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Shrek the Musical [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great fun Jan. 9 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this much more than I had expected I would. The music is very good and a lot of fun, and the performances are really terrific. This is one I can watch again and again and still enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Broadway version March 11 2014
Format:DVD
First, contrary to what was stated by someone else, this is the broadway version, albeit from late in the run after a few changes had been made. I don't believe that current scripts available are any version of what was seen on Broadway, though I could be wrong about that. And the touring version is something else entirely, with a very revised opening which puts Shrek and Fiona on stage long before they were seen on Broadway.

I only have one real issue with the production on this DVD, and that is that instead of curtain calls, we get more traditional, for videos, credits at the end. I would much have preferred to see the curtain calls.

Other than this one fault, the director and editors of the video did a very nice job of transferring a big show to a small screen. We get wide views when appropriate, and we close in on more intimate moments. It's as well done as I've seen, and I've seen quite a few filmed stage musicals.

The show itself is very pleasant to watch. While it's got some very, very, good music, I don't think it has the strongest score I've ever heard. On the other hand, the songs fit extremely well in the show, so even if I don't love them, they work well, and the finale of Act 1 is especially good. Other stand-outs are the three Fionas singing "I Know It's Today" and Fiona and Shrek's "I Think I Got You Beat".

Recommended if you enjoy musical theater, and probably recommended if you enjoyed Shrek, the film, as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ogre-sized Entertainment! Oct. 25 2013
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I watched the DVD copy last night, and was very impressed! The filming was well-done, so it was just like seeing it live, but with better than the best seats! The different camera angles were used perfectly.

The entire cast is extremely talented, but I must especially commend Sutton Foster for her performance as Princess Fiona. She was beautiful, sassy, and a little dorky, and her vocals and acting are just fantastic.

My favourite songs are "I Know it's Today", "I Think I Got You Beat", and "Freak Flag". Really fun, keeping the charm of the movie but with lots of unique changes that make the musical its own!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware!!!! Jan. 30 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well, I finally got around to watching my BluRay / DVD copy of Shrek. Beware that this is NOT the Broadway Musial production. It is a stage production, but not the one that you will see on stage. I am currently directing the stage version of Shrek, and there are many, many differences between this version and the scripted Broadway version. I do feel a bit cheated on this....
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Put This Ogre On Broadway, But You Can't Take Him Out Of The Swamp Sept. 26 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
While generally I'm opposed to the trend of turning every movie into a big theater production, some certainly lend themselves to the format better than others. It's a symbol of our times, a Broadway production is so expensive and so risky, they want those seats pre-sold with a familiar brand. That's the same reason we get so many carbon copy sequels and remakes in the cineplexes! Whatever happened to actual creativity? When I watched the original "Shrek" at the movies, I thought it was one of the five very best films of the year (that was the year the Academy created the Best Animation category and gave "Shrek" the award, but I've always maintained it should have been up for Best Picture as well). It was smart AND slyly subversive, pleasing for the kids at face value and a treat for adults in its scathing satire and wit. Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled with the many sequels that followed (although most were serviceable) and I groaned when I heard the green ogre was going to Broadway. For every movie to theater flop (for example, I loathed both Footloose and Saturday Night Fever), there are pleasant surprises (who knew Legally Blonde would be so much fun). "Shrek," due to its source material, colorful staging, and exquisite cast, makes the transition relatively smoothly.

This filmed production of the Broadway show benefits greatly from the enthusiastic and extremely talented actors. The Original Broadway cast in this presentation include the great Sutton Foster (Fiona), Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), John Tartaglia (Pinocchio) and Haven Burton (Gingy). Foster, d'Arcy James, and Sieber all picked up Tony nominations with the show picking up another five (including Best Musical). Alas, it only won for Best Costumes, but that was well deserved once you see the get-ups that the actors have to endure. I particularly enjoy Lord Farquaad's diminutive lower half, but its hilarious sight-gag oftentimes takes focus away from Sieber's nifty performance. Along with these delicious and over-the-top costumes, the sets are outlandish, the staging is crisp, and the songs are fitfully amusing. The filmed performance was captured with enough cameras to keep the audience on top of the action so, even though it's not live, you still feel caught up in unfolding events.

