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Oliver! [DVD] [1968]

Mark Lester , Ron Moody , Carol Reed    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Lionel Bart, Vernon Harris
  • Producers: John Woolf
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pickpocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship", and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist." --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Directed by Carol Reed, Oliver! brought to the big screen a tremendous adaptation of Lionel Bart's hit Broadway musical. A brilliant cast and stunning choreography earned Oliver! Best Picture in the Academy Awards and The Golden Globe Awards and has since then proved itself as one of the best loved family movies of all time.
Dickens' classic tale of innocence in peril follows the adventures of an orphan boy through the darker corners of Victorian London where he finds friendship as well as danger.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a Region 2 DVD playable in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Japan only, unless you have an All Region DVD player. Please check before ordering.


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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..Never Bettered 8 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
Ranks highly on my list of best film ever made as well as being the greatest ever musical - truly, truly memorable songs - once heard as a child never forgotten...a splendidly grimey recreation of dickensian london (you can almost taste the bad sausages)...Oliver Reeds greatest ever performance......the kindest hearted prostitute ever seen in a film......Jack Wild, Mark Lester, Bullseye the bull terrier, Ron Moody's Fagin which even out does Alec Guinness's 1948 version - staggeringly good mass dance sequences....and if the whole of the 'Who will buy this wonderful morning' section doesnt make ya feel glad to be alive...give up!
..all in all the most re-visited film in my collection...an uplifting..moving..thoroughly entertaining British classic..an unequivocal 10/10
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver! with Sing and Dance Along 25 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
Just bought this for my daugter and its a superb buy. its easy to forget how good these classic musicals are. this perticular edition is great becasue it includes the Dance and singalong versions of the song. you are shown through all the moves for perticular songs and then can dance to them like a pro well maybe not. Only negative and its a really small point as this is fantastic value is there are only 3 dance along songs would have been great with more. still 5* though!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true pleasure! 22 April 2005
By Dorie
Format:DVD
I loved this movie! It is easily one of the best musicals ever made. First of all, the songs are absolutely marvelous, and I mean it. "Boy for sale" is sombre though very good; but all the other songs are glorious, and will put a smile on your face: "Consider yourself"; "You've got to pick a pocket or two"; "It's a fine life," "Come back soon," I'd do anything," "Who Will Buy," "Reviewing the Situation;" "Oom-pah-pah" are just some of the examples that have stayed in my memory after just one viewing. To say that they are wonderful is an understatement. They are also beautifully sung. One reviewer notes that Oliver's singing voice (dubbed by a girl) irritates him. Don't worry about that. I agree that perhaps it could have been better, and yet I think the singing voice matches Oliver's speaking voice very well, as well as his presentation as a timid little boy. After all, they couldn't have cast Julie Andrews in all of the roles, in all of the musicals ever made. The singing of Nancy, played beautifully and convincingly by Shani Wallis, is very good, as is the singing of the Artful Dodger.
All of the actors shine in their roles: Oliver is portrayed as a timid and naive little boy. The kind hearted and devoted Nancy, who sacrifices herself for the sake of others,won my sympathy right away. Fagin is one of the best comical characters I have ever seen on screen, and you simply get attached to him. There were in fact moments when I was deeply touched by this man so entrapped in a life of crime, that he cannot escape it. The boy playing the Artful Dodger, one of the most talented thieves of Fagin's gang, is amazing - look out for the expressions on his face throughout the film, very artful indeed, and very touching at the same time; I could not avoid loving him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By GreenSt TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the second time I have purchased this title on Blu Ray having first purchased the german release earlier this year. I had hoped that for the UK release the studio would go back and give this some more attention but, sadly, this has not happened. What we have here is exactly the same with just the artwork showing any signs of change. When I put the Blu Ray in my player it actually came up with a 'Do you want to resume where you left off' message! So this offers nothing new (apart from an English language back cover).

The Blu Ray transfer is acceptable. It is the best we have right now in the absence of a decent restoration but please be prepared for some grain - quite a lot of grain actually! There is decent amount of sharpness but I just hope for more for an Oscar winning film such as this. Sound is generally OK with a lossless 5.1 mix. Totally inexcusable though is the poor attention given to the menus and chapters. The menu is very, very basic and, while there are chapters, none of the standout moments can be found via the pop-up menu. For instance if you want one of the classic musical numbers you have to guess your way through using the chapter skip button. How much work would it have taken to put some chapters in with a basic pop-up menu option? More effort from the studio needed here but at least they seem to have priced it accordingly.

Tip - look out for the USA only release from Twilight Time which uses the same transfer but have re-authored the disc so you have decent chapters with scene menus etc., More extras too.

Overall this is a 5 star film for me but a 3 star Blu Ray release so let's call it 4 stars.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great on DVD 15 April 2002
By Neil Lewis VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Carefully restored and presented as it was meant to be seen in 1:2.35 widescreen, Oliver! looks and sounds great on DVD. Big numbers like Consider Yourself and Who Will Buy demand to be seen in their full splendour, so if like me you remember Oliver! from a pan-and-scanned TV broadcast, watching this is a revelation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The young hero, Oliver, starts life in the Workhouse, where the children dream of food and the luxury of experiencing indigestion. The over-nourished adults who run the place feed the poor little mites on short rations of some grey bilge they call gruel. After committing the unforgivable sin of requesting some more of this revolting slop, the old devil in charge tries to sell Oliver. A funeral director takes the boy on as a mourner for children's funerals because of his solemn expression. Oliver escapes from the undertaker's establishment after a disagreement over the virtue of his mother and makes his way to London, where he falls in with young Jack Dawkins (the artful dodger) who introduces him to a den of thieves run by an old villain called Fagin. Here he meets the lovely Nancy, who tries to help him and the sinister Bill Sikes who tries to ruin him. Charles Dickens' wonderfully clever, intricate and grim novel is a real tear-jerker but the musical version is more likely to make you sing than cry. The sets are amazing - from the disgusting pest-hole of Fagin's den to the beautiful terrace where Oliver's great uncle lives. The songs and dances are brilliant. The acting is masterly, especially the menacing Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), the corrupt but kindly Fagin (Ron Moody), the terrible Mr Bumble (Harry Secombe), the drunken undertaker, Mr Sowerberry (Leonard Rossiter) and, of course, Oliver (Mark Lester) and the artful dodger (Jack Wild). I did notice that however filthy and raggedy the kids looked, their hair was always clean and tidy. Ah well, I guess even the youngest actors can only tolerate so much muck and perhaps filthy hair is just taking authenticity a little too far.

A thoroughly enjoyable film and highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I first saw Oliver in the cinema in the 1970's and liked it very much then. Was very pleased to buy it on DVD so many years later. and it is just as fine a film as back then.
Published 20 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars BLUE RAY,
A MUST FILM FOR EVERY ONE.AMAZING ACTING GREAT SCENERY GREAT MUSIC.GREAT EVERYTHING. VERY GOOD CONVERSION TO B RAY. AGELESS .
Published 28 days ago by lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
a good claissic family film that all the family can sit down and enjoy together that all ages can enjoy
Published 1 month ago by Jean Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
5 stars for quick delivery. Ordered as a present for my mother and she's very happy with this product. A classic film!
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD
Bought this to replace an old VHS tape version. The quality is very good and we have watched it many times. One of the all time great musicals.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. B. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver
Bought this for my daughter who has a school musical coming up soon. It's is brilliant for giving her a good understanding of the plot. Excellent value!
Published 1 month ago by Pomodoro (Ireland)
4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver a musical masterpiece
The original musical film was released in 70 mm and six track stereo sound, so it was perhaps a natural transition to have this film transferred to high definition blu-ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. J. Fleay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good musical
The music of this movie is wonderful. It is also nice that the DVD has so many subtitles (also Finnish).
Published 2 months ago by Lauri Laakso
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd`s and cd`s
all good quality am very pleased with most of them, one or two did not come up to expectations thanks
Published 2 months ago by jennifer jakson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What can you say that hasn't been said about this film. It may be getting a bit long in the tooth now but it is still one of the best ever!
Published 2 months ago by J. Wright
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