The Mikado

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Overview

Monty Python alum Eric Idle stars in an English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera, which relocates the setting of the original story from ancient Japan to a 1920s-era seaside resort in England. The Mikado has declared flirting to be a capital crime. Sentenced to death for his amorous banter, Ko-Ko (Idle) subsequently experiences a strange twist of fate that finds him assuming the role of "Lord High Executioner." But before Ko-Ko can sever the heads of any prisoners, he must ...
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Overview

Monty Python alum Eric Idle stars in an English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera, which relocates the setting of the original story from ancient Japan to a 1920s-era seaside resort in England. The Mikado has declared flirting to be a capital crime. Sentenced to death for his amorous banter, Ko-Ko (Idle) subsequently experiences a strange twist of fate that finds him assuming the role of "Lord High Executioner." But before Ko-Ko can sever the heads of any prisoners, he must first behead himself. Later, when the Mikado calls for an execution, Ko-Ko finds himself in the middle of a dire predicament involving his fiancée Yum-Yum and the ruler's son. Now, if Ko-Ko is to make it out of the situation alive, he must use his skills as an entertainer to keep the Mikado distracted from the grim task at hand.
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Special Features

A Source of Innocent Merriment: The Making of The Mikado; Downloadable Mikado Libretto; Cast biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2005
  • UPC: 733961735901
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,468

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mikado
1. Cast & Credits/Overture [2:53]
2. If You Want To Know Who We Are [3:02]
3. A Wandering Minstrel 1 [5:11]
4. Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man [5:32]
5. Young Man, Despair [2:32]
6. And Have 1 Journeyed for a Month [:44]
8. They'll None of 'Em Be Missed [5:31]
7. Behold the Lord High Executioner [4:28]
9. Comes a Train of Little Ladies [1:59]
10. Three Little Maids From School Are We [3:32]
11. So Please You Sir, We Much Regret [4:45]
12. Were You Not to Ko-Ko Plighted [5:07]
13. I Am So Proud [7:23]
14. With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride [14:53]
1. Braid the Raven Hair [3:45]
2. The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze [4:39]
3. Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day [6:04]
4. Here's a How-De-Do! [1:39]
5. Mi-Ya- Sa-Ma [3:54]
6. A More Humane Mikado [1:15]
7. The Criminal Cried as He Dropped Him Down [7:09]
8. See How the Fates Their Gifts Allot [8:53]
9. The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring [4:01]
10. Alone, and Yet Alive! [1:51]
11. Willow, Tit Willow [6:19]
12. There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast [4:28]
13. For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum [4:34]
14. Final Credits [1:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Mikado
   Play Program
   Act 1
      Chapters
         Play All
   Act 2
      Chapters
         Play All
   Extras
      A Source of Innocent Merriment: The Making of the Mikado
      Biographies
         Eric Idle
         Lesley Garrett
         Bonaventura Bottone
         Felicity Joan Palmer
         Richard Van Allan
         Richard Angas
      Mikado Libretto
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny Nontraditional Mikado

    Eric Idle brings his MontyPython humor to this rendition of MIKADO, set during the 1920's in England, rather than in Japan...some of the lyrics have been updated as well. If you are already familiar with the piece, this is a clever rethinking of it.

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