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SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT (2001)

SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT REVIEWED

“Sweeney Todd in Concert” is more of a concert reading than actual performance. What’s up with Shout Factory picking up these classic PBS style shows from the early 00s? I’m enjoying it, but I see new viewers having a hard time connecting with the material. Yeah, it’s fun to see Neil Patrick Harris singing as Todd and Lovett’s little boy friend. It just gets old after awhile.

The show has been staged insanely well in many formats. So, a lazy concert reading just gets stage guys onscreen to futz around and seemingly raise money for something. Not all concert readings are bad. I’ve been to a few that play the material very well. Sadly, this isn’t one of those times.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Featurette

A/V STATS

  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 11/1/16

  • 90%
    Video - 90%
  • 93%
    Audio - 93%
  • 87%
    Supplemental Material - 87%
  • 79%
    Film Score - 79%
87%

The Plot Thus Far

A filming of a live stage performance. When Sweeney Todd (an alias) returns after a escaping from an Australian prison, he is told that his wife has died and his daughter has been raised by the judge who framed him. Mad with grief, he vows to rescue his daughter and take revenge upon the judge who took away his love. Opening up a barber shop, he plots to kill the judge when he comes for a shave. In the meantime, he murders his customers as they sit in his chair. Sweeney’s new friend Mrs. Lovett, who just happens to own a meat pie shop downstairs, has thought of a perfect way to dispose of the evidence.

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