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Description: Other installment from the historic vaults of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Contains exclusive performaces by U2 with Bruce Springsteen, Queen with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, The Byrds with Don Henly & Jackson Browne and many more. Also contains induction and acceptance speeches, behind-the-scenes and rehearsal footage
Description: Third of nine volumes presenting of some of the greatest moments of speeches, performances and backstage moments of the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. Footage was culled from the RockHalls archives and represent 24 years of events. Contains exclusive performances by U2 with Bruce Springsteen, Queen with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, The Byrds with Don Henley and Jackson Browne and many more.
Description: This posthumous tribute to Blind Melon documents the band's ascendancy to the top of the charts, including extensive footage of live club performances, their set at Woodstock '94, late-night tv appearances, and behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions for their final album. Songs contain "Soup," "Toes Across the Floor," "St. Andrews Hall," "Soul One" and "No Rain (Ripped Away Version)."
Description: In this drama, an aspiring playwright gets a job in a Fresh York Town restaurant favored by celebrities in hopes of getting a break. Unfortunately, most of them trust that the waiter lacks the talent to create it big. Only an aspiring songwriter, and a former waitress who has become a popular Hollywood radio star, really trust in him. When the ex-waitress drops by the restaurant to tell hello, she and the others decide to enjoy a trick on an arrogant producer by making him trust the waiter has written a sure-fire hit. They succeed and the producer puts on the show. The singer gets to be the star. When the present becomes a smash, everyone is surprised. Songs include: "Hitchhike To Happiness," "For You And Me," "Sentimental," and "My Pushover Heart."
Description: In September 1995, what had been a wild dream for so many became corporeal reality as the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally opened its doors. To celebrate such an august moment, a concert to end all concerts, featuring a Who's Who of rock and rhythm and blues greats, was held at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes eleven of the best performances from that day, ranging from the street-smart sounds of Lou Reed and Soul Asylum to the sanctified soul of Al Green. If you were lucky enough to be there, you know how incendiary the concert was. If not, the material on this DVD will blow your mind and send you straight to rock and roll heaven!
Description: 2009 collection from Dave Grohl and the Foos including two brand fresh tracks, 'Wheels' and 'Word Forward', both recorded with producer Butch Vig (who also produced Grohl's former band, Nirvana!). This perfect collection details some of the finest melodic Rock released in the last 15 years including 'The Pretender', 'All My Life', 'Learn To Fly', 'Best of You', 'Times Like These', 'My Hero', 'Everlong', and many more.
Description: Second of nine volumes presenting of some of the greatest moments of speeches, performances and backstage moments of the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. Footage was culled from the RockHalls archives and represent 24 years of events.
Description: 1886 ver in 5 acts. Recorded live on 14 and 17 June and 3 July. Royal Opera House production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. The highlight of the 2007/8 season, this lavish production is staged by National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner, conducted by Antonio Pappano, and sees Rolando Villazon and Marina Poplavskaya performing the starring roles.
Description: Live performances from the 2013 Difficult Rock Calling Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Also contains backstage interviews with some of the artists involved.
Description: This is the definitive video biography of rock 'n roll legend Buddy Holly. Produced and hosted by former Beatle, Paul McCartney, contains interviews with Keith Richards, Phil and Don Everly, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Holly's family, and McCartney himself, among others.
Description: Unusually elaborate for a PRC film, Minstrel Boy is a lively musical drama built around the talents of veteran vaudevillian Benny Fields. The star is cast as Dixie Man Johnson, who rises from the ranks of minstrel shows to become a top Broadway attraction. On the opening night of his best scene triumph, Dixie Boy's wife dies in childbirth. Profoundly shaken, he walks out of the show, leaving the baby to be raised by his showbiz pals Mae and Lasses White (Gladys George, Roscoe Karns). The child grows up to be an pretty young girl called Caroline (Judy Clark), who follows in her dad's footsteps by billing herself as-that's right-Dixie Woman Johnson. This leads to a tearful reunion between Caroline and the father she'd long assumed to be dead. If Minstrel Boy seems at times to be a dress rehearsal for Columbia's The Jolson Storyline (1946), it shouldn't surprising: the PRC movie was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to helm Jolson Story's musical highlights.
Description: Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both test to create it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a several professional gigs, something is missing from their act and they are not popular. Believing a tiny money will boost their career, Frankie heads for Washington, D.C. to see if her wealthy father will support them. En route Frankie is mistaken for the wife of the well-known pilot Johnny Pearson and ends up in his suite having to pretend she is his spouse. When the pilot meets her, romantic sparks fly.
