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Victor/Victoria (Widescreen)

 Unrated   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Fans of Julie Andrews will delight in this 1995 videotaping of the stage musical Victor/Victoria, based on the 1982 movie of the same name. The plot has been kept intact: an out-of-work British soprano (Julie Andrews) in Paris falls in with a down-on-his-luck gay man (Tony Roberts), who gets the idea to present Victoria as the world's greatest female impersonator, Victor. The plan is a phenomenal success until a Chicago mobster on vacation (Michael Nouri) sees Victor in a nightclub and falls in love--and refuses to believe that Victor is a man. Due to the needs of the stage, the musical doesn't have the snap, crackle, and propulsive drive of the movie, which is a sprightly romp; to make up for this, the story has been expanded (some might say padded) with extensive dance numbers and new songs by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, with additional musical material by Frank Wildhorn. While Roberts and Nouri don't quite have the charisma of Robert Preston and James Garner, who played their roles in the movie, they're seasoned stage performers and make the most of things--Nouri in particular has a strong singing voice, which may surprise people who only know him from his movie career. And Julie Andrews is Julie Andrews; at this point in her career, you either love her or you don't. Victor/Victoria isn't going to change anyone's mind, but Andrews knows her audience and knows how to give them what they want. --Bret Fetzer

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One of the world's most talented and best-loved performers, Julie Andrews reaches new heights in the most challenging role of her career as a woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman! Filmed on the Broadway stage in 1995 (and based on the 1982 film), the immensely popular Victor/Victoria is a warm, funny, wildly energetic look at the nature of love, gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, with an unforgettable score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, Victor/Victoria tells the story of an out-of-work singer whose life changes when she meets the flamboyant Toddy (Tony Roberts). With his help, she becomes "Victor," an overnight singing sensation in the nightclubs of Paris. But success becomes hilariously complicated when she meets the love of her life, King Marchan, a macho Chicago gangster (Michael Nouri). Adding her two cents to the couple's troubles is Marchan's ex-girlfriend, the ditzy Norma Cassidy (Rachel York). From the electrifying excitement of "Le Jazz Hot" to the contemplative "Crazy World," from the humor of "Chicago, Illinois" to the touching "Almost a Love Song," this truly classic musical has it all. 146 minutes.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews at her best Feb. 7 2014
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There are a few musicals which are true classics, with a superb score, clever lyrics, and an engaging book that combines comedy and suspense in equal measure. This original Broadway cast is superb, although I also found the Hollywood version equally delightful.

A bonus is choreography by a young Rob Marshall, before he attained fame with Chicago.

Barbara Florio Graham, [...]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong order Jan. 19 2013
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Very disapointed, I tought it was the DVD of the movie

The description of the product was not sufficient to realize that it was not the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift - so hope they love it. Jan. 7 2013
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Gift recipient s a BIG Broadway fan so this seemed the perfect fit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars VICTOR/VICTORIA 1995 BROADWAY PRODUCTION July 12 2002
Format:DVD
I HAD THE CHANCE TO VIEW THIS WONDERFULL PLAY LAST NIGHT. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PROFORMANCE THAT MS. ANDREWS DID IN THIS PLAY. I HAVE NEVER SEEN HERE LIVE BEFORE SHE WAS EXCELLENT IN THIS. THIS VIDEO OF HER PROFORMANCE IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES MS. ANDREWS AND WHO HAS NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE LIVE ON STAGE.
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Format:DVD
While not the classic the film has become, the stage version of "Victor/Victoria" is a treat for those who want to experience a Broadway show without paying $100.00 per seat. It's the next best thing to being there and this show is an extravaganza. "Victor/Victoria" is not perfect; in its attempt to "theatricalize" a movie (traditionally it's been the other way around) it often becomes pedestrian and heavy-handed, particularly in the door opening and closing comedy scenes near the end, and with the addition of flat new songs to round things out. Nevertheless, Nouri, York and Roberts all deliver the goods and the effervesent Julie Andrews is always a delight, in spite of her voice losing its luster (just listen to the cast album of "Camelot" or "My Fair Lady" to get misty-eyed and nostalgic). This DVD is a collectible because real Broadway stars like Andrews are becoming a relic of the past (sorry Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick- you just ain't in the same league, in my opinion!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dame Julie - STAR Jan. 10 2002
By R. Tan
Format:DVD
To the point - Not a lot of musical will make it form film to stage or visa versa. But Victor Victoria made it on film and on stage. I don't travel as much nowadays but for this show I flew to Broadway to see it and it was worth it. I am glad it's on DVD now and the production is so good, the camera angles is done so well that you can see all the things you missed the first time round. Only Julie can do this part so well.Great book from Blake Edwards,wonderful lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and great songs by Henry Mancini.
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By LS
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This was a disappointment. I thought it was the movie and it turned to be a filming of a stage production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! Sept. 25 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Great movie a classic so glad I could pick it up on blue ray! Always a winner couldn't find anywhere but at amazon!
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