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Company

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Director: D.A. Pennebaker, Harold Prince

Cast: D.A. Pennebaker, Harold Prince

 
D.A. Pennebaker's documentary on the making of a Broadway cast album comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track featuring director D.A. Pennebaker, producer Harold Prince, and leading lady

Overview

D.A. Pennebaker's documentary on the making of a Broadway cast album comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track featuring director D.A. Pennebaker, producer Harold Prince, and leading lady Elaine Stritch. A bio of the director, an extra song, and a still photo gallery round out this excellent release from New Video. This DVD is highly recommended to any musical theater enthusiast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
For several decades, original cast recordings of Broadway musicals regularly inhabited the lofty upper reaches of popular music sales charts. Even now, many people (especially those who live outside of New York), depend upon these albums to get a taste of what current audiences are cheering about. D.A. Pennebaker's entertaining and irreplaceable documentary on the making of the '70s cast album of landmark musical Company offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at a typical recording session. The vast majority of the film consists of candid moments and performances, rather than direct interviews. Shots of composer Stephen Sondheim shaking his head over a mistake of which only he is aware or insistently coaching Pamela Myers on the correct pronunciation of "bubbi" reveal his commitment to making the album perfect. Producer Thomas Z. Shepherd's own perfectionist tendencies are also well captured, as is the willingness of the cast to perform take after take, although that willingness inevitably wanes as nerves fray from the long hours. Elaine Stritch's anger and frustration as she tries, after 18 grueling hours, to tackle the show-stopping but daunting "The Ladies Who Lunch" is palpable, as is her sense of defeat when it is decided that she will come in the next day for a final take -- which comes out brilliantly. Obviously filmed on a budget, production values leave much to be desired, but the power of the performances and the claustrophobic yet exciting atmosphere caught by the film more than make up for that. Originally intended as the first in a series of documentaries about original cast albums, no others were ever made, making Company that much more valuable.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/02/2001
UPC:
0767685945735
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
0:58:00

Special Features

Commentary from producer Harold Prince, lead actress Elain Stritch, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker; Additonal music track: "Have I Got a Girl for You" from the original cast recording session; Photo gallery from original Broadway performance; Filmmaker bio

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Sequence/Company [4:34]
2. You Could Drive A Person Crazy [7:32]
3. Getting Married Today [5:30]
4. Another Hundred People [6:16]
5. The Little Things You Do Together [3:38]
6. Being Alive [5:09]
7. Side By Side [1:33]
8. Barcelona [3:23]
9. The Ladies Who Lunch [11:46]
10. Final Credits/Side By Side [3:09]

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