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Everything a filmed stage show should be and then some.,
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This review is from: Shrek the Musical [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I've seen a lot of musicals, both on stage in several countries and on video, and can say with all honestly that this is without doubt the best of any of them.
The camera work, the sound, the production, the editing, and not forgetting the performances themselves are all outstanding. There's none of those often awkward random shots of the audience, until the very end, allowing you to become completely lost in the show for the entire two hour run.
If you've seen the Broadway version of this show then you know what to expect as that is what was filmed over several live performances with an audience, and a special one without to allow cameras to more more freely about the theatre. Not a single moment of the lavish production is missed, with a delightful mixture of wide shots, and close ups.
However if you saw the badly miss-cast, cut down - they removed "Build a Wall": Why? - UK version of the show then you are in for an even bigger treat as Brian D'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber and the rest of the cast not only bring their roles to live, as fully form characters without having to resort to cheep laughs, with voices that have the incredible power and yet can still be touching.
The only possible down side I could find to this disc would be the slightly rough (too loud vocals) sound during the encore "I'm a Believer" which whilst not that bad, did come as something of a surprise after the wonderful full pounding stereo of the rest of the show were you can actually tell where the actors are on stage just from where their voice is coming from.
So, in case you haven't guessed already, I just couldn't recommend this any higher.