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  • Actors: Jordan Ballard, Kyra DaCosta, Carol Hatchett, Kandis Mak, Kamilah Marshall
  • Directors: Bette Midler
  • Writers: Bruce Vilanch, Eric Kornfeld
  • Producers: Bette Midler, Paul Remo, Seanne Farmer
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 11 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00595W43C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,932 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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VIDEO:

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)

AUDIO:

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)

CONCERT:

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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BETTE MIDLER: THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON [2010] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Blazingly Funny! Ms. Midler Hits All The Notes With Breath To Spare!

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 67-minute cavalcade features an exhilarating tour de force of some of Ms. Midler's colourful 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 and Wind Beneath My Wings.

Artist: Bette Midler

Harlettes: Jordan Ballard, Kyra DaCosta, Carol Hatchett, Kandis Mak and Kamilah Marshall

Director: Bette Midler

Screenplay: Bruce Vilanch and Eric Kornfeld

Producers: Bette Midler, Paul Remo and Seanne Farmer

Choreography: Tony Basil

Costume Design: Constance Hoffman

Video Resolution: 1080i

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.
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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: HASH(0x9adf924c) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aca4dc8) 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
Format: Blu-ray
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aca4e1c) out of 5 stars A Brassy Broad And A Grand Dame Doing What She Does Best--Putting On A Spectacle June 10 2013
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 and instant video does not showcase the entire Vegas production. Midler's average show clocked in at about 90 minutes and this 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.
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HASH(0x9acb31ec) out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed Sept. 8 2013
By Just One Voice - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping to relive the experience of seeing this Bette Midler show. When we saw her in Las Vegas, our seats were pretty far back. My impression of the live show was that the huge Caesars Coliseum stage overwhelmed her since she is such a tiny person. So I was hoping for more close ups. This video seems to have been edited down from the original show. Unfortunately, just like the live show, too much time is spent on the showgirl dancers during Bette's wardrobe changes. I wanted more of Bette and less of them.
HASH(0x9acb33cc) out of 5 stars BETTE MIDLER: THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON [2010] [Blu-ray] July 31 2014
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BETTE MIDLER: THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON [2010] [Blu-ray] Blazingly Funny! Ms. Midler Hits All The Notes With Breath To Spare!

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 67-minute cavalcade features an exhilarating tour de force of some of Ms. Midler's colourful 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 and Wind Beneath My Wings.

Artist: Bette Midler

Harlettes: Jordan Ballard, Kyra DaCosta, Carol Hatchett, Kandis Mak and Kamilah Marshall

Director: Bette Midler

Screenplay: Bruce Vilanch and Eric Kornfeld

Producers: Bette Midler, Paul Remo and Seanne Farmer

Choreography: Tony Basil

Costume Design: Constance Hoffman

Video Resolution: 1080i

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.0 Uncompressed LPCM Audio Stereo

Subtitles: None

Running Time: 67 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: Pop diva Bette Midler (a.k.a. The Divine Miss M) has enjoyed a long successful career in a wide array of mediums most notably on stage. She has a wonderful stage presence and is liked by many. Her three-year Las Vegas show “The Showgirl Must Go On” which began in February of 2008 and ended in January of 2010 featured many songs that the performer made popular including “From a Distance” and “Wind Beneath My Wings”. Now, The Showgirl Must Go On is out on Blu-ray so fans of Midler’s can rejoice and enjoy her show in crystal-clear high definition. Recorded at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 67-minute The Showgirl Must Go On is a glitzy and colorful spectacle of Bette Midler-like proportions. From neon pink and gold flashing lights to Rockette-type dancers, this show pretty much has it all. Midler sings, dances and even provides some corny stand-up comedy which the audience seems to eat up almost as much as they did their all-you-can-eat dinner buffets.

