Liza with a "Z"

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Overview

Recorded in the wake of the phenomenal success with the screen adaptation of Cabaret, Liza with a Z features Liza Minnelli performing over a dozen songs under the direction of Bob Fosse. This special originally aired on network television. The setlist includes renditions of "God Bless the Child," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and a medley of songs from Cabaret.
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Overview

Recorded in the wake of the phenomenal success with the screen adaptation of Cabaret, Liza with a Z features Liza Minnelli performing over a dozen songs under the direction of Bob Fosse. This special originally aired on network television. The setlist includes renditions of "God Bless the Child," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and a medley of songs from Cabaret.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Complete Liza with a "Z" soundtrack (On separate bonus cd); From Liza With a "Z," never-before-seen lost musical number "Mein Herr"; Full-length A&E television biography of Liza Minnelli; A conversation with Liza at the Toledo Film Festival premiere; Liza interviews the legendary John Kandor, composer of Chicago and Cabaret; Liza performance at the 2005 GLAAD Awards; Program commentary with Liza
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The TV special Liza with a "Z" -- a true event that predates popular reference to such broadcasts as events -- earned four Emmys and a Peabody Award back in 1972, and its soundtrack album went on to win a Grammy. Surprisingly, this Bob Fosse-directed "concert for television" went unseen for more than 30 years, while its star found herself spending more time in the tabloids than onstage. To those who know little of Ms. Minnelli beyond her public image, this incredible performance, with one showstopper after another, will be a revelation. Like the mythical Elsie she sings of in "Cabaret," Minnelli’s name these days tends to produce a snicker "Well, that’s what comes from too much pills and liquor". But Liza with a "Z," created by Fosse and songwriter Fred Ebb, is a crowning achievement in her tumultuous career. When it aired, the star was 26 and fresh from her Oscar-winning performance in Cabaret. By all appearances here, she is the hardest-working woman in show business, defying the performers' maxim "Never let them see you sweat." She holds nothing back physically or emotionally as in the psychodrama nursery rhyme medley, the heartbreaking "You’ve Let Yourself Go". The standards "God Bless the Child," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Mammy" and specialty numbers the title tune fare best. But Minnelli is never less than mesmerizing, even in such an ill-conceived camp-tastic rendition of Joe Tex’s "I Gotcha," complete with two mustachioed, cigarette-smoking dancers. Even if the costumes and musical arrangements are pure ‘70s, the climactic Cabaret medley is one for the ages. Career-wise, this was, as Liza sings, "the best time," and Liza with a "Z" is a time capsule treasure.
Entertainment Weekly
What good is sitting alone in your room when you could be watching this just-restored song-and-dance spectacular?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • UPC: 758445116120
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Showtime Ent.
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,782

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli
Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director, Choreography
Fred Ebb Songwriter
John Kander Songwriter
Neil Meron Producer
Craig Zadan Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Liza With a "Z"
2. Yes [1:36]
3. God Bless the Child [2:45]
4. Say Liza (Liza With a "Z") [2:55]
5. It Was a Good Time [3:25]
6. I Gotcha [5:01]
7. Son of a Preacher Man [3:50]
8. Ring Them Bells [3:42]
9. Bye Bye Blackbird [5:54]
10. You've Let Yourself Go [4:12]
11. My Mammy [4:00]
12. Medley of Tunes From 'Cabaret': Willkommen/Married/Money Money/Maybe This Time/Cabaret [3:23]
13. Bows (Liza) [10:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Liza With a "Z"
   Play Concert
   Select Songs
   Bonus Features
      "Mein Herr" - Exclusive Footage
      A Conversation With Liza At the Toronto Film Festival
      Commentary With Liza Minnelli: On/Off
      Liza Visits With John Kander of Kander & Ebb
      Liza Minnelli Biography From A&E
      Special Liza Performance At the GLAAD Awards
      Biographies & Filmographies
         Liza Minnelli
         Bob Fosse
         John Kander
         Presenting Producers Neil Meron & Craig Zadan
         Restoration Producer Michael M. Arick
      Showtime Entertainment Previews
         The L Word Season 3 DVD
         Queer As Folk Season 5 DVD
   Audio
      English Stereo 2.0
      English Dolby Digital 5.1
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Liza With a Z is spectacular

    Liza Minnelli is the quintacential performer. I am glad I watched the DVD of Liza with a Z. I never realized what a great performer Liza is till I saw this video. The special features give insight and background into the production. Liza's collaboration with Bob Fosse, and Kander and Ebb are magic and a total delight. I was moved to tears several times watching the interviews and conversations with Liza. I watched the DVD several times before returning it to Netflix. Now I am going to buy it for my DVD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Liza at her very best

    Worth waiting 30+ years to see this great concert again. Liza is the complete package - singer, actress, dancer, I can now see where Michael Jackson got some of his moves from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At Last On DVD!

    In 1972 Liza Minnelli and Broadway legend Bob Fosse took the Oscars by storm for "Cabaret." That same year, the two once again collaberated to create a spectacular musical special "Liza With A 'Z'," and consequently made television history- and recieved four Emmys- in the process. Then the show disapeared off the face of the earth. Fortunately, for both old and new generations of Liza fans, "Liza With A 'Z'" is now out on DVD for the first time. Watching this DVD, I feel transported with the audience to the Lyceum Theater when Liza first captivated the world and became, in her own right, a star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'IT CAN'T GET ANY BETTER"

    I saw this show when it first came on TV 34 years ago. Liza was at the height of her career, and she sure is Judy Garland's daughter. If you want to see a great performance buy this DVD/CD. It is worth every penny.

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