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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, but DVD quality not as great!
Don't get me wrong, the film is excellent, but the DVD quality is not very good! They must have used an old print as the colour is sometimes faded, the sound patchy and you see the usual old marks and scratches you get in old film. I wish that the makers would clean it up and THEN it would be perfect!
Published on 6 April 2006 by Paul Frattaroli

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1.0 out of 5 stars 5 star movie, 1 star DVD
I was looking forward to receiving the newly released version of Gypsy. Great songs, cinematography etc. However I was very disappointed.
Beware this disc is NOT widescreen, but pan and scanned from a very poor original negative, unlike the region 1 release. Hard to believe that with the emergence of widescreen TVs etc. that DVDs are released in anything other than...
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 star movie, 1 star DVD, 10 April 2006
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I was looking forward to receiving the newly released version of Gypsy. Great songs, cinematography etc. However I was very disappointed.
Beware this disc is NOT widescreen, but pan and scanned from a very poor original negative, unlike the region 1 release. Hard to believe that with the emergence of widescreen TVs etc. that DVDs are released in anything other than letterbox format these days. A missed opportunity to release a definitive region 2 release.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, but DVD quality not as great!, 6 April 2006
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Paul Frattaroli (West Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Don't get me wrong, the film is excellent, but the DVD quality is not very good! They must have used an old print as the colour is sometimes faded, the sound patchy and you see the usual old marks and scratches you get in old film. I wish that the makers would clean it up and THEN it would be perfect!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Important for Fans, 26 Jan 2011
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This is a great movie but this print is terrible. Go instead for the Natalie Wood Box set available on Amazon for around £10 and that has six movies plus a fully restored Gypsy and Splendor in the Grass. These prints are fantastic and the sound tool. Avoid the pan and scan version as it's shockingl I would give five stars for the restored print in the new box set. NOT THIS ONE..
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Musical with a Very Good Cast!!!, 6 Jan 2003
This review is from: Gypsy [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Rosalind Russell takes on the roles of one of the most famous stage mothers - Rose Hovick. Rose missed her chances of a career in showbusiness and on realising her daughter June's talent she decides to live her dream through her daughters. June is a very able singer, dancer and actress but her older sister Rose Louise is forced to live in her shadow "until we find out what she does best" as Mame Rose puts it. The years roll by and Mame Rose now has Herbie - a former agent who becomes an agent again - for the act thinking Mame Rose will marry him. June gets fed up of acting cute likeable and younger than she is and elopes to wed. Mama Rose is furious at the news of June's departure and channels her rage into trying to get Rose Louise to take over. This is fine for a while but whilst booked in at a burlesque theatre Rose Louise meets some of the strippers and agrees to fill in for one of the acts and is introduced as Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy becomes one of the highest paid strippers in America and Mama Rose is forced to live in her shadow just as Gypsy did with her sister June. Gypsy is played by Natalie Wood and she gives a very good performance. Karl Malden plays Herbie Somers who is agent to June and Louise and fiance to Mame Rose. This is a great film based on Gypsy Rose Lee's Memoirs as is the stage show that starred Ethel Merman as Mama Rose. Such great songs include Some People, You'll Never Get Away From Me, Little Lamb, Everything's Coming Up Roses, If Momma was Married and Gotta Have a Gimmick. This is a must have film for fans of the musicals and of Natalie Wood, Karl Malden and the very talented Rosalind Russell. :-)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible dvd edition!, 8 Jan 2009
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Yes it's true, and I wish I didn't do a quick shopping spree and read at least the specs (where the format is missing btw) and the reviews.

It is indeed a full screen presentation of a horrible totally washed-out print.
YOu know when you watch completely remastered movies and then you watch the extras like the original trailer, which usually doesn't get remastered? Or when you see Restoration Comparisons in Fox movies? Well, this is the BEFORE version you are getting. It's THAT bad!
This print hasn't been touched in more than 20 years for sure.
I wish I had bought the US dvd. You should too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy (Archive Collection) Blu ray, 2 Dec 2013
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Bought the DVD of this in America, Mainly because of the Sondheim connection and the fact that as a stage show this is probably the greatest back stage musical ever written. I had only ever seen the film on TV, mainly in pan and scan, and while the film is O.K the stage show is still better.

I thought that the DVD looked and sounded good in 2.35:1 and 5.1 dolby digital. The Blu ray looks and sounds spectactular in 2.40:1 and only DTS-HD Master 2 channel stereo, using only the front speakers the sound is still crisp and full. recommended as an upgrade on the DVD and its region free.

