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The Mikado, (Criterion)

Genres: Stage Plays / Musicals / Dances, Musicals / Performing Arts, Opera Music, Comedy, United Kingdom, Criterion Collection, Classics, Theater

Cast: Kenny Baker, Martyn Green, Sydney Granville, John Barclay, Gregory Stroud

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Synopsis: The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger (One Night of Love, Road to Singapore). The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as A Wandering Minstrel I and Three Little Maids from School Are We, and featuring performances by American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D'Oyly Carte actors, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Production Year: 1939

Reviews:

  • "As a film edition of the most popular item in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, it must be recognized as one of the most luscious productions of the operetta in history.", The New York Times

Awards:

  • 1939: Nominee, Oscar, Best Cinematography, Academy

 The Mikado, (Criterion)

The Mikado, (Criterion) - DVD - $29.95

The Mikado, (Criterion) - Blu-ray Disc - $39.95

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  • Release Date: Mar 29th, 2011
  • Catalog Number: CC1992DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515069212
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 91
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • Newly remastered digital transfer

    • New video interview with Topsy-Turvy director Mike Leigh on The Mikado

    • New video interview with Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr.

    • Short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien

  • Release Date: Mar 29th, 2011
  • Catalog Number: CC1991BD
  • UPC: 0715515069113
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 91
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • Newly remastered digital transfer

    • New video interview with Topsy-Turvy director Mike Leigh on The Mikado

    • New video interview with Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr

    • Short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien