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Victor/Victoria
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Victor/Victoria

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Director: Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

Cast: Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

 

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Warner Brother's long-awaited DVD edition of Victor/Victoria isn't as feature-heavy as the film's fans might have hoped but still manages to serve up this classic comedy in style. The skillfully-remastered video transfer captures the rich, understated color palette of Dick Bush's cinematography with panache and also restores the film to its full, lavish 2.35:1

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Warner Brother's long-awaited DVD edition of Victor/Victoria isn't as feature-heavy as the film's fans might have hoped but still manages to serve up this classic comedy in style. The skillfully-remastered video transfer captures the rich, understated color palette of Dick Bush's cinematography with panache and also restores the film to its full, lavish 2.35:1 widescreen glory. Victor/Victoria also benefits from a sharp Dolby Surround 5.1 remix of its soundtrack that adds plenty of punch to the film's many musical numbers. In terms of extras, the handful of cast and crew filmographies are a bit skimpy but this disc also includes the film's exciting theatrical trailer and a commentary track featuring Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews. This commentary suffers from occasional gaps of silence (both participants frequently catch themselves getting caught up in watching the film when they should be making comments) but still manages to deliver some interesting tidbits about the film's genesis. The most interesting moments include Edwards and Andrews reminiscing fondly about Robert Preston and Henry Mancini and the revelation that Edwards wrote the film's complex script in one month. All in all, the intimate tone and the fondness the two participants show for each other on this commentary track make up for its occasional silences. It provides a nice capper to a high-quality DVD, thus making Warner Brother's edition of Victor/Victoria a great way to get acquainted with this film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
Writer-director Blake Edwards, who reaches for high notes and often falls painfully flat, achieved perfect pitch in this comedy musical matching Julie Andrews (his wife) with a brilliant cast of supporting players, including Robert Preston and James Garner. Andrews portrays Victoria Grant, a talented soprano struggling to find work in Depression-era Paris whose encounter with nightclub singer Carroll Todd (Preston) during a failed audition leads to a new lease on life. The life she leases (actually, one conjured from whole cloth by "Toddy"), is that of Count Victor Grezhinski, a female impersonator. As a woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman, Andrews dazzles pretty much from start to finish, displaying both her comedic charm and vocal virtuosity, as Count Victor becomes the toast of the town. The great complication at the plot's center is introduced when Garner, portraying a macho American gangster named King Marchan, finds himself curiously and uncomfortably smitten with the Count. Twisting the plot into a fine, farcical mess are Lesley Anne Warren (as Marchan's moll, a talented singer-dancer and relatively dim bulb) and Alex Karras (as Marchan's closeted bodyguard). Edwards, who successfully reworked the material for Broadway in 1996, lets this gender-bending bouillabaisse bubble along at a crisp pace, building to a deeply satisfying climax. Released in conjunction with the film's 20th anniversary, the DVD affords feature-length commentary from Edwards and Andrews and has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, all the better to appreciate Henry Mancini's delightful score. Mancini's work (with Leslie Bricusse) earned an Academy Award, the film's sole win among its seven nominations, including nods for Andrews, Warren, Preston, sets, costumes, and adapted screenplay (for Edwards).
All Movie Guide
This witty, energetic film is one of the best and most memorable efforts in the accomplished career of Blake Edwards. The story's fusion of screwball comedy and musical review is a potentially unwieldy combination, but Blake Edwards manages to make it work with a thoughtful script that weaves rich characterizations into a carefully-constructed but sprawling plot that gives them room to breathe. Victor/Victoria is lengthy but never feels overlong thanks to Edwards' stylish work behind the camera: he excels at crafting complex slapstick setpieces but shows equal skill with the film's many rousing musical numbers (the highlight is a stunning cabaret number called "Le Jazz Hot"). His work is ably supported by the film's handsome production values, which include a dazzling Henry Mancini score full of memorable cabaret tunes and excellent cinematography by Dick Bush that adds just the right veneer of Hollywood glamour. However, the true appeal of Victor/Victoria lies in the magnificent performances that add heart to its combination of style and wit. Julie Andrews finds the right combination of vulnerability and cynicism to make her demanding double role work, Robert Preston brings warmth and razor-sharp verbal wit in equal measure to his role as her protector, and James Garner is a subtle delight as the mobster who is forced to reevaluate his concept of masculinity. The film also features plenty of scene-stealing supporting performances, especially Lesley Ann Warren's turn as King's oversexed mistress and Alex Karras' deadpan work as King's surprisingly sensitive and perceptive bodyguard. All these elements jell together beautifully to create a film that manages to work as a valentine to the screwball comedy and musical genres while also adding thoroughly modern theme of social and sexual tolerance into the mix. As a result, Victor/Victoria manages to feel classic and progressive all at once and this duality makes it one of Blake Edward's finest cinematic achievements.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0012569520325
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Feature-length audio commentary by Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards; Interactive menus; Cast/director career highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português & Japanese