Well worth it at the right price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GYPSY [1962] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 15 July 2014
GYPSY [1962] [Blu-ray] [US Import] EVERYTHING COMES UP ROSES WHEN YOU LET THIS BROADWAY CLASSIC ENTERTAIN YOU!

Ringing with the showbiz success of its Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim score the film version of the Broadway hit Gypsy takes you on a grand vaudeville tour. It sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise [Natalie Wood] the wallflower later to blossom into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her ambitious mother Rose [Rosalind Russell] who's performance won her a fifth Best Actress Golden Globe® Award. Karl Malden scores as Herbie the salesman who falls for Rose - to his exasperation. Full of terrific classic songs, such as Everything's Coming Up Roses and Small World, among them. Gypsy will certainly entertain you and definitely make you smile.

Cast: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace, Suzanne Cupito, Ann Jillian, Diane Pace, Betty Bruce, Faith Dane and Roxanne Arlen

Director: Marvyn LeRoy

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy

Screenplay: Leonard Spigelgass

Composers: Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 143 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Archive

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Gypsy is based upon the successful Broadway musical that was directed and choreographed by the brilliant Jerome Robbins [West Side Story], and as a film it takes some of the same strides that were taken in making the Broadway version. In staying true to the Broadway roots, this cinematic version creates another success; one of the most compelling musicals released in cinemas throughout the entire 1960's. The musical (in both play and film form) is partly a dramatization based upon the real-life memoir of strip-tease performer Gypsy Rose Lee.

The story focuses on Rose Hovick [Rosalind Russell]; a mother who is determined to find the success she never had in her life for her daughters. She trains and manages her daughters in working vaudeville tours. The path to success seems to be working for them for a while. It doesn't last forever, of course. The kid-friendly and sweetly-natured shows put on by her two children and some boys who became recruited for these performances become significantly less fashionable, and as they became older it became more difficult to get stage-presence approval for childish roles in vaudeville in the first place. Things began to crumble apart in the show-biz world that the characters lived and breathed. Rose was always determined to have the stage success last, however, and is not willing to forfeit her quest to find fame for her daughters.

Her younger daughter June leaves the family behind and marries one of the older boys who performed in the vaudeville shows with her, and she leaves only one single note to express feelings of sadness and love to her mother Rose. She wanted to branch out and leave all of Rose's managed vaudeville acts behind and become a "real" actress. Rose is heartbroken. Rose doesn't give up on the vaudeville act. She still has the help of her partner Herbie [Karl Malden], whom she still hopes to marry one day. She also has her older daughter to turn to. Rose's daughter Louise [Natalie Wood] can carry the show on and make the "dream" stay.

The dream has fallen. Only Rose wants for the act to continue on and both Louise and Herbie seem to want a normal life outside of performance arts. Herbie has a candy business that has better odds of continuing as far as being a financial success for the three of them, and mainly because vaudeville is no longer the popular act it once was for them to carry on. Yet Rose is determined to not let things end this way.

It isn't long before almost no options are left. Louise becomes the star of a "Hollywood Blondes" show Rose thought up and that is supposed to be a light-hearted show but it turns out that the last place they could find to hire them was a burlesque. Rose initially rejects the prospect of any of them being there and wants them to imminently leave. Herbie agrees. Yet Louise decides that there are few options left for them to earn some money and she agrees to stay. They perform with the burlesque and eventually Louise becomes "Gypsy Rose Lee", a star of strip-tease.

The film offers a complicated and fascinating glimpse into what a relationship can be between mother and daughter. It's a complex relationship that Rose and Louise have. On the one hand, Rose clearly wanted success and fame for herself and as a part of her life-story. However, she clearly also wanted great things for her children. Rose wanted them to succeed and to find an impressive life that Rose felt she never had. Delving further, one might say the events are the result of Rose feeling as though she never had the care or attention of her own mother and it really boils down to her wanting to be there for her children in a way she may have felt was missing from her own relationship with her mother. The irony is that she ultimately begins distancing herself from her daughters and from understanding and recognising true needs.

Characterisations in Gypsy are absolutely authentic and touch on real human issues with magnificent gusto but the setting and flow of the story is traditional Hollywood fare. The dramatization of this story isn't really concerned, or so it seems, with focusing on telling audiences Gypsy Rose Lee's story in a way that is fully authentic. Instead, the film plays somewhat similar to one of its key songs by saying "Let Me Entertain You!" C'est la vie.

