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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Alison Steadman, Julie Christie
  • Format: Karaoke, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NWR1SQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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KARAOKE is the first of two television dramas written by the acclaimed TV playwright Dennis Potter. Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer and with less than six months to live, Potter undertook a race against mortality to complete two television dramas which were uniquely to be shared between Channel 4 and the BBC. In a televised interview with Melvyn Bragg he said My only regret is if I die four pages too soon. He didn t and the result is a fitting tribute to a life committed to the creation of some of the finest television drama ever written. Daniel Feeld (Albert Finney) is working on a fictional play for television. The play, entitled Karaoke , concerns a beautiful young woman working in a sleazy karaoke bar run by Arthur Pig Mallion. Fiction and reality begin to intertwine when Feeld overhears snatches of his dialogue in the world around him and encounters real people bearing his character s names. The lines between the world he has created and the world in which he lives begin to blur and a desperate struggle to control both becomes enmeshed in his evolving sickness and a terminal diagnosis. Re-writing his will to right wrongs, leaving his body to a cryogenics laboratory, and plotting to go out with a bang, Daniel Feeld is about to write an ending for one world that will have great repercussions in the next.

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Dennis Potter went to where no other writer ever went. It took me a good while to really appreciate him.The poor fellow didn't have much of a life. A great work like this really sticks in your cranium for a good while.It is if he is working on your brain on different levels and you ask yourself, why couldn't I do something like this? and if you did you would say... Why did I bother? because I can't even whistle melancholy baby in E flat. A point worthy of some sort of inane consideration, to say the least..
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Bought with Cold Lazarus for my son. Have viewed both films, interesting if you like sci-fi or should I say mind games.
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Although, in my view, this is not quite as good as "Lipstick on Your Collar" or "The Singing Detective", this is still a very worthy production. I challenge anyone to eat another egg after watching the character (wonderfully played by Liz Smith) preparing breakfast for her son (played by Roy Hudd).
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The usual misogyny and social snobbery from Dennis Potter without any real insights into either condition. Fine for the narcissistic middle-classes but what about the rest of us? We are left to laugh at the sheer triviality of the childish personal problems of the main characters. POTTER was so far up his own fundament as a man and as a writer that he could never relate to the real world enough to create believable and credible dramas after 1980. This is exacerbated here by references to his better work buried in this drama.

Like so much of Stephen King's work, the story here focuses on a writer who is ill and burned-out and unable to separate fact from fantasy. No wonder British tv is so awful when this is the very best that it can produce: Self-indulgent mediocrity pretending to be art.
Not particularly well-cast and indifferently-acted, the characters are never more than clichés and stereotypes. And what is this really all about other than its own existence and the ineffectual characters presented?
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