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Music Man, The (BD) [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres franais)


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  • Actors: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
  • Directors: Morton Da Costa
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 2 2010
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B51B9M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,621 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/02/2010 Run time: 177 minutes Rating: G

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The Music Man was one of the last great movie musicals from any studio, and it proved to be that rarest of events: a Broadway show that was measurably improved by its transition to the screen. Robert Preston made his musical debut--both live and on film--as "Professor" Harold Hill, the upbeat charlatan who promises to teach a small-town boys band by the "think system." But it's the part Preston was born to play and the one for which he will always be best remembered. Composer Meredith Willson based The Music Man on his own small-town Midwestern boyhood, circa 1912, a quasi-mythical place where the old-maid librarian looks and sings like Shirley Jones. The boy himself is an adorable Ron Howard, lisp-singing "Gary, Indiana." Willson's entire score, featuring a combination of what are now standards, such as "Goodnight My Someone" and "Till There Was You" and show-specific numbers ("Trouble," "76 Trombones"), is never less than infectious. This dazzling special edition is also as bright and sunny as any 4th of July in Iowa could ever hope to be. --Robert Windeler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
THE MUSIC MAN [1961] [Blu-ray] [US Import] In Razzling-Dazzling Hi-Def Comes “Hollywood’s Show magic At Its Best!

This joyful film of the 1,375-performance Broadway smash hit, remains an irresistible sky burst of American musical hero Robert Preston, who recreates his Tony® Award winning Broadway triumph, as con artist Harold Hill. Arriving in River City, IOWA, to form a boys band, much to the disapproval – and later delight – of town librarian Marion Paroo [Academy Award® winner Shirley Jones]. Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford and 7-year old Ron Howard co-star. With Meredith Wilson’s beloved score – featuring the unforgettable “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Till There Was You” among other marvellous melodies – is orchestrated to brilliant Oscar® winning effect by Ray Heindorf.

FILM FACT: The film won one Academy Award and was nominated for five more. Won: Best Musical Score (adaptation or treatment) for Ray Heindorf. Nominations: Best Picture for Morton DaCosta. Best Costume (color) for Dorothy Jeakins. Best Art Direction (color) for Paul Groesse and George James Hopkins. Best Film Editing for William H. Ziegler. Best Sound for George Groves.

Cast: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold, Pert Kelton, Ron [Ronny] Howard, Susan Luckey, Timmy Everett, Bill Spangenberg, Wayne Ward, Al Shea, Vern Reed, Harry Hickox, Charles Lane, Mary Wickes, Peggy Mondo, Sara Seegar, Adnia Rice, Jesslyn Fax, Monique Vermont, Ronnie Dapo, Percy Helton and Max Showalter

Director: Morton DaCosta

Producers: Morton DaCosta

Screenplay: Marion Hargrove

Composer: Meredith Willson

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.
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By D. Allen on March 8 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I must admit the first time I ever watched this version of the "Music Man", I wasn't exactly impressed. The music was great, the acting very good, but still something didn't seem right. After watching the version staring Matthew Broderick on ABC and loved it, I decided to give the original another try. I've come to the conclusion that the film's major flaw is its cinematography. The film never seems to break past being a Broadway show and most of the staging reflects that. Most of the action takes place just as it would on the stage with little creativity. Even with this flaw, the film is still a lot of fun. Robert Preston's Harold Hill, the traveling con man attempting to swindle the town of River City, is a remarkable performance. Herminie Granger and Susan Luckey also put in great performances as Mrs. Shinn, the mayor's wife, and her daughter Zaneeta respectively. Shirley Jones also stars as Marian, the town librarian and music teacher that Hill falls in love with. While the character has so much potential, Jones seems to play her somewhat flat and is also limited by not being able to act and sing at the same time. All in all, though, it's a fun film and recommended to any musical fan.
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I am a big fan of The Music Man. I own both soundtracks the one to the broadway production and the one to the movie. Although I don't own the movie yet, I have rented it several times, and never wanted to take it back.
When I was a kid I used to love the songs from the show. I saw it on stage twice. And I have always wanted the part of Harold Hill. I'd have to say my favorite song from the show is "The Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me," which I used to think was "The Sadder Budweiser Girl,"
The cast in the movie consists of Robert Preston as Harold Hill (reprising his stage role) Shirley Jones as Marion Paroo, Hermione Gingold as Eulalie McKecknie Shinn, Paul Ford as Mayor Shinn, Pert Kelton as Mrs. Paroo (reprising her stage role) and I really liked Ronnie Howard from the Andy Griffith show cast as Opie.
For those of you who don't know, Shirley Jones was pregnant when she played the part of Marion. She sure didn't look it though. She did a great job. I hope this show keeps playing on both stage and screen.
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By A Customer on Oct. 7 2002
Format: VHS Tape
From the time I was 5 years old, I loved to listen to the "Music Man" soundtrack, and I hadn't even seen the movie yet--in fact, I was 10 before I actually saw it.
Well, we rented it...and bought it almost immediately afterwards. Why don't they make movies like this any more? Why is it that most kids my age don't think a movie isn't interesting unless it has someone blowing their brains out or constantly swearing???
Well, my mom and I do a great imatation of Mrs. Paroo (Pert Kelton) and Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones) during their number about the stranger with the suitcase--"who may be your very last chance."
This is a hilarious movie, where all the characters are good-hearted but have their particular little quirks...for instance, the Mayor's wife, Eulalie McKecknie Shinn, who heads all the social functions and organizes a woman's Grecien dance group, and struts into the Library with decided indignance, announcing, "What sort of book is this that you give my daughter to read--it's dirty Persian poetry!" Then there's her husband, Mayor Shinn, who is forever trying to make a good speech but hopelessly bumbles his phrases--"Not one more poop out of you." Not to mention Tommy Gilas, who is always getting into trouble, for example, setting off fireworks during Mrs. Shinn's act in the Fourth of July celebration.
Oh, we must not forget Winthrop, the shy kid with the lisp (played by Ronnie Howard)...or Emerilas, who secretly adores Winthrop, but is constantly teasing him for his lisp.
I could go on and on...but you just have to watch it.
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