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Filmed in 1982, from the popular series seen on PBS and the BBC. On the quarter-deck of the H.M.S. Pinafore, Captain Corcoran and his crew await the coming of Sir Joseph Porter, who is going to inspect Corcoran's ship and marry his daughter, Josephine. But Josephine is secretly in love with Ralph Rackstraw, a member of the crew. They attempt to elope but are apprehended. Through a strange twist revealed by Buttercup, the bumboat woman, all ends happily after all. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and starring Peter Marshall, Frankie Howerd, Meryl Drower, Michael Bulman and Alan Watt. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE an introduction to the opera by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., "making of" featurette, Gilbert &
Sullivan profile, song index and companion booklet featuring the H.M.S. Pinafore libretto.
Works on This Recording
HMS Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan
Alan Watt (Tenor),
Meryl Drower (Soprano),
Michael Bulman (Voice),
Peter Marshall (Voice),
Frankie Howerd (Voice)
London Symphony Orchestra,
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Written: 1878; England
Date of Recording: 1982
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Nice version for ones collection. May 31, 2013
By charles c. (san luis obispo, CA) See All My Reviews
"Musically interesting with an emphasis on dance. Sir Joseph interestingly played but 'Rex Harrisoned' his vocals. Very novel seeing Peter Marshall doing stage work after 'knowing him' on Hollywood Squares TV program. Struck me as caricatures of caricatures. As a working G and S performer, i prefer a more traditional version for study purposes. i especially like the commentary and additional facts and 'tidbits' delivered by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; this alone makes it a worthwhile addition. The Opera Australia version is highly recommended."
A Fine Romp May 11, 2012
By Reese Otts (Charleston, WV) See All My Reviews
"I really enjoyed this version of Pinafore. I am rather new with Blue Ray and DVD and wanted to expand my Gilbert and Sullivan collection. The scenery, dancing and music was quite good and provides a pleasant version for variety.
I must admit that I prefer the Doyly Carte Opera Company version, conducted by Isidore Godfrey and featuring Martyn Green. My version is on cassette tape and I haven't tried a DVD version for a better comparison."