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Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
Rent Filmed Live on Broadway
Actors: Will Chase, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy, Rodney Hicks, Tracie Thoms
Director: Michael John Warren
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2009     2hr 45min

Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive fo...  more »


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Actors: Will Chase, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy, Rodney Hicks, Tracie Thoms
Director: Michael John Warren
Creators: Adam Zuckerman, Edward Bishop, Andrew Fried, Chris Rouchard, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Philip W. Hack
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Musicals, Musicals
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

Great concept, beautifully done
wolfgang731 | 12/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw both the show on stage and the highly stylized film version and having now experienced this performance, filmed live on Broadway at the end of the show's run, I now truly realize just how short the film version comes to really capturing the essence of what Jonathan Larson created. This high octane, musically innovative and striking show is also a beautiful and heartfelt exploration of youth, both lost and reclaimed; a very poignant portrait of the search for love and compassion, of hope and beauty in a world that everyday recedes deeper into the empty comforts of materialism and social acceptability. An updated version of Puccini's masterpiece La Boheme, Rent is obviously not as shy about not only examining the wounds of its characters but of exhibiting them; its blatant honesty and unapologetic credo of life are a million miles away from the subtle, innocent and elegant sentiments of late 19th century Parisian artists, starving in their garrets while courting muses. Rent is the "black sheep" of the Boheme lineage. It's a piece of theatre that bristles with tenacity in the face of hardship and rejection: No one here is willing to take anything lying down. It's really little wonder it was as critically acclaimed as it was and won the many prestigious awards that it did and reason for that is that it manages to be what few musicals have ever managed to be: Authentic, relevant but, ultimately, profoundly human; a rebellious celebration of life even in the face of addiction, illness and death . Add to that mixture some really first rate music, stellar performances and stage direction (an ingenious arc that fluidly shifts its characters around Manhattan yet all within the confines of a stage that's, for the most part, barren) and you've got one heck of a winning recipe. Rent is the musical for people who think they don't like musicals. It's as far removed from traditional American musical theatre as it possibly can be. It is the heir apparent to the socially relevant, politically conscience and in your face musical experience that was ushered in 40 years ago by the groundbreaking rock musical "Hair." But, of course, the most tragic element about Rent was the premature death of its creator, Jonathan Larson, who, sadly and ironically, died the day before opening night, a few days shy of his 36th birthday. But what a legacy he left us all.

Rent-a compelling reason to love Broadway!
Tim Lasiuta | Red Deer, Alberta | 02/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rent: live on Broadway" is a killer production. Jonathan Larson has created an upscale La Boheme that resonates with passion and diversity.
Never having seen Rent live, I was impressed with the whole presentation.

The music was vivid and raw, while the themes that resonated were ones we see everyday. The issues of homelessness, 'art' vs sell out, and real estate/business vs the little guy are vaild everywhere. While the drug/sexual culuture pervades the storyline, the success of the characters as they live one year on talent and the grace of a benevolent landlord is obvious.

The special features are a good fit for the DVD, and turn this into a must own DVD for musical fans.

This comes highly recomended."
Great concept, SPECTACULAR results
haylee jalyn | USA | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This sort of thing makes me wish they would give all shows this treatment. I was SO impressed with the cast and quality of filming done on this DVD. Watching this makes one understand why a show written for the stage is best left on the stage; Hollywood movies, no matter how they are "altered" to better the story or whatever, cannot compare to the emotion, adrenaline and feel of the stage performance. If you are a Rent fan at all, I recommend you add this to your DVD collection because it shares with those of us not fortunate enough to see the show on B-way the true message and power of the show."
Blown Away
Ronald H. Hoffman | Denver, CO United States | 06/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Have always loved "Rent," but I was skeptical if I would watch it again on a DVD having seen it many times.

I WAS BLOWN AWAY. What an incredible performance by the entire cast. I found myself understanding some nuances I had missed, and a teared up about every 5 minutes.

I found the close-ups and the camera work on this DVD to be stunning. Enough long shots to remind you you are watching a stage production, but enough close-ups to really add to the total emotion of this musical.