Cabaret

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Overview

Universal's Special Edition DVD release of the 1972 classic Cabaret comes loaded with bonus features destined to please even the most diehard of fans. The film is presented in its original widescreen format and comes with English, Spanish, and French subtitles. The production notes are very detailed, including biographies and filmographies on the cast and crew, location notes, and the story of the development of the film, from its earliest incarnation as several short stories through its Broadway production to ...
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Overview

Universal's Special Edition DVD release of the 1972 classic Cabaret comes loaded with bonus features destined to please even the most diehard of fans. The film is presented in its original widescreen format and comes with English, Spanish, and French subtitles. The production notes are very detailed, including biographies and filmographies on the cast and crew, location notes, and the story of the development of the film, from its earliest incarnation as several short stories through its Broadway production to its final celluloid form. Further notes include a history of the film's much-celebrated composers, John Kander & Fred Ebb. The DVD also comes with two documentaries: Cabaret: A Legend in the Making (1997) and The Recreation of an Era(1972), offering different perspectives from different time periods on the film's history. Also included are the original theatrical trailer, a list of all the film's awards, genre, and actor recommendations, and nostalgic anecdotes from the cast and crew, including the film's fabled stars, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. All in all, a complete package, resulting in more than just a simple film on DVD, but an actual, well-rounded experience.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 25th-anniversary documentary Cabaret: A Legend in the Making; Original featurette The Recreation of an Era; Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery: the film's stars and creators reminisce about making movie musical history; Extensive production notes; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

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Less a traditional musical than a drama featuring musical numbers, Cabaret is a beautiful, disturbing evocation of life in Germany during Hitler's rise to power. Using the Kit Kat Club's expertly choreographed routines to reflect the changes in German society, director Bob Fosse effectively shows us a glittering, illusory world, whose insular decadence starkly contrasts with the encroaching horror of reality. Sally Bowles exists at the heart of the turmoil, a conductor for the unrestrained, buoyant energy that both electrifies the club and stands to be threatened by what is going on in the world outside of it. Brash, shamelessly sexual, and bearing a self-assurance of enviable proportions, she is a perfectly flawed heroine, one of the most fully realized women incarnated on the page, stage, and screen. Liza Minnelli portrays her with the energy and blissful abandon that the character requires, turning in one of the best performances of her career. The sight of her performing in the Kit Kat Club, clad in a bowler, boots, and little else and making novel use of a chair, remains one of the screen's most iconic images. The focus on the relationships of the film's main characters, most notably that of Sally and Brian (played with gentle, almost poetic befuddlement by Michael York), perfectly juxtaposes the turbulence of private lives and public events. Sally's promiscuity, Brian's bisexuality, Maximilian's casual use of both characters, and the eventual acceptance of platonic friendship mirror the fortunes of a time and mentality whose mantra of pleasure would soon be forced to give way to one of pain. The best and most terrifying evocation of past debauchery and present "progression" towards a new, fascist ideal, is of course the Emcee. As played by an unforgettable Joel Grey, he occupies an existence somewhere between human and phantom, a cunning apparition who serves as a reminder of carnal delight and ideological oppression. Like the Emcee, Cabaret shows us both delight and oppression, providing a nuanced portrait of an era where the former was rapidly being eclipsed by the latter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • UPC: 085392798629
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Sally Bowles
Michael York Brian Roberts
Joel Grey Master of Ceremonies
Helmut Griem Maximilian von Heune
Marisa Berenson Natalia Landauer
Fritz Wepper Fritz
Kathryn Doby
George Hartmann Willi
Sigrid Von Richtofen Fraulein Maur
Estrongo Nachama Cantor
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel Fraulein Schneider
Ricky Renee Elke
Gerd Vespermann Bobby
Helen Vita Fraulein Kost
Ralf Wolter Herr Ludwig
Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director, Choreography
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
David Bretherton Editor
Ralph Burns Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Ebb Songwriter
Cy Feuer Producer
Charlotte Flemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Green Asst. Director
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
John Kander Score Composer
Hans Jurgen Kiebach Art Director
Herbert Strabel Set Decoration/Design
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Hugh Wheeler Screenwriter
Rolf Zehetbauer Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Mirror Credits [2:04]
2. "Willkommen" [5:18]
3. His New Lodgings [3:32]
4. "Mein Herr" [4:24]
5. First Pupil [3:55]
6. "Do I Shock You?" [4:12]
7. Slaphappy [1:12]
8. Don't Sleep/Girls [5:57]
9. Party for English [8:00]
10. Gigolo Capaign [2:01]
11. Lovesick Fool [1:58]
12. 10 Words of Regret [3:03]
13. "Maybe This Time" [5:43]
14. Advice From Sally [4:19]
15. Max; "Money Money" [4:26]
16. Duty to Corrupt [5:18]
17. "Two Ladies" [2:50]
18. Country Weekend [8:40]
19. "Tomorrow Belongs" [4:15]
20. See... Happening? [1:51]
21. "So Do I" [3:53]
22. Take On the Nazis [2:31]
23. "Tiller Girls" [2:24]
24. Sally's News [5:03]
25. Conspiracies [4:01]
26. "Could See Her" [3:58]
27. A Wedding [1:29]
28. Where's Fur Coat? [8:42]
29. Catching a Train [1:12]
30. "Cabaret" [3:53]
31. "Willkommen" Finale [2:03]
32. End Credits [1:06]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Liza Minelli - Sally Bowles
         Michael York - Brian Roberts
         Helmut Griem - Maximilian Von Heune
         Marisa Berenson - Natalia Landauer
         Joel Gray - Master of Ceremonies
         Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen
         Produced by Cy Feuer
         Directed by Bob Fosse
      The Story
      On Location
      Kander & Ebb
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Recreation of an Era
      Cabaret: A Legend in the Making
      The Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery
         Liza Minelli
            Marisa's Closeup
            Sally's "Look"
            Observing the Master
         Joel Gray
            Challenges
            Collective Memory
            Strange Inspiration
         Michael York
            A Called Bluff
            Risk Taking
            Rush(es) Hour
            A Happy Accident
         Martin Baum
            "Rock 'n' Roll" Editing
            Isherwood's Surprising Reaction
            Smithsonian Honor
         Cy Feuer
            "Tomorrow Belongs to Me"
         Emanuel L. Wolf
            Taking On "The Godfather"
            Timeless
         John Kander
            Playing "What If?"
            Almost a Nervous Breakdown
            Sneaking a Peek
         Jay Presson Allen
            Play vs. Book
            Recruiting Hugh Wheeler
         Fred Ebb
            Screening Blues
            Screening Hues
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Recommendations
      Actor
      Genre
   Return to Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cabaret

