Follies in Concert

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Overview

Many aficionados consider Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies to be among the very finest works by this giant of the American musical theater, and 14 years after the show first opened, a handful of Broadway's greatest artists -- including Carol Burnett, Mandy Patinkin, Elaine Stritch, Betty Comdon, and Adolph Green -- paid tribute to Sondheim with a concert performance of the songs from Follies. Fortunately, someone had the presence of mind to film the show, and this DVD reissues the results. The images have been ...
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Overview

Many aficionados consider Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies to be among the very finest works by this giant of the American musical theater, and 14 years after the show first opened, a handful of Broadway's greatest artists -- including Carol Burnett, Mandy Patinkin, Elaine Stritch, Betty Comdon, and Adolph Green -- paid tribute to Sondheim with a concert performance of the songs from Follies. Fortunately, someone had the presence of mind to film the show, and this DVD reissues the results. The images have been transferred in full-frame ratio, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The program is short on any additional bonus features, but even in no-frills form, this is a DVD no fan of the musical theater would want to be without.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Follies in Concert is a beautiful frustration. A documentary focusing around the 1985 Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's stunningly glorious show, it fails in one very big way: it does not dig deep enough to work as a documentary about the making of this legendary concert and the live album that resulted from it, and because it truncates the actual performance severely, it does not work as a record of what actually transpired onstage either. The latter point is especially distressing, as a note-for-note video of the concert would have been of enormous value and interest to the legion of Sondheim fanatics. Because it fails in both these areas, Follies has to be considered a disappointment. And yet it is a disappointment with many fascinating moments, one that captures some performers and performances that send chills up and down the spine. Even though these are not necessarily caught in their full glory, witnessing Barbara Cook singing "In Buddy's Eyes," Elaine Stritch stopping the show with "Broadway Baby," Carol Burnett doing "I'm Still Here" and the entrance of the ladies during "Beautiful Girls" make this a must-have for any true devotee of the musical theatre. Its highpoints are so good that one can even forgive Mandy Patinkin's execrable, self-indulgent performance -- and that's saying something. Follies should have been an incomparable video experience, but we can be thankful that at its best it preserves incomparable moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • UPC: 014381104226
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,933

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Listings
1. Introduction by Stephen Sondheim [4:50]
2. The Rehearsals: Three Days Before the Concert [6:02]
3. Two Days Before the Concert [11:52]
4. The Day Before the Concert [5:17]
5. Stage Rehearsal With The New York Philharmonic [11:09]
6. It's Showtime! [2:31]
7. Beautiful Girls [3:24]
8. Listen to the Rain on the Roof [:46]
9. Ah, Paris! [:53]
10. Broadway Baby [2:32]
11. In Buddy's Eyes [1:47]
12. Who's That Woman [5:15]
13. I'm Still Here [2:55]
14. Too Many Mornings [1:46]
15. One More Kiss [2:31]
16. Could I Leave You [3:10]
17. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/ Love Will See Us Through [1:16]
18. Buddy's Blues [3:51]
19. Losing My Mind [4:11]
20. Story Of Lucy And Jessie [2:44]
21. Live, Laugh And Love [4:32]
22. Finale [2:09]
23. End Credits [4:23]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Experience

    This "making of the concert" is both entertaining and facinating. To watch the process that even the pros go through was heartening. I loved every minute of this great DVD. The cast is amazing and I thought every note came through, along with the enthusism for the material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have been so good

    With so many talented performers and such wonderful material, you would think that this DVD would be perfect. Think again. The quality of both the audio and video portions of this show remind me of something a high school student would have produced with amateur equipment. Sadly, it was a major disappointment. Stick with the cast CD of the musical itself and forget this bomb.

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