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Bugsy Malone [Blu-ray]

Scott Baio , Jodie Foster , Alan Parker    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Producers: Alan Marshall
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015YY740
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Writer-director Alan Parker's feature debut Bugsy Malone is a pastiche of American movies, a musical gangster comedy set in 1929, featuring prohibition, showgirls, and gang warfare, with references to everything from Some Like It Hot to The Godfather. Uniquely, though, all the parts are played by children, including an excellent if underused Jodie Foster as platinum-blonde singer Tallulah, Scott Baio in the title role and a nine-year-old Dexter Fletcher wielding a baseball bat. Cream-firing "spluge guns" sidestep any real violence and the movie climaxes cheerfully with the biggest custard pie fight this side of Casino Royale (1967). Unfortunately for a musical, Paul Williams's score--part honky-tonk jazz homage, part 1970s Elton John-style pop--lets the side down with a lack of memorable tunes. Nevertheless, Parker's direction is spot on and the look of the film is superb, a fantasy movie-movie existing in the same parallel reality as The Cotton Club and Chicago. A rare British love letter to classic American cinema, Bugsy Malone remains a true original; in Parker's words "the work of a madman" and one of the strangest yet most stylish children's films ever made. --Gary S. Dalkin

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In this unique mobster movie, Scott Baio heads up a prepubescent cast as the title character, a child gangster determined to rule over New York City. Instead of throwing fists or bullets, the Prohibition-era kiddie mobsters sling confections at one another. When Bugsy learns that a rival gang has developed a secret weapon capable of firing sweets as quick as a machine gun shoots bullets, he sets out to heist the high-tech tart-launcher.BUGSY MALONE, director Alan Parker's first feature, cleverly spoofs the rich, cliche-ridden history of films about organized crime while lightly mocking the childlike, selfish traits of grown-ups. The engaging silliness is periodically spirited forward by several song-and-dance numbers composed by bubblegum pop maestro Paul Williams. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...Bugsy Malone (1976) (Blu-Ray)

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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this never dates 13 Mar 2009
My daughter's school recently put on a production of this story, and we decided to buy it as I had not seen it for years. I was pleased to know that you didn't have to have the subtitles on as that would have been annoying for the whole film. We thoroughly enjoyed it and then re-watched the songs with the words and sang along. I felt the film was as fresh as when it was released all those years ago and my daughter loved it watching it for the first time. A great family film, that has stood the test of time.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Mar 2006
I recently bought the DVD and I have to say it is one of the most cleverly written musicals ever. I was recently in a stage production of the show, and on the last night of the show, all cast members sat down to watch the original version. The acting was miles better than ours! I would definitely recommend this film, particularly young children. Young boys will enjoy all the different gangsters such as Fat Sam and Dandy Dan, while young girls will love the character of Tallulah the show-girl. 10 out of 10.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great acting, great songs......... 11 Nov 2006
By Stephen Wright VINE VOICE
I can thoroughly recommend this film, a real tongue-in-cheek look at gang warfare from a child's perspective. If only real life were like this, and the only bad thing to happen to anyone anytime was that they ended up with a custard pie in the face. Despite what the Amazon reviewer says, (fortunately picked up by Rob Cook, one of the previous reviewers), I think the music is excellent. I don't understand why the Amazon reviewer feels that the songs aren't memorable, since we purchased the soundtrack CD soon after buying the DVD because we felt the music was so good. Paul Williams should be congratulated on the musical score, not ridiculed. It is made all the more impressive when you realise from the notes accompanying the DVD that Williams recorded the songs whilst touring the States with a completely different show, sending the songs almost one at a time as they were completed back to the UK studios at Pinewood. This meant that with the time constraints, there was no time for re-writes, the kids then having to painstakingly learn to lip-sync their allocated songs in preparation for the final recording.

Kids (especially big kids like me, I'm fifty-two and a half) will love this. It's just a fun film stuffed with memorable moments and great tunes, 'Fat Sam's Grand Slam' 'Bad Guys' 'My Name Is Tallulah' and not forgetting the title track, to name but a few.

We've watched this DVD three times already since buying it, and we haven't even got any kids! So, if you want a bit of good all-round family entertainment with some great acting and original sing-along songs, look no further. We love it! Great stuff!

Footnote: I have just heard that there is to be a newer print of this title due for release in December 2006. This review is obviously based on this version so potential purchasers may want to compare the differences between these editions before ordering. Steve. (November 2006)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember... 8 Jun 2009
Well, to start I have to say how happy I am with the speed of delivery on this item. I had it literally next day.
The item arrived in excellent condition, no dents or scratches.
This is an excellent film for kids, family or nostalgia. I bought it for my daughter as she is performing in a stage adaptation of the film at her school. Also, this is one of my wife's favourite films.
This is the sing-a-long edition, which means you get 'karaoke style' words appear on your TV screen during the main songs of the film. This feature, however, can be switched off within the DVD menu to allow for normal viewing. Perfect if you have budding budding actress in the house.
If this film is your sort of thing and you're thinking of buying a copy, then I would highly recommend this edition.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The difference between the two DVD editions 6 Feb 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love the movie. I'm just here to help those who might be wondering about this edition (the newer, brown cover special edition) compared to the earlier DVD release, ASIN B00004D0AJ.
EXTRAS: The earlier edition has no extras. This special edition has a fair amount: director's commentary audio track, trailers, brief (one page per) character biographies, a photo gallery (motion accompanied by music), an art gallery (from sketches to full painted art, motion accompanied by music), a featurette, trivia, and a very nice 12-page booklet with a detailed production history by Alan Parker.
VIDEO: This special edition presents the movie properly letterboxed, and the print is clean and sharp. HOWEVER - the earlier edition is not just widescreen, it's ANAMORPHIC widescreen (formatted for 16:9 televisions). And because there are no extras on the older edition, the average bitrate for encoding is higher. The picture, though, is not quite as good. So you need to decide how important it is to have an anamorphic widescreen DVD.
I can't understand why the newer edition takes such a step backward (non-anamorphic widescreen) in its presentation, but I felt it would be worthwhile to let people know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't knock it.... 19 Jan 2003
By A. Hogg
Format:VHS Tape
fantastic! one off! one of a kind!
I saw this film very young and it was one of the first videos i bought when i was old enough... beta format. Takes pride of place in my musicals / musical film collection.

A gangster film for kids, by kids... easily rivaling chitty chitty bang bang and the railway children... even the sound of music because of it's rarety and quirkiness.

Where else can you see Jodie Foster, Dexter Fletcher (baby face) and Bonnie Langford before they reached the 4ft mark... and see why these actors were sure to have serious careers later in life.

(despite the fact that i saw two of the pedal powered cars in a garage at Pinewood Studios as late as 1988) this is easily in my top 20 favourites of all time.

"there's the politician, sitting in the kitchen... said he caught his fingers in the well that he was wishing in"

those reviewers who have to use the word "suspect" have obviously grown too old and cynical for the likes of Peter Pan... shame on you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had not realised this is a German version. The ...
Had not realised this is a German version. The print is too small to read on the cover picture and it does not say in the description.
Published 20 hours ago by Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars My 7 & 8 year old loved it too singing along to the songs
This is an old classic which was watched by the whole family. My 7 & 8 year old loved it too singing along to the songs.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
This turned out to have no English subtitles, which was disappointing. Also the picture and soundtrack were out of sync.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
every bit as good as I remember and my 6 year old loved it too
Published 17 days ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing blast from the past!
I really loved watching this film again, and my daughter, who was watching it for the first time, thought it was fantastic. This DVD will get worn out in our house!
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A classic movie to share with the saucepan lids!!
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