Broadway found a huge success with Gypsy, and the film version by Mervyn LeRoy was certainly no slouch either in terms of acclaim and memorability. The music for the film is undeniably great, and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (who also worked with the original choreographer Jerome Robbins on West Side Story) are some of the best in his career and somehow they manage to remain just a glimpse of the perfection in West Side Story. This ultimately served as a triumphant signal of what would come from the famed lyricist. It's amazing to see how much talent was on display in this classic musical. So much talent is displayed in this film's creation.

I was slightly let-down by noticing some out-of-synch dubbing on the singing (which was how Gypsy was ultimately made and has always looked). It's something you can find with many musicals. Some parts of the performances were dubbed over by different singers. This was especially noticeable during some scenes with Rosalind Russell. However, her undeniably significant performance still shines through and ultimately steals the show. As beautiful, talented, and charming as Natalie Wood is it is most certainly Russell who makes this a genuinely classic musical that focuses on the ups and downs of attempting to find truly "glamorous" success in show business and the sad illusion of the quest for fame as any meaningful thing at the end of the day.

Filmed with great effort needed to stay true to Jerome Robbins vision while allowing for a new version to flourish from the director Mervyn LeRoy of the film, Gypsy remains a satisfying blend of the highly theatrical and the cinematic wonderment found in musicals. The film has some elements that truly stand out as genuinely terrific from start to finish: the performances from all three leads are exceptional, of course, and the staging by the director feels like it's a blend between the cinematic and theatrical. I sometimes find that works best for the movies.

To me, Gypsy is to my mind the perfect film, and the film is beautifully shot, features excellent music, and contains an assortment of quality performances. The story that is told remains both compelling and character driven to the point where any qualms with the film don't over-shine how good everything ultimately remains as a classic example of a well-done Hollywood musical. It's glamorous and totally entertaining.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Gypsy looks remarkable in 1080p High Definition. The 2.40:1 transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The film was released with beautiful 35mm prints and this transfer is undoubtedly the best that Gypsy has looked since its original release in theatres. Colours pop everywhere in this transfer. The print is clean and almost entirely free of any distractions. I wasn't expecting perfection from this transfer, but what I found was almost exactly that. It absolutely seems to be one of the best transfers of the entire 2012 year for any classic film release on the Blu-ray format.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track sounds much better than I expected it to, but it isn't a total winner or an example of perfection. It absolutely works wonders with the beautiful transfer, but there are some downsides. The dialogue is not as loud as the score music and as a whole this is definitely a sound mix that shows some age and is less refined in terms of the technology used today. The sound materials could have probably used a good overhaul. However, the film still sounds good on Blu-ray and it certainly sounds like a lossless mix. It just sounds as though it wasn't mixed to perfection.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

2 Outtake Musical Numbers: According to IMDb, these two songs were deleted shortly after the film's initial release. Long thought lost, they were restored from an early release print provided by a private collector; hence the substantially weaker quality.

● Wherever We Go [2:39] The inherent staginess of this number, which has physical comedy routines spelled out in the lyrics, probably brought the film to a dead stop.

● You Couldn't Get Away From Me [3:37] This is the complete version of the song, including both the portion retained in the film and the part that was cut out. The change in aspect ratio as well as audio and visual quality, clearly mark the edit.

Theatrical Trailer [3:36] The trailer focuses heavily on Natalie Wood and the character of Gypsy Rose Lee. Of course, like Gypsy's dances, it's mostly a tease.

Finally, this is one of the first Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray releases and if it's any indication of what film fans can expect, the quality of these releases is the only way forward, and everyone who considers themselves a film fan [like me] is in for a real treat with these presentations. The transfer is stunning to behold and the audio quality is good overall. Fans of Gypsy looking for the best way to own this musical will be thrilled with the significant upgrade. Over half a century ago, the creators of Gypsy etched an indelible portrait of the corrosive effects of a lifelong addiction, especially when the desired fame never arrives. The concluding song of Gypsy, "Rose's Turn", is a tour de force of bitterness, as Rose contemplates the star she could have been (or so she imagines). The scene can be moving, infuriating, horrifying and grotesque — indeed, all of the above at once when played by a great actress like Rosalind Russell. The Warner Archive Collection may turn out to be an essential line-up to look forward to over the next year. This is an exciting turn of events for fans of the many great films that are currently unavailable from Warner Bros. on Blu-ray. All in all this has always been a massive hit for me and cannot get tired of watching, as it has all the magical ingredients that on Hollywood can produce and so it is now a great honour to add this to my Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 July 2014
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A lovely film, a family favourite, with great actors and storyline. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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Good film
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