Description: As dancer Ginny Walker performs on stage, a veiled girl in the audience stands up, accuses Ginny of stealing her husband and then fires a gun at her. After Ginny collapses and is taken to her dressing room, the woman, Julia Westcolt, a mate of Ginny's, dashes backstage, discards her veil, and then congratulates her mate on their successful publicity stunt. When Ginny's press agents, Gus Crane and his son Junior, visit their client backstage, she brags about her feat and chides them for not being more constructive in promoting her. Horrified at Ginny's brashness, Junior, a conservative Harvard graduate, chastises her and leaves the room.
Description: In 1979 and 1980, three globe renowned guitarists, John Mc Laughlin, Paco De Lucia and Larry Coryell, formed a guitar super-trio and toured Europe. This is the recording of their performance live at Royal Albert Hall.
Description: Filmed live during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on 2 March 2013, this is the first authorised Morrissey movie for nine years and marks 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers. The movie opens with fanatics talking about their unwavering devotion to the singer and the special appeal of this unusual venue – a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center on the previous night. Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium were sold out in 12 seconds and this actually legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on the US Tour. Featuring many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire including Meat Is Murder, Daily Is Like Sunday, Please, Please Please Allow Me Receive What I Wish and The Man With The Thorn In His Side, Morrissey 25: Live is an unmissable cinema happening for fanatics worldwide.
Description: Two of most renowned portuguese musicians, Carlos do Carmo and Bernardo Sassetti, from the jazz, joined together in 2010 for a special musical production. Carlos do Carmo is a nice fado singer, while Bernardo Sassetti is a nice jazz piano player. Their joint performance is a special and wonderful blend of fado and Jazz.
Description: A grown-up Jane Withers is joined by a entire slew of former kid stars in the lightweight Republic musical Johnny Doughboy. Withers capably essays the part of a teenaged film star who tires of the spotlight and runs away from Hollywood. Adopting an alias, she joins "The Junior Win Caravan", a group of youthful USO performers. She also pursues a romance with much-older playwright Henry Wilcoxon, only to be (deliberately) disillusioned by the man. Among the juvenile favorites making cameo appearances in Johnny Doughboy are Bobby Breen, Baby Sandy, Butch & Buddy, Cora Sue Collins, Robert Coogan (Jackie's brother) and ex-"Little Rascals" George "Spanky" McFarland and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.
Description: In this musical, a gang of college students decide to enjoy a tiny trick by creating the excellent student. The fictional gal has everything a university would ever want. The problem starts when the campus psych professor becomes determined to meet this girl. If the gang cannot bring her forward, they will be expelled. They hire a Fresh York actress to portray the imaginary woman and all is well at the end. Songs include: "It Seems I've Heard That Song Before," "You're So Nice to Me" "If It's Love," "Man," "Gotcha Too Ta Mee," "You Got to Study, Buddy." All the songs were penned by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne who went on to become one of Hollywood's top song-writing teams.
Description: In this musical, the second entry in a five-film series, a thrift store owner sells his business and buys a tiny time radio station. He starts looking for sponsors. He finds one with a department shop owner who will only lend him the cash if he will let his daughter, an aspiring tap-dancer and singer, to perform on the air. This is unfortunate as she is tone-deaf. To compensate, the owner hires a true singer to dub the daughter's voice. The singer and the owner's nephew fall in love and mayhem ensues. Songs include: the Oscar nominated "Who Am I?," "Swing Weak Sweet Rhythm," "In The Cool of the Evening," "Make Yourself at Home," "The Swap Store Song," "The Trading Post," "Sally," "Ramona," "Sweet Sue," "Dinah," "Margie," and "Mary Lou."
Description: In his last movie assignment, portly Walter Connolly fills the game role (in more methods than one) in The Nice Victor Herbert. Very tiny of Herbert's life storyline is incorporated in the screenplay (a closing game now apologizes for the film's paucity of cold difficult facts); instead, the writers let the famed composer's works to speak for themselves. In the tradition of one of his own operettas, Herbert spends most of his time patching up the shaky marriage between tenor John Ramsey (Allan Jones) and Louise Hall (Mary Martin). Many of Herbert's most popular compositions are well in evidence, including "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life", "March of the Toys" and "Kiss Me Again", the latter performed con brio by teenaged coloratura Susanna Foster. Evidently, the producers were able to safe the movie rights for the Herbert songs, but not for the scene productions in which they appeared, which may explain such bizarre interpolations as having a song from Naughty Marietta.
