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Finian's Rainbow [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Fred Astaire , Petula Clark , Francis Ford Coppola    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy
  • Producers: Joel Freeman, Joseph Landon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007939M0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Feelgood Musical 26 July 2009
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was the wonderful Fred Astaire's big screen musical swansong - and what a charming, pitch perfect musical it is.

There's not much opportunity for Fred to dance (at least not PROPERLY!) but he does give a great performance alongside the rest of a very good cast. The only downside is the Irish accent he attempts - which I rate only slightly better than Dick Van Dyke's cockney turn in 'Mary Poppins'!

That minor quibble aside, this is a superb feelgood, whimsical, family movie that features two absolutely outstanding musical numbers - 'Look to the Rainbow' and the sublime 'Old Devil Moon' - a song that literally sends shivers down the spine. There are other good ones including 'How are things in Glocca Morra' and 'If This isn't Love'. When two excellent songwriters such as E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg (lyrics) and Burton Lane (music) team-up, the end product is usually of deep-pile quality - as is the case here. As an aside, 'Yip' also wrote the lyrics for 'The Wizard of Oz' (featuring 'Over the Rainbow') which suggests he has a thing about this particular meteorological phenomenon!

Petula Clark has a lovely voice and a charismatic screen presence, and it's perfect within the context of this movie. Throw in a decent performance by Tommy Steele and you have two British singers appearing together in a major Hollywood musical. I bet that hasn't happened many times!

The vibrant, colourful print is lovely to look at, but biggest shock of all is that the movie was directed by the fledgling Francis Ford Coppola! It's like discovering that David Fincher actually had a big hand in 'The Sound of Music'!! The extras section of the DVD features a nice piece where FFC describes how he came to direct the movie and his credentials for doing so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 7 Feb 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've been "singing" bits of the songs from this movie since I saw it when I was a child. I was over the moon when I found the DVD and have now been able to share the pleasures with my family. A good family movie
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This a great feel-good musical, beginning with the dreams of an irish immigrant (Fred Astaire) to find wealth and a new life with his daughter (Petula Clarke) in America. As his daughter begins a gently portrayed love affair with the local entrepreuner, the old man finds the legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and brings into their lives the mischevious leprechaun (Tommy Steele) who has lost his pot of gold and wants it back. So begins a complex funny / romance / adventure tale of mistakenly granted wishes with ultimately beneficial effects, love affairs, accusations of witchcraft and the saving of the community from developers. On the minus side it has a slightly over romantic sixties soft-focus feel, and the irish accents are appalling; but on the plus side it has some great and undervalued songs (Old Devil Moon etc) and leaves you feeling on top of the world by the end.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected... 11 Jun 2005
By Matt
Underrated film. The transfer to DVD is fantastic, colours really bright (perhaps too bright, I had to tone down the saturation on my screen somewhat). Audio is perfect, imho.
An unexpected pleasure was Francis Ford Coppola's commentary track. He really packs it in... hardly a second goes by without any comments... extended anecdotes about his reasons for making this film - trying to impress his dad, Carmine, his first experience helming a hollywood feature, casting, candid regrets on how certain things were done, how he'd do them today... Coppola's a wonderful, humble storyteller - the commentary track is a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow the rainbow 17 May 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Roguish Irishman Finian McLonergan (Fred Astaire) arrives in Rainbow Valley near Fort Knox with his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) to test out his theory of economics - that if he plants a crock of gold stolen from the leprechauns, it will grow. Unfortunately for his plans, a Leprechaun (Tommy Steele) has followed him to retrieve the gold, a racist senator wants to buy the land he has buried it in and his daughter is accused of witchcraft when an ill-advised wish comes true...

Unlike many of the roadshow musicals of the Sixties, Finian's Rainbow doesn't feel overlong or overblown - despite being shot in 70mm, it keeps the scale small and retains much of the charm of the original show in the process. The direction is energetic and fluid, with some beautiful camerawork and the odd experimental touches - Woody's arrival features similar racing tracking shots to the ones Coppola used in Bram Stoker's Dracula - but the style never takes over. This is certainly considerably lighter on its feet than Coppola's very maudlin One From the Heart and much more involving. There's a sense of fun to Finian's Rainbow that doesn't come over in any of his later films, making it surprisingly enjoyable and hard to dislike.

The score - How Are Things in Glockamora?, That Old Devil Moon, Something Sort of Grandish and Follow the Rainbow - is better than you remember, boasting some very surreal lyrics, and the script is often genuinely witty and always good natured. The racial satire is surprisingly deftly handled considering the similarities to the rather heavy-handed The Watermelon Man: at one point Al Freeman Jr is taught how to shuffle like a black man when employed by the senator (Wynn), who is later turned into a black himself and rejected by his cronies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
In slovac and very hard to change and get rid of subtitles
Published 1 month ago by A. Pryer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Finian's Rainbow
I hadn't seen Finian's Rainbow since it was first released in the cinemas-(1968?) and I had not seen it available in shops, but now I'm online I've not only found it but actually... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr J.S.Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see!
One of the golden oldies! I love everything about this movie. Its one of those happy ever after movies with lovely songs and the technicolour is so fake looking but glorious!!
Published 5 months ago by Triona
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I enjoyed this when seeing the film on video. On DVD where you can sing along to the very memorable tunes is even better.
Published 8 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Fabulous film. Great ebayer. A wonderful gift for people of all ages. Would recommend to anyone who loves musicals. thnaks
Published 9 months ago by rowie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Good delivery thanks great. Brought Bach good memories. You can't beat the old Disney classics. Tommy steel is a class act
Published 10 months ago by georgina devaney
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother
Service good from ordering to receiving the film but I thought the film was rubbish. Would recommended to any one
Published 11 months ago by Philip Bushell
3.0 out of 5 stars Finian's Rainbow
I had heard so much about the successful stage version and wanted to see it, so I bought the DVD. Finian's Rainbow is long and plodding. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Ceanadach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I really enjoyed this one, well worth buying. Makes me wonder why Petula Clark didn't make more films, she's great in it.
Published 16 months ago by L Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars Finian's Rainbow
I always wanted this film and I love watching it over and over again. Thank you for bringing this service to my attention
Published 17 months ago by Karen North
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