A fantastic double bill from the legendary Bing Crosby. Birth Of The Blues (Dir. Victor Schertzinger 1941): Bing Crosby and Mary Martin star as two jazz artists in the swinging world of 1920's New Orleans. Crosby is Jeff Lambert a clarinet player who is out to start a band called the Basin Street Hot-Shots. When Betty Lou (Martin) joins as vocalist romance ensues between everyone involved stirring things up a bit. The film pays homage to Dixieland greats such as Duke Ellin
Imelda Staunton stars in the performance of her carer in one of the greatest ever musicals, based on Gypsy Rose Lee's Memoirs, the famous striptease artist. Telling the story of the original archetypal show-business mother, who raises Lee (played by Lara Pulver - True Blood, Sherlock) and her sister June as they travel around America with their vaudeville act and co-stars Peter Davison (Dr Who, All Creatures Great and Small). This West End revival has already received 3 Laurence Olivier Awards (Best Actress - Staunton, Supporting Actress - Pulver and Best Musical Revival) and 2 U.K. Theatre Award Nominations (Best Actress - Staunton, Best Musical Revival) and is considered by many to be the greatest American musicals of all time. Complete with premium special packaging, this DVD is a must-have for any fan of Musical Theatre.
Laurie Tuttle (Doris Day) and her two attractive sisters live with their father Aunt Jessie in a small town in Connecticut. When Alex Burke (Gig Young) a composer working on a musical comedy arrives on the scene both Laurie and her sister Fran fall in love with him. Alex calls the embittered pianist and composer Barney Sloan (Frank Sinatra) to help him arrange the musical score.
Glee! Like you’ve never experienced before! Here’s your front-row seat to a thrilling concert performed by the phenomenally talented cast of Glee. See your favourite stars from the hit TV show as they sing the songs you love and dance up a storm on stage. Get swept up in the energy of “Glee Live” – including performances not seen in cinemas, hilarious sue Sylvester introductions and exclusive interviews. Special Features: Exclusive Performances Not Seen in Cinemas: “Dog Days Are Over” and “Friday” Extended Performances of “Ain’t No Way” and “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy” On Stage With the Cast Sue Sylvester Introduction 1 Sue Sylvester Introduction 2 Kurt’s Proposal Backstage with the Cast Includes Warblers clip not seen in cinema
This box set includes That's Entertainment That's Entertainment Part II That's Entertainment Part III.
Gloria Harkinson's mother an actress eager to maintain her glamorous mystique has tucked her away in a Swiss boarding school. The creative teenager realizes that she can not speak about her mom to anyone there. Because she has no living father either she decides to invent one -- a rugged adventurer no less. Her imaginary pop becomes a ""problem "" however when Gloria's friends demand to meet the heroic fellow. So she finds a vacationing composer to fill ""dad's"" shoes!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most beloved family film of all time! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure and Winner of five ACADEMY AWARDS® including Best Picture* stars Julie Andrews as Maria the warm-hearted young woman who leaves the convent to bring joy and music to Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his children. Experience this magnificent movie musical filled with unforgettable songs including “Do-Re-Mi ” “My Favorite Things” and “The Sound of Music.” Includes All-New 60-Minute Documentary – The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and more!
After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet impresario Martin Cortland tries to show he's not chasing after showgirl Sheila Winthrop. Choreographer Robert Curtis gets caught in the middle of the boss's scheme. Army conscription offers Robert the perfect escape from his troubles - or does it?
Available for the first time on DVD, the zany, madcap Never Too Young To Rock was made at the high point of glam rock in 1975. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the driving, feelgood sounds of the era's top pop combos in their pomp. From the infectious choruses of Mud's 'Tiger Feet' and 'The Cat Crept In', through the catchy doo-wop of The Rubettes, to percussive anthems like The Glitter Band's 'Angel Face', this film provides aural nostalgia at its most intense. The pleasures of this glittery little time capsule don't end with the songs, though: just check out the threads on all those young dudes - the revival of the scarlet, bell-bottomed cat suit with sparkly epaulettes must surely be just round the corner. 'Bless my soul, it's rock and roll'!
Radislav Jovanov Gonzo directs this performance of a traditional Croatian chant. The performance, influenced by an epic poem by Marko Marulic, sees Croatian musicologist and singer Katarina Livljanic draw on melodies that date back to Gregorian and Glagolitic sources to produce a piece of music steeped in cultural tradition.
