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Doll Face [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006419SM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,871 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Do not buy any other copy of this film but this one. The remastering is absolutely brilliant - the picture quality is flawless and a special feature is to isolate the soundtrack - never have these tracks sounded better. This is what re-releases should do - this is better than this film has have been presented in even back in 1946! Thank you 20th Century Fox!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2008
Format: DVD
Doll Face proves the point that all old movies aren't classics. In fact, Doll Face proves the point that most movies, whether made 60 years ago, 30 years ago or last week, are deservedly forgotten because they age so badly.

This guy-has-doll, guy-loses-doll, guy-wins-doll-back story gives us Doll Face Carroll (Vivian Blaine), a burleyque star with a great voice and a big following among the bald-headed set, and Mike Hannegan (Dennis O'Keefe), her manager and the impresario of the burlesque house where she stars. Doll Face wants to go legit as a singer on Broadway and Mike wants to help her...but her notoriety as a burlesque queen gets in the way. So Mike cooks up an idea to have a noted author ghost Doll Face's memoirs and smooth over the rough spots. Doll Face will get culture and that will get her legit stage offers. Misunderstandings arise, or course, but all is resolved with a Broadway show starring Doll Face and all her pals from Mike's burlesque show, which means Perry Como, Carmen Miranda and Martha Stewart.

We get Como and Stewart singing and sort of dancing to "A-hubba, Hubba, Hubba," Blaine, Como and Stewart separately and in various combinations singing "Somebody's Walking in My Dreams," Como fronting the girls with "Red, Hot and Beautiful" and crooning "Here Comes Heaven Again," plus Carmen Miranda rolling her hips and eyes while trilling her r's through "Chico Chico," the big production number. Miranda is always Miranda, but in this black-and-white movie "Chico Chico" needs color and Busby Berkeley.

The strong parts of Doll Face, in my opinion, include a vivacious performance by Martha Stewart and a likeable performance, even with the Damon Runyon dialogue and clothes, by Dennis O'Keefe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Condition human on 16 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
Although i liked the stoty and music, the print quality of this is awfull, this is not broadcast quallity,
jumps in the film in numerous places, the dialogue has a permenant squelch on it, so you hear no background noises.

The musical number are not bad and are listenable, i would prefer it if they have left the back ground noises and scratches, least this would of give it some atmosphere.

THe copy is region 0, and released by a company called Quantum Leap Group Ltd in 2008, anything else I see on this label I will avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy 70 on 15 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
1st class all round
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 25 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Most pleasant memories 1 Mar. 2001
By Al Guzman - Published on
I remember as a very young man of going to the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit to see this most entertaining movie.WWII was still going on and movies like this were a great escape from the sometimes sad news of the day. What can you say about Pery Como that hasn't been said. He was just wonderful as well as the entire cast of this treasure of Hollywood. Oh come on it didn't win any oscars but it wasn't intended to. It was, like most movies of the time, to just entertain us. And it did so quite well.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
At last a transfer that is magnificent! 24 Jun. 2008
By M. A. Dunnington - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Doll Face has seen so many releases that feature poor quality vision and sound - but not anymore!!!! This release is both brilliant in vision and sound. To improve the sound you can isolate the soundtrack - do so and you get 21st Century quality sound - absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much 20th Century Fox - this is the way old movies should be released - tender loving care and magnificent transfers!!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Waitsel Smith - Published on
Format: DVD
One reviewer was watching this DVD for Vivian Blaine; another, for Perry Como. I was watching for Dennis O'Keefe. Now all we need is a review from someone watching it for Carmen Miranda and we'll be set.

I have to agree with the other two reviewers: the DVD is horrible, although I am watching the Critics Choice release rather than the Alpha version. Evidently both were made from the same poor quality master. The sound is obnoxiously loud, and the picture is contrasty and uncomfortable to watch, even though the package says "Digitally Restored." Nevertheless, all the actors are good, and I love Como's songs. O'Keefe is good, but this is not one of his better roles.

If anyone else is interested in the films of Dennis O'Keefe, this is the first one out of about ten I've ordered recently that had poor quality. It's also the only one in which I've been disappointed for any reason. I'm hoping O'Keefe will be rediscovered at some point, and more of his films released, because they are wonderful. His range is broad. He does excellent dramatic work in Film Noir classics like T-Men and Raw Deal - both by Anthony Mann - and in Fighting Seabees with John Wayne; comedies like Up In Mabel's Room and Getting Gertie's Garter; detective pictures like Dishonored Lady and Cover Up; and family films like The Great Dan Patch.

I think if a company releases a DVD on which the movie is substandard, they should state as much in their write-up, instead of waiting for people to get the film and then be disappointed. They aren't helping themselves by releasing substandard product. I wondered why Critic's Choice Video, a company with an extensive catalog, had a 92% satisfaction rating. Now I know.

Waitsel Smith
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
good movie, bad DVD 9 Aug. 2005
By Byron Kolln - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Pretty fantastic musical, enlivened no end by vivacious Vivian Blaine in the title role along with some memorable tunes ("Walking in My Dreams", "Here Comes Heaven Again").

The story is straight-forward: burlesque star `Doll Face' Carroll (Vivian Blaine) publishes her autobiography entitled `Genius De Milo' and then goes on to star in a Broadway show based on it. Perry Como and Carmen Miranda sparkle in fine supporting roles but for fans of the sorely underrated Vivian Blaine this film is a sheer delight. This was based on a book written by Louise Hovick (aka Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary burlesque artiste and raconteur).

Blaine is perhaps still best-known and remembered for two roles: as Miss Adelaide in the 1950 original Broadway production of GUYS AND DOLLS (which she subsequently got to reprise in the film version); and Emily in the 1945 film of Rodgers and Hammerstein's STATE FAIR. Blaine had a very successful career as a nightclub and cabaret artist, but Hollywood fame strangely alluded her. Fox initially tried to market her as their next big musical leading lady when Alice Faye announced her retirement. Audiences sadly never quite latched onto her, more's the pity.

My only gripe is the horrid sound quality, which is muffled and full of hiss. The picture quality is average (seems to be taken from a VHS master) but from Alpha what else can you expect? I can't understand why this delightful Twentieth Century-Fox musical has fallen into Public Domain territory.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
DON`T BUY THIS MOVIE. 25 Feb. 2005
By J JARVIS - Published on
Format: DVD
I urge anyone who even thinks about it not to buy this movie. Its so bad it was difficult to give it 1 star.

Being a great fan of Perry Como, and being brought up in the 50`s with nothing but happy memories of his TV shows i was waiting for this movie to be released. It was never released it escaped. The quality is awful, the sound is bad and the picture the same. I should have known better what else can you expect from Alpha Video. I know it was a budget price but i expected something better than this. I watched half an hour and threw it in the trash in disgust. Lets hope one day will see a better quality copy appear and also a release of Words and Music which also featured Mr C.
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