    Excellent score chorography,story line and lyrics....will view time and time again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie and music

    If you have never seen this movie, the story reaches people at many different levels. If anything, the music is great! Liza Minelli is at her best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cabaret

    Having seen this a number of times before, I wanted to have a copy to watch whenever the mood hits. Obviously I enjoy the music, dancing, creativity and the cast is perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see

    I am not a fan of musicals oer se, nor am I a fan of Liza Minelli's, but this movie really shines. Liza's performance remains unmatched, but let's not leave out Joel Grey as the mischievious ringmaster of the cabaret, as well as the fine performance by Michael York. This film really digs to the heart of a slowly growing oppresive society, with a subtle buty scary undertone to the rise of Nazi Germany. Of course in the cabaret, it's just another audience

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    I don't even like musicals and I think this is one of the greatest movies ever made. It never takes a false step. It has humor, pathos - you name it. The musical numbers are terrific. Minelli and Joel Grey really shine. A great period piece and a great piece of entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite movie

    in 1972, Cabaret gave even the masterpiece, The Godfather a run for its money at the Oscars. enough said. great movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Timeless Musical and Meaningful Story.

    Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York lead this great story about life in 1930s Germany to legendary status. This film addresses sexuality, coming of age, and politics (Nazi of course) with a nice mix of acting and musical performances. If haven't seen it yet, you must!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Life is a CABARET, old chum

    Liza's perfomance is simply GREAT !!! this is all I can say: A GREAT MOVIE!!! and a realistic one.

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