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Gilbert and Sullivan's first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. Filled with Sullivan's memorable melodies - infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop - H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old!
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PBSGilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD
 
4.1

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1.0

Seriously stodgy and disappointing

By VAtheatreteacher

from Harrisonburg, VA

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Comments about PBS Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD:

If you are a die-hard G&S fan who enjoys their wonderful music no-matter-what, then you'll be fine with this old-fashioned and confined approach to Pinafore. If you're someone whose tastes expect at least some flashes of ingenuity, a more modern living and breathing and less self-serious approach, then you will find this production as huge a disappointment as I did. One has the feeling that the director's approach was, "By gosh, we're going to absolutely exactly duplicate the score and it will be amazing." However that 'exactitude' sucked the life right out of the show and does not translate into good entertainment. The characters may exist in the performers' minds or rehearsal rooms, but they don't connect with each other or the viewer.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great production, except the music

By WisconsinEric

from Ripon, Wisconsin

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Comments about PBS Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD:

I saw this production live at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (which produced it) last summer, and also recorded it (DVR) when it was telecast.
Positive side: as is typical at the Guthrie, production values are superb: great sets, fine singing and acting, excellent choreography, and a bit of not-disrespectful updating by Jeffrey Hatcher here and there.
Negative side: you notice I said nothing about the music above. Note the cryptic statement in the DVD description "infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop." In other words, they rearranaged the entire score for Broadway-musical electronically equipped pop band, and in the process rendered some of the songs barely recognizable. It works moderately well for some of the ballads, ruined it for all 3 of us attending in much of the rest. Obviously this opinion is not shared by all (cf. other reviews), but as I told friends, we heard Gilbert but not Sullivan. Yes the production is terrific, but if you rewrite the score in a musical production, that's pretty important, and you'd better have a darned good reason (and a really talented composer); IMHO the Guthrie had neither in this case.
Three stars: average of 5 for the production and 1 for the music. If Sullivan's witty music is important to you, I suggest you give a listen before buying.
[Disclaimer: I'm an active amateur classical musician, so the music is really important to me. And a faithful Guthrie subscriber for a number of years, so I'm generally biased in their favor.]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD

By Sue

from Minneapolis, MN

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Comments about PBS Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD:

I was thrilled PBS filmed H.M.S. Pinafore!
The Gilbert and Sullivan production was filled with excellent singing, dancing, costumes, scenery, and acting. I enjoyed the performance so much, I saw it six times at the Guthrie and twice on PBS. Now, with the DVD, I can enjoy the musical and share the fun with all!

 
5.0

Great Buy!

By Don

from Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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Comments about PBS Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD:

Purchased handled in a very professional manner. Very satisfied with purchase process and product.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Satire as Seymour and Schwenk intended

By Captain J. Corcoran

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Comments about PBS Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore DVD:

If you're curious who 'Seymour' and 'Schwenk' are, they are Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, and Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, the lyricist and composer of the farcical romp that is "HMS Pinafore." I saw the Guthrie Theater production on my local PBS station, and quite enjoyed the production. The additional scene featuring Queen Victoria was in keeping with the original in the spirit of satire Gilbert injected into their operettas. As a life-long Gilbert and Sullivan fan, this is one of the most energetic and enthralling productions of "Pinafore" I've seen in my entire life. I particularly enjoyed the comedic timing employed by the performers portraying Captain Corcoran and Sir Joseph Porter.

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