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The Happiest Millionaire (Sous-titres français)
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on March 12, 2003
What genius decided to remove the name of Walt Disney from above the title of this film?
As the final production completed while Walt Disney was alive, this film deserved better for this DVD edition. Not only could there have been additional "special features" featuring the songs of the Sherman Brothers, but the spectacular work behind Emile Kuri's set designs should have given cause to at least feature a gallery of his work. Kuri's influence was extensive upon the films created during the final decade of Walt's life, and should be further acknowledged. This was a missed opportunity.
Most people with a VCR don't need an additional DVD. It was the FEATURES that created DVD demand, and it appears that now that there is market momentum toward this new technology, Disney, along with all other studios, is quickly retrenching in order to reduce costs. It is regrettable that they are also diminishing the value of their own brand in the process.
All in all, an unnecessary release in this version.
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on July 30, 1999
High expectations following MARY POPPINS were bitterly dashed with the release of THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE from the Disney Studios. In 1967, the era of cultural and political revolution, Disney presented us with Fred MacMurray and tried to pass him off as a free-thinking eccentric. In spite of the lavish production values, the entrenched conservatism of the mileu and the dated hi-jinks offered up fail to make this spiritless enterprise sparkle. Tommy Steele and Hermoine Baddeley prove that they, at least, know what they're doing, but nothing in this picture remotely "works." This video company presents this best-forgotten picture in a multiplicity of formats and yet Warner Brothers has yet to release Judy Garland's great A STAR IS BORN in widescreen in ANY format. Hello???
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