This is an extraordinary DVD or rather an intimate nightclub performance film, with the bonus CD containing every second of music from the glorious September 2009 evening in NYC. While I wasn't in attendance, with this film, I felt like I was in the room with Barbra and her 100 or so guests. You'll experience every expertly mixed sound amidst a wonderfully engaging and stylized capture of the minutes before, during, and after the show. Barbra's voice is as good as it's been in the past few years, showing the sublime breath control and sustain at the end of soft notes which conclude many numbers. Seems she could go on and on and on. The band, led by wondrous jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman, offers Barbra magical musical support. She's often witty, engaging in frequent banter and humor, sharing anecdotes which may surprise you, and showing little nervousness and just pure joy with the room's incredible warmth. So watch the DVD time and time again, and listen to the CD in your car and/or import to your MP3 player to surround yourself with this eventful Village Vanguard performance by Barbra Streisand.
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