Into the Woods

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Overview

This DVD is a video presentation of the Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The disc offers a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no special features, Broadway enthusiasts will certainly want to give this video (which was originally broadcast on PBS' American Playhouse series) a look and a listen.
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Overview

This DVD is a video presentation of the Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The disc offers a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no special features, Broadway enthusiasts will certainly want to give this video (which was originally broadcast on PBS' American Playhouse series) a look and a listen.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Since its Broadway debut, Into the Woods has become a staple of regional and community theatres around the country. The video translation captures much of the magic of the original production; however, because the stage show was essentially filmed as a stage show, rather than re-imagined for film, there is an inescapable static quality to the proceedings, as well as a "distancing" effect that keeps the viewer from really getting involved with the story. That said, there is still a great deal to recommend the video, especially for theatre enthusiasts. Stephen Sondheim's glorious score is presented in full, allowing one to enjoy the witty "Agony," the lovely "Children Will Listen," the amazing "Giants in the Sky," and the touching "No One Is Alone." James Lapine's witty dialogue and intricate plotting are also preserved, though they suffer significantly from the static filming. Bernadette Peters is a delicious Witch and Joanna Gleason a stand-out as the Baker's Wife. Gleason uses her wry delivery, guarded warmth, and underlying sense of restlessness to create a fairy tale character with considerable depth. Ben Wright is a lovably befuddled Jack and Danielle Ferland an amusingly tough Red Riding Hood. Into the Woods is a valuable record of an important musical, but it's a shame that such an imaginative musical did not receive a more imaginative video production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1997
  • UPC: 014381596724
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,177

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernadette Peters The Witch
Chip Zien Baker
Joanna Gleason Baker's Wife
Tom Aldredge Voice Only, Voice Only
Kim Crosby Cinderella
Danielle Ferland Red Riding Hood
Ben Wright Jack
Chuck Wagner Rapunzel's Prince
Pamela Winslow Rapunzel
Kay McClelland Stepsister
Maureen Davis Sleeping Beauty
Barbara Byrne Jack's Mother
Technical Credits
James Lapine Director, Screenwriter
Sue Blane Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Brandman Executive Producer
Joanna Merlin Casting
Iris Merlis Producer
Stephen Sondheim Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Opening Credits [:40]
2. Act One: Once Upon a Time [4:03]
3. "Into the Woods" [1:01]
4. "Fly, Birds, Back to the Sky!" [1:09]
5. The Witch's Entrance [4:03]
6. "Jack, Jack, Jack, Head in a Sack" [1:20]
7. "You Wish to Have the Curse Reversed?" [:49]
8. "Ladies, Our Carriage Waits" [:22]
9. "The Spell Is on My House!" [2:26]
10. Cinderella at the Grave [2:50]
11. "Hello, Little Girl" [5:34]
12. "I Guess This Is Goodbye" [:37]
13. "Maybe They're Magic" [1:25]
14. Rapunzel and the Witch [2:44]
15. Little Red Riding Hood at Grandmother's [2:39]
16. "I Know Things Now" [3:58]
17. "A Very Nice Prince" [1:11]
18. First Midnight [1:21]
19. "Giants in the Sky" [6:51]
20. "Agony" [8:38]
21. "It Takes Two" [3:34]
22. Two Midnights Gone [1:14]
23. "Stay With Me" [5:22]
24. "On the Steps of the Palace" [4:44]
25. "There's a Dead Giant in My Backyard" [1:58]
26. The Witch Is Transformed [8:38]
27. "Ever After" [2:21]
28. Intermission [:59]
29. Act Two: "So Happy" [3:16]
30. An Earthquake? [8:40]
31. "Agony" [3:55]
32. "The Giant Is a Woman!" [6:16]
33. "Lament" [4:30]
34. "Any Moment" [4:09]
35. "Moments in the Woods" [3:35]
36. The Baker's Tragedy [1:45]
37. "Your Fault" [1:38]
38. "Last Midnight" [5:13]
39. "No More" [10:02]
40. "No One Is Alone" [4:36]
41. The Giant Gets Hers [:54]
42. Finale [2:55]
43. "No One Is Alone" [:48]
44. "Children Will Listen" [1:54]
45. "Into the Woods" [1:17]
46. End Credits [2:54]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Into The Woods

    Every Charicter Is Wonderful! My Favorites would have to be Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Bakers Wife, And Of Corse The Witch. All the songs go bye soooooooo fast (Agony 1&2 Would have to be my least favorites) But its still the BEST movie i've EVER seen. "I Wish" they would do a Revival of Into The Woods. I Would See It.:)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow

