Victor/Victoria (1982) – DVD Review
By ScottC - posted 11.19.02 @ 9:48 pm
Written by: Blake Edwards
Released by: Turner Home Entertainment
My Advice: Rent it.
Victor/Victoria tells the story of singer Victoria Grant (Andrews) who pretends to be Count Victor Grezhinski who pretends to be a woman on stage. Confused yet? Her friend Carroll 'Toddy' Todd (Preston), who is gay in both attitude and orientation, instigates this bit of sexual misdirection to give Victoria her big break...and then let her talent do the rest. Everything is going smoothly until she meets King Marchand (Garner), a Chicago nightclub owner who seems to be a mobster by association. Both are attracted to each other, but she is worried about revealing her secret and jeopardizing her success and her new-found freedom--while he's worried about how his relationship with 'the Count' will affect how people see him and how he sees himself. Confused yet? Don't worry, there's plenty of singing, dancing, and general silliness to make the confusion more enjoyable.
There's the usual trailer and cast bios on the disc, but they only have them for Edwards, Andrews, Garner, and Preston. Lesley Ann Warren and Alex Karras are featured performers, but there's nothing on them. I figure if you're going to do something, do it completely. But oh well.
The main feature is the commentary with husband and wife team Andrews and Edwards. While some commentaries pause because they have nothing to say, these two pause because they're getting caught up in their own movie. Edwards talks about various aspects of the production, like how he had to construct all the locations in two sound stages and how that gave the actors a sense of coziness. He also points out that since the musical numbers were done as actual performances and not as people just breaking into song, he kept the picture from losing too much pacing. Andrews reminisces about the horror of working with a cockroach and what differences they are between the movie and the stage version of Victor/Victoria. You can tell from their conversation that they enjoyed making this movie and the result they made.
If the MTV style of Moulin Rouge leaves you dizzy and you want a musical that a little more sophisticated, go rent this disc instead.