Description: Dorothy Lamour and Ray Milland, a famous Paramount screen squad specializing in south-sea extravaganzas, don "civilized" garb (at least briefly) for Tropic Holiday. Lamour plays a Mexican senorita, while Milland is a visiting American screenwriter. Since we know where this is going, our attention is deflected each so often by comedy relief Bob "Bazooka" Burns and Martha Raye, who are frankly more watchable than the leads. Also on hand is Mexican musical star Tito Guizar, who was still packing 'em in for his concert tours of the 1980s. Tropic Vacation contrives to remove most of Dorothy Lamour's clothing before the fade-out, just so we remember who's top billed around here.
Description: In this musical comedy, a crooked record producer uses his mob connections to force performers to do their stuff. The problem really starts when the gangster's strong-arm strategies nearly cause a singer to lose his fiancée. A wide tons of entertainers appear including cowboy crooner Gene Autry, baseball character Joe DiMaggio, and large band stars Cab Calloway, Ted Lewis, and the Kay Thompson Singers. Songs contain "Mamma I Wanna Create Rhythm," "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round," "Heaven?," "I Owe You," and "It's Round-up Time in Reno."
Description: This light-hearted musical romance follows the exploits of Nikki Martin (Lily Pons), a pretty French opera star who stows away on an ocean liner in hopes of escaping her jealous fiancee. Once aboard, she joins an American swing band and falls in love with its leader (Gene Raymond), who, after hearing her sing, eventually comes to reciprocate her feelings. That Woman From Paris received an Academy Award Nomination for Greatest Sound, and contains musical highlights such as, "Seal It With a Kiss," "The Blue Danube," "Una Voce Poco Fa," and "The Call to Arms." Directed by Leigh Jason, this film also details actors Mischa Auer, Frank Jenks, Lucille Ball and Jack Oakie.
Description: The "Caliban-Ariel" romance of fiftysomething John Barrymore and teenager Elaine Barrie is spoofed in this delicious 20th Century Fox musical. Adolphe Menjou plays the Barrymore counterpart, a loose-living film star with a penchant for wine, women, and more wine. Alice Faye plays a nightclub singer hungry for publicity. Her agent (Gregory Ratoff) arranges a "romance" between Faye and Menjou. Eventually Faye winds up with Michael Whalen, allowing Menjou to continue his blissful, bibulous bachelorhood. Sing, Baby, Sing represented the feature-film debut of the Ritz Brothers, who are in top form in their specialty numbers--and who are awarded a final curtain call after the "The End" title, just so the audience won't forget them (The same device was used to introduce British actor George Sanders in Fox's Lancer Spy ).
Description: Canary-voiced man wonder Bobby Breen once more croons his method into our hearts in Create a Wish. While vacationing at a boys' camp, the rambunctious Breen befriends famed composer Basil Rathbone. Stuck for an inspiration for his recent operetta, Rathbone at last finds it when he meets Breen's superb mother Marion Claire, a famous singer. Alas, her stiff-necked fiance Ralph Forbes refuses to let her to return to the stage, whereupon Rathbone spirals into a depression -- and even worse, a profound situation of writers' block. But Little-Mister-Fixit Breen manages to patch up everything just in time for Claire to debut in Rathbone's recent masterpiece. Offering much-needed comedy relief are Henry Armetta, Leon Errol and Donald Meek as a trio of parasitic would-be songwriters. Create a Want was based on a storyline by Gertrude Berg, of "Molly Goldberg" fame.
Description: Warner Baxter plays the ambitious producer of a burlesque present who rises to the large time on Broadway. Alice Faye is the loyal burleycue singer who supports create Baxter a success. His head turned by sudden fame, Baxter falls under the spell of a society girl (Mona Barrie) who has theatrical aspirations of her own. She marries Baxter, then convinces him to produce a string of "artistic" plays rather than his extravagant musical revues. The plays are flops, and the girl haughtily divorces Baxter. Faithful Alice Faye, who'd gone to London when her ex-beau was married, returns to the penniless Baxter. She and her burlesque buddies squad up to pull Baxter out of his rut and place him on top again.
Description: For the first time ever on DVD! See your favourite ponies in a brand-new, live-action magical musical recorded live on stage! Pinkie Pie and her mates are planning the World's Largest Tea Party and each pony has promised to bring something unique to create the celebration positively perfect. As Pinkie Pie arrives at the party, she realizes that she forgot something very necessary - the tea! Will the ponies be able to save The World's Largest Tea Party? This interactive musical production details fun and exciting sing-along songs that encourage dancing and participation! Join Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity the Unicorn and all your pony mates as they learn that teamwork and real friendship everytime come to the rescue!
