Friday, October 29, 2021

On Broadway (2019) Kino Lorber DVD Review

On Broadway (2019) Kino Lorber 10/19/2021

Directed By: Oren Jacoby 

Starring:  Helen Miren, Ian McKellen, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow 

Disclaimer: Kino Lorber has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections. 

     I confess I am not a big musical fan. Though, I have been pushing myself to expose myself to more theater music and musical films. However, I think the mystic around theater and Broadway as a history and concept is something I find utterly fascinating. So, when I saw that Kino was distributing a documentary about Broadway I thought, yeah, I wanna check this out. And, I am happy to report that this is a incredibly well made film. Director Oren Jacoby, who is no stranger to documentary subjects both feature and short provides a simple yet thoughtful exploration. 

     From its roots to the many many phases, On Broadway takes you through a rich and interesting history told by those who were present. Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Tommy Tune are just a sample of the incredibly people who are spellbinding in their discourse.  Like any good doc. you follow the intoxicating highs and harrowing and heartbreaking lows. The section about AIDs hitting the community was heavy-hitting yet, something that needs to be discussed. Overall, I thought it was really just a interesting and breezy watch that is a nice introduction to the artform. 

Picture/Sound: On Broadway looks nice even on DVD quality. New interview footage is clearly shot on high def cameras and therefore we get a nice result transferred. Even rough archival clips are decent looking. Sound wise we get a nice big DTS 5.1 tracks  This extra kick helps bring home the musical aspects. 

Extras:  On Broadway has a doc. short Give My Regards to Broadway (8mins) a short but interesting look at how COVID impacted on Broadway. 

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