Six By Sondheim DVD

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Directed by award-winning Broadway director and playwright James Lapine, Six by Sondheim is an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who redefined musical theater through such groundbreaking works as “Company” and “Sweeney Todd.” Told primarily in Sondheim’s own words, the film is a profile of the great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his songs and features archival performance footage and original staged productions - created exclusively for this film - with stars including Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, and more. Art and life are intertwined for Sondheim, and Six by Sondheim is a story of both.”
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  • Format: DVD [MOD]
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 86 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: HBO Archives
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Release Date: 2014


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5 Stars for the film, but 0 Stars for HBO's DVD restrictions

By angryHBOpurchaser

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This film was fascinating from beginning to end. I have admired Stephen Sondheim's work for years, and this documentary gave me insight into his background and how it influenced his craft. Sondheim, through his creative intelligence and talent, has enriched my life greatly.

HBO's ridiculous zeal in copy-protecting this DVD, which didn't allow me to play it anywhere but my DVD player connected to my TV, ruined the experience of both owning(?) and watching this DVD. I don't feel like I really own this DVD since I can't watch it where I want to, like on my computer. I will never purchase anything from HBO again!!!!!!

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OK, but not great

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        The promo for the DVD boasted rare or unseen footage. That is not accurate; much of what Sondheim said here he has said numerous times in other interviews and workshops. While his insights into his own creative process are always interesting, the performances on the DVD, enjoyable as they were, did not need to take up so much of the time on the DVD. I would have preferred to hear more from Sondheim, himself, on his lyric writing, and to watch him demonstrate his musical thinking on the piano. The one performance I truly enjoyed was Sondheim himself 'singing' the jaded producer's lines in Opening Doors-- nice touch! Bottom line: The DVD over-promises somewhat, and is a bit overpriced for its short length, but well worth having in your musical theater library.

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