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  • Actors: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough, Peter Bull
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9FBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Musical based on Hugh Lofting's books about a 19th century veterinary surgeon. Doctor Dolittle, who is an expert in animal languages, but finds that his ability to 'talk to the animals' puts him into a mental asylum. He manages to escape and begins a journey in search of the great pink sea snail in the South Seas. The film won Oscars for visual effects and the song 'Talk to the Animals'.

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So, they let both Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley sing. This 1968 family musical is classier than the 1998 Eddie Murphy remake, with all of its scatological humor. This won a couple of Oscars (Best Song, Best Effects) and was nominated for seven more, including Best Picture. At the time of release, however, this was a box-office dud. Based (in part) on the magical Hugh Lofting book, it begins in Puddleby-by-the-Marsh, England, from which the world-renowned veterinarian Dolittle (Harrison) begins his quest for a giant pink sea snail. Children should find this enjoyable for its exotic creatures, such as the Pushme-Pullyou. Most adults may not agree as readily, although some of us consider this a guilty pleasure. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Styles on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
The argument goes that before Pixar came along, there were kiddy's films for kids and grown-up films for grown up. Then along came Shrek, et al, and suddenly we had proper family films that everyone would love. Well, the 1967 Dr Dolittle demonstrates that just isn't true. This is a smart, thought-provoking and fun musical adventure that everyone should see at least once. Having loved this as a child, I was quite shocked at what they did in the remake, but was solaced somewhat by the realization that they are very different films. So if your kids loved/hated the modern version, they can probably watch this as well without being bored or conflicted.

The first and probably most startling difference between the two films is in the character of John Dolittle. In this version, Rex Harrison doesn't suddenly wake up with an inexplicable ability to communicate with animals. Rather, his ability is earned through study and the guidance of his pet parrot, Polynesia. He was prompted to do this through his frustrations with the idiocies of many of his human patients. So here we have a man who can talk to animals, but not to his own sister. He embraces and revels in his ability, as in the infectious number, "Talk to the animals." His position is that of the misfit, an eccentric but brilliant man (and Harrison was clearly the man for THAT job) whose behavior is understood and tolerated by few. His journey through the film is also a journey towards reconciling himself to the people around him, which is ultimately a positive message.

The secondary characters usually stack up just as well. Samantha Eggar shines as the feisty Emma Fairfax, but adults might find the overtly stereotyped Matthew (an inebriated Irishman) a little trying.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marco M on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
This movie flopped badly when it was first released back in 1967. Perhaps the world - at that time embroiled in the Vietnam War and the hippy movement - had moved on from such overlong kiddie musicals.

Looking at it 42 years later, and its a glorious example of fantasy film making. I don't have any children to buy DVD's for, so I buy them for myself. I loved this as a child, I adored the old vinyl soundtrack my parents bought us after we'd seen it, and now I adore the DVD.

Forget what the real world was like in 1845, when this movie is set. Forget how the real world works, in animal biology and human relationships. Just watch this film with a clear mind, and love it for what it is; a film made up of 3 hours or so of pure joy. The songs are wonderful Leslie Bricusse 1960's tunes, that ooze melody. The acting, esp from Rex Harrison is top-notch, and the screenplay, also by Leslie Bricusse, is very clever, mature writing for fantasy-loving adults. Listen carefully to some of Rex Harrison's lines, and you'll see just how intelligent the writing is. (One great example is the word-duel between Dolittle and Emma, just before the song 'The Crossroads of Life'. Fantastic writing!)

So, if you're an adult who loves the Fantasy genre, this is something you will thoroughly enjoy. Forget the kids, let them play with their Playstations. They'll be bored out of their brains within 10 minutes of the opening credits finishing. Put this DVD on when they're in bed, sit down with a nice glass of red wine, and let it take you back to your childhood 40-odd years ago. When I watched it the day I bought this DVD, I watched the entire film through tear-filled eyes. I was a 7 year old boy again, back in 1968, completely entranced by this gorgeously produced epic. I'd forgotten how treasured this film is to me.

The world has finally caught up with this classic film, and perhaps we can now appreciate it for what it is - pure Fantasy for nostalgic adults.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benei Peter on 31 July 2010
Format: DVD
Excellent entertainment for the whole family from an era, when you did not need explosions to entertain...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Ireland on 29 April 2010
Format: DVD
I absolutely love this film and was thus pleased to find it at such a reasonable price. The delivery was very prompt but, although I purchased it new and it arrived within a sealed wrapper, the DVD did skip at one point. It soon returned to the correct order of the film, so this is my only complaint. Otherwise, I would be very happy to use this seller again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Torrie Lloyd on 24 Jan. 2006
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This is Dr Dolittle at its best- the all-singing all-dancing starry musical of the sixties, about exploration, discovery, empathy with animals (and people) and idealism. A man can talk to animals- and that's just the tip of the iceberg. He's trying to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail, you see, and it's not helping that he's been incarcerated for throwing a seal into the sea, or that he's got major women issues when he falls in love with the adorable Emma Fairfax. And what's a guy to do with a two headed llama? Nothing Emma would approve of, that's for sure! The best thing in the circumstances, he decides, is to buy a ship and leave the country, with a crew of three (and a parrot). Then he gets shipwrecked and things really get interesting. It's got some really catchy songs too... I've never seen anything like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Forrester on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
The old original version with Rex Harrison is still the favorite in our house, he can't sing, but then it was never about that. As my daughter says about the Eddie Murphy version, "Animals can't speak English - that's why Dr Doolittle has to talk in their languages". It is completely ridiculous but brilliant for a wet Saturday afternoon. Brilliant price and very fast delivery as well.
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