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on 8 April 2006
In my opinion Judy Garland was one of the greatest performaers of all time. Some of the performances on this DVD back up my theory on that, though they certainly don't come close to being her best (i.e the Carnegie Hall LP).
This is strictly a black and white affair, seventeen songs crammed into an hours worth of viewing pleasure. Though they don't seem to be taken from one single performance, rather three different ones instead, or atleast that's how it looks. And it seems no attempt has been made to clean up the picture/sound quality on this DVD. Nor are there any extras. Just a hasty VHS transfer, or so it seems. Nevertheless, Judy's witty anecdotes and the inclusion of one of my personal favourites 'Come Rain Or Come Shine' make it all worth while.
Judy whizzes her way through a couple of the earlier numbers with little effort, but with much tomfoolery. Only to belt out the final verse in only the way she could.
But it's songs such as 'Stormy Weather' where she really starts to let rip. 'The Man That Got Away', 'Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody', and the brilliant rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' (which near enough reduced me to tears) are also stand out performances.
If you're already a fan, waste no time in buying this DVD as you will get much enjoyment from it. If you've only just discovered the brilliance of Ms Garland there are better places for you to begin.
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on 8 January 2011
This is a great little bargain, nothing fancy - no remastering here, but it's an hours (57mins) worth of entertainment for a couple of quid. It's not as good as the Palladium DVD (in my opinion) but it's a nice little collection of performances - a few are taken from recordings of the Judy Garland show and I assume the others are from recorded concerts. There are a couple of cute anecdotes too. Judy seems a little erratic at times but delivers most of the songs with gusto, including The Man The Got Away - which is my very favourite!
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on 9 January 2013
I gave this a two star because of the terrible picture quality-not Judy Garland's Show. I remember the original TV Special this recording is taken from. It was almost intirely all of Judy At The Palace act in the 50's that broke all records for nineteen weeks. It was a wonderful experience for a TV Special back in those days. But this transfer from 'whatever' is terrible, not clear and it skips sketches with a crackle & a pop. Know what I mean? I know there was a very good transfer on a VHS years ago. What happened to that negative? In this day of restoration, High Definition and Blu-ray, it seems like more could be done to restore this beautiful showcase of the great Judy Garland. I would gladly pay $30 or $40 for a good decent copy of this TV Special. And maybe just maybe it will be done. Sincerly. Bob "Ziggy" Anderson
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on 8 March 2012
Judy is fine but the quality of recordings is disapointing, perhaps forgiveable in view of their age. Could have been better.
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on 5 December 2012
So wonderful to have these memories on DVD. I loved it. What an entertainer. I've watched it many times since purchasing.
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on 24 October 2015
What more can be said about Judy-Good Quality and a must for all Judy fans
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on 21 September 2015
great
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