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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 19 2003
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL1P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,563 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Barbara Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman "who arranges things like furniture and daffodils and lives." And Hello Dolly, is the blockbuster musical you'll want to see her in again and again. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights, and whatever else she can muster, on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. How she does it has to be the grandest, singingest, dancingest, marchingest flag-wavingest musical there ever was.

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They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him.

Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Lincoff on Sept. 7 2003
Format: DVD
It has been written that Ms. Streisand retrospectively termed the film version of "Hello Dolly!" the "worst mistake I ever made." If she did, she should re-evaluate her work and consider upgrading her opinion a bit. "Hello, Dolly!" isn't bad.
Granted, it's not the perfect fit of her Fanny Brice vehicles or "The Way We Were." Barbra is at her best in material tailored to her unique talents, and "Dolly" was a show that could never be a "Streisand vehicle." By the time she tackled the movie, the role had been played by just about every musical actress worth her salt. Each gave the part her own individual stamp, winning praise for shedding new and different light on a beloved character. So why did Hollywood eviscerate Streisand when she tried to do the very same thing?
It would be pointless to try to speculate on just what politics were in play back in 1969, when the film premiered. Better to examine the most common criticisms one by one, and see if they hold water.
First and foremost: Streisand's age. She was blasted as far too young for the role, making her attempted portrayal of a middle-aged widow ludicrous. What seems to have escaped many people's attention is that Streisand did not attempt to play a middle-aged Dolly. That had already been done quite adequately on the Broadway stage and in countless touring companies. Twenty-six at the time of filming, Barbra was mildly overweight -- which added years -- and wore period costumes. The combination made her look about thirty-five in the finished film. This is a perfectly plausible age for Dolly. At the time of the story (just before the turn of the century), women married young -- usually while still in their teens -- lest they become old maids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "zapasnik" on Sept. 3 2003
Format: DVD
The debates over this film have been raging for years, and now that HELLO, DOLLY! has been released on DVD, they're likely to continue for years to come. Opinions are certain to vary, but let's clear up a few misconceptions right from the start -
After 20th Century-Fox purchased the screen rights to HELLO, DOLLY!, producer/screenwriter Ernest Lehman was fairly certain he'd be asking Carol Channing to recreate her stage performance for the film - that is, until he saw her in the 1967 movie THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; to put it as delicately as possible, her features didn't translate well to the big screen. Fox executives were equally doubtful about Channing, so the search began for a new Dolly. After flirting with (and subsequently dropping) the idea of Elizabeth Taylor, the leading candidate became Barbra Streisand. The powers-that-be suspected (correctly) she was headed for major film stardom, and they hoped a fresh, younger Dolly would give the multi-million dollar project greater appeal. Lehman immediately revised his script, eliminating all references to Dolly losing her husband fourteen years earlier, and - after concluding that audiences wouldn't accept Streisand as an Irishwoman - changing the character's name from Dolly Gallagher Levi to simply Dolly Levi. The studio made the offer, Streisand signed on the dotted line, and Lehman surrounded her with the creme de la creme of the MGM/Arthur Freed movie musical unit - Gene Kelly (director), Roger Edens (associate producer), Michael Kidd (choreographer), Lennie Hayton (musical scoring), and Irene Sharaff (costumes).
Skeptics, however, dug in their heels, and a period of bad press followed; there was outrage a film novice like Streisand had taken a role they considered her ill-suited for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay M. Trontz on Dec 28 2003
Format: DVD
Bravo, although Barbra was very young when she filmed this musical, her interpretation of Dolly was immaculate. Now, would be the perfect time for her do the remake. Let's hear it for the girl!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Gould on April 15 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I cannot imagine anyone other than Barbara Streisand in this role, though I know it wasn't written for her. A fun, charming, fluffy musical. If you can watch this without smiling or laughing at least once, then you really need some good drugs of some sort! One of those silly musicals where entire street scenes full of people suddenly start dancing in perfectly coordinated dance routines.

Fun and charming, and the scene with the waiters is fantastic.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am a big Streisand fan, but this has never been one of my favourite movies. However, even though she is way too young for the role, Barbra is the one thing that makes it worthwhile. When she is singing then the film is great. When the other characters are on screen, it is pretty inane. It is also interesting as an example of how Hollywood went berserk in the late 60's trying to have another hit on the level of The Sound of Music. The parade scene stands out as an example of the motto "bigger is better". It literally involved thousands of extras. In fact, I believe no film shot in Hollywood since then has used as many extras. (Now you can create a crowd through CGI). The quality of the video is very good, having been shot in TODD-AO. Some shots simply sparkle, especially Barbra's gold dress in the title number. The sound is also a big step up from the DVD, so if you have a good sound system that alone would make it a worthwhile upgrade. If you love Babs, then buy the movie. If you are wondering if the quality is a good enough reason to upgrade from the DVD, it certainly is. The joy of Blu-ray (or DVD) is that you can just skip from one musical number to the next and cut out all the other dross in between.
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