Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

Director: Michael Blakemore Cast: Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2017
UPC: 0826663175721
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:23:00
Sales rank: 33,399

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brent Barrett Fred Graham,Petruchio
Rachel York Lilli Vanessi,Katharine
Nancy Anderson Lois Lane,Bianca
Michael Berresse Bill Calhoun,Lucentio
Jack Chissick Second Man
Nicolas Colicos Harrison Howell
Teddy Kempner First Man
Colin Farrell Harry Trevor,Baptista
Kaye E. Brown Hattie
Nolan Frederick Paul
Alan Vicary Ralph (Stage Manager)
Duncan Smith Pop (Stage Doorman)
Nick Winston Gremio
Barry McNeill Hortensio
Andrew Spillett Nathaniel,Cab Driver
Christopher Stewart Gregory,Dance Captain
Philip Sutton Philip
Richard Sidaway Haberdasher
Michael Berrisse Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Blakemore Director,Screenwriter,Teleplay
Helen Asquith Executive Producer
Roger Berlind Producer
Paul Gemignani Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Horchow Producer
David Horn Executive Producer
Nobuo Isobe Executive Producer
Kathleen Marshall Choreography
Martin Pakledinaz Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Picheta Producer
Richard Price Producer
Margaret Smilow Executive Producer
Jac Venza Executive Producer

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Kiss Me Kate 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE best movie ever. It's a lot better than the original. In this film, there is comedy, romance, and so much more! I loved this show before but this has heightened my affection for it. I would reccomend this video out of any other! If you're only thinking about buying it, stop thinking and get your money out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is soooooooo amazing. Lead by the very handsome Brent Barrett and the gorgeous Rachel york, this is the funniest, and best musical I've seen recentely. I saw only a bit of it on PBS in October. I saw Rachel doing her 'I hate men sequence' up till this point, the only other version of Kiss me kate I'd seen was the 1953 movie version. (i'd listened to the Patricia Morison/Alfred Drake version, but it's different when you actually see the play) Now, it must be stated, Kathryn Grayson's 'I hate men' is a product of the production code policy, so it was a very clean, innocent version. Suddenly I see Rachel grabbing herself, screaming about, and stimulating a birth scene in detail, all the while, her curls are bouncing everywhere. I didn't really like it at first, but i had to admit the girl had extrordinary vocal range, but it seemed a bit vulgar compared to Ms. Grayson. I turned the TV off for a while, but came back a bit later and saw the first 3/4 of the second act. (to the end of 'from this moment on scene') It then started growing on me, I decided to rent the DVD. WOW!!!!!!!! seeing it from the beginning was some thing else. I fell in Love! I've now bought the DVD, and seen it about 3,000 times. (that's barely an exaggeration) Brent and Rachel have such chemisrty, and what talent!!!!!!!!!!! They are truly two of the most versatile, and talented performers today in theater, and trust me, I've seen ALOT of theater. They are certainly the top. Rachel's range is so unbelievable, her emotion, her comedic timing as well as dramatic, she's incredible. Brent does the impossible, make Fred a true overbearing thetaer ham, and yet make him so incredibly likable. Don't waste anymore time, order it now!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of 'Kiss Me, Kate' is an absolutely glorious production of the classic Broadway musical comedy based on Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew.' Standout performances and a brilliant directorial vision combine to make this THE very best production ever. The DVD of this PBS Great Performance will rule for ages. Rachel York as Lilli/Kate and Brent Barrett as Fred/Petruchio each bring an underlying tenderness to their off-stage characters that makes you ache to see them get back together in the end. Sure, they rant and rave and fight like wildcats, just as their on-stage counterparts do. But never do you forget that they love each other. Too many productions of this very funny show-within-a-show make the leads one dimensional and totally unlikeable, acting as if they hate each other. This production, directed by Michael Blakemore and performed throughout with tremendous energy and skill, is first and foremost a love story. Everything else - the tongue-in-cheek wit, superb singing, vibrant dancing, innovative orchestration, and even bawdy physical humor - is consistent with the passion that emanates from the two leads. And the two leads are superb. Rachel York has a vocal range that is unequalled in musical theater today. She sings her torchy version of 'So In Love' with a heartbreaking sincerity, then belts her 'I Hate Men' with raucous wild abandon. She ultimately reaches the stratosphere with her amazing coloratura soprano in her screamingly funny rendition of 'Kiss Me, Kate.' Matching her every step of the way is Brent Barrett. He infuses his 'Were Thine That Special Face' and reprise of 'So in Love' with absolute adoration, but also demonstrates unbridled machismo in 'I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua' and 'Where Is the Life That Late I Led.' The chemistry between York and Barrett is palpable, even on DVD. They accentuate their volatile relationship with unexpected touches of genuine endearment, such as an unconscious tender brush of an arm during 'Wunderbar' or a glistening tear in the eye during the finale. The entire cast keeps up with the pace and tone set by York and Barrett. The show never lets down, and everyone seems to be having great good fun with the unrepressed music and lyrics of Cole Porter. This PBS version of 'Kiss Me, Kate' will undoubtedly prove to be a classic, with the performances by Rachel York and Brent Barrett considered definitive. It will surely be the standard against which all future Kates are measured. It is an unabashed winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say my favorite musical is Kiss Me Kate. This version is better than the original movie and is certainly better than the broadway casts. Brent Barrett and Rachel York have wonderful chemistry.They can't live without each other, it's so touching! Rachel York has the most beautiful voice and she's so incredibly talented! Kiss Me Kate is hilarious and has everything a musical should have. This DVD is a must have for any theatre fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This performance of Kiss Me, Kate is absolutely amazing. I'm just sad that they don't have a soundtrack. I have the 1999 Broadway cast soundtrack on my iPod, but Rachel York and Brent Barret certainly give Marin Mazzie and Brian Mitchell a run for their money. AMAZING PRODUCTION!