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Bette Midler - The Showgirl Must Go On (Blu-Ray)

Jordan Ballard , Kyra DaCosta , Bette Midler    Unrated   Blu-ray
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The Divine Miss M is back! Bette Midler returns in this Las Vegas extravaganza taped before a packed house at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade features an exhilarating tour de force of some of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage characters. Joining her is an entourage of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, 16 dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Thrilling audiences with her captivating performances, Ms. Midler’s superstar power continues to shine as she belts out show stopping renditions of her biggest hits including “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello in There” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” SONG LIST: Big Noise from Winnetka, The Showgirl Must Go On, Friends, The Rose, Do You Wanna Dance, From a Distance, Boolya JaDa, Hello in There, Pretty Legs/Hot in Here, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind Beneath My Wings

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The picture came in 1080i 1.78:1 codec. The colours are bright, especially in the dazzling dancing sequence, but the overall picture was soft. The background scenery was well done, but not as 3-D as that in the Celine Dion's concert at Caesars Palace. (3.5/5)


The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 faired much better. The singing voice was well defined. The dialogue was clearly heard. The 13-member band was tight in their musical presentation. (4/5)


This concert was filmed in 2010 while Bette Midler was performing in the Caesars Palace. Her major hits are there: The Rose, Do You Wanna Dance, From A Distance (where she ran across the huge stage bare-footed wearing a nice gown...pretty fit for a 65 year old lady), Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (I was impressed by the video on the screen when three very young Bette Midler, dressed in different colour shirts, sang to the tune), and of course, Wind Beneath My Wings. Her playing of the ukulele in the song The Glory Of Love was another highlight.

Our Divine Miss M's humour and monologue are all there. Be warned by some foul language used. My eyes were opened when she said that "if your last concert was that of Jethro Tull, you won't know that lights from cigarette lighters and candles are now replaced by cell-phones"...learn something every day!

I was very impressed with the dancing sequence of 16 dazzling scantily-dressed dancers, that she called The Caesar Salad Girls, and the three Harlettes. The dances were very well choreographed, and the costumes were very colourful. It was pure Vegas-styled, whereas in Celine Dion's concert, the choreography was more detailed and refined. A totally different style.

The concert was quite short at 67 minutes.
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There's only one Bette so I was full of anticipation when I ordered this DVD. But I was a bit disappointed. She is in great voice and sings all of her hits but the whole concert is a bit lifeless. Maybe it's the huge stage or the odd dance numbers. Maybe it's the requirement that she sings all her hits, which came fast and furious. The total sum of all this seemed a bit perfunctory and there weren't a lot of surprises. Still, the DVD is an inexpensive way to see her Las Vegas show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bette Pleass reshoot this in HiDef Nov. 11 2011
Great concert by the Divine one. Unfortunately the quality of the encoding is not very good. Picture quality is poor. Sound is just OK. Bette, Please learn from Elton John and Sting on how to do great Blurays!
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  62 reviews
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brassy Broad And A Grand Dame Doing What She Does Best--Putting On A Spectacle July 7 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
I think that it's a safe bet that anyone who might be picking up Bette Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On" is most likely already a fan of the Divine Miss M. So what can I tell you? Showgirl is a production that ran for approximately two years at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between 2008 and early 2010. Taped for HBO, this is the fifth special that Midler has provided for the network in her illustrious career (the first was in 1977!). Unfortunately, the HBO airing and the subsequent DVD release does not showcase the entire Vegas production. Midler's average show clocked in at about 90 minutes and the DVD release (as well as the televised HBO production) comes in at 67 minutes. Most of Midler's biggest and most expected numbers are intact with a song list that includes the following noteworthy numbers:

Big Noise from Winnetka, The Showgirl Must Go On, Friends, The Rose, Do You Wanna Dance, From a Distance, Boolya JaDa, Hello in There, Pretty Legs/Hot in Here, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind Beneath My Wings

If you saw the show live, perhaps the most noticeable omission is the uproarious disco parody. However, wishing doesn't make things different and won't add the content back into the concert. As the creative force and producer behind the show, I'm sure Midler had a hand in the final decision making process (I suspect it came down to financial matters as it usually does, especially concerning various non-Midler covers). But if you love Midler, you'll have to decide if the 70 minute version is enough to keep you entertained. And, for most, I'm guessing the answer will be "yes."

