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Mamma Mia!

by Lauren Gitlin January 5, 2009 3:52 pm
Mamma Mia!

If you have decided to shell out your hard won dollars on the 2-disc DVD of Mamma Mia!, chances are you are a hardcore Abba fan and theater geek who will appreciate the "everything but the kitchen sink" credo that this seriously comprehensive volume affords and not some novice who thinks they're buying a pizza how-to instructional DVD. I'm not gonna waste precious space with an intro because there's way too much to describe here, and we're all very busy (shopping online), so let's get to it, shall we?

DISC(O) ONE

In addition to offering a yawnsville director's commentary (raise your hand if you give a flip about Phyllida Lloyd!), the bonus features on this disc bring us Abba-holics the Sing-Along version, so that you can host your very own disco-glam karaoke party and drive everyone within earshot insane with your rendition of "Dancing Queen." This is the real draw of the DVD, in case you were wondering. The scene menu is even broken up into song titles so you that you don't have to watch the whole damned thing to get to your favorite jam. Guess what me and my gays are doing this weekend?!

The "deleted scene," a.k.a. the musical number "The Name of the Game" might as well have the subtitle: "That Amanda Seyfriend Sure Can Sing!" Otherwise, shrug.

DISC(O) TWO

Deleted Scenes Totally superfluous, except for some light male nudity and an obscene hand gesture from Christine Baranski.

Outtakes A must for anyone who wants to see zany bloopers from that kooky goof Meryl Streep!

The Making of Mama Mia is a three-part featurette that entails the "Birthing of Mamma Mia," a sit-down interview with the brains behind the musical, Judy Craymer, Catherine Johnson and Phyllida Lloyd, as well as producer Gary Goetzman and head Abba lyricist Bjorn Ulvaeus (cue Mindy squee). "The Filmmaking" is a behind-the-scenes look at Phyllida Lloyd's rather impressive film directorial debut, plus some bits about musical director Martin Lowe's interaction with the cast and what went into the choreography and set design. (Side note: Martin is totally the run-away star of this bonus feature. So adorable and lispy!) Hilariousness ensues when Pierce Brosnan waxes on about how much he enjoyed singing, because he was most definitely the most tone-deaf of the bunch. Aww, poor Pierce! "The Cast" is exactly what you'd expect, in that it explains how they came to arrive at their casting decisions. (Fun fact: Meryl and her daughter wrote Phyllida a fan letter back when they saw Mamma Mia on Broadway. Am I the only person who totally wants to go get Margaritas with The Streep?)

Anatomy of a Musical Number: "Lay All Your Love On Me" is a queen's wet dream. It prominently features smoking hot romantic lead Dominic Cooper and breaks down the staging of this musical number in musical theater nerd detail. Plus more Martin Lowe!

Becoming a Singer: Funny Swedish accents abound in this little snippet featuring Abba principals Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Oh, and more Martin! It's sort of cute and nice to see how humbling an experience singing was for certain members of the cast (ahem Pierce). Bonus: Getting to see Stellan Skarsgard rocking out in his recording booth might be the cutest thing since Rupert the baby deer.

Behind the Scenes with Amanda irked me. She's just so self-consciously cute and loves to talk about how she has to pee and likes to eat a lot. Borang.

On Location in Greece is only slightly more interesting than a travel brochure.

A Look Inside Mamma Mia the Movie tracks the movie's origins as a stage play but is mostly an amalgam of footage and sound bites we've already seen.

"Gimme Gimme Gimme" music video is the low-budget-est thing ever (think: Amanda Seyfriend singing on a roof top for no apparent reason). Watch and laugh at its jankiness once and then skip it.

Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo is footage from the movie that shows him dressed up as a Greek chorus member singing "Waterloo" while everyone around him points to him winkingly. Yeah. That's literally all.

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