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    October 9, 2018 Blu-ray Releases

    • A Prayer Before Dawn
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    Senior Member Lefisc's Avatar
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    This is a review of the Blu Ray Cabaret, which I originally posted on this site in 2013

    Cabaret is an unique movie that sometimes gets a bad reception on home video. Cabaret is a musical set in Germany in 1931. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) is a star at the seedy Kit Kat Club and develops a relationship with an American. But the plots and setting are used to show the rise of the Nazis as often represented by the sinister Master of Ceremonies magnificently played by Joel Gray.

    It is based on Duren’s 1951 play “I Am a Camera” which later became a movie (1955) Starring Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters. The story was adapted from the novel “Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood. The music by John Kander and Fred Ebb is classic and unforgettable.

    The movie was released in 1972 and the era of great America musicals, West Side Story, Music Man, and My Fair Lady, was over. It’s over because people stopped going to them. Audiences no longer accepted dancing in the streets and the huge invisible orchestras that follows the actors around. Cabaret is a musical of the 1970s so the bright Technicolor sets and beautifying makeup have no place here. Audiences wanted more reality so here, the singing and dancing only appear on a stage, and with a small orchestra that we see in the Cabaret. Also gone by this time was the typical “happy ending” Hollywood was famous for.

    So many people, buying the disc of Cabaret are disappointed in the look and the sound of this disk, expecting a lavish production, such as what they saw in the “Sound of Music” the last musical they saw regarding Nazi Germany.

    When you first turn on the movie you might "score" the visuals and audio on an absolute level. That is how well the picture compares to a modern movie filmed today. In that case Cabaret gets:

    Video: 3.5 out of a 1-5 absolute rating
    Audio: 3 out of a 1-5 absolute rating

    But on a cinematic rating the movie gets:
    Video: 4.75 out of a 1-5 absolute rating
    Audio 4.0 out of a 1-5 absolute rating

    Some people, seeing this disc, have thought that the music is a bit thin and the picture, at times is grainy. That was intentional and makes this a haunting and memorable movie.

    Bob Fosse, the director, re-invented musical here, introducing a the harshness of reality to American Musical Movies. For example, most of the scenes that take place in the Kit Kat Cabaret, use artificial lighting. The lighting is harsh, stark, unappealing. The colors seem drained. When the performers are on screen, they just have one bright very white spotlight on their faces. There is no colored, warm lighting, nor any lighting from above or below. Ms. Minnelli is pale, almost white throughout the movie and this makes that stand out. And, when you watch them on the stage, the lighting makes you feel claustrophobic. If you are uncomfortable looking at it this way, it's deliberate. Out of the club, in the "poor homes" the lighting is still very unnatural and subdued, and a bit harsh. In the rich homes and outdoor scenes there is a richer, less grainy color. This cinematography helps set the stage and the mood of the entire picture.

    However, in Joel Grey's last number, lighting begins to show from the ceiling and the stage is well lit for Ms. Minnelli's Cabaret finale.

    We are used to full orchestras in musicals, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, etc. Here music comes from three places only, there is no real background score:
    1. The orchestra in the Cabaret. It's a small orchestra and it does not have that great all-consuming sound, it sounds a bit thin. They also, to me, sound a bit tiny.
    2. Records, vinyl for the 1930s, which, of course sound scratchy.
    3. Street musicians. Organ Grinders and such.

    It should be noted that In the 1950s and early 1960s the studios worked hard to get the best audio, especially in musicals. That was lost for almost a decade until Star Wars came around. So the fidelity here could have been better.

    "Here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful! "
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