Lady Sings the Blues (Widescreen)

Lady Sings the Blues (Widescreen)
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Motown's Berry Gordy
  • Widescreen Presentation
  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1972
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Sidney Furie - Director
      2. Berry Gordy - Executive Producer/Motown Founder
      3. Shelly Berger - Former Motown Artist Manager

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The essence of Billie Holiday, one of America's most loved and memorable blues singers, is captured brilliantly in a tour-de-force debut performance by singer Diana Ross. Filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable "Lady Day," this stunning film biography received five Academy Award. nominations, including Diana Ross for "Best Actress."

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Diana Ross made her film debut opposite Billy Dee Williams in this romantic biopic. LADY SINGS THE BLUES captures the essence of Billie Holliday in this semi-biographic sketch of the tragic life of the famous blues singer. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Actress--Diana Ross, Best (Original) Screenplay, Best Song Score.


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Rating 3.0 Not always authetnic Lady Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- June, 20, 2006

I'm surprised there weren't more biogrpahical movies about Billie Holiday. Diana Ross is a fine actress, but physically and vocally does not resemble Billie Holiday, and there are some glaring historical and biographical inaccuracies in the movie. There still is an early-1970's ambience to a story supposed to be set in the 1930's and 40's, and that can't be blamed on this movie being made in 1972, when so many other movies (Caberet, The Sting, Dillinger) from the early 70's strove much more for historical accuracy and usually succeeded.

Despite the gripping story, there still seems to be some main element lacking - maybe because of less concentration being paid to Holiday's later years. Billy Dee Williams was a stuningly handsome and sympathetic character, but I didn't think Richard Pryor succeeded as the druggie friend - his groping gestures and babyish sound effects when trying to tell Billie of her mother's death came off all wrong. I'm glad to have a copy of this movie but think sometime it ought to be redone a little more accurately.

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  • UPC: 097360837445
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