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Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary

Alfie Boe , Norm Lewis , Nick Morris    Unrated   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Fifteen years after the historic 10th anniversary concert, the international musical sensation Les Misérables returned for a 25th anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena in October 2010. Like the previous concert, it presents an all-star cast, this time taken from two different 2010 London productions as well as the original 1985 cast. The singers stand at microphones wearing costumes, backed by a huge chorus and three video screens showing some action that can't be represented on stage, though the stage is transformed into a set for some key scenes, such as in the Thénardiers' bar and at the barricade. And as it has for 25 years, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's score vividly captures the passion of Victor Hugo's epic tale of post-Revolutionary France, combining tear-jerking ballads ("I Dreamed a Dream," "Bring Him Home") and rousing anthems ("Do You Hear the People Sing").

The cast is nearly all excellent, including Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thénardier (reprising her role from 1995), and Katie Hall as Cosette. Teen pop star Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) seems to have been cast as Marius for box-office appeal, however. Though he has the right look and hits the right notes, his voice is weak compared to the rest of the cast and throughout the show he seems to wear the same look of earnest worry, eyes fixed on the horizon as if reading a teleprompter. After playing Eponine in the 1995 concert, Lea Salonga is now Fantine, and while she sings well, the part really calls for more vocal power. Comparing the 1995 concert and 2010, the newer one has superior audio and video, but the earlier one has the stronger cast top to bottom, anchored by many of the legendary performers who helped make Les Mis the sensation it still is today. In acknowledgment of that, after the final scene of the 2010 concert ends, many of the original cast members enter the stage for a thrilling encore. "Bring Him Home" unites original Valjean Colm Wilkinson with John Owen-Jones, Simon Bowman, and Alfi Boe, then Michael Ball, Frances Ruffelle, Alun Armstrong, and others join the cast for "One Day More." (It's hard not to be moved when Ball looks around the stage and sings his line, "My place is here, I fight with you.") Producer Cameron Mackintosh and authors Boublil, Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer all address the crowd before a throng of student performers (appropriate, no?) comes on stage to close the nearly three-hour evening. --David Horiuchi


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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this one to your collection. March 1 2011
By Ed G TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I own almost every recording of Les Miserables as well as the 10th Anniversary DVD and now I have the 25th. I absolutely loved the 25th. It is a thrill to compare all these recordings and each one brings something special to the table. The camera work in this version was excellent. This is my first time hearing Alfie Boe sing and he handles the role of Jean Valjean really well. He is a strong singer, almost as good as Colm Wilkenson in his prime. How wonderful to hear Lea Salonga perform the role of Fantine, what an amazing singer and what emotion, The role of Javert was also well done, but Philip Quast in the 10th was stronger. All the performers held their own, but I did find Nick Jonas as Marius a bit weak. I admit I am comparing him to Michael Ball and in my opinion, no one can hold a candle to Michael Ball. Overall, the cast in the 10th are better, but true Les Miserables fans will want this one as part of their collection. All that is left now is a musical movie version of Les Miserables. So bring it on, I am waiting. By the way, grab the 25th CD recording while you are at it. It's a totally different cast and another opportunity to compare recordings. Oh yes, there is a great surprise at the end of this DVD. 5 stars without hesitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Dec 31 2011
Format:DVD
Everybody should have this DVD. Beautiful music and setting...we sing along with the players...we can't help it. Music doesn't get any better than this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis 25th anniversary April 22 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This is a spectacularly moving rendition of the production. The Blue-ray version provides superb video and the best sound available. Cameron Mackintosh's bringing together the current casts and the original cast provides a tear-jerking finale to a wonderful viewing and listening experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have seen this on TV but having it in my living room is magical, excellent product. Well priced and great value
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LES MISERABLES; 25th ANNIVERSARY Jan. 18 2012
Format:DVD
LES MISERABLES: 25TH ANNIVERSARY IS THE VERY BEST MOVIE I HAVE PURCHASED/WATCHED IN A VERY LONG TIME... ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, TRULY.

IT WAS SO LOVELY I COULD'NT RESIST PURCHASING ANOTHER COPY FOR A DEAR NEIGHBOUR.

MAY YOU ALL BE VERY HAPPY AFTER U HV VIEWED THIS GREAT MOVIE.

BARBARA J WOOD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE 25 TH IS A BREATHTAKING VERSION Nov. 8 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
SELDOM WILL YOU EVER EXPERIENCE A VERSION THAT IS BEYOND PERFECT , SETS ARE BEAUTIFUL , COSTUMES ARE PERIOD , GUEST ARTISTS ARE MANY AND CAST SELECTION PERFECT ,

EXCEPT NICK JONAS , WHO IS A LITTLE WEAK FOR THE PART . MATT LUCAS IS A PERFECT CHOICE AS THE INN KEEPER .

THIS IS THE BEST VERSION OF LES MISERABLES YET .

RIDDIMDADDY .......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Oct. 23 2011
Format:DVD
We bought this DVD for my in-laws, who have seen multiple productions of Les Miseables. They loved it - especially at the end when some of the cast members from previous performances came out. I have never seen the show, and I loved this too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marius fails July 11 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This version of Les Miz was very nicely done. The video in high definition is outstanding, and the audio is very well done. The only real disappointment was Nick Jonas in the part of Marius. He is obviously not a classically trained singer, as his vocals always come out weak and whiny (I guess he needs an autotuner with him at all times).

Other than that, I highly recommend this version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I watch this over & over and enjoy it just as much each time
I watch this over & over and enjoy it just as much each time.
Published 4 days ago by M. L. Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best productions. You feel as if you are in ...
This is one of the best productions. You feel as if you are in the theatre. Both the singing and the acting are phenomenal. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful production.
I've watched this twice since I received it. Absolutely fantastic. A lot of nice little extra treats in this also.
Published 15 days ago by GL
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary
Masterpiece indeed!!!! it's was of those musicals that you want to see or rather listen to over and over again and never get tired of it. Amazing distribution. Such talent
Published 3 months ago by Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!
Exceptional casting and captured the true essence of Les Miserables! Loved the Valjean Quartet and have watched it over and over again!
Published 4 months ago by Catherine D Dy
5.0 out of 5 stars And here's to another 25 year anniversary
Vastly entertaining, don't miss this one. Even if you haven't read the book, this video will put you right there.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars At last
Saw the movie, saw the play but i had to own the 25th to look at the incredible cast and music. Bravo!
Published 5 months ago by Pascal Pépin
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Loved it, especially when the original stars were included. It's great watching things that bring me to tears and cheers
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
One of my favorites if you haven't seen it, will hold you in your seat no pause buttons allowed! Okay!
Published 6 months ago by ultracolour
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Please with this Purchase
I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Getting it through Amazon was much easier than hunting it down at a local retailer (which may not have yielded any results), and shipping... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Heike Kaufmann
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