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Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (Umbrella Entertainment/PAL Region 4/Four/DTS DVD Import)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: D     Concert: B

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Four/4 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.

 

 

Carol Burnett, George Hearn, John Barrowman, Ruthie Henshall and Bronson Pinchot are terrific together in an exceptional review of the many amazing, important, landmark and lasting songs of Stephen Sondheim in Putting It Together, recorded from the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City.  Many of his best songs have been gathered into a narrative about two couples and other ancillary affairs with energy and chemistry to spare.

 

Burnett is great here as expected and Pinchot is better than he gets credit for, while Hearn delivers as expected.  It is newcomers Barrowman and Henshall that impress for being less experienced.  They fit right in and this is a tour de force for all involved.  If you like music and comedy, you’ll want to get this DVD ASAP.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot in High Definition video (likely 1080i) and looks pretty good and colorful throughout with limited aliasing errors, staircasing or minor errors.  Being in PAL and not U.S. NTSC helps, but I can imagine this would look even better on Blu-ray.  The DTS 5.1 mix is a pleasant surprise with only a few moments where the video is not optimal.  The combination is very watchable and enjoyable.  There are no extras.

 

 

For more Sondheim in action on stage, try this review of the recent Blu-ray release of Company:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/7080/Company:+A+Musical+Comedy+(Imag

 

 

As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:

 

http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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