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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Producers: Blake Edwards, Tony Adams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FN61
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Commentary by star Julie Andrews and writer/director Blake Edwards
Original Theatrical Trailer
Easter egg featuring an interview with Blake Edwards
Screen Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

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Like a good claret laid down for a couple of decades, Victor Victoria (1982) just improves with age. Based on a 1930s German screenplay, Blake Edwards' cross-dressing musical tackles sexuality and gender with a sweet generosity of spirit and endearing warmth. To Edwards' credit and that of his wife Julie Andrews in the title role it is far more than a star vehicle, with James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren and, particularly, Robert Preston (as worldly gay Toddy) contributing quick-fire performances that brim with brilliant timing. Andrews, too, is wonderful in a deceptively complex part.

It shouldn't have worked at all. Victor Victoria was made at a time when the Hollywood musical's currency was at its lowest and Andrews might have been deemed a rather old-fashioned sort of star. But by keeping Henry Mancini's songs in context as stage numbers, the traditional values of the musical are subverted. And the whole thing is bathed in a soft, intimate light; this is a film of considerable artistry on every level.

On the DVD: Victor Victoriais presented in widescreen with a sharp Dolby Digital soundtrack; the picture quality is splendid. Extras include lists of cast, crew and awards as well as the original theatrical trailer. Best of all is a touching--if occasionally repetitive--commentary from Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews, who clearly remember the project with great pride and affection. Somewhat belatedly they resurrected it as a Broadway show in the 1990s, in which Andrews again scored a considerable personal triumph. --Piers Ford

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Victor/Victoria is by far Blake Edwards' finest film. The Paris setting is wonderful and the plot has many interesting twists and turns. However, though the basis with plot, setting and director seems fairly solid, what tops it all off and really makes the film work is the marvellous performances by Julie Andrews and James Garner (Lesley Ann Warren playing the irritating Norma is also very good).
Julie Andrews is extraordinary in her role as the singer Victoria, who when at the end of her rope and prepared to sell her virtue for a meat ball, being "cassee" as she says, is persuaded "to pretend to be a man pretending to be a woman" and thus experiences many curious things trying to uphold this facade. Andrews' performance singing-wise is beyond comparison. She performs Henry Mancini's beautiful songs astonishingly well, - "Le Jazz Hot" and "Crazy World" will surely never be forgotten with such a performance. Notice the range of Andrews' voice when she sings "Crazy World". James Garner plays the role of Victoria's love interest, and he does not really say much, but he does wonderful facial expressions, expressions that say more than a thousand words. Robert Preston playing Toddy, the homosexual entertainer ensnaring Victoria into pretending to be Victor is wonderful also and does a remarkable and unforgettable performance of "The Shady Dame from Seville".
The DVD contains a commentary track with Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards entertaining with numerous little anecdotes, particularly about the people playing the smaller but nonetheless significant parts in the film. The commentary differs somewhat from most other commentaries in that Andrews and Edwards often sit quietly just watching the film rather than functioning as a non-stoppable talking machine.
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Blake Edwards had a unique style of film; all the films seemed to have a certain atmosphere while each maintaining an individual character. Of course, Julie Andrews was a frequent actress in his films - Edwards and Andrews are married, and have been since 1969, an astonishing longevity for Hollywood.
In 'Victor/Victoria', Edwards returns to a Parisian settings familiar to fans of his work in the Pink Panther series - there is some minor elements of slapstick (the clutzy waiter, the bumbling detective, perhaps a nod in the direction of the Pink Panther films), but the real narrative plot is drawn along by the stylish comedy of Julie Andrews (Victoria Grant/Victor) and Robert Preston (Carroll Todd), in one of his last films.
The film is actually based on a much older piece, from 1933, written by Reinhold Schünzel, a German actor and writing, known in Europe primarily from the 1920s to the 1950s (perhaps English-speaking audiences would know him best from his role in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Notorius'). This was not the first, nor the last remake of this piece.
Preston plays an aging, gay, musical theatre man-about-town, who we take it is various a performer, talent scout, and director. Through a strange set of circumstances, he happens to be in a restaurant with a down-on-her-luck singer, who has just flopped at her last audition, and was willing to sell her virtue to the hotel manager for a meatball. She has captured a cockroach, and intends to plant the bug in the salad, thus avoiding payment of the bill - Carroll Todd ('Toddy' to his friends) and Victoria escape the restaurant, and come to share a room together while figuring out what to do.
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JULIE ANDREWS AT HER BEST IN GENDER BENDER MUSICAL COMEDY
FIRST THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AMERICAN BLU RAY IMPORT BLU RAY and I am happy to report that it is region free and WILL playback on UK blu ray players.

Julie Andrews at her best (after Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and Throughly Modern Millie) as the Parisian stranded singer pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman in this remake of the German classic "Viktor Und Viktoria" (also remade in the 1940's as "First A Girl" starring Jesse Matthews in the Julie Andrews role).

Picure quality is sumptious, detailed and rich with colours that pop out from the studio bound 1930's Paris sets and Henry Mancini's score is lush whilst the songs are catchy, whitty and fun.

Lesley Anne Warren (almost) steals the entire movie as Norma (the poor white trash Bronx moll girlfiend of gangster James Garner

The DTS HD Master 5.1 soundtrack is rich and involving with a wide sound stage - good ambiant effects and the score is pumped out from all areas of the viewing arena with accuracy - although there are occassional lip-sync issues (but only eagle eyed viewers on large 70 inch and upove TV's will notice and these do rectify themselves

In the main, another winner from Warners
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Although he has just recieved an honorary Oscar, Blake Edwards is often looked upon as a purvayer of low comedy. Although he is the genius behind such sparkling classics as The (original) Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffanys, many people frown upon him for his later films such as S.O.B., Blind Date and Switch (let's not mention the post-Sellars Panthers). Victor / Victoria falls, chronologically, between the two sets of films and, in my view, is Edwards at his peak.
Edwards directs his wife Julie Andrews (never better and that includes being a nanny and a nun), in a tale of a [woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman]. The central plot serves as an excellent backbone on which to hang a wonderfully farcical script, some hilarious set-pieces and the fantastic song-and-dance numbers (Bricuse and Mancini's score makes you wish they'd worked together more often).
Andrews, as I say, is flawless coming somewhere between the innocence of Poppins and the lewdness of S.O.B. and giving a fantastic performance. From under her very nose though, the film is stolen by the ever-watchable Robert Preston as Toddy. Preston brings great depth and love to a part that could quite easily have been, as he is refered to in the film, 'a pathetic old queen'. James Garner commendably plays the straight-man (in more ways than one!) with a twinkle in his eye and Lesley Ann Warren hilariously chews every bit of scenery she lays her hands on.
The script, which bears Edwards' name as a co-writer, is as witty and moving as anything written in Hollywood's 'Golden Era' and the musical elements have as much vibrancy as MGM's in their hey-day. Musical highlights include Le Jazz Hot and The Shady Dame from Seville (not to mention the riotous reprise as performed by Preston for the films finale).
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