'Cher: The Film Collection'
(Cher, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / MGM)
Overview: Included in this fabulous 6-disc 'Cher: The Film Collection' are: Chastity, Good Times, Mermaids, Moonstruck, Silkwood, and Tea With Mussolini.
DVD Verdict: Not many entertainers can say they have done it all, but Cher is the exception. Singer, recording artist, gay icon, concert performer, televison personality, and movie actress. This beautiful box set shows the world Cher's varied career on the big screen with movie performances from the 1960's to the late '90's, and its really a neat time capsule into one of the most extraordinary women of our time.
This set features six of Cher's films, from major boxoffice bombs to Oscar winning films that have gone on to be loved by fans and critics alike. The first two movies are really unforgettable: "Good Times" (1967) features Sonny and Cher as themselves doing spoofs of various films. As bad as that one is "Chasity" (1969), named after their daughter, is even worse. Written and produced by Sonny it was suppose to showcase Cher's dramatic capabilites.
Instead both films are pretty much forgotten and although they were terrible one can see the potential Cher had, even at this early point in her career, to become a respected and sought-after actress. It is evident: the talent was there, but the material was non-existent.
Next we have "Silkwood" (1983). Although a major movie vehicle for Meryl Streep, Cher proved she could act with the best of actresses and hold her own. She really steals the film. While watching Cher in this, you forget about the music, the Bob Mackie costumes, and the persona; instead you see a future Oscar winner toning her craft.
Of course everyone knows "Moonstruck" (1987), the movie that garnered Cher her Oscar as Best Actress where she proved to everyone, even the Hollywood naysayers, that she COULD act. Sonny Bono told her on the day of the Academy Award's ceremony that she was going to win...obviously he always knew she had the talent.
"Mermaids" (1990) features Cher's fun side and it has a great soundtrack, with the film grossing an amazing $80,000,000 at the box office.
Finally, "Tea With Mussolini" (1999) is a story about a young Italian boy being raised by American and English women. Cher co-stars with some of the most talented English women of all-time in this, including Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, and Maggie Smith. Lily Tomlin also co-stars.
Simply, a fun entertaining box set that will please all Cher fans and just in time for the Holidays. [TR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.