In all its incarnations, Victor Victoria
has always been about one thing – Julie Andrews' performance. Even in stage
versions without her, fans and critics still fall back on making the comparison.
When the movie opened in 1982, her squeaky clean persona from Mary Poppins
and The Sound of Music preceded her enough to raise many an eyebrow at
the role. A woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman? With singing? Really?
Yes, yes and yes. And Andrews was magnificent
in the part. Like either of those other 'cleaner' movies, what's lasted in the
memory are the songs. So thank you Blake Edwards for your long-standing relationship
with Hank Mancini. The Pink Panther series is carped on about endlessly,
but what was achieved here eclipses almost all those comedies put together.
The songs range in style enormously. Andrews is more than up to scaling that
range. The music itself is often smirk-inducingly witty.
This is a complete issue of the soundtrack, filling
in gaps from previous versions. It still sounds terrific, and being Rhino, you
can also rest assured the packaging and booklet of information is of top-notch
So go wild and immerse yourself in the "Crazy
World" as soon as you can can!