The Divine Miss M., who perfected her act belting out tunes and cracking X-rated jokes to the patrons of the famous gay bathhouses in New York [with Barry Manilow on the piano]. But the lady could sing, and when someone finally wised up and put her on vinyl in, her multi-tracked rendition of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", with that incomparable voice covering for all three Andrews Sisters, topped the charts. Thirty-six years later, the stage may be bigger and they don't come much bigger than the The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The sequins are more plentiful, the backing orchestra is certainly more polished, the accompanying dancers that are the staggering Harletts and an even larger retinue of Caesar Salad Girls are far more co-ordinated, but the essential Bette Midler is unchanged. "Salty songs and dirty jokes put my daughter through private school!" she tells the crowd. "I've been telling these jokes for forty years . . . and you've been laughing at 'em for forty years" for which the People's Diva gives her sincere thanks.

Bette Midler's show is a canny assembly of popular standards with some minor additions. The selections are interspersed with classic Bette patter and spiced with enough Vegas production pizzazz to cover the costume changes and give the 60-something firecracker a chance to recharge and reload. True to form, Ms. Midler makes her advancing years (and those of her fans) the butt of her own jokes. As is often the case with "tribute" or retrospective shows, I suspect one's enjoyment of Showgirl may depend, in part, on familiarity with the originals that are being recreated, because memory overlays the current performance with recollections of the initial one and the emotions it evoked.

Bette Midler still delivers the voice, and Ms. Midler's rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings," which she saves till the last, demonstrates that Ms. Midler can still bring the heart-felt schmaltz that has kept her fan base broad and loyal all these years. That same emotional appeal, direct, yearning, unadorned, and a lot harder to pull off than it sounds and can be heard in her renditions of "The Rose" and "From a Distance". It's a Ms. Midler trademark as much as the dirty mouth and the scandalous jokes (not so much these days), and it's the real secret to her longevity and loyalty of her massive fans of this Diva and that is why this Blu-ray shows off her true professional performance, that keeps you entertained throughout the show. The only downside to this Blu-ray is, surely the show was much longer than 67 minutes, as I am sure it must be at least 2 hours long, because if I went to see the show live at only 67 minutes, I would be more than miffed and short changed at a short show, I would of demanded my money back.

`Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On' has one of the most peculiar openings I've ever seen on a concert disc. It opens with some terribly shoddy CGI that looks like the disc menu for a low-rent knock-off. A bedraggled donkey wanders in front of a sign bearing Midler's image, a vulture swoops into the frame and tumbleweeds blow by. Finally, after what seems like an eternity, a tornado sweeps through, picks up all of these poor creatures and whisks them to The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, where Ms. Midler is ready to kick off her latest show. Well us Brits in the UK knew what was happening at the start of this Blu-ray disc, as it is a send up of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and that Ms. Bette Midler has arrived in Las Vegas, it is that simple you Americans out there who do not seem to be very knowledge of comedy send ups and again it is that simple and why do Americans get so confused by such hilarious send ups and is one of the most inventive beginning of a Blu-ray disc and the start of a Las Vegas Show.

Ms. Bette Midler’s outsize persona, the Divine thing, serves her well here. Staging a show of this kind on a long strip of stage must be like putting a Broadway show on a subway platform. The strain sometimes shows; even 20 leggy women aren’t quite enough to eat up the space, and the choreography by Toni Basil, delightful in the Soph-and-the-showgirls segment, flounders at other points. The set designs, by the opera veteran Michael Levine, are dominated by a series of shimmering curtains of gold coins that pay elegant tribute to the tradition of Las Vegas glitz. But there’s no escaping the flattening influence of the giant video screen that looms over the stage and makes the space feel a bit like a supersize IMAX theatre.

