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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN - A MOTLEY PAIR
Written & presented by Simon Butteriss

Edition Details
2 Discs, PAL format, Region 0, Classification Exempt

DVD Description
Over five 30 minute episodes, produced in 2010 for Sky Arts, internationally renowned G&S performer and authority Simon Butteriss explores the topsy turvy world created by W.S Gilbert and so memorably set to music by Arthur Sullivan, through narration, specially filmed dramatic excerpts and conversations with devotees of G&S. 

Contributors to the series include Michael Ball, Germaine Greer, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Charles Mackerras, Valerie Masterson and Sir Jonathan Miller. It contains archive extracts from performances at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton as well as over sixty staged extracts performed by well loved G&S stars: Victoria Byron, Bruce Graham, Gareth Jones, Charlotte Page, Jill Pert, Oliver White and, of course, Simon Butteriss himself. They are joined by a specially selected chorus and studio orchestra, conducted by Tony Britten, who also produced and directed the series.

Disc 1: Episode 1: If you want to know who we are / Episode 2: The very models of the modern major musical / Episode 3: Monarchs of all they Savoy / Episode 4: Night after night to the wicked Theayter / Episode 5: Deputy Deities
Disc 2: Bonus Disc: A Salaried Wit Ė Grossmith, Gilbert and Sullivan .

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: GREATEST HITS - Rare TV Performances 1957-63
Starring: Martyn Green, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook 

Edition Details
All Regions, NTSC, Classification

DVD Description
Rare performances from the golden age of television 1957 - 1963

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN KARAOKE

Edition Details
PAL format, Region 0, Dolby Digital Stereo, Classification Exempt

Synopsis
Musical accompaniment is by the Czech Symphony Orchestra, the vocals are by you!
Tracklist: A Wandíring Minstrel I, Behold the Lord High Executioner, As Someday It May Happen, Three Little Maids, The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze, A More Humane Mikado, On A Tree By A River A Little Tom-Tit, When Fredíric Was A Little Lad, Oh Is There Not One Maiden Breast?, Poor Wandíring One, I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General, When A Felonís Not Engaged, When I Went To The Bar As A Very Young Man, When Youíre Lying Awake With A Dismal Headache, If You Go In Youíre Sure To Win, Oh Goddess Wise, To A Garden Full Of Posies, When Maiden Loves She Sits And Sighs, I Have A Song To Sing O!, Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes, Iím Called Little Buttercup, I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore, When I Was A Lad I Served A Term.

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KARAOKE OPERA - GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

Edition Details
PAL format, Region 2, Classification Exempt

Synopsis
Ten favourite arias and songs for various voices backed by full orchestra and chorus.

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: THEIR GREATEST HITS
Starring: D'Oyly Carte Singers and a Chorus of 1000 voices.

Edition Details
Region 0, NTSC (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV.)

Special Features 
Gilbert and Sullivan biography 
Facts about the operettas 
Interactive menus 
Instant access to songs

DVD Description
The greatest, grandest tunes of music masters Gilbert & Sullivan come alive in this celebration of their most popular light operas. The best-loved songs from The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers and The Mikado are presented in a spellbinding performance by the world-renowned D'Oyly Carte Singers and a chorus of 1,000 voices. A joyous, tuneful treasure from the immortal partnership of Gilbert & Sullivan... a musical legacy that will endure forever.

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TOPSY-TURVY†DVD
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Roger Heathcott et al.
Director: Mike Leigh


Edition Details
Region 2 encoding (Europe, Middle East & Japan only), Widescreen, PAL, Classification
12

Synopsis
The relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking point as Arthur Sullivan starts to run out of musical ideas for William Gilbert's predictable plots. One day Mrs Gilbert talks her husband into visiting an exhibition of Japanese life...

