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Topsy-Turvy

Mike Leigh

 
Topsy-Turvy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1999
  • 160 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #558

The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.

Cast

William Schwenck GilbertJim Broadbent
Arthur SullivanAllan Corduner
Richard TempleTimothy Spall
Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)Lesley Manville
Richard D’Oyly Carte Ron Cook
Helen Lenoir Wendy Nottingham
Durward LelyKevin McKidd
Leonora BrahamShirley Henderson
Jessie BondDorothy Atkinson
George GrossmithMartin Savage
Fanny RonaldsEleanor David

Credits

DirectorMike Leigh
Written byMike Leigh
ProducerSimon-Channing Williams
CinematographyDick Pope
EditingRobin Sales
MusicCarl Davis and from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan
Production designerEve Stewart
Costume designerLindy Hemming
Makeup and hair designerChristine Blundell
Sound recordistTim Fraser
Musical directorGary Yershon
ResearchRosie Chambers
Associate producerGeorgina Lowe
CastingNina Gold

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • New video conversation between Leigh and musical director, Gary Yershon
  • Leigh’s 1992 short film A Sense of History, written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh and cast members
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin

    New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Film Essays

Topsy-Turvy: Great Performances

By Amy Taubin March 28, 2011

Topsy-Turvy is both an anomaly among the films of Mike Leigh and, contrary as it may seem, a Rosetta stone. On the one hand, it is Leigh’s only costume picture and only biopic—a far cry from the . . . Read more »

Press Notes: The Mikado and Topsy-Turvy

April 13, 2011

Critics are whistling a happy tune about our twin Gilbert and Sullivan releases on DVD and Blu-ray: the 1939 Victor Schertzinger Technicolor adaptation of The Mikado and Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh’ . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Topsy-Turvy: Great Performances

By Amy Taubin March 28, 2011

Topsy-Turvy is both an anomaly among the films of Mike Leigh and, contrary as it may seem, a Rosetta stone. On the one hand, it is Leigh’s only costume picture and only biopic—a far cry from the . . . Read more »


Interviews

Dressing for Leigh: An Interview with Lindy Hemming

By Sam Wasson March 24, 2011

Costumer Lindy Hemming began her decades-long collaboration with Mike Leigh at London’s Hampstead Theater Club, where the director, with his now legendary method of extended improvisation, was . . . Read more »


Three Reasons