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I love Carmen, it is one of my all-time favourites. Of the productions I've seen, this Carmen is not as nice as the 1984 and 1967 movies which are the definitive Carmens to me. However, despite its issues it is one of the better Carmens I've seen and I've seen almost all that are listed on IMDb.Not only that, it is for me one of the better Met:Live in HD broadcasts, up there with Eugene Onegin, Il Trittico, Dr Atomic, La Boheme, Thais, La Rondine, Il Puritani and La Sonnambula, and infinitely superior to the disappointing Lucia Di Lammermoor(the Netrebko production) and the fiascoes that were Tosca and Hansel and Gretel.The Met production of Carmen is not perfect. I didn't like it that the final stage is when a heavy bull gets slaughtered. This didn't work for me seeing as it is intended for the final stage to be a confrontation between Carmen and Don Jose(beautifully played otherwise by both leads with Garanca especially intense), which is one of the highlights of the opera, having a wooden bull really diminished the drama and gave a somewhat campy feel that didn't sit right with me.My another flaw is the performance of Escamillo, courtesy of Teddy Tahu-Rhodes. Granted the role is very promises-more-than-you-can-deliver sort of role, and one where it is hard not to ham it up a notch. Rhodes is nice vocally I give you that, but his presence is very uncompelling, I missed the confidence and swagger required for the role.Flaws aside, the production looks great, the costumes look lovely and the scenery and backdrops have a true sense of authenticity. The high definition still is promising as is the sound. The choreography in the preludes is inspired and very confidently performed.Musically, this Carmen is outstanding. There is some true Spanish flavour in the orchestration, and Nezet-Seguin's conducting one of the more electrifying conducting jobs since Kleiber or Abbado. The chorus, particularly in Les Voici, are also excellent.The principals are outstanding. For me the standouts were Keith Miller as Zuniga, a unbelievable portrayal and one of the better ones of this role I've seen, and Elina Garanca(replacing Angela Gheorghiu) as a very seductive, flirtatious, sexy yet very icy and controlled Carmen, even attempting the trills and ornamentations written in the score and very well.Roberto Alagna is also solid as Don Jose, though I do think he is more believable showing his sympathetic side than his darker, tormented side. His acting is magnificent throughout, his french diction faultless and the voice intelligently used generally, but he can go sharp under pressure in the more dramatic passages and he sadly cracks on the B flat in the Flower Song, which was otherwise a deeply felt rendition of the aria. Apparently he did have a cold, so that does explain things if true.I do consider Micaela a flat character, though her act three aria Je Dis Que Rien M'Enpouvente is very poignant. Barbara Frittoli does sing and act beautifully, even if a tad mechanical at the start, and her chemistry with Alagna is believable, vs all this she doesn't quite go the additional mile to create Micaela more credible than she already is.Overall, not flawless but one of the better Carmens I've seen. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox
This production of Carmen, from earlier this year, was shown on PBS. I liked the sets: the opening stage with the troops lounging around their post, a chain-link fence behind them with some posters stuck on it worked very well for me. The set revolved, which made Carmen's getaway stage more enjoyable. The costumes were also good, in early-20th century style.The singing was variable. Roberto Alagna was magnificent as Don Jose, perhaps the greatest I have ever heard. "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen" from Act IV was unbearably poignant. Barbara Frittoli, not the best Micaela, had some nice moments, as did Keith Miller as Zuniga. Teddy Rhodes was a mediocre Escamillo. Elina Garanca will never be my concept of Carmen: She gets around the scene athletically enough, and sings well, but she is more terrifying than charming. She wears a large curly wig that is a distraction to the viewer, and is all wrong for her coloring. You may wish to go to her many YouTube clips for a better concept of what she can do with a Carmen aria.
This is a brand fresh production of Carmen but it is about as traditional as it is possible to be. Richard Eyre, the director, seems to have one eye on the coach parties for this, the world's most famous opera. Even within its own limited terms of reference it is a failure. It is under-directed by Eyre and there is no attention to detail.The production is not helped by having Elina Garanca in the game role. The Latvian ice maiden makes an unlikely Carmen even in a curly brunette wig. She is just not sexy, even when she is extracting an orange from the depths of her ample bosom. I could tell particularly when she is extracting an orange from the depths of her ample bosom.On the positive side, Roberto Alagna is an effective Don Jose and Barbara Frittoli's diffident scene presence, for once, works in her favour in her role of Michaela. Teddy Tahu Rhodes does not impress as Escamillo although, apparently, he took the part at short notice.Pehaps I could mention that Carmen is my least favorite opera. That does not mean that I never play it. Read my review of the 2006 Berlin production to search out what can be done with this opera with just a tiny imagination.
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