Amazon.co.uk Review
At first glance, a musical period comedy-drama about Gilbert and Sullivan seems an odd fit for director Mike Leigh, who made his name with searing, intense contemporary dramas such as Secrets and Lies and Career Girls. What could the Victorian world of light opera offer a film-maker who specialises in the world of modern-day middle-class England? Plenty, as it turns out. A wonderful meditation on the creation of art, Topsy-Turvy catches Gilbert and Sullivan at a crossroads in their illustrious careers. Having scored numerous hits (like The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore), they've reached a creative dry spot with their latest, Princess Ida. Composer Sullivan (Allan Corduner) despairs of ever being taken seriously, and vows to write a "serious" piece, much to the consternation of librettist Gilbert (Jim Broadbent), who's flummoxed and unyielding when asked to change another of his whimsical, "topsy-turvy" scenarios. All seems lost when, thanks to his wife's insistence, Gilbert attends a Japanese exposition in London, and faster than you can say "Three little maids from school are we", inspiration strikes.
The rest, as they say, is history, but Leigh re-creates the creative process with meticulous and loving care, from the writing of The Mikado to its staging (wherein Gilbert acts as director), costuming, orchestration, rehearsal, and ultimate premiere. Some may balk at the running time of the film (almost three hours), but it's a journey well worth taking, down to the precise details of late-19th-century London. Still, you'll know you're in Mike Leigh territory, with his precise characterisations and a heartfelt, melancholy ending. And no one has a way with actors like Leigh. This peerless ensemble, headed up by Broadbent in an Oscar-worthy performance, inhabit their characters like a second skin, and it's wonderful to see an authentic-feeling period drama in which the actors resemble real people and you don't expect someone glamorous like Helena Bonham Carter or Rupert Everett to pop up. Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados will revel in the re-enactments of The Mikado (newcomers will likely be won over, too). All in all, a breathtaking film.
Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

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Note - Topsy-Turvy screenplay is also available as a book clicking here

 

 

TOPSY-TURVY†
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Roger Heathcott et al.
Director: Mike Leigh

Edition Details
Blu-ray disc, Widescreen, PAL, Classification
12

Synopsis
The relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking point as Arthur Sullivan starts to run out of musical ideas for William Gilbert's predictable plots. One day Mrs Gilbert talks her husband into visiting an exhibition of Japanese life...

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN - THEIR GREATEST HITS

Edition Details
PAL format, HiFi Sound, Classification Exempt

Synopsis
A selection of the more popular works of Gilbert and Sullivan, presented by the composers 'themselves'. Music is included from 'The Pirates Of Penzance', 'Iolanthe', 'H.M.S. Pinafore', 'The Gondoliers' and 'The Mikado'. The immortal partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan has left a music legacy that will endure forever. With their intoxicating selection of their greatest works, it is easy to see why their operas are so rapturously applauded.

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TRIAL BY JURY / COX & BOX
Directors: Derek Bailey, Wendy Toye

Edition Details
Region 2, PAL Format, Classification: Exempt

Product Description
TRIAL BY JURY: In a breach of promise case, the Learned Judge and Jury are somewhat smitten by the pretty Plaintiff's charms, and the Defendant is hard pressed to explain that indeed he loved the girl once, but fell in love with another. Despite his suggestion that he marry both women, the Learned Judge has his own solution... he will marry the Plaintiff himself. 
COX & BOX: Cox works by day and Box by night. Their rascally landlord lets the same room to both of them and doubles his profit. But eventually they meet and discover they are not only involved with the same girl... but are indeed long-lost brothers! 
Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. 

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COX & BOX / TRIAL BY JURY VHS
Frankie Howerd, Kate Flowers, et al.
Director: Derek Bailey, Wendy Toye

 

Edition Details
PAL Format, Classification: Exempt

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: BOX SET [11 DISCS]

Edition Details
Region 2, PAL, Classification

 

Special Features
Rare and exclusive Photo Gallery 
Introductions by Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. 
Individual Librettos 
Song Indexes 
Profiles of Gilbert & Sullivan 
Behind the Scenes Featurettes - Cox & Box, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer

Synopsis
Box set includes 'The Gondoliers', 'H.M.S. Pinafore', 'Iolanthe', 'The Mikado', 'Patience', 'The Pirates Of Penzance', 'Princess Ida', 'Ruddigore', 'The Sorcerer', 'Trial By Jury / Cox And Box', and 'The Yeoman Of The Guard'.

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: FAVOURITES COLLECTION [5 DISCS]

Edition Details
Region 1, NTSC (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV.)
New Region 1 DVDs are dispatched from the USA or Canada and you may be required to pay import duties and taxes on them.

Synopsis
Box set includes The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers and Patience 

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN: MASTER COLLECTION [10 DISCS]

Edition Details
Region 1, NTSC (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV.)
New Region 1 DVDs are dispatched from the USA or Canada and you may be required to pay import duties and taxes on them.

Synopsis
Box set includes The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Patience, Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Sorcerer, Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard

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