Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity (1969) has arrived on DVD in a nicely produced if not overly ambitious edition from Universal. The film has been transferred very cleanly in its proper anamorphic aspect ratio (2.35:1), giving Robert Surtees' cinematography the best showcase that it's had since the original release. The volume has been set slightly low, but not so much so that it can't be fixed with a simple volume adjustment. Otherwise, the movie has been treated well, mastered with the overture from its original reserved-seat-engagement release (this was one of the very last films released that way), although the 16 chapters seem a little skimpy for a 153-minute film. The bonus features include the original trailer and a pair of behind-the-scenes featurettes made at the time of the movie's release. "From the Stage to the Screen -- A Director's Dilemma" is a 1969 behind-the-scenes account of the production featuring lots of footage of director Bob Fosse at work and mostly explaining how the first-time film director approached the project. "The Art of Exaggeration" is a documentary hosted by Edith Head, the legendary costume designer, who walks us through her work on the movie and the logic behind it. The first short is good, but the second is delightful. Head shows us a succession of costume tests, most of which were, themselves, set to music in order to give all concerned a better idea of how the costumes would look in the context of the score as well as the shots for which they were needed. The supplements are all full-screen (1.33:1) and are a little bit faded toward red, in contrast to the well-preserved feature film. The disc opens on a simple two-layer four-selection menu (including French- and Spanish-language audio and subtitles) that is easy to use and maneuver around.
Side #1 -- 1. Overture 2. Main Titles 3. My Personal Property 4. Hey, Big Spender 5. The Rich Man's Frug 6. If My Friends Could See Me Now 7. There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This 8. It's a Nice Face 9. Intermission 10. Act II 11. The Rhythm of Life 12. Sweet Charity 13. I'm a Brass Band 14. I Love to Cry at Weddings 15. Where Am I Going? 16. End Titles
Side #1 -- Play Scenes Bonus Materials Alternate Ending Sweet Charity: From the Stage to the Screen Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration Theatrical Trailer Recommendations Languages English Language English Captions for the Hearing Impaired Spanish/Español Subtitles French/Français Subtitles No Subtitles
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