Midler provides everything you might expect in this presentation. More mature, and more prone to breathlessness, she can still light up a stage. Here she is ably backed by a troupe of dancers called the Caesar Salad Girls (the costuming is inspired), a 13 piece band, and a back up singing group named The Harlettes. It's bawdy, brassy and quite colorful (as are all her shows) and ripe with double entendres without being overtly inappropriate to more sensitive viewers. But I will say that with Midler--what you expect is what is delivered. If you are familiar with her stage performances, nothing here is particularly revelatory. It's just a grand dame doing what she does best. An easy recommendation if you're a fan. KGHarris, 7/11.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such A Disapointment Oct. 26 2011
By Audio Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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As many others have stated, so much great material from this show was left on the cutting room floor. The audio is - LOUSY. Where are the vocals? It sounds like the audio recordists opened a stereo pair of mics in the middle of the room and called it a day. So sad. If you want the real Bette: energy, creativity, and the genius that she can be, get the first HBO special LIVE AT LAST. It may have really crude and early TV production values, but brilliant, honest and satisfying performance from a genuine STAR performer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Even die-hard fans, don't bother April 22 2012
By jonny - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure this was an incredible show at an incredible venue, but you'd never know if from the DVD. This is the worst produced DVD ever in the history of the world. The audio quality is horrible, and the video isn't much better. For gosh sakes this is LAS VEGAS in the super showroom built to house Ms Dion for five years, you know they've got the very best sound and video available, but this DVD is just a bad afterthought. It's a shame, because Ms Midler has always been captured best live on camera, and she has a whole catalogue of HBO shows that were extremely well done (but apparently aren't available today).

I've loved Bette Midler her entire career, but this DVD is absolutely a piece of crap. Do not bother. It is an insult to one of the great talents of all time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bette midler: the showgirl must go on Nov. 25 2011
By rw - Published on Amazon.com
my wife and i have been fans of bette for almost 40 years-----we've seen many of her concerts including one in passaic, new jersey before she hit the big time----we love her and how she gives her all in every performance----now we are all getting older and are slowing down, but foolishly we didn't think bette would----of course she has----her energy level was not the same as we remembered----this is nothing against her since she still put on a good show, BUT if you want to see bette at her best get a dvd of one her her older shows----bette is one of the best performers of all time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler Delivers World Class Entertainment ! Oct. 8 2011
By John L. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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I fell in love with Bette Midler when she starred in The Rose, seeing the movie 9 times in the theater in 1979. With every concert, movie and TV special she always improved at every level, a master of comedic timing. A Hollywood producer once wrote, "Let Bette Be Bette" which is exactly what this incredible production is all about. Every minute of this show is Bette Midler at her very best, and it should be, Bette produced the show! The Showgirl Must Go On embodies a lifetime of Bette's hits in world class staging with a supporting cast that for me has propelled Bette to the the very top of entertainers who have performed in Las Vegas. Most impressive are the new arrangements of some of her biggest hits. "Do You Want To Dance" is sheer brilliance and magic, but the choreography of Boolya JaDa leaves me wondering how many months it must have taken to get the dancers to execute the precision timing of this number and reveal on stage costume transitions to the flawless levels exhibited. Having lived here most of my life, I have seen them all, from Barbra Streisand (1969 & 2000), Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, David Foster with the many singers he produces including Michael Buble and every major production show the strip has offered for the past 40 years. The Showgirl Must Go On zooms to the top of all Las Vegas shows I have seen because I have never felt any entertainer connect with the audience as The Divine Miss M does in this show. When she sings, most of the time she is at the edge of the stage. You feel as though she is talking to you in your living room during her monologue delivered while sitting on the stairs coming off the stage. Best of all, Bette's incredible smile and genuine joy in delivering this amazing performance achieves what only a lifetime of stage experience and talent can produce. You can watch this DVD for its production value or just play the music and be equally entertained. I play the music as I fall asleep several nights a week as there is no other that makes me dream of the best moments of my life. Thank you Miss M for being such a delight, you are amazing!
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