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Victor/Victoria
James Garner King Marchan
Robert Preston Toddy
Lesley Ann Warren Norma
Alex Karras Squash
John Rhys-Davies Cassell
Graham Stark Waiter
Peter Arne Labisse
Sherloque Tanney Bovin
Neil Cunningham Nightclub Master of Ceremonies
Matyelock Gibbs Cassell's Receptionist
George Silver Fat Man with Eclair
Stuart Craig Turton Boy Friend to Actress
Bill Monks LeClou
Michael Robbins Hotel Manager
Norman Chancer Sal
David Gant Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson Richard
John Cassady Juke
Christopher Good Stage Manager
Jay Benedict Guy Langois
Olivier Pierre Langois' Companion
Joanna Dickens Large Lady in Restaurant
Simon Chandler Chorus Boy
Vivienne Chandler Chambermaid
Elizabeth Vaughan Opera Singer
Paddy Ward Photographer
Tim Stern Desk Clerk Third Rate Hotel
Sam Williams Chorus Boy
Geoffrey Beevers Police Inspector

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Adams Producer
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer,Songwriter
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Harry Cordwell Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Paul Engelen Makeup
Harry Frampton Makeup
Peter Frampton Makeup
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rodger Maus Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
William Craig Smith Art Director
Paddy Stone Choreography
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:27]
2. Too Legitimate [3:34]
3. Her Sorry State [4:20]
4. Gay Paree [3:26]
5. Rockefeller Dines [4:38]
6. Cockroach Gambit [5:43]
7. Roommates [5:15]
8. Toddy's Inspiration [4:33]
9. Cassell's Office [2:34]
10. Divine Rehearsals [2:11]
11. Opening Night [1:38]
12. Le Jazz Hot [4:34]
13. "It's a Guy." [1:48]
14. Another Kind of Man [3:08]
15. Mutual Attraction [1:49]
16. Bedding Down [6:24]
17. No Soap for Norma [3:44]
18. The Shady Dame From Seville [5:10]
19. King Pays a Call [3:52]
20. The Naked Truth [3:33]
21. Hasty Exits [3:32]
22. Chicago, Illinois [3:38]
23. Dinners and Cigars [4:42]
24. Two-Faced Dance [2:02]
25. You and Me... [3:00]
26. ...And a Melee [3:28]
27. Barging In, Coming Out [1:36]
28. Both Pretenders [4:42]
29. In Unlikely Places [2:07]
30. Liaisons [2:25]
31. Crazy World [3:20]
32. Nights on the Town [1:08]
33. Lightning Rod [1:15]
34. King's Guy Thing [4:50]
35. Victoria's Decision [2:48]
36. "Lock the Door." [2:08]
37. The Greatest Disguise [2:07]
38. The Shady Dame From Seville (I) [2:13]
39. The Finger [:32]
40. The Shady Dame From Seville (II) [3:26]
41. Cast List and End Credits [3:52]

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Victor/Victoria 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Smokeyone More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie many times, and I see something I may have missed the last time. It is a spirit lifting, laugh out loud movie. Good cast, script, plot, costumes, etc. As you can tell I love this movie. Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only came across this film when researching my favorite actress/singer/etc Julie Andrews. This is an absolutely hilarious movie with wonderful musical numbers to complement it! Just a fun/ny movie! I highly recommend it to all!
LanceT More than 1 year ago
Set in 1920's Paris, Victor/Victoria does what most musical comedies never do--it delivers in both categories. The story is that of a struggling female vocalist who pretends to be a male transvgestite to become the sensation of the gay music scene. Great songs give Julie Andrews ample opportunity to demonstrate her tremendous vocal gifts, which is reason enough to see this movie. The script is smart, funny, and is full of insight into the relationships between men and women. V/V came out at about the same time as Tootsie. While the latter movie received much more acclaim and attention, V/V goes deeper and makes its points much more artfully. Robert Preston gives a wonderful, nuanced performance; James Garner is in top form; and Alex Karras gets the movie's best one-liner. Lesley Ann Warren is a sensation, and her musical number is a knock-out. Blake Edwards is at his very best, with favorite composer Henry Mancini delivering a sumptuous score. This movie delivers on all levels.
Ve More than 1 year ago
I wonder what took me so long to see this movie. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1982 movie first received fairly low-key reviews, indeed some were damning! Later reviewers began to change their minds and quite rightly so. Not enough superlatives are available to describe Victor Victoria. As near 'Perfect' as a movie can be, hilarious, brilliantly acted, beautifully directed with stunning choreography by the genius Paddy Stone - breathtaking - in the various numbers. To cap it all, the Great Robert Preston reigns supreme, wow what an actor and with James Garner proving to be a smashing light comic performer and Julie Andrews arguably producing her very best performance ever, you have the perfect combination. No movie collection would be complete without this sensational movie. A film that can be viewed over and over again and should you have missed out and not seen it? Go get it NOW!
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The films theme are always the kind of themes that attracts me. Plus the fact that Julie Andrews is on it. I love her. She has a golden voice. I am intriugued by woman's exploration of her own sexuality. Regardless of her motives. It is the absurdities of human ideas that has been put to action. Turns out well and ends well. Love it!