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Hairspray (2007) Shake & Shimmy Special Edition [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden
  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Producers: Neil Meron, Craig Zadan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VZZSGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,552 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Musical comedy starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer. Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) is an overweight teenager with all the right moves who is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny (Amanda Bynes) run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin (Zac Efron), much to Tracy's mother Edna's (Travolta) dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With the help of her friend Seaweed (Elijah Kelly), Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and her mother Velma (Pfeiffer). Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), her father (Christopher Walken) and Edna, she decides to take action.

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It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A re-make of the 1988 musical film Hairspray the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film.

Viewers quickly become immersed in Tracy's teenage world of popular television dance shows, big hair, the stigma of being different, and the first hesitant steps toward racial integration within a segregated world. The Corny Collins (James Marsdon) television dance show is a teenage obsession in Tracy's world and Link Larkin (Zac Efron) is every girl's dream partner, so when a call for auditions goes out, Tracy skips school to try out, but is rejected by station manager Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) because of her large size and the threat of competition for Velma's own daughter Amber (Brittany Snow). Perseverance and the support of her friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), father Wilbur (Christopher Walken), and negro dancer Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) lead Tracy to the spotlight and the chance of a lifetime, but more and more Tracy discovers that fairness and equality for those who are different does not come without a fight and that sacrifices must be made to effect change. While the message is serious, Hairspray is first and foremost a comedy with stellar performances by John Travolta as Edna Turnblad (who ever imagined Saturday Night Fever's iconic star would appear onscreen as a woman?), Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Part of what makes Hairspray so powerful is the exceptional music composed by Marc Shaiman, including songs newly composed for the movie like "Ladies' Choice," "The New Girl in Town," and "Come So Far," and the awesome vocal talents of Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle) and a cast of heretofore musically-unknown actors like Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, and Brittany Snow who really can sing. Notable trivia includes Jerry Stiller's appearance in both versions of the film (as Wilbur in the 1988 film and as Mr. Pinky in this 2007 rendition), and a cameo appearance by 1988 director and screenplay writer John Waters. Hairspray is one of the best films of the year--it's powerfully moving entertainment that leaves you energized and motivated to fight for what you believe in. --Tami Horiuchi --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Blu-ray.

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Loved the original but this was possibly even better!

A great feelgood movie with a strong message running through it. I defy anyone not to be singing, dancing, clapping and shaking their booty within 5 minutes of watching it! Loads of extras on the two disc set including some of the dances to learn. Worth every penny and respect to John Travolta for giving it large as Edna Turnblad on the dancefloor!

Best film of the year!
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All the hype when it was at the cinema. Hailed as the new Grease. It just didn't