Wal-Mart is home to some interesting deals, and it seems they have a deal designed just for me, only problem is I already have both items they’ve packaged together. What they’ve done is get with Universal Pictures and packaged some of their movies together in little Wal-Mart exclusive packages usually for a great price. In this case, what was packaged together was Mamma Mia! The Movie with Xanadu.
No doubt the decision was made because Mamma Mia appeals to a musical audience that appreciates ABBA as that is the basis for the music in the musical. Olivia Newton-John headlines Xanadu as a very late 1970’s early 1980’s attempt to build on her amazing success in Grease with a musical like picture. What Wal-Mart and Universal execs probably didn’t realize the packaging of ABBA and Olivia Newton-John together is something that’s been done before. When ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden, Olivia Newton-John was also competing in the contest for England. And when ABBA were making a concerted effort to try and build their success in the United States, they appeared on one of Olivia Newton-John’s television specials along with Andy Gibb. So it’s not the first time ABBA and ONJ have crossed paths.
In a way I do think it’s probably a great combination, as if you can sit through Pierce Brosnan’s singing in Mamma Mia! The Movie, you shouldn’t have a hard time making it through Xanadu. Xanadu is widely considered a flop of a movie and while it’s taken on a cult following in the years since, it actually sparked a surprise hit show on Broadway which actually kept all the songs and put it together in a plot that actually makes sense (unlike the film) but the soundtrack for Xanadu is an amazing album and if you look at both movies from that perspective, you’ll have a great time with some rather cheesy moments, but satisfying if you like ABBA and Olivia Newton-John. So thanks Wal-Mart for producing a neat combination package that I for one can appreciate and if it weren’t for the fact I already have both movies, I probably would have bought it.