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Forever Plaid - The Movie

Stan Chandler , David Engel , Stuart Ross    DVD
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Forever Plaid is an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony 'guy groups' that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. This quartet of high-school chums, and their earnest dreams of recording an album, ended (symbolically, and even literally) in death, when their cherry red '54 Mercury collided with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The girls were fine. The play begins with the wondrous and wondering Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.

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By daisy M
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
CUTE BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE. GOOD MUSIC THOUGH
I LIKED IT BETTER ON THE BIG SCREEN AND AS A LIVE MUSICAL
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Forever Plaid" Celebrates A Big Anniversary--An Amusing Reunion Tour From The Afterlife Sept. 9 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.

This production reunites Stan Chandler, David Engel and Larry Raben from the original cast (with an assist from Jersey Boy Daniel Reichard) and was taped in 2009. The film adds some opening graphics, a brief narration from David Hyde Pierce, and some visuals unique to the screen version such as overlapping effects. In truth, these embellishments added little to the experience and a few I found outright distracting. But it's a small point. The show has always succeeded as an intimate stage production and that allure is captured in this showcase. Again, there is no question that existing fans will want to enhance their collection with this DVD. Hopefully, I've given enough information to newbies to ascertain whether this is a good fit or not. KGHarris, 9/11.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Show - Translates Beautifully to the Big Screen! Sept. 29 2011
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was already a fan of Forever Plaid, and I was thrilled to hear that it would be released on DVD. The four part harmonies are absolutely beautiful, and the actors exude enormous talent and irresistible charm.

This is a show that doesn't rely on the use of elaborate sets or crazy special effects simply because it doesn't need to. It's pretty amazing that a show that features four men on the same stage for an hour and a half can be so wildly successful and just so captivating.

The show translates perfectly to the big screen because it isn't altered in any way. And it shouldn't be! With its innocent humor and gorgeous music, Forever Plaid is a wonderful show, and I think it's one of the only "musicals" that is as just as fun to watch live as it is to watch on DVD. My only complaint is that one of my favorite songs, "Catch a Falling Star", is missing!

I'm so glad Forever Plaid is on DVD. I can't stop watching it; it never fails to put me in a good mood. If you're a fan of the show, or love four part harmonies, or if you want to see a charming story with beautiful music, then order this. Whether you've seen the show before or not, you won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great but Jan. 8 2012
By carguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Translates great from stage to screen but am very disappointed that they left out the entire Perry Como tribute. I've seen the live show many times and love it each time; now I can spend time at home reliveing the fun, except for the deleted portion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Fun! Sept. 27 2011
By ChiGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw the play many years ago and was looking forward to the release of the DVD for a long time. I'm not disappointed! Absolutely love the 4-part harmonies. This is one DVD I will watch over and over again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Forever Plaid" Celebrates A Big Anniversary--An Amusing Reunion Tour From The Afterlife Sept. 20 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the off-Broadway standard "Forever Plaid," this presentation was filmed and showcased as a special event in movie theaters across the country. That's a big accomplishment for a little show! But "Plaid" seems to have an enduring appeal. It harkens back to more innocent times, and is both sweetly nostalgic and amusingly corny. The gentle comic tone may be slightly off-putting to new audiences accustomed to flashier entertainment choices--and yet nothing seems to have dulled the glow of this irresistibly appealing production. If you are already a fan, there is really nothing that I can say that will change your mind so buy the DVD already! However, for newer viewers, I'll offer up a bit more.

The story, slight as it is, has to do with a fifties era boy band that were killed in 1964 on the way to their break-through gig. For an unexplained reason, the band reunites from the afterlife five decades later (usually in a small lounge type environment) to complete the performance they were never able to give. Much of the early humor comes from the fact that they are a bit rusty, but as the show proceeds--the numbers get progressively bigger and more appealing. The highlights, for me, have to be the hysterical sing-along calypso and the frantic (and prop laden) recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show. But it's all rather charming and features some of the classic songs of yesteryear including Three Coins in the Fountain, Cry, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, and Chain Gang. I'll be honest--I've seen "Plaid" in various productions throughout the years and this is easily the best incarnation I've encountered. I find it all very sweet and amusing, but I don't know how much appeal it would have to younger viewers.

This production reunites Stan Chandler, David Engel and Larry Raben from the original cast (with an assist from Jersey Boy Daniel Reichard) and was taped in 2009. The film adds some opening graphics, a brief narration from David Hyde Pierce, and some visuals unique to the screen version such as overlapping effects. In truth, these embellishments added little to the experience and a few I found outright distracting. But it's a small point. The show has always succeeded as an intimate stage production and that allure is captured in this showcase. Again, there is no question that existing fans will want to enhance their collection with this DVD. Hopefully, I've given enough information to newbies to ascertain whether this is a good fit or not. KGHarris, 9/11.
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