    Every good for kids between the ages of 10-14. Puts all the favorite tales together!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Into The woods, Its always when you think at last your through and then, Into the woods you go agien to take another journey

    Into the Woods is the best play ever! Wicked used to be my favorite but, Into the Woods is sooooo much better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing

    I loved this movie!i first saw it in my 7th grade communications class. my teacher was in charge of the drama department at my school.when she popped the dvd in, i just didnt want class to end for a change. that was the first time i acually looked foward to goin to tht class.OMG Bernadette Peters was fantastic.she has a great voice.I also have the sountrack of Gypsy where she is the star.the plot was genius.i cant wait til i see it again.(im still in middle school)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    In my english class my teacer is a professional actor (chris eriksen). in class we watched this Into The Woods. we liked it very much. I recomend this movie to EVERYONE!!!!!! - S.S. 5th grade PCDS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sheer brilliance

    I first saw this when it was televised on BBC1 in the 80's. Have since bought my own copy and have got to reccommend it to EVERYONE....young and old! Joanna Gleason as the bakers wife, and Bernadette Peters as the witch absolutely steal the show. Chip Zien as The baker and Little red riding hood are very close contenders also. Hilarious and incredibly touching in such a clever way...it will have you laughing your socks off one second and fighting back tears the next! Catchy tunes that you just can't stop singing. This amazing musical is jam packed with a multitude of fairytale characters. It is pure genius! If you are a musical lover it will never leave you once you've seen it! Guarenteed!! My all time favourite musical

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST Musical ever produced!

    I'm not a big fan of musicals in general, but I absolutely fell in love with this one when I watched it in a drama class. The acting is amazing, the music is phenomenal, and the script is top-rate. I go around singing it constantly. A unique storyline catches your attention right from the start, and varying twists throughout it will hold you there. Trust me, you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Wonderful from Start to Finish!

    It is so terrific to find this Broadway show on DVD! I especially adore the performance of Joy Franz as Cinderella's stepmother - what a phenomenal actress she is, and what a riveting show!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    I saw the first act in one of my acting classes, and I totally fell in love with it. Joanna Gleason it amazing in the play. This is by far my favorite musical!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've been looking for this for years!!!

    I saw this many years ago and have been looking for it on and off ever since. I stumble across it here and ordered it right away. It is definitely one of the best musicals ever made and is great for the whole family to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    High School

    I first saw this musical as a high school production, and was a bit skeptical about how so many fairy tales could be tied into one plot. It was awsome and we saw this musical later one one of our days off in choir class (I am still in high school).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Bernadette

    This show is a masterpiece. Bernadette Peters shines like a true star. I guarantee that all will like this funny Sondheim production. Every true musical fan should not be without it for it has the catchiest tunes I have ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing that you would expect!

    this was, like my friend Alex who showed it to me ''one of the best musical broadway priformances i have ever had the pleaser of seeing!'' just think about it, when would you have thought that Cinderella, little red riding hood and Jack would have met? never. this play lets your mind run free, i personally give this movie 2 thumbs up, and i can't wait to watch it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!!!!!!

    How many times do you get to see a witch rap? If you havent you must not have seen it. A must see family video. If your sad this will cheer you up.............from the prologue to the last word of Act 2 you will be amazed.The jokes are hilarious and the feelings come out so strongly and quickly from the actors and actresses. Once again a must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wishes come true, not free

    This is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable musicals I have ever had the pleausure of watching. The cast is supurb and the music is delightful. I especially enjoy Little Red Ridinghood. Her blend of sarcasm and emotion is wonderful. They deserve every Tony they got and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agony! - Beyond Power of Speech...

    While working on a student production of this show as the Technical Designer, I discovered the joy of theatre. When the show was over each night, I could think of nothing better than to start it again. This is easily the best musical that I have had the pleasure of working on, and the best Storyline that I have ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant and Stunning.. from an expert

    A few years ago I was cast in this musical.. not only was it a brilliant and close knit show to perform but this movie has shown that wonderfully... Alot better then most Movie versions of broadway classics... TWO THUMBS UP!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''best to take the moment present as a present for the moment''

    Enchanting and Enlightening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstaning Musical

    This broadway movie has made musicals come to life. It's a movie that the whole family can sit down, grab some popcorn, and watch. It has you in tears one minute and in laughter the other. I recomend the book highly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a golden production

    what an outstanding porformance! i have never been into watching broadway untill this. this is a movie that the whole family can enjoy! you realy get into what is happining. i reccomend this to anyone who likes fairtails, broadway, or just a great movie!

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