the vocals less than sparkling audio quality. It makes the instrumentation sound like it's in a very large cave and very distant. The original music was supposed to be set in an intimate club settings which would have no reverb, so adding this layer of reverb really makes no sense. I bought the Crescendo release first not knowing the TCM edition existed. I found the other one later by accident.

The Crescendo version is cheap and readily available for less than $10 but definitely not worth that price. It might even be available in digital formats on some sites. I strongly discourage buying that edition. Instead, I highly recommend the TCM / Rhino release for its sheer sound quality and the because of the bonus tracks that encompass nearly all of the film's actual score. If you're a Henry Mancini fan and you really want to own the full soundtrack from Victor Victoria, I most definitely recommend the TCM version over any other edition of this soundtrack.
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