This was originally a made for a tv special, and I was so glad to find this at amazon.co.uk, being that the title is currently out of print- hope it will be released on blu-ray. In my opinion it's the best version of the Rodger's and Hammerstein's musical, which is a very biased, unfair view- I haven't given the other two versions a chance. This is my favourite movie for sentimental reasons. My dad got this for me when I was nine, and it was hard to find back then.
I love the characters, especially the very dainty Lesley Ann-Warren as Cinderella and Jo Van Fleet, who steals the show as the wicked step-mother. The all-star cast is wonderful, but the best feature are the songs, classics, like "In my own little corner." and the "Step Sisters lament." True, Lesley Ann-Warren may not have had the best singing voice-but it is truly unique. Also the costume and set decoration may seem tacky at first to some, but it seems fitting with mid-sixties broadway style, which I love.
The only disappointment is that it doesn't seem that the picture has been restored or remastered at all, perhaps they were not able to work with the orginals. At first, it almost seems like it came off a vcr, but is still quite watchable.
This is a great film for all ages and if you have not seen this for a long time, you are in for a real treat.
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Beautiful,heartwarming movie with a soundtrack to match which i couldnt help but sing-a-long to :).I have seen quite a few different versions of this fairytale but this is my favourite (well next to the Disney version!),as it stars the lovely Lesley ann warren who has such a sweet,simple singing voice & is perfect as Cinderella. I was shocked by the quality of the dvd however as it is so poor,its a bad VHS transfer,which is such a shame as this would look so wonderful restored & in vibrant colour- instead its blurred,muddy & a slightly green colour!
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
Just another masterpiece from peerless Rodgers & Hammerstein11 Oct 2002
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Simply stated, Richard Rodgers is America's finest composer. No other composer in our history equals the consistent quality, innovativeness, range, and sublime beauty of his compositions. Rodgers' exquisite, unforgettable melodies are crafted with such subtle ingenuity and sophistication that they never lose their freshness or their appeal. Rodgers' musical genius was brilliantly matched in two legendary partnerships, the first with lyricist Lorenz Hart, and the second with librettist-lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers' collaboration with these two gifted men elevated and transformed musical theater into a true and distinctive American art form. The magic of the Rodgers & Hammerstein partnership is beautifully realized in their definitive version of "Cinderella". No other composer was more adept than Rodgers in translating character and plot into music. And in "Cinderella" as in all of his compositions, he does so with perfect clarity, inventiveness and irresistibility. Hammerstein's ever elegant lyrics are alternately and appropriately wise, witty, rapturous, and heartbreaking. Hammerstein had an unerring understanding of the human heart which is why he is able to consistently evoke profound empathy for his characters and their predicaments. Rodgers' graceful and exceptionally beautiful score is infectious and exhilarating. And those Rodgers waltzes- perfection, as always! "Cinderella" is blessed with a sterling cast including a young and very handsome Stuart Damon as the Prince. Damon has a beautiful voice and is quite appealing. Newcomer Lesley Anne Warren, who sounds like an angel singing, is captivating and lovely. The maturity, intensity, and poise of her performance as Cinderella belie her tender age of 18 when this production was mounted. Celeste Holme as the Fairy Godmother, Ginger Rogers as the Queen, and Walter Pidgeon as the King add gravity and warmth to the proceedings. And the comedic performances of Pat Carroll, Barbara Ruick, and Jo Van Fleet as Cinderella's nasty stepsisters and stepmother, respectively, sparkle, amuse, and delight. What more can I say? Don't miss this!
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Do I love you because you're beautiful?16 Dec 2003
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As a lover of the fairy tale "Cinderella," I have watched this over and over again since I was a child. I can't remember a time when I didn't know the songs in this musical. I used to go around singing "Impossible" all the time as a young girl. The story is simple and straighforward, we all know it, so there's no need to go into any plot details. This story does not deviate from the story we all know and love. What makes this particular rendition a bit unique is simply that it's filmed as a play, rather than as a movie. The sets are very stage-y, and the acting is overdone and a bit cheesy for a movie -- but you'll find that it works well on the stage. The reason it works in this is because they didn't TRY to film it like an ordinary movie -- because it wouldn't have worked. They filmed it as though they were just video-taping a play, and it was charming. Leslie Ann Warren is positively adorable in the role of Cinderella. The rest of the cast is wonderful as well; the stepsisters can be a riot sometimes, I can't help laughing at "The Stepsisters' Lament." This is a movie any fairy tale lover will enjoy.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely The Best !!!9 Feb 2002
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This is the definitive version of Cinderella. Heart warming, delightful and that's an understatement! Leslie Ann Warren makes it come alive. She made a BEAUTIFUL Cinderella. The feeling she put into it makes it seem real rather than fantasy. The best scene is at the end when the Prince tries the slipper on Cinderella's foot. The emotion that both Leslie and Stuart Damon put into it is simply beautiful. The feeling given by all the main cast is amazing. I'm 46 and I've loved this version ever since I first saw it as a kid. If you have no heart, you won't enjoy it. If you do, you won't go wrong buying it. : ) My ONLY problem with the DVD is the claim that the recording was remastered. In my several years old VHS tape, there is a color shift in an early scene. It's also on the DVD. Towards the end there is a slight glitch in the soundtrack on my tape. Same glitch on the DVD. One wonders what it was remastered from? In spite of those 2 minor problems, the quality is excellent and the added tracks are a plus. Especially the mini documentary including interviews with Miss Warren, Stuart Damon and Celeste Holm. Over all a great DVD. The story alone makes it worth the money! Regarding some of the other reviews, I take exception to the poor quality claim. Mine is excellent. I can only assume there is a bad batch of them out there that should have been returned. The over all picture quality of my DVD is BETTER than my VHS. I have only heard the sound over my PC speakers but they are quality speakers and the sound is excellent. Thank you Leslie Ann Warren, Stuart Damon and the rest. Thank you Rodgers and Hammerstein. And Thank you Amazon.com for helping to make it available.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HEARTWARMING, BEAUTIFUL, FUN AND MEMORABLE!!!!!!24 July 2004
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HEARTWARMING, BEAUTIFUL, FUN AND MEMORABLE!!!!!!, July 24, 2004 Reviewer: FEEMEISTER1 (Tallahassee, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
(UPDATE--12/17/04--I just saw the Julie Andrews version on PBS for the first time. It couldn't TOUCH this version! (And Julie Andrews has always been my favorite lady singer!!) I thought the 57 version was flat, and the only thing really good in it at all were the "Stepsisters, Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley!" I thought I would be blown away by Julie singing these wonderful songs, but I was not. I much prefer Lesley Ann Warren's versions of the songs. THIS VERSION RULES!!!!!)
