Blu-ray Release: Sweet Charity

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug.20, 2019
Price: Blu-ray $26.49
Studio: Kino Lorber

Featuring 4K restorations of both its Roadshow Edition and the ‘Happy Ending’ Version, the 1969 musical Sweet Charity is the first feature film helmed by Bob Fosse, the legendary director of Cabaret, Lenny, All That Jazz and Star 80.

Shirley MacLaine (Irma La Douce) gives one of her greatest performances in this spectacular musical based on Neil Simon’s Broadway hit inspired by Federico Fellini’s 1957 film The Nights of Cabiria. Fosse broke new cinematic ground with this freewheeling, visually stunning story of a lovelorn New York dance hall hostess, Charity Hope Valentine (MacLaine), who dreams of old-fashioned romance but gives her heart to one undeserving guy after another.

MacLaine joins all-star cast members Chita Rivera (Broadway’s Chicago), Sammy Davis Jr. (The Cannonball Run), Ricardo Montalban (TV’s Fantasy Island) and the luscious Barbara Bouchet in belting out thirteen vibrant Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields numbers including “Big Spender,” “The Rhythm of Life” and the show-stopping “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Kino Lorber’s two-disc special edition Blu-ray contains the following features:

-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
-A Girl Who Wanted to be Loved: A booklet essay by Julie Kirgo
-Includes the original Roadshow version and the “Happy Ending” altenate cut
-Edith Head Costume Design – Featurette
-From Stage to Screen – Featurette
-5.1 Stereo and 2.0 Lossless Audio
-Theatrical Trailer

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.