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The Pirates of Penzance

7.11 h 52 min1983X-RayU
Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose and Rex Smith star in this musical comedy of mistaken identity with all the laughs and songs that made it a Broadway smash!
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1041 global ratings

  1. 65% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Gregory A. JohnsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Good seller, defective DVD
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This is my second attempt to buy a copy of this great video of a great show. The first time, a few years ago, I received the correct DVD case, but inside was a bad bootleg copy of the original outdoor stage show, which did NOT include Angela Lansbury. On this, my second attempt, I received the same DVD case, and inside was a DVD with the correct label which will not play on either an NTSC DVD player nor a PAL DVD player. To their credit, this seller refunded my money. If anyone out there is listening, I would really like to buy a DVD of the "Pirates of Penzance" production starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury. I will pay any reasonable finder's fee for this great production on either NTSC or PAL.
KazReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Fun and a stella cast.
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Funny and modern take on Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. I can't watch any other version. Kevin Kline steals every scene he is in. Angela Langsbury was a big name at the time this was filmed and she is excellent in it. Linda Rhonstat was a big country and western singer when this was filmed. I knew Rex Smith from Street Hawk. Everyone is amazingly good. The actor playing the Police chief is amazingly bendy and does the most hilarious dance moves. Probably looks a bit dated to modern viewers. My folks insisted on watching it at Christmas and I was delighted to find it on Amazon. Bit pricey but kept the old folks happy, priceless.
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MikeaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fast and fabulous!
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I have waited half my life for this to be available on DVD. I first saw it in the Athenaeum Cinema in Plymouth in 1983 while I was a student. All other versions are a pale imitation. Thoughtful reviewers over the years have been kind enough to point this out and for that I am grateful!
I love every moment of it and only wish that other G & S operettas were given given this sort of treatment. Having said that we all have our favourites and this is mine.
CorbieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
At last I have a copy!
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WHY WHY WHY has this not been released on dvd in the UK??? Amazon, can you not do anything to get this issued for the UK?? you must have enough clout to do something! I have been looking for this for YEARS! I found on the internet that I could change my very cheap Tesco dvd player to play region1 dvds, so I ordered this as soon as I could! I am not sure if it is the dvd or my player, but there are issues with synchronicity of the sound and vision, but I love this version of POP so much that I tolerate it. If you are one of the people like myself who loves this version of POP, then there is an online petition to try and get this released in the UK, if you are interested, please look at

9 people found this helpful
RobboReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
From slightly confused to very well satisfied
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This 1983 version of the Gilbert & Sullivan comedy and musical classic was very colourful; unlike the black and white trailer referring to a very much earlier production - which tended to be a bit misleading, but shown to make a comparison with the familiar songs. The action, costumes and clarity of picture and sound were of high quality bearing in mind it was filmed inside an English studio. (No sand appeared to be displaced during the footwork
of the pirates whilst on the beach - a small observation that surely could have been avoided - hence my 4 star rating making it well worth watching for anyone who has a limited knowledge of just what the plot is in The Pirates of Penzance.
It came as a suprise to me to see Angela Lansbury acting and singing as she did, portraying Ruth as a former nursemaid and also pirate.
Very well carried out by all the cast.
3 people found this helpful
SSSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Arguably one of the best G&S operettas anyway. This is the award-winning 1983 Broadway version. Not to everyone's taste as it's so over the top, but why not? Kevin Kline is ridiculously brilliant, the main characters are all very well played and the singing excellent. Script, settings and additional music very clever. Its fun factor is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, the result being a glorious mash that just about everyone would wish to have done at school!
My only crit is that this is an NTSC version and is not available on PAL, although most computers and DVD players will now handle it. I first saw this on Channel 4 many years ago and have wanted a decent copy (without adverts!) ever since. Why on earth is it not available in the UK???
3 people found this helpful
LivfossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Highly enjoyable silliness, performed with energy and talent.
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This is lively, funny and brilliant, with an excellent cast. It deliberately shows off its "stageiness", which seems right for something so artificial. It sticks to an English rather than an American tone, even though most of the principals (and the original production) are American. I'm not a G&S obsessive so I don't know how much the original has been altered, but it worked for me. My only serious criticism is that you can't always hear the words when the chorus is singing - all the soloists are very clear, though. Doesn't show its age apart from the aspect ratio. HD rendering is good.
2 people found this helpful
Mrs. Wendy HopeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pirates of Penzance dvd
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I have been trying to buy this dvd for years,but it was out of print. At last,it is back in print! I had a copy of it in video form but can't play that as I haven't got a vcr anymore. It is brilliant!!! I saw it many years ago on tv and loved it and so did my children. Keven Kline's acting is very over the top,but that makes it so funny. All the actors and actresses in it are superb. There are many very funny scenes in it,which made me laugh out loud. The music and singing is really good,especially Linda Ronstadt. Very good film to watch with children,as nothing objectionable in it. Good clean old fashioned slapstick fun! One small problem,it is a region 1 dvd,so need a dvd player that can play it.
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