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Harvey [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
"Harvey" a play written by Mary Chase began its long run on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pultizer Prize for best original American play in the same year. Harvey ran for another 4 years for a total of 1775 appearances. In 1950 Universal Studios acquired the film rights for a whopping $750,000 and signed Jimmy Stewart as the fun loving inebriate Elwood P. Dowd wealthy aire to the Dowd estate.
Summary; Harvey is a whimsical story about a fun loving inebriate millionaire Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart - he is perfectly cast - in an Oscar Nomination Role for Best Actor) & his very large white invisible rabbit (6 foot 8 inches), Harvey. Through his eccentric behavior with his friend Harvey, aggravates & is a constant embarressment to his family, especially his sister Vera Louise (Josephine Hull - she came from the original Broadway cast - in an Oscar Winning performance - Best Supporting Actress). Vera tries everyway to have Elwood addmitted to a mental hospital. A wonderous journey & many funny turn of events occur. And how everyones lives are effected by this unusual pair.
The DVD is a Black & White Full Screen (before WideScreen) presentation. The video transfer is outstanding. The extras/bonus materials include a 1990 Jimmy Stewart "Special introduction with photographic montage", production notes, mini bios & trailer. A great family film. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey- A Timeless Phenomenon Sept. 27 2003
By Chalice
I owe my introduction to Harvey, and Jimmy Stewart, to my dad who's turning 50 this winter. He wasn't even alive when this movie came out, but it's one of his all time favorites. I'm buying it for him for Christmas and I was so pleased to see that it had come out on DVD. This is such a heartwarming and hilarious film. It's definately one of my favorites.
It tells the story of a man named Elwood P. Dowd who loves to drink, but it doesn't affect his friendly personality. Meanwhile, his sister and niece find him an embarrassing nuicance who is standing in the way of his niece, Myrtle May's, introduction into high-class society. However, Elwood seems oblivious to their behavior towards him and never has anything but a kind word for anyone. Everyone outside his family seems to adore him and his family would love him too if it wasn't for his best friend. A best friend that no one can see. Except Elwood. A 6-foot-tall white rabbit named Harvey. As Elwood goes throughout his day, inviting bums from bars back to their fancy home for dinner, buying people he doesn't even know countless drinks, and giving them his card before introducing them to Harvey, his sister finally decides that that's the last straw and she decides to get rid of him. So she goes to a mental institution to begin the process of having him admitted. And that's where all their problems really begin...
This is a wonderful movie that my entire family makes a ritual of watching at least a couple times a year. My little sister who recently turned 8 right up to my parents adore it and laugh and cry with the characters. I hope you'll love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all of us...rumpots and crackpots alike! Nov. 22 2003
I have been aware of "Harvey" for several years now, but had never actually seen it until I purchased this DVD. Of course with Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, my expectations were understandably high to begin with. I'm pleased to inform that this film doesn't fail to deliver. ****The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The play, written by Mary Chase ( who also helped with the screenplay), was written as a gift to help cheer a friend who lost a son in WW2. It translates wonderfully to the medium of film, largely due to the fact that most of the actors who appeared in the Broadway version were re-cast in their roles. Historically, this was not usually done in Hollywood. The film itself is "staged" very much like a play, with many long-shots, and is very engaging. ** Most surprising to me was the comedy. I expected it to be cute and charming, and as humorous as any 53 yr-old film could be. However this film isn't just a cutesy fairytale. I was very surprised and delighed with some of the situations and subject matter...HILARIOUS...some of which might have been considered a little bawdy back in 1950. This material has aged wonderfully. ** The cast is marvelous as well. Although Stewart felt that he portrayed his character a little too cute and dreamy, I found this to be one of his finest performances. He fills the cute and "crazy" character of Elwood P. Dowd with depth, wit, and more than a touch of pathos. And such was always the genious of Stewart...to have the ability to create a character that, no matter what, the world would welcome as a friend. He was a remarkable talent and has left a unfillable void with his passing. **Also remarkable is the performance of Josephine Hull who won the Academy Award for her role. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL COMEDY - DAZZLING TRANSFER! Nov. 10 2003
By Nix Pix
"Harvey" is the tale of elegant congenial gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) whose best friend just happens to be a six foot, 3 inch white rabbit named Harvey. Naturally, Elwood's family thinks he's a few carrots shy of a salad. After thoroughly, but unintentionally humiliating his two spinster aunts, Veta (Josephine Hull) and Myrtle (Victoria Horne) at a social gathering, the two plot to secretly have Elwood committed to a sanitarium for psychiatric evaluation. However, upon visiting the sanitarium with Veta, Elwood meets Dr. Sanderson (Charles Drake) and the administering nurse, Miss Kelly (Peggy Dow) who mistake Veta for their patient and promptly usher her off to a padded cell, leaving Elwood free to roam the grounds, then plot as to how he can create the ideal environment for Miss Kelly and Dr. Sanderson to fall in love. Eventually the oversight is corrected and Elwood is ushered into the sanitarium for treatment. However, a reprieve comes when Dr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway) realizes that Elwood is not crazy. You see, Harvey really does exist. He's an invisible spirit guide of sorts, presiding over those who need his services the most. This film is a delightful blend of comedy and drama and blessed with an inexplicable magic that makes the entire premise seem entirely plausible.
The transfer is stunning! The black and white DVD exhibits ideal picture quality. Blacks are black. The gray scale is superbly balanced. There's really nothing more to say about the transfer, other than it is simply one of the best you are likely to encounter of a vintage classic on the digital format. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. Extras include an introduction by James Stewart that is a bit on the long side but too short to be considered a documentary. You also get the film's theatrical trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Stewart at his best
One of the best movies of all time! Jimmy Stewart is phenomenal - this is his best movie in my opinion!
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
I love this movie. There is nothing really spectacular about James Stewart in this movie but it is the way all the support actors move about in this movie to carry out the story... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Papp
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic comedy worth finding
"Harvey" turns up in the most unexpected places. IMDB lists more than five dozen references, mentions, and spoofs of the story. Somehow, the characters of Harvey and Elwood P. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PD Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, and an essential part of any film collection
This is a well known and loved film, the particulars of which are captured in other reviews. I would only add that the excellent blue ray transfer captures all the glorious black &... Read more
Published 18 months ago by wiganadian
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey (1950) (Universal's 100th Anniversary Edition)
What's not to like about HARVEY. It's James Stewart at his best. I was over the top when I saw it was on sale at Amazon.ca and rushed to make miyself a present. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Monique D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey
This old classic is a MUST see for those of us who appreciate the era of early movies. No violence, sex or foul language . Read more
Published 23 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
I finally got a copy of harvey, this is jimmy stewart at his best. elwood p dowd (stewart) hangs around with a pooka a six foot rabbit, trouble is elwood is the only one who can... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2012 by Kevin W. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine
"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it. Read more
Published on May 3 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Stewart finest...
Elwood P. Dowd's (James Stewart) best friend is an invisible 6-foot rabbit named Harvey with whom he likes to spend his time with in bars drinking. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Kim Anehall
2.0 out of 5 stars "Harvey and I warm ourselves in these golden moments."
Mostly everyone has had an imaginary friend at one time or another when growing up. Henry Koster's "Harvey" posits the notion that perhaps some imaginary friends are not imaginary... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Steven Y.
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