Special DVD Features: The set has DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital versions. On the Blu-ray only, there is "From Swamp to Stage," a making-of featurette. On both the Blu-ray and DVD, there is "Shrek The Musical Songbook with Sing-Along" that has seven songs that will play with the lyrics along the bottom of the screen.

The plot of "Shrek," such as it is, has our ogre and his Donkey friend embarking on a quest. Similar to the time frame of the original "Shrek" but with a new story line, the musical is populated by endless gags, juvenile antics, and wacky slapstick. It's in comedy overdrive throughout, but the essence of what makes "Shrek" so endearing remains. Despite the tackiness and mild crudity, this guy has heart. He is as lovable as can be. The show, itself, plays well for younger audiences due to its frantic nature. Little ones might not get every joke and reference, but that's what will keep the adults entertained as well. The eclectic soundtrack works well and keeps things lively veering through many genres of music including R&B, jazz, rock, power ballads and old-fashioned show tunes. Some are relatively straightforward, but many are clever and laugh out loud funny. I really enjoyed the musical interpretation of "Shrek." I don't necessarily think it's a new classic, but it is colorful and fun. KGHarris, 9/13.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of BD -The original cast production preserved - for generations to come. Great score too! Oct. 23 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
When Dreamworks first released the original CGI film, SHREK, it gave Disney's animation studio a run for their money. It even poked fun at Disney characters. It took the position that adults could enjoy some double-entendre humor while the kids would love the graphics. SHREK spawned two sequels too! Then Dreamworks decided (like Disney with "Beauty and the Beast" to conquer Broadway by creating - and producing - a musical version of the film. The 2009 show got nine Tony noms (no wins) and played successfully in NY. A whopping 17 songs (in a two-hour show) were composed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori to keep the show going. The music is - in my opinion - a combination of Alan Menken's score for "Little Shop of Horrors" and Marc Shaiman's for "Hairspray". A lot of fun.

So, with Dreamworks being a FILM company, they decided to film a live performance with the ORIGINAL Broadway Cast (before they left the company). And that resulted in this 2012 production, just out on DVD and BD.

There are already quite a few reviews here - and you probably already know the basic story line - so I won't repeat much of what has been written but will "fill in" some more info.

First, I agree with others in that I'm thankful that an ORIGINAL CAST production has been captured and preserved for generations to come. Very few, if any, such productions have been made for the general public to see. You don't need to travel to New York, or even spent $50-$70 for a ticket for a touring production, to enjoy the show. And you'd never be this close. The Director of the filmed production has a tough job deciding when to show the whole stage and when to use close-ups and director Michael Warren did a pretty good job with his 10 cameras. And the makeup is so good that it doesn't even look like makeup on the close shots.

Someone questioned the "off color" humor and I will alert you that there is a musical number based on flatulence but it's done lightly and is the kind of humor that kids find "silly". There are no expletives in the dialogue.
Another reviewer said there was not a curtain call. There certainly is. First we are given the one non-original song. It's the curtain call number: The Monkees' hit "I'm a Believer". And then the major cast members are identified as they take their bows.

The bonuses on the DVD and BD are slightly different. Both have a really nice feature called "Shrek: The Musical Songbook" which allows you to replay seven of the musical numbers with a further option of having the lyrics on the screen to sing along. The BD is in High Def as well as having one extra bonus: "From Swamp to Stage" - a brief 8 minute featurette (introduced by Cameron Diaz - from the animated version) with comments from the composers. There is also a set of promos for other Dreamworks Animation films.

Considering the price of a Broadway show ticket and the fact that this cast will never be together again, this DVD BD is a bargain and a must for Broadway cast lovers. A solid FIVE stars from me.

