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Format: DVD
Sku: 207325624
UPC: 883929017683
UPC 14: 00883929017683
Category Keywords: Murder  Revenge
Rating: NR
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A Musical Thriller!
Times are hard in 1846 London and one must make do. So Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd.

Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim refashions a macabre tale into a musical masterwork in this dazzling performance of the 1979 Broadway hit originally staged by Harold Prince. In her Tony-winning role (one of eight the show earned, including Best Musical), Angela Lansbury plays Nellie. George Hearn turns his stage role of twisted Sweeney into an Emmy-winning triumph. The score coils around itself in ever-tightening spirals. The lines ripple with black humor and madness. Enter Sweeney's tonsorial parlor. Attend the tale.

"...the music and lyrics are amazing...Sondheim is an accomplished composer, but this is arguably his best work.  Angela Dalecki, NightsAndWeekends.com
"...[finds] the proper center between cabaret and slasher film, opus and bawdy sing-along...the cast is superb.  Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict

Editor's Note
Angela Lansbury and George Hearns star in this updated version of the classic macabre musical. Benjamin Barker (Heard) returns from prison and assumes the name of Sweeney Todd. But when he finds out that a judge is tormenting his wife and daughter, Sweeney decides it's time to cut more than just the judge's hair. Lansbury is Mrs. Nellie Lovett, the downstairs neighbor who concocts a scheme that will give both of them what they want. Featuring music by Stephen Sondheim.
Features
Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 140 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1982
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000038411
Video UPC UPC: 00883929017683
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Angela Lansbury
Video Cast Info Cris Groenendaal
Video Cast Info George Hearn
Video Cast Info Sara Woods
Video Cast Info Archer King - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Bill Klages - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bonnie Burns - Producer
Video Cast Info Christopher Bond - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Eugene Lee - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Harold Prince - Director
Video Cast Info Hugh Wheeler - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jimmy B. Frazier - Editor
Video Cast Info Ken Laski - Editor
Video Cast Info Stephen Sondheim - Non-Original Music By
Video Cast Info Terry Hughes - Director

Awards


Winner (1985)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Terry Hughes, Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program
   Video Award Name Emmy, George Hearn, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
   Video Award Name Emmy, Jimmy B. Frazier, Outstanding Videotape Editing for a Limited Series or a Special

Nominee (1985)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Angela Lansbury, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
   Video Award Name Emmy, Doug Nelson, et. al., Outstanding Live and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects for a Limited Series or a Special

Professional Reviews

Edward Copeland on Film 10 of 10
I love Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical of his. I admit that I have great trepidation about what Tim Burton will do to it in his upcoming film version...The Los Angeles production of the original Broadway tour was filmed for a defunct entity known as The Entertainment Channel, but I saw it when it aired on Showtime. There were cast differences from the Broadway production: George Hearn replaced Len Cariou in the title role, Cris Groenedaal took over the role of Anthony from Victor Garber (known to you kids as Sydney's father on TV's Alias) and Betsy Joslyn played Johanna instead of Sarah Rice. However, most of the other roles were played again by the Broadway cast, most importantly Angela Lansbury re-creating her triumphant Tony-winning turn as Mrs. Lovett, seen to the right with Ken Jennings, the show's original Tobias. If you are only familiar with Lansbury as crime-solving mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher on TV's Murder, She Wrote or as the malevolent manipulator Mrs. Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate, you owe it to yourself to watch Sweeney Todd. Lansbury sings, Lansbury dances and Lansbury wows. Her Mrs. Lovett is a hard act for anyone to follow. - Edward Copeland
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