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Man of La Mancha

Peter O'Toole , Sophia Loren , Arthur Hiller    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Their Impossible Dream an Impossibility to Watch March 5 2005
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of "Man of La Mancha". Don Quixote set to music must have seemed like a good idea to director, Arthur Hiller at the time, but on screen it's about as painfully shocking as seeing your own mother drunk! Quixote(O'Toole) is a crazy nobleman who is an embarrassment to his respectable family. Together, with faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his "lady" (Sophia Loren), who is actually a prostitute.
The songs, including "Impossible Dream" had their merits on Broadway. But on screen - and sung by actors to whom the concept of singing is clearly as foreign as the subject matter of this film - we get a cackling of melodies that is genuinely painful on the ears. All this would be forgiveable if the production values didn't herald the coming of a lavish film that, sadly, vaporizes the moment any of the principles open their mouths. But such a waste of money and talent is malicious!
TRANSFER: Presumably because this film didn't get that much play time in theaters, the DVD picture exhibits striking image quality. Colors are rich, bold and vibrant. Black levels are solid. Fine details are fully realized. There are NO age related artifacts. Digital anomalies; edge enhancement, pixelization, shimmering of fine details, are rarely present for a smooth visual presentation. The audio is 5.1, made all the more strident and shrill by the deplorable lack of musical talent belting out some truly horrific tunes.
EXTRAS: A Photo montage - as if reliving the film experience wasn't scary enough!
BOTTOM LINE: The transfer is stunning but the film is a disaster. Like "One From The Heart", "Man of La Mancha" is a misguided attempt to capture the magic of musicals of old. It fails miserably on all levels of entertainment and isn't recommended for anyone who isn't tone deaf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DARE TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM! May 17 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of "Man of La Mancha". Don Quixote set to music must have seemed like a good idea to director, Arthur Hiller at the time, but on screen it's about as painfully shocking as seeing your own mother drunk! Quixote(O'Toole) is a crazy nobleman who is an embarrassment to his respectable family. Together, with faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his "lady" (Sophia Loren), who is actually a [prostitute]. The songs, including "Impossible Dream" had their merits on Broadway. But on screen - and sung by actors to whom the concept of singing is clearly as foreign as the subject matter of this film - we get a cackling of melodies that is genuinely painful on the ears. All this would be forgiveable if the production values didn't herald the coming of a lavish film that, sadly, vaporizes the moment any of the principles open their mouths. But such a waste of money and talent is malicious!
TRANSFER: Presumably because this film didn't get that much play time in theaters, the DVD picture exhibits striking image quality. Colors are rich, bold and vibrant. Black levels are solid. Fine details are fully realized. There are NO age related artifacts. Digital anomalies; edge enhancement, pixelization, shimmering of fine details, are rarely present for a smooth visual presentation. The audio is 5.1, made all the more strident and shrill by the deplorable lack of musical talent belting out some truly horrific tunes.
EXTRAS: A Photo montage - as if reliving the film experience wasn't scary enough!
BOTTOM LINE: The transfer is stunning but the film is a disaster. Like "One From The Heart", "Man of La Mancha" is a misguided attempt to capture the magic of musicals of old. It fails miserably on all levels of entertainment and isn't recommended for anyone who isn't tone deaf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing Quixote April 21 2004
Format:DVD
Let me say first that I fly in the face of almost all the reviews I have read. I love this film-the cast, the singing, the sets, in fact every aspect is a near-perfect rendering of the vision I have of Don Quixote. I have read the book but have not seen the musical. I have the feeling that many people will never read the book-it's almost 2000 pages long and rather intimidating to people who are not readers. Many people may also never have the opportunity to see the musical, and perhaps the art snots are right and the musical is far superior to the movie. However, the movie does something that the musical and the book don't do-it makes Don Quixote accessible to everyone. Watching Peter O'Toole is to understand how a man can go out and fight windmills. Seeing James Coco at his side is to glimpse the true nature of friendship, for both as Sancho and the stage manager, Coco displays true affection and loyalty to a man whose idealism gets his friends in tight spots. Perhaps the most compelling evidence I can offer as to the value of the film is this-I have a son who is dyslexic and although I have read many books to him (The Lord of the Rings, Huckleberry Finn, Watership Down, to name a few) I never read him Don Quixote. He didn't want to try reading such a big book, but I told him about Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and we talked about the importance of following your dreams and not letting the world dictate to you. Anyway, he was deployed recently and the night before he left we watched Man of La Mancha. After it was over, he said thank you to me for sharing it with him. I'm glad that he has a better understanding now of the word quixotism, because he has always been a person of high ideals with his own mind and I hope he always will be. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars La Mancha and Fantastics don't quick make the leap from stage to...
Of the two, La Mancha is definitely better.

La Mancha has a great cast, but something misses in the translation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cecil B
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film...one that should get more recognition!
This film is very beautiful, and has imporessed me with the song "Impossible dream". The film is well written, and I enjoyed Sophia Loren in it. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by 555
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Meaning
The acting and singing is not always that great in this film (though the songs are fun), but I love this musical. The whole plot and point of the movie is inspiring to me. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by J. L. Lankford
5.0 out of 5 stars Stage comes to life for the rest of us
Seems that Miguel de Cervantes (Peter O'Toole) was caught performing a politically unhealthy play during the time of the Spanish inquisition. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Impossible Dream Lives
I have waited forever to see this show again! It has been an insparation to me through out my whole life. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars CERVANTES AND DON QUIJOTE SIMPLY THE BEST!!!
THE GREATEST MUSICAL AND THE GREATEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN! VIVA CERVANTES Y DON QUIJOTE!!!!!!!GET THIS DVD!!!!!!!!!
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Alphonse Dattolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Only in the Movies
I've been a sucker for Peter O'Toole since the 1st time I saw Lawrence of Arabia. I never thought that I'd hear him sing! Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Great story, shame about the casting
Having seen Man of La Mancha on stage in an amateur production, and loving the music, I was very keen to see what I expected to be a very good movie, given the cast. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by Stephen H
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't take it so literally!
Way too much negative talk about this film.
I like this film because it is optimistic. I don't care if it is good
or bad compared to the "La Mancha" Broadway... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars How to screw up a wonderful musical w/o really trying.
Man of La Mancha was one of the most exciting stage experiences of the sixties masterfully performed by Richard Kiley and Joan Diener and Joey Faye. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by D. Goldberg
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