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It's all over too soon!
on 30 July 2010
The brevity of this show almost had me giving the dvd a lesser rating but I just can't bring myself to give Dudley's genius anything less than 5 stars.
The first part of this dvd is "An Audience With..." and it runs for a brief 43 minutes...made all the briefer by appearances of 2 guest stars when the floor could have been Dudley's alone. I love Lulu and she is almost as infectious as Dud but I could really live without Christopher Cross. Yes, I must be the only person in the world who cannot stand this Grammy Award-winning MOR popster but I have a problem with huge boofy guys who have the voice of a 12 year old schoolboy. Cross sings the "Theme from Arthur", but I have never like any of his stuff so getting over that obstacle was the only problem I had with this show. Clive James and Bob Hoskins are in the audience and they ask questions. Rolf Harris helps out with some much needed gaffa tape, Dudley plays a LOT of piano, attempts the violin and a jolly time is had by all. There is a funny introduction by Peter Cook and the show was filmed in 1981 when Dudley was hitting the big time with "10" and "Arthur".
The second part of the disc is an edited version of The South Bank Show which profiles Dudley Moore. This was filmed 12 years later in 1993 and we see Dudley considerably older, grayer, sadder and living in L.A. There are interviews with his family, childhood friends, his 3rd wife (Brogan Lane), Blake Edwards, Peter Cook and it shows Dud performing at his old school to a whole new generation. I was amazed at his reluctance to give some of the young girls the autographs they so craved... but be that as it may. I'm sure there was a reason for that. This show ends on a rather melancholy note as Dudley speaks of his sometime lonliness, his nostalgia for days gone by and it's sadder still to realize that Dudley is no longer with us. This is a great dvd to remember him by. Picture quality is excellent and the running time is 35 minutes.