Cabaret - 30th Anniversary Special Edition details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael York, Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper|
|Studio:||FREMANTLE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Cabaret - 30th Anniversary Special Edition
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jun 2009|
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Cabaret, 1972By Jolene from Brixton, London , 07 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Bob Fosse?s 'Cabaret? is a timeless classic and richly deserved its eight Academy Award?s. Set in Berlin in 1931, the film takes its name from the singing and dancing shows that were popular in nightclubs in the inter-war years. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) is a cabaret performer. Brian Roberts, (Michael York) is a reserved English man, newly arrived in Germany to teach his native language. The two become inseparable friends and lovers despite Brian?s homosexual tendencies.
Minnelli?s dazzling Oscar-winning performance steals the show. She performs flamboyantly on stage and off, singing and dancing, flirting and fornicating. Sally is steadfast in her belief that she will someday be a movie star and throughout we see her as a dreamer. However, in the closing scenes, it seems that realism does prevail, it?s just not how we expected.
The characters are generally stereotypes. Sally is a brash liberated American. Brian is a staid upper class English-man. Natalia (Marisa Berenson) is a rich Jew heiress, a woman who takes love seriously. Fritz (Fritz Wepper) is a penniless Protestant, a man who is flippant when it comes to love and sees a rich woman as a meal ticket. Joel Grey, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor is the flamboyant, transvestite Master of Ceremonies.
The movie is set against the backdrop of a rising Nazi Germany. The fervour of the German people is felt intensely when a young boy in Nazi uniform raises an Aryan crowd to its feet singing with keen passion the words of the song ?Tomorrow Belongs To Me?.
However, the two main characters are eager to embrace the fun side of life. They drink, they dance, they sing, they entertain and indulge in general debauchery which is great to watch as they never take themselves too seriously.
The setting, cinematography choreography and music are absolutely fantastic. Even if you aren?t a fan of musicals, this one is worth watching. The singing is confined mainly to the cabaret and unlike many musicals, there is a lot of straight-talking dialogue.
It is worth watching for nostalgic purposes alone. Just sit back and loose yourself in the wonderful whirling world of the cabaret.
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Not really my tasteBy a customer from Reading , 30 Jun 2008I don't know why, but I didn't like this film. And I can't just pinpoint why. Music is fantastic, story is good, acting is good... but it just doens't work for me.
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008What a great musical this still is. It has not aged and is just as poignant today as it ever was. Superb performances from Liza Minelli and Joel Gray make this a must see musical. The songs are great; the story is great; the driection is great; the atmosphere is spot on. I would thoroughly recommned this anytime.
Disappointing - I prefer the stage showBy Alexis84 (6 reviews) from Epsom , 20 Jun 2008Having seen the stage show and heard great things about this film, I was disappointed with the film. This story does have a political message but I think this is overplayed and ends up just being strange. Although fosse is iconic chorographer, I not sure I like his style, tis not for me. I'll stick to the stage show, an excuse for cabaret numbers with a bit of a storyline thanks.
If I had seen the film, I would never have seen the stage show.By RosieR (3 reviews) from Ashtead , 24 Feb 2008It's awful, long, boring, hammy, and the references to the nazi's are so vague you could miss it. if you like the music buy the CD. I can't imagine how they made such a fabulous stage show from this.
DisappointingBy a customer from London, England , 22 Jan 2008Having seen the stage show which I really enjoyed, I was really disappointed with this film. I know it is meant to be a classic and everyone I have spoken to loves this film, but I just found it boring, badly acted and simply not as entertaining as the stage show.