Let's hope more producing companies give us opportunities like Dreamworks is.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, a must see. Dec 11 2013
By Tony Kwan - Published on Amazon.com
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Got it for the kids and can't stop singing the songs. Ended up buying the CD for the car.

The creators of this musical made things just different enough that it's not an exact clone of the movie.

Just to note some highlights:

- They've managed to find actors who sound like the movie characters and can sing very well. Sutton Foster's (Fionna) voice is particularly warm. She'd make a pefect Belle in Beauty & the Beast.

- The Princess Tower song. Brilliant. Having three actresses portray the princess as a child, adolescent and grown up, just to have them finish off the song together. Definitely not in the movie.

- Lord Farquaad's legs. I can't stop looking at Farquaad. This is so funny. Look it up. I can't stop laughing...

- Who I'd be (song) - Talk about inspirational. Easily one of the more moving songs in this musical.

- Pied Pipe - Curtains partially drawn with tap dancing rats. Clever.

What can I say, my kids and I love this musical.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous musical adaptation Nov. 24 2013
By moose2000 - Published on Amazon.com
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I owned the audio CD well before this DVD came out, so I was very familiar with all of the songs. The play is delightful. It's tough to put a cartoon into a live musical play, but like the Lion King, this one was really successful. All of the principles are fabulous in their roles. Pinocchio hits some amazing soprano notes. Donkey is just as funny if not funnier than Eddie Murphy. The background stories and some of the extra items that were added to the original Shrek story fleshed out the characters even more and gave you more of a reason to love them. Even Farquod has a back story. Would love to know Donkey's back story, but some other time I suppose.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shrek, the SILLY Musical! Oct. 18 2013
By cherryblueberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
We just saw this Shrek the Musical on DVD. First of all, let me say...my daughter is the HUGEST Shrek fan around. Second of all, let me say....we all loved watching this!

Which is probably why you will find it odd when I say: It wasn't all that good! WHAAAAT? What I mean is: "It Probably Won't Win Any Awards" sort of good. However, for just plain old silly fun LAUGH OUT LOUD entertainment, this movie/musical is definitely something you'll want to see...and add to your DVD collection!

The story moves along at a lively pace with never a dull moment. (In case you are the only person on earth not familiar with Shrek, he is a smelly yet likable ogre who finds his swamp over-run with multitudes of fairy creature squatters. In order to get rid of them, he must rescue the princess Fiona from the Dragon's Keep, and return her to the self centered ninny Lord Farquod). The play is also very colorful with wonderful scenery. The music is enjoyable - and the costumes are fantastic. Sutton Foster as Fiona is amazing (I miss you on Bunheads, Sutton)!

In Shrek the Musical, we learn some interesting "back story" about Shrek. Mostly, though, the play sticks to the first Shrek movie plot. All the favorites are there - including Pinnocchio, the gingerbread man, the three pigs, the gender confused wolf, and others.

What was wrong with the musical? Well...there were a few sort of tasteless lines they could have done without, such as one of the fairy creatures claiming that the swamp "smelled like butt." Just....no.....

Also, they kept calling the gender confused wolf a cross-dressing wolf - I guess to be "edgier," since being edgy is so in style lately. Really though...not necessary.

There were some bodily functions jokes which my husband loved.......little kids also will love them, trust me......but...just be prepared. The actors pull it all off in a mostly likable way, though...it's just all part of the pervasive silliness.

And speaking of silly, YES, that is the word of the day when it comes to this musical! It is much sillier than the actual Shrek movie. My family couldn't stop laughing, so I guess that's a good thing, right? Laughing is healthy and fun - and this musical will definitely make you laugh! Another good thing, is that this DVD is good for ALL AGES! It's nice to have something the whole family can enjoy. So....especially if you have young children.....BUY THIS DVD, and just enjoy watching something fun and silly...TOGETHER!
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