That Ms. Bette Midler is capable of instantly warming up a room this daunting and filling a stage this forbidding is a testament to her consummate skills as an entertainer. The temperature dips now and then, but she keeps the antiseptic at bay with regular infusions of the down-and-dirty earthiness that is so central to her appeal. Flinging herself on her back at one point, in mock exhaustion, she crankily observes that her predecessor “must have been a robot.” Nobody leaving ‘The Showgirl Must Go On’ will confuse Ms. Bette Midler with a mechanical contraption. She still tears into the soulful ballad “When a Man Loves a Woman,” to cite just one example, with a fierceness that excavates every ounce of pain from it. Like all great showgirls, she may wear sequins like a second skin, but the woman underneath is all flesh and blood, humour and heart. If you are a diehard Ms. Bette Midler fan, then this is the perfect item to pick up. I have to admit it does contain some fantastic memorable songs and Ms. Bette Midler does have a certain appeal many aspect of all generations and you will be mesmerised by an awesome experience, and you will find ‘Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On’ Blu-ray is the most perfect purchase and will give you many endless hours of enjoyment and each time you view this Blu-ray disc, you will see something totally different, that you may not have observed the first time round of this amazing and exciting awesome Las Vegas show. The only negative aspect of this Blu-ray is that the programme is only 67 minutes long, whereas it is advertised that its running time is 90 minutes, so why couldn’t we have the full extravaganza show, very strange?

Blu-ray Video Quality – Image Entertainment's 1080i encoded Blu-ray has been taken from a high-definition video, with the exception of the opening mini-film projected on a giant screen behind the stage at the start of the show. As one would expect with HD original material, but why is not in a 1080p encoded image quality? The source is very clean, sharp and detailed with almost no video noise, except in an occasional long shot, where the play of light off the numerous sequins seems to trip up the interlacing. Blacks surrounding the performers are solid and deep in close and medium shots, but exhibit minor crushing in longer shots; this is probably unavoidable, given the sensitivity of HD cameras and the multiple reflections in an auditorium the size of the Colosseum, so that the dark is never completely dark. This being a video-sourced Blu-ray, there were none of the issues sometimes encountered in film transfers, such as ringing or high-frequency filtering, nor did I observe any compression errors. By the way www.amazon.com has the Blu-ray disc listed as Region A/1, well it is not, and it is All Regions.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track tends to favours the orchestra, which it delivers with punch and presence. It also immerses you in the crowd's applause and laughter, which wraps around the sides. Comedic patter and Ms. Midler's solos are beautifully rendered, but the 5.1 mix struck me as being slightly reticent with the vocals on some songs, especially when it came to balancing Midler, the orchestra and the chorus. Just for comparison, I replayed a few numbers with the 2.0 LPCM track, which seemed to have better balance. In any case, both soundtracks almost certainly have superior tonality value to, and fewer rough edges than, the live performance, thanks to the efforts of sound engineers.

Finally, during one of the breaks between songs, Midler describes how she invented her infamous alter ego, Soph, through whose shameless lips the performer could tell the trashiest jokes she could think of. Bette Midler was 30 at the time; so she imagined someone much, much older, say, 60! At which point, the People's Diva blanches and turns her head away in shame. Bette Midler may have attained Soph's age, but she's far exceeded her creation. Anyone who's still willing, after all these years, to get out on that massive stage, pour her heart into those songs night after night with such conviction, and even display the comparison with her younger self for all the world to see is a class act of rare conviction, even if she does claim to cruise nursing homes looking for dates. Despite my miffed comment on how long the show is, I am still so pleased to add this to my ever increasing Bette Midler Blu-ray Collection, but I am very sad they will not release the Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas [PAL DVD], as this is just as awesome and the running time of 125 minutes is what you call a concert and is so totally hilarious and the jokes just as bawdy and will have to in stitches of laughter the whole 125 minutes. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
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HASH(0x9acb36b4) out of 5 stars Wild Tornado Oct. 9 2011
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"The Showgirl Must Go On" entertained me from beginning to end. I've listened to Bette's recordings for decades, but have never seen her live. This DVD opens with a wild tornado that lands us in a whirlwind of dancing girls, bright colors, music and Bette. Most powerful for me was her performance of "From A Distance," one of the serious songs tucked within the show. Looking great in an orange flowing gown, Bette reaches her hands up almost as if she had a direct line to the Almighty. Also amazing was her powerful performance of John Prine's "Hello In There." Now in her 60s, Bette seemed to have great empathy for old people who "grow lonesome." Toni Basil, who's one hit "Mickey" came in the early 80s, does the choreography. On "Do You Wanna Dance," it is a breathtaking combination of umbrellas that pop open and close with the lights pink and blue. When the DVD ended, I wished there were more. Enjoy!


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