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The Boy Friend [DVD] [1971] [US Import] [Region 1] [NTSC]

Twiggy , Christopher Gable , Ken Russell    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Twiggy, Christopher Gable
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Archives
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X63RRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The star has injured an ankle, but the show - and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne - must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don't let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson's London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley - complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up. Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That Perfect Thing Called..... 20 July 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ken Russell's 'The Boyfriend' has a heart-breaking editorial history stemming back to the early seventies.
Briefly, the moguls at MGM decided they knew better than the likes of Russell and Sam Peckinpah and set about butchering some of their major works. In Peckinpah's case, 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' ~ which to this day has never fully recovered.
The hailed-to-the-heavens 'director's cut' remedied the situation to a large degree, thanks to Spottiswode and Halsey's timely intervention - but it remains a somewhat early-bird director's cut; certainly some of the editing suggests Peckinpah hadn't completely finished attending to it.

Fortunately, with this release of 'the Boyfriend' we now have the final word on this previously unattractively decimated work. With all the footage previously only seen on the ridiculous - but at the the time, vital - 3-sided laserdisc, restored to it's pomp, Russell's tiny, provincial tale of back-stage back-stabbing and ultimately triumphant true love can now be properly appreciated.

It's the cliched tale of a shy, baleful understudy, Polly Browne (Twiggy) who gets her big chance when the leading lady (an un-credited, biting cameo from Glenda Jackson) breaks her ankle - and proceeds to wow and win over the ten people in the audience, while predictably capturing her true love, Tony (Christopher Gable).

So far so not-so-inspiring, it's only when Russell goes into Busby Berkely mode that 'the Boyfriend' kick-starts ~ and some of the numbers are jaw-dropping. Throwing everything at it, Polly goes from Vision of Ecstasy to sweetheart of Bacchus without drawing breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technical Review 2 Nov 2011
By Cashpot
Other have written far more eloquently than I can about the story and acting but I thought that as a former cinema projectionist this might be of interest. I saw this film on its opening day in Brighton when they even had an organist to entertain before and during the interval - THAT is how long ago it was released. I seem to recall that soon after opening (which was 2 shows a day) they changed to 3 a day and believe that some hasty edits were done to help the timing.

The picture quality is extremely good in fact so clean that I wondered if they had taken it from an old style video disk Don't know. There are however several places where a few frames are completely missing and the picture jumps (silently thank goodness). This is only noticeable on fast movement.

The main song "I could be happy with you" is sharper and in a much better overall quality than the rest of the film (that is the part that is available to download in preview incidentally) but there are several marks on the print at this point. Could this be some sort of studio publicity print where just this song was printed for a special purpose??

The disk is in fact a specially recorded one-at-a-time DVD-R so cannot be expected to last as a factory made DVD might. The sound is the original 2 channel Dolby stereo mix and seems to have little top with a roll off at about 7KHz. Hi-Fi this is not, in fact I wondered if the person who performed the transfer used the home Dolby B setting instead of the professional Dolby A equalisation? Top there is not, obviously if this came from a home disk it might explain what is going on as it could easily have been duplicated with the wrong audio equalisation by someone who is not as old as me!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At long last - on DVD 28 Jun 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not generally available in the UK, and it seems unlikely that it will be - it is a made-to-order DVD from Warners' Specialist Website - ie, each order is specially made for that customer. The format is pretty basic - a behind the scenes short, made before the US release, I guess. And the main feature. There are no chapters on the menu, although they ARE available from you DVD player's remote by using the next and back buttons. It states that it is remastered - this DOES NOT mean restored, although the quality is very good. The FULL feature is presented, complete with intermission, which I believe was not released in the UK, although to be fair, I can't remember from seeing it in the cinema on first release. It's a charming film, not too dated and pays effective homage to 42nd Street, whilst combining the feel of both the original London and Broadway versions of the show in the musical numbers. Max Adrian in particular is woderfully fruity! And Twiggy, it has to be said, is totally gorgeous, and has a sweet singing voice. Ken Russell's usual repertory players fill out the rest of the cast very effectively, with the addition of Christopher Gable as a charming Tony, and Tommy Tune doing his usual over the top dance routines. There is also a famous uncredited appearance by Glenda Jackson, as the very unlikely star of a VERY tatty repertory theatre group.

Amazon state that it is a Region 1 version. This is in fact inaccurate, as it appears to be region free and will play on all DVD players.

Great to have it at last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly!
When this film was released I saw it two-and-a-half times at our local cinema in the first week. I like Twiggy, also the old Busby-Berkeley musicals. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jimmy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ken Russell
"The Boyfriend" is one of my all time favourite movies. But beware if you are simply looking for the story and it's songs on film - when I asked people who were familiar with the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars flamboyant indulgence
The simple story of a cheap theatre. existing on a shoe string - is packed with vigorous images, colour and dance - every corner of the foilm has classy actors throwing everything... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. A. Cathcart
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem from a magical time!
A great British musical fom an era when we were still naively innocent. So glad the quality of the DVD makes viewing enjoyable.
Published 19 months ago by jowiper
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films, all categories
I'm a fan of Ken Russell since the early 70`s. If you are open-minded, you only need two films to understand the span of this mans extra-ordinary talent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dan Landewall
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning- this is on DVDR- NOT a standard DVD
Although Amazon fail to list this as a DVD-R indeed it is, and the packaging has a warning "May not play back on dvd devices including recorders and PCs" - it would be nice for... Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by somewhere in England
5.0 out of 5 stars Twiggy at her best.
Having missed most of the television broadcast recently I immediately looked to Amazon for a copy of this funny, engaging film. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by D. R. Tunnicliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Russell's Genius homage
At last Ken Russell's "The Boyfriend" released officially in cinemascope with full digital stereo sound....after all the awful copies from laserdisc that go on sale on Ebay..... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by RogShop
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This asking price is far too high. I will wait until it gets released here in the UK.
I bought a VHS copy and transferred it to dvd
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Michael J. Rossiter
1.0 out of 5 stars Murder most foul
Ken Russell was a brilliant film director - from time to time. But this film destroys Sandy Wilson's tiny pastiche of a 1020s musical comedy, muddles it up with 1930s Busby B... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by W. Russell
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