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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Wesley Ivan Hurt, Paul Dooley
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 1 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,112 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Popeye (DVD)


Nothing interests filmmaker Robert Altman more than a contained culture that mixes bare humanity with local eccentricity (think of his M*A*S*H and Nashville). So Altman's Popeye (1980), based on the old comic strip, works best as a portrait of a busy, cluttered, cartoonish town called Sweethaven. But it is much less successful as a comprehensible story about the famous sailor with massive forearms and a relationship with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall). Robin Williams plays Popeye with his usual brilliance for mimicry, Paul Dooley makes a credible Wimpy, and Paul L. Smith makes an impression as the oversized bully, Bluto. But this strange, disastrous film never becomes more than an expensive workshop airing out Altmanesque themes. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
The movie is ambitious to say the least. But I think what endears me to it is that it's Altman's true heart in it. I think Bob was a big fan of Popeye in his youth. And to bring it forward in not only live action, but as a musical as well is remarkable. Whereas other live action cartoons ala Flintstones, Casper and Scooby Doo et al were feeble attempts to exploit actors and special effects. I say Popeye is Altman's most detailed and complimenting to the original strip and animated serials. And I think what is more fascinating is the fact it's Robert Altman coming off from H.E.A.L.T.H., Robert Evans, who was on a rocky road with Paramount, his own ventures, and increasing bad habits. And Shelley Duvall, having just gone through torturous chaos professionally and personally doing Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Then considering this magnificent town set being built off Malta, which I think endured weather mishaps constantly. Costumes and prosthetics for such a large cast - sizable and figuratively. And on top of it all, working with a live baby, and dealing with Harry Nilsson - either one's bad enough without a movie! Possibly there was hopes to franchise the movie with sequels. But sadly, with such an undertaking, studio politics, Evan's downfall, and mystified critics just itching to point fingers - it's truly sad this movie is sloughed off worse than Ishtar. I think all involved put their heart and souls into this picture. And though lacking in a barrage of battles, special effects, and chart topping numbers; this movie was truly done for the love of Popeye by all. Quites a remarkibles feet ifs ya axe me!
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Format: DVD
A lot of fun, with Shelly Duvall a flat out fabulous Olive Oyle, Robin Williams, excellent as Popeye, Paul Dooley a great Wimpy who steals almost every scene he's in and good old Ray Walston is terrific as Popeye's dad. The production design is amazing, and the whole thing comes as close to creating a live action cartoon world as anything I've ever seen. Harry Neilson's songs are pretty great as well.

On the other hand, after starting out like a masterpiece, it doesn't really go anywhere. The plot lines get more conventional and less subversive as it goes along, and the climax is pretty instantly forgettable. At first you think it's going to be Popeye meets Threepenny Opera, a complex social satire under the jokes, but it ends up just sweet, good natured, wonderfully done, but slightly shallow fun. That's more than enough reason to see it, but disappointing when you think what could have been.
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I've never before seen a movie that took THREE viewings for me to decide what I thought about it. Every aspect of this film is unique, and the first time can be baffling (I hadn't seen any of the animated Popeye cartoons). The songs, sets, acting, plot; you've never seen anything like it, and a lot of people give up on it too soon. After three viewings, I love it. Everybody in my house, 3 years and older, loves it. Don't just rent it--you can't possibly appreciate it with just one viewing! Wonderful.
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Format: DVD
I was 9 when this movie came out and it rocked my world. I grew up in San Diego watching LA station KTLA's Popeye show every Sunday morning, so I was primed for this. It suprises me how much I still love it today. The casting is flawless (Except for the Bluto part, I thought he was still the head guard from Midnight Express instead of Bluto) and the songs...well what can I say, it just proves yet again what a genius Harry Nilsson was (RIP). I still catch myself singing some these tunes every once in a while.
Robin Williams is the only actor in history that could have pulled off the role of Popeye. His comic genius is now a known fact now but back in 1980 this movie proved he could do more than just Mork from Ork. Shelley Duvall, same thing, no one else could have done the Olive Oyle role any better. Had they decided to set the movie in the real world it may not have worked out, however, by creating a mythical island town like Sweethaven, it allowed the movie to feel like you were being transported to a wierd, trippy world where no one is completely normal.
I agree with a previous review that this movie suffered from a bad marketing strategy. It really straddles the fence between being a movie for adults or kids. This is probably why it stands the test of time so well. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it was just released on DVD and the print quality is outstanding. Not many extras but beggars can't be choosers.
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In 2004, Popeye will be celebrating his 75th birthday! The anvil armed spinach eater is an icon to Americans (as well as Europeans) everywhere. And if you are like me, an American of European ancestry...
"Popeye the Sailor" was created by E.C. Segar as a character in the black & white (later color), Fleischer Brothers newspaper strip "Thimble Theatre" (which was a comic about The Oyl Family). He later made his debut with his own cartoon short, seen on movie screens everywhere in 1933.
Walt Disney Pictures teamed with Paramount Pictures to create the 1980 live action movie directed by Robert Altman, bringing the comic character turned cartoon star into a living breathing human. The parts of Popeye and Olive Oyl were originally going to be played by Dustin Hoffman and Lilly Tomlin but ultimately went to Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in perfect casting roles. The entire gang was aboard for the ride (Bluto, Wimpy, Swee' Pea, and all the rest along with plenty of new friends and foes).
Despite Popeye being a Segar/Fleischer creation as well as having later associations with A.A.P. (Associated Artists Productions), Hanna Barbera, Disney & Paramount, Popeye is best known as being a "King Features Syndicate" and will forever be linked to all animators and produces as being King's trademark. In fact, because the exact rights for Popeye were so confusing, he was mysteriously missing from the 1989 cartoon/live action movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" as the most notably absent cartoon. Due to fear of being sued, Touchstone Pictures sadly left Popeye out of the film, while every other one of his contemporaries from Mickey Mouse to Bugs Bunny appeared in the famous "Toon Town" scenes. Today, Popeye is alive and well with the King Features clan.
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