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Cabaret 40th Anniversay [Blu-ray]
(Bob Fosse, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 39,976,945,085 bytes
Feature Size: 33,297,278,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.72 Mbps
Case: Digi-book Blu-ray case
Release date: February 5th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3044 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3044 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• Commentary by Stephen Tropiano
Behind the Scenes - Kit Kat Memory Gallery
Liza Minnelli Remembers:
• Marisa's Close-up
• Sally's Look
• Observing the Master
Joel Grey Reminisces:
Michael York Remembers:
Martin Baum Reminisces:
Cy Feuer Remembers:
Emanuel L.Wolf Reminisces:
John Kander Remembers:
Jay Presson Allen Reminisces:
Fred Ebb Remembers:
Cabaret, Bob Fosse’s ground-breaking Oscar®-winning
musical drama starring Liza Minnelli (Arthur,
The Sterile Cuckoo), Michael York (the Austin Powers films),
Joel Grey (Man
on a Swing), Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson (I
am Love), celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Blu-ray
debut on February 5, 2013. Remastered for the first time in
over 20 years, Cabaret is presented in its original
aspect ratio (16 x 9 format). Winner of eight Academy Awards®, including
Director (Fosse), Actress (Minnelli), and Supporting Actor (Grey), the
film will be offered in a premium Blu-ray Book format, which contains 40
pages of insightful photos and text. A new documentary,
"Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals" will be
featured, along with vintage documentaries "Cabaret: A
Legend in the Making," "The Recreation of an Era,"
a multi-part memory gallery and more.
Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse. A heavily expurgated 88-minute version of Cabaret has been prepared for commercial TV presentations, regarded by many as dramatically inferior to the full cut.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Cabaret arrives in a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray from Warner in an impressive Digi-book packaging. Every time I have seen the film it had this same very thick appearance - especially inside the 'klub'. Textures are heavy - looking hazy and dream-like in the low level lighting. The few outdoor sequences crisp-up. Colors seem dense achieving separation not seen on SD. Skin tones seem true and contrast is solid. There is no noise at all. This Blu-ray gives an authentic and consistent video representation of Cabaret with its Fellini'esque costumes and dark 'death' themes.
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Key to the film is the audio which comes in a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a healthy 3044 kbps. Minnelli sounds impressive belting out songs like "Money, Money" and "Cabaret". The musical numbers can sound extremely pleasing. There is notable but not always crisp separations and wonderful depth. The memorable score by John Kander and Fred Ebb benefits from the uncompressed rendering. There are optional subtitles andmy Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Included is an informative commentary from Stephen Tropiano author of Cabaret: Music on Film. There is a new documentary, "Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals" running short of 1/2 hour - and described as 'an enlightening look at how Fosse and “Cabaret” brought movie musicals back from the brink of extinction.' Also included are the vintage, and still rough looking, documentaries "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making," running 17-minutes and the short "The Recreation of an Era," plus and extensive a multi-part Kit Kat Memory Gallery with short reminiscences from Liza, Joel Grey, Michael York, Martin Baum, Cy Feuer, Emanuel L.Wolf, John Kander, Jay Presson Allen, and Fred Ebb. the package is a handsome 40 page book with photos and text.
January 24th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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