Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Victor/Victoria DVD (1982)

Is she a he or is he a she? The answer lies in the musical "Victor/Victoria" where Julie Andrews sets about fooling the crowds as a female impersonator in Blake Edwards' curious but often enjoyable 1934 Paris-set movie. Fans will certainly be keen to see what the DVD release adds to the film - and it's quite a bit.


Picture In terms of picture quality, the movie looks every bit as good as when it came out. At times the transfer is flawless and performs well on a projection setup.

Sound Every Henry Mancini score should be reworked into 5.1 sound, as it has been on "Victor/Victoria". The new mix works well with the cabaret scenes now remarkably atmospheric.


Audio Commentary Warner Bros have scored quite a coup getting Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews together to do an audio commentary. It's sad to hear Julie Andrews' voice clearly not what it used to be but you soon get absorbed into their chat. Both agree that filming everything, including exterior scenes on a soundstage, created a cosy world for the story to unfold. The expense of doing this, especially with the quality of the sets that Rodger Maus built, led to concern from MGM at the spiralling costs.

As Blake explains, musicals had become deeply unfashionable to make in the 80s. The only reason the project got greenlit was due to the faith of the then head of MGM, David Begleman, in Edwards. As the budget rose, he had to come down on set to see if the production could continue, but was so impressed with the quality of what was being done, that he stood by his decision that the film should be made.

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a trailer, cast and crew list, awards list, and hidden Easter Egg.

Region: 2
Chapters: 20
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Blake Edwards

Writer: Blake Edwards, Hans Hoemburg

Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras

Genre: Musical

Length: 133 minutes

Cinema: 1982

DVD: 29 July 2002

Country: UK