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Hello Dolly

Gene Kelly , Barbra Streisand    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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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

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Barbra Fans July 20 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Great Movie Musicals June 29 2004
Format:DVD
By Streisand's own admission, she was too young in 1967 to have made a movie about an middle-aged woman making a personal "comeback"... and we all know how wonderfully different and marvelous the film would have been with Carol Channing... however, this does not take away from the fact that this is an incredible, lush, entertaining and musically rich film. The transfer to DVD is superb and crystal clear in picture and sound. The widescreen is anamorphic and color corrected. The only drawback is Walter Matteau's typical characterization which often detracts from the scenes he appears in, and his song "It takes a woman" is only saved by the beautiful setting and the male singers and dancers that accompany him. His voice really should have been dubbed by someone who could sing. Not to worry, Marianne McAndrew (who is stunningly beautiful) is a treasure in this film.... and her songs are wonderful (not sure if that is really hear voice, but its terrific). The sets are incredible and who wouldn't give anything to dine and dance at the Harmonia Gardens? The set designs, art direction, cinematography and costumes are exquisite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huh. Feb. 25 2004
Format:DVD
I can't describe exactly why 'Hello, Dolly' doesn't work properly as a Musical, all I can tell you is that somewhere in the middle it falls badly flat, and doesn't really regain its momentum at all.
Starring the magnificent voice of Ms. Barbra Streisand (as well as the rest of her, a fine comedic actress), 'Dolly' tells the story of widow Dolly Levi, a notorious busybody and general matchmaker who attempts to snare a client, Yonkers Grouch Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) for herself. She is aided in her quest by lady milliner Irene Molloy and Horace's apprentice Cornelius Hackle (a VERY young, totally tuneless Michael Crawford), and a host of minor-yet-memorable characters.
Directed by Gene Kelly (yes, THAT Gene Kelly), 'Dolly' starts very well, with some gloriously-shot numbers like 'Just Leave Everything To Me' and 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes'. Streisand's voice sounds beautiful, and she does these excellent, witty songs great favours by imbuing them with her tried-and-trusted Yiddish schtick. Choreography is excellent throughout, not too complicated so as to become boring, but detailed enough to suggest opulence. Streisand and Matthau have decent chemistry, too (although the same cannot be said of Crawford and Marianne MacAndrew (Irene), and give believable, endearing performances. The Harmonia Gardens scene is spectacular, with a cameo from Satchmo himself and more gay waiters than you can shake a Barbra at.
So far, so good.
But when 'Dolly' fails, it fails hard and often. Firstly, the movie's colour palette seems to be restricted to dull shades of orange, purple and olive drab. There's not enough visual contrast in here to keep the attention focused on Spectacle, and in a musical of this nature, that's a big problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Just Don't Make Them Like This Anymore! Feb. 2 2004
Format:DVD
Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) makes her living as a matchmaker and she is highly successful at it, except when she tries to matchmake for herself. Dolly hasn't been interested in men since her beloved husband died, until she met the irrascible Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). Determined to catch him for herself, she creates a madcap scheme to find the perfect woman for Horace's two employees while keeping Horace all to herself. Dolly sends Horace's two employees, Cornelius Hackl (a VERY young Michael Crawford) and Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) into the city where she sets them up with Irene Molloy (Marianne McAndrew) and Minnie Fay (E.J. Peaker), the owner and employee of a lady's hat shop, respectively. Of course, Dolly fails to mention that Horace is courting Irene and, before you know it, Horace dumps Irene, Cornelius and Barnaby are learning how to dance so they can take the ladies to the ritziest restaurant in town, and Dolly's trap is simply waiting to be sprung....
I simply adore this musical. It is true that it does not have much of a plot, but who watches a musical for the plot?! The music is wonderful and all of the singers were perfectly cast. Barbra Streisand is riveting as the eccentric and determined matchmaker; Walter Matthau is hilarious as the curmudgeonly old employer who is determined not to change a bit, but wants to get married anyway; Michael Crawford and Danny Lockin are charming as young men from a small town set loose in the city for the first time and Marianne McAndrew and E.J. Peaker are their perfect counterparts; and Louis Armstrong very nearly steals the whole show in his cameo in the restaurant. The dancing sequences are also stunning - there are intimate, one on one dance sets and huge, all cast numbers that are simply fabulous. I know that this musical was not very popular when it came out, but if you enjoy musicals, you would be a fool to miss this classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, Dolly!
I have always loved this movie! And the Blu-Ray makes it come alive. Glad I could upgrade from the VHS version I've had for years. Read more
Published 12 days ago by LoneWolfMuskoka
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson lessons
I bought this movie because 1. I love it. 2. the song my grandson loves on Wall-e the movie with the little robot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelley L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLO DOLLY
ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST BARBARA STREISAND AT HER BEST, I LOVED THIS SO MUCH THAT WE WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AND WITH OUR SOUND SYSTEM OF OVER 1000 PLUS... Read more
Published 7 months ago by norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Dolly
I love musicals and bought Hello Dolly to add to my growing collection. I enjoyed watching it very much with my family.
Published 10 months ago by Sylvia Pawluk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Full of lovely tunes and a really lovely movie. Barbra Streisand and Walter Mattau fantastic. If you love musicals you will love this one.
Published 13 months ago by Gemma Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical Classic
I don't watch much musical classic but I like this one because Barbra gave an incredible performance as always & was entertaining.
Published 16 months ago by Alan L
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Barbra!
Finally it's out!! Good movie and she's incredible! If your a fan of musical and Barbra... I recommend it! Buy it!
Published 16 months ago by Luc Bouchard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Musical !!! It Has it All
This BluRay disc was everything I expected it to be.
I play my copy many times in a month including the DVD version. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. J. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bradley Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favorite Musical
If you like Barbara Streisand's beautiful voice you will love this movie. I love the scenery and the music. I could sing these songs over and over during my busy day.
Published 17 months ago by Laila Lunn-Zaoral
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