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State Fair (Special Edition)

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Dick Haymes
  • Directors: José Ferrer, Walter Lang
  • Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II, Paul Green, Philip Stong, Richard L. Breen, Sonya Levien
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 15 2005
  • Run Time: 218 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000AP04O2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,645 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's only score written expressly for the screen highlights this delightful film about an Iowa family's adventures at the fair. Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Dick Haymes star.

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"I've got that nice, tired old feeling," says Pa Frake near the end of the gentle, sunny 1945 film, State Fair. The Rodgers and Hammerstein music, commissioned while Oklahoma was still making musical-theater history, feels tired too, like the result of a hastily written score. The state of Iowa just can't seem to inspire the same quality music as its more memorable, southern cousin. Remember that State Fair gem "All I Owe Iowa"? Still, it is R and H, and "It Might as Well Be Spring" is here as well as some other decent ditties. There's a country-mouse feeling as the Frake family journeys to the big city for the annual harvest celebration. Young daughter Margy (Jeanne Crain) has her eye on something more exciting than her bore of a fiancé, while her brother meets a lovely big-band singer with a secret. But the bucolic, Old Farmer's Almanac feel is genuine, and it's most obviously a picture of a bygone era when someone expostulates gleefully, "You're gonna be the wife of a journalist!" Not a "don't miss" but not a dismiss either. The DVD features include a vintage trailer for the film and production notes, which do add to the experience. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I loved the earlier version featuring the beautiful Jeanne Crain and her singing. The music was great. The story rather humdrum but at that time, we knew all the actors featured in these entertaining musicales. The performers were almost part of the family. Some excellent music and pleasantly peaceful stories vs. the chaos we see so often today. Glad to have the DVD.
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Corny though it may be i really love this colour film, not used to seeing movies of Dana Andrews in colour back in the forties when his career was at its pinnacle. This is the second time i've reviewed this film i think, but i'll say again that the audio had to be really turned up for me to hear it. I was satisfied with the movie overall.
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As far as the story, cast, and songs go, State Fair is a warm nostalgic film which is highly enjoyable. I bought the DVD for what I hoped would be an improvement over my VHS. I was disappointed by the audio and video quality of the DVD to be quite honest. The audio is so low that I really had to crank up my receiver to get an acceptable volume. Afterall, this is a musical isn't it? In the early part of the film when Jeanne Crain is singing "It Might as well be Spring", there seemed to be little gnats flying around her face. In reality they were spots on the film that SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP. This condition improved later on, but come on! These Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals should have been given a lot more loving care than they have received. I say this because other musicals in the series also have problems. The audio and video on State Fair needs some restoration, the kind that is afforded other classic films. Otherwise, a worthwhile purchase.
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As others have said, State Fair is generally regarded as the weakest of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, but this film is one that I have always loved. Yes, the plot is a little hokey, but it's sweet and innocent and old-fashioned and, to use a tired cliché, a great feel-good film. Jeanne Crain is perfect and you don't even notice that they dubbed her singing voice.
I would buy this DVD simply for the song "It Might as Well Be Spring," which is possibly my favourite R&H song, but the second DVD also includes the almost forgotten 1962 version of the film with Ann Margret and Pat Boone. I have never seen the '62 film, but I have always wanted to, so this is great way to see it without buying it separately in case it is terrible.
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I don't know about you but somehow each time i go to the State Fair and i am riding the Freswheel i just wish for once that everyone in the park would just start singing "It's A Grand Night for Singing."Ok,,,well maybe that is stupid but after seeing this great film and this version you will feel great and alive and maybe sing-a-long in your living room.I only wish that this could have been channeled for DVD in 5.1 Stereo but there again,,you would have to peal me off the wall.So does this tell you anything about how i feel about this movie? You heart will pound, your pulse will race, you'll want to sing the night away and for the running time of this excellent movie you can escape to that fantasy world of "The State Fair."
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Unlike Jeanne Crain's, Vivian Blaine's singing voice is her own and she outclasses everyone in the film. Compare her magnetism and composure to her partner, Dick Haymes, in their duet "Isn't it Kinda Fun." Real talent shines through and Vivian's delivery of a song is the only thing in this movie that doesn't seem naive, contrived, and dated. And to the reviewer who told us to "listen for Harry Morgan's voice over as the barker," look closely: that's no voice over... that young face IS the young Harry (billed as Henry Morgan).
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By A Customer on April 7 2003
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This was the first movie I ever saw, at the age of four at the Victory Theatre in Wellston, Missouri (The Victory, a new name for the Mikado, dumped when World War II broke out for obvious reasons). During "It Might As Well Be Spring" I was horribly worried Jeanne Crain was going to fall out of the windowsill of her second story bedroom window. I was so relieved when the song was over. This is a colorful, sweet film, though it does demonstrate as so often was demonstrated that only M-G-M could make M-G-M musicals. Jeanne Crain, the mother of many, always seemed to be acting with her mind on what the kids would have for dinner that evening, but she was lovely, so totally natural (my favorite Jeanne Crain film is the totally forgotten "Take Care Of My Little Girl," about college sorority life). Poor Dick Haymes is totally out of his element, though a wonderful singer. Vivian Blaine pretty much steals the show. She should have enjoyed a much bigger movie career; it's Broadway that won her heart. I love the roller coaster scenes. The coaster in the closeups is not the coaster in the far shots. The studio had a limited budget and, because of World War II, even more limited resources to build the darned sets with. "State Fair" has a lot of pasted-together elements, consequently, but if you don't look close (so much doesn't match from shot to shot and the big, overall shots of the Fair clearly are shooting a miniature that if you think too much doesn't make any sense at all) you'll feel you are at the State Fair.
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