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sparkling new reissue of "Gypsy" with one drawback...

  • Jul 11, 2009
This new remastered print of GYPSY is only available as part of Warner's Natalie Wood Collection DVD boxset (along with "Sex and the Single Girl", "Bombers B-52", "Cash McCall", "Inside Daisy Clover" and a revised print of "Splendor in the Grass").

Owning the original Warner DVD pressing for GYPSY as well, I've compared the old print with this new one, and can confirm that the image looks sharper and clearer on the new DVD, with beautifully-saturated colours evidently struck from a pristinely refurbished element. Sadly though, the audio on the new DVD has been condensed into a 1-track mono mix (the original DVD had a full 5.1 surround track). This seems to be the standard practice used for the bulk of Warner's classic releases in recent years, whether the movies are in stereo or not.

Apart from the addition of a cartoon featurette ("The Pied Piper of Guadalupe"), the extras are the same on both discs and the lure of upgrading won't be powerful unless you're interested in the other Natalie Wood Collection titles and take this disc as a sort of 'bonus'. Buy the new disc but also keep hold of the old one (if you really care about the soundtrack).

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review by . June 10, 2000
Pros: Made when movies were good watching     Cons: none     Adapted from a successful stage production, this product transfers with great ability to the screen. Based on the rise and fall of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, played by Natalie Wood, it starts back in the days of vaudeville. The real Baby June (June Havoc who went on to play bit parts and eventually moved to teaching acting) was pushed so much by her mother to excel on the stage she eventually runs …
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Ringing with the show-biz sass of its Jule Styne/ Stephen Sondheim score, the film version of the Broadway hit Gypsy takes you on a grand vaudeville tour. It sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise (Natalie Wood), the wallflower later to blossom into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ambitious mother Rose (Rosalind Russell, whose performance won her a fifth Best Actress Golden Globe Award). Karl Malden scores as Herbie, the salesman who falls for Rose -- to his exasperation. Full of terrific tunes (Everything's Coming Up Roses, Small World and Some People Among Them), Gypsy will certainly entertain you and definitely make you smile.
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Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Runtime: 143 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video

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