This mammoth of a box set contains eight discs and eight of the finest Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers features. Contains: 1. Top Hat 2. Shall We dance 3. Follow The Fleet 4. Carefree 5. The Gay Divorcee 6. Swing Time 7. Flying Down To Rio 8. The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle For individual synopses please refer to the individual box sets.
Few actresses have dominated the camera as powerfully as Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones. Her polished beauty plays in irresistible contrast to her title character's leonine sexuality and fluid emotions; a man can't decide from moment to moment if he wants to save her from doom, build her a castle, or never let her out of bed. Of course, that's the problem with the boys in this semi-experimental adaptation of Bizet's opera, Carmen. Straight-arrow Joe (a strapping Harry Belafonte), an obedient corporal on a southern military base during World War II, is all set to go to flight school and marry his hometown sweetie, Cindy Lou (Olga James), when his troublemaking sergeant orders him to accompany Carmen to a civilian court. In short order, Joe is swept up in Carmen's carnal anarchy and her craving for release from lousy options in life. An impulsive act of violence ensures that Joe's future is gone forever, putting Carmen in the difficult position of destroying their relationship to save him. Oscar Hammerstein II took Bizet's music in 1943 and rewrote the book and lyrics. The result is largely a smashing success with a few missteps (the bullfighter in Bizet's piece becomes a heavyweight boxer here, which breaks up a certain grace in the story) and a couple of perfect stretches (the long prelude to Carmen and Joe's first embrace, set on Carmen's hoodoo-ish home turf). Despite the fact that both Dandridge and Belafonte were singers, their vocal performances were dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. (Yes, it is a little disconcerting to hear another voice coming out of the more familiar Belafonte's mouth.) Otto Preminger directed with his usual eye on economy of action and production, as the numerous musical numbers tend to be shot in lengthy, single, carefully choreographed takes. The result can be a little visually static at times, but the passion behind the singing pulls everything through.--Tom Keogh
Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition
The ups and downs of Flo Ziegfeld who produced ever more bigger and spectacular shows and revues throughout his life...
New York, 1929: a war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan in Alan Parker's much-loved kiddie mob flick.
"The Wizard of Oz" has charmed and thrilled audiences for seven decades with its timeless music and truly heart-warming story. The unforgettable songs and characters come to life in a sing-along extravaganza that all the family can enjoy time and again.
Daisy Gamble an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring and does wonders with her flowers wants to quit smoking to please her fiance Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she's under her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities and he finds himself falling in love with one of them!
After Elvis Presley got out of the army in 1960, he was instantly ushered into G.I. Blues, a Paramount movie about an Oklahoma singer who (surprise) gets out of the army and wants to open a club. Making a potentially lucrative bet that he can seduce a cabaret singer (Juliet Prowse), Elvis instead falls in love. Leaving behind his rockabilly roots for a slicker image better suited to early 60s pop, the Elvis of this movie is the one who made almost 30 more just like it. The songs include "G.I. Blues", "It's Not Good Enough for You," "Tonight Is So Right for Love" and "Wooden Heart". It's directed by Norman Taurog, a studio veteran who made his first film in 1928 and worked many times with Presley. --Tom Keogh
This star-studded gala concert hosted by Gillian Anderson celebrates the life and work of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. Over 40 musicals embedded in the annals of musical theatre history including collaborations with such lyricists as Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II are represented here in this joyous celebration of the absolute pinnacle of Broadway music and song. This extravaganza features the best loved numbers from classic pieces of theatre including: 'Bewitched' 'My Funny Valentine' 'I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen' 'Oklahoma!' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
Norman Jewison directs one of Hollywood's most famous screen teams, DORIS DAY and ROCK HUDSON as a perky housewife and her hypochondriac husband in this, their third and final film together. Hudson is hilarious as an obsessed hypochondriac who mistakenly overhears his doctor discussing the impending death of a patient. Believing the poor victim is himself, Hudson elicits the help of his friend and neighbour, Tony Randall, to find a new husband for his soon-to-be-widowed wife. Randall, unfortunately, isn't much help as he deals with his upcoming loss by swigging martinis. Alarmed by her husband's increasingly strange behaviour, Day becomes even more frustrated when an old paramour (Clint Walker) shows up at their country club and Hudson encourages his attentions towards her! With it's 'top performers...in top form' ( The Hollywood Reporter), Send Me No Flowers also features Paul Lynde as a side-splitting cemetery plot salesman who 'loves people'. Hal March and Burt Bacharach's title tune is sung by Miss Day, and her costumes, include her sexy boudoir wardrobe, are designed by Jean Louis.