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South Pacific & Gypsy - Musical Mini-Series Double Feature


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When Musicals Were Musicals! Dec 31 2013
By LEE - Published on Amazon.com
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Saw the Glen Close SOUTH PACIFIC television version & enjoyed it much. Its well done. Glen does a stellar singing job & takes on Mary Martin's nuances. GYPSY? I'm very familiar with this musical. Have seen it on Broadway several times with different Momma Roses. I do daresay, that while Bette has a bit of a 'struggle' with a few song ranges, she absolutely NAILS the performance within EACH song and outside of it as Momma. Loved Herbie. Unexpectedly fell head over heels for Tulsa's 'All I Need Now Is The Girl'; a vivid athletic virtuoso dance performance. Nureyev-worthy. They kept almost the entire original script. Good good fun. Bette is heart-rendering as Momma Rose. She is earnestly LIKABLE which separates her from some of the others who've taken Rose on. ROSES TURN is gut-wrenching. Good quality DVD.
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So-So versions, but the dvd cheap Dec 5 2013
By Gary C. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie "South Pacific" is so much better then the tv version in every way. "Gypsy'' was good mainly because of Bette Midler. Neither production was more then just ok as far as video and sound. The dvd was so cheap I couldn't pass it up.
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Entertaining TV productions of 2 great musicals July 9 2013
By R. Lochte - Published on Amazon.com
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Both productions are given full film treatment, featuring two leads who are ideal for the roles they play -- Bette Midler as Rose and Glenn Close as Nellie Forbush. Would be a five-star review except for the fact that Mill Creek made it a no frills package. Just the disks. A sheet with lists of musical numbers and performers would have helpful.
Worthy TV versions of 2 all time great musicals for less than the price one great DVD musical. June 27 2014
By D. Reardon - Published on Amazon.com
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These are very decent TV versions of two of the masterpiece musicals from Broadway's Golden Age. It's probably impossible to do them badly with any kind of network TV budget behind them and decent casting. Mitzi Gaynor in the movie version of South Pacific had to beat out Jack Warner's first choice: Elizabeth Taylor. Even stranger, Doris Day was passed over reportedly because she wouldn't "audition" a few songs for some W.B front office suits attending a party she was at. Mitzi Gaynor was fine, but the movie version might have been even better with Doris Day in the role. Glen Close in this TV version is also fine, but Juanita Hall's Bloody Mary shoes remain a little too big for anybody else to ever fill. One could debate forever whether the love interest in the movie version, France Nuyen, or the nameless beauty in this TV version, is the more breathtaking to behold.

Ethel Merman's performance, in Gypsy's original Broadway cast, is considered by many to be one of great major musical performances of all time (think Rex Harrison and Yul Bryner). If it weren't for Ethel Merman, Bette Midler in this TV version might be my own first choice for Mama Rose. And Peter Riegert seems way more appropriately cast here than, say, Karl Malden was in the movie version (fine actor though he was).

Heck of a bargain getting these two war horse musicals, more than adequately performed, in a single DVD package for a rock bottom price.
Good deal. April 22 2014
By markfp - Published on Amazon.com
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TV adaptations of two of Broadway's greatest musicals at a great price. Well worth watching if for no other reason than Bette Midler's performance as "Madame Rose".


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