This rendition of Cinderella is superb! The music is abolutely beautiful! I remember all the songs almost word for word from when I watched it when I was a child. I really loved it then, and watched it every year it came on. Now I'm 47, and I love it more NOW than I did THEN! I feel sorry for some of the reviewers here that can't see the beauty of this with their imagination, and who think everything has to have expensive new special effects and must be made with the greatest singers in the world (like Julie Andrews. No one can touch her singing!) But that is NOT what this is! This is a beautiful, unique, heartfelt rendition. Cinderella is fresh and sweet and tugs at your heart! The prince is gorgeous and nice and decent! The stepmother and sisters are FANTASTIC! They really make this complete! Jo Van Fleet's sneer is the best! (She even sneers when she's talking and has her back to you. "There's no pleasing THAT prince!" Her VOICE even sneered!!!) And Pat Carroll is so REAL!!!! And Esmerelda (Barbara Ruick) is hysterical with her eye batting!
I LOVED the Prince's song at the beginning! It was warm and searching and heartfelt, and really set the tone for the singing! "The Prince is Giving a Ball" was novel and catchy, and I've remembered parts of it for almost 40 years!!! "In My Own Little Corner" I have loved and remembered all the words to for all this time! This song really comes alive and she puts SO much into it! Ms. Holm is a beautiful fairy godmother, and makes me wish I had been able to see her films when she was young! Her and Cinderella singing "Impossible" is wonderful! It's the usual Rodgers and Hammerstein's "nonsense" song and is very fast-paced, "wordy" and hard to sing! But they did an excellent job of it, and Cinderella's eyes absolutely sparkled! (This is another catchy one I've remembered ALL the words to for ALL this time!!!) The Prince and Cinderella dancing is just too wonderful for words! I wish I had all that room to waltz in while they're waltzing, but I only have a tiny living room and I don't know HOW to waltz, but I really wanted to! The movement of the dance was GREAT!!! (It would have been nice to see Ginger Rogers do a whole dance instead of one turn around the floor--but it was nice to see the legend dance in this for only a moment!) The stepsister's song (Stepsisters' Lament) was really a masterpiece! That was for all the normal girls, who aren't sweet and beautiful and ethereal like Cinderella! (She's a frothy little bubble--with a flimsy kind of CHARM! And with very little TROUBLE--I could break her little ARM!!!) This song is TOPS!!! "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful" are beautiful gems of songs. They are truly memorable! "A Lovely Night" is another lovely one (there really are NO bad songs in this one)!!! And when the Prince comes to their home to try the shoe on them!!! JO Van Fleet tries to steal the scene again, by sitting down for them to try the shoe on her old "sneery" self when she sees her daughters can't make it at all! The man just gets up and walks away--he wouldn't give her the satisfaction! But to me, the greatest scene in the whole thing, is when the Prince wants to try the shoe on Cinderella and the stepmother starts screaming and squawking, and the Prince yells "SILENCE!!!!" and they show the frozen tableau of the stepmother and sisters when they actually were made to shut up! THAT SCENE IS ABSOLUTELY indescribable! I truly can't think of words for how funny it was and how satisfying!
This is not "Gone With the Wind" acting and it's not performed by opera queens. It wasn't high budget and out to make billions of dollars!
However, the songs in it are beautiful. I rate it up there with Mary Poppins (Chim Chim Cheree and Feed the Birds) and of course, the Sound of Music.
This is an operetta meant to entertain. It is witty and funny and heartwarming and fun and beautiful and memorable. I have remembered it and loved it since 1965 and find it truly unique and recommend it to all!!! (Except for people LOOKING for only Gone With the Wind Acting or Prima Donnas!)
BRAND NEW UPDATE 7/26/12 I have now bought this wonderful version for my very precious, wonderful granddaughter, and we have watched it together a couple times. She lives 200 miles away, and when I call her on the phone, we sing the songs in this movie together over the phone (she could sing and remember the words when she was 5). She loves this movie too! And I thought I loved this movie before!!!
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Excellent content, poor transfer.9 Dec 2005
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My wife had this on VHS when we met, and it has always been one of her favorite movies. When I found it available on DVD, I new I had to buy it for her so we could enjoy the DVD quality sound and image in our home theater. I was very disapointed with the image quality, it looks as though it was transfered from an old VHS to DVD rather than from original master tapes. The songs, story and acting, are still as wonderful as they were on the VHS, I was just not happy with the image and sound quality of this DVD.