I went into the theater to watch the "Rent" cinecast with the assumption that it would be okay, maybe pretty good.
It was about ten times as good as I expected it could be. It was so good that it makes me wonder why they bothered to make a movie out of it. It worked so well as a filmed stage show that adapting it for the the same movie theaters seems kind of pointless.
We left the theater somewhat stunned and had trouble speaking coherently for about ten minutes.
We're even considering whether going back tomorrow would be excessive.
Please, please let there be a Blu-Ray and DVD release of this one. I've seen a couple of rumors online that there will be a DVD release at some future, undetermined date, and I sincerely hope that this is not just a rumor.
If you are somewhat inclined to go see it but aren't quite sure, just go. You won't regret it. There's one more show left, tomorrow, Sunday, September 28. Check your local listings for times. Here in San Francisco, the Metreon is showing it at noon, and the Westfield Centre is showing it at 2:00 p.m. (same schedule as today).
[UPDATE: I found this on IMDB: "At the moment, plans for a DVD are very likely. While in line for lotto tickets at the final performance of "RENT," some people had to sign a waiver so that they could be on a special feature. Currently, the plan with the DVD is to sell it on the 'Farewell Tour' and later distribute it to the public."]
[UPDATE: The DVD and Blu-ray disc are now available to order. More information here.]