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Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Repackaged] [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 8775667
  • Release Date: 04/01/2008
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a videotaped staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 Broadway musical. This winner of nine Tony awards was based on Christopher Bond's adaptation of the venerable Victorian melodrama of the same name. The eponymous Mr. Todd (George Hearn), an ill-tempered London barber, pursues the grisly sideline of slashing his enemies' throats, grinding up their bodies, and selling the results in meat pies! This is material for a musical? Yes, and it's terrific. The production is at its best when Angela Lansbury, as Todd's looney mistress, belts forth one of the score's 26 songs. When first offered on the Showtime cable service in 1983, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street carried home a shelf-full of ACE awards. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • George Hearn
      George Hearn - Sweeney Todd
    • Angela Lansbury
      Angela Lansbury - Nellie Lovett
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    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth the Price!


      This is how Sweeney Todd was ment to be seen. I thought the movie was good and was great for a film audiance, but this is the experiance anyone who has seen Burton's vision needs. This recording is the closest their is to what Sondheim wanted. The quality is also very good for something recorded for television in the early '80s. This features the Original Touring Cast which was almost identical to the OBC (the main exceptions are Sweeney, Johanna, Anthony, and the Beadle). George Hearn is a wonderful Sweeney (possibly better than Cariou!) and Angela Lansbury is at her best as the slightly nutty and truly obsesed Mrs. Lovett. The rest of the Company is wonderful in everything they do with the possible exception of the actress portraying Johanna. Her voice is sometimes hard to bear and her eyes can do some odd things to you if you look at them too closely. Granted I have seen the defense that she played the roll in an intentionally over-exaturated way and that would counter-balance this, but she is still my least favorite in this group. (However, this is a wonderful group so being the bottom is still a high position!) A very good buy, and for those who only met the Demon Barber thanks to Depp and Burton: this may NOT be for you. Don;t hate it for the reason that it is not the same. Love it for what it is as many have learned to accept the movie version. 4.5-5 stars of 5. SWING YOUR RAZOR HIGH, SWEENEY!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Really Great Purchase!


      I saw this after I saw Tim Burton's film and I loved it. So it doesn't have Johnny Depp but it's still amazing! It's definitely way more funny and light hearted from the movie but that's okay because who wants to watch serious stuff all of the time? This is also one of the original Broadways of it after all so a true Sweeney Todd fan should like this because it is the same story and music. Angela Lansbury is hilarious and very fun to watch. George Hearn is an amazing Sweeney and by my opinion better as Sweeney then even Johnny Depp who is still a great actor also. I'd definitely recommend this to a Sweeney Todd fan who is not afraid to watch something other then the Tim Burton version^^

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      See Tim Burton's instead


      I saw this after seeing the Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, I watch a few scenes, I thought the singing was bad and a was too cheesy for me, I had to stop the dvd to keep my sanity. Angela Lansbury was the only good part of show, but everything and everyone else were terrible. If you saw this before the Film Version and didn't like check out the film, because that was really good Johnny Depp is awesome in it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This is the best version!!!!!! It rocked. I saw the original cast 4 times and the new cast 6 times. This is better than seeing it live. The cocert version is OK but you really need the set for a show like this. It's like Phantom without a set. Yuck!!!! get it watch it love it! I'll see you at the barber shop! Sweeney Todd The deamon barber of fleet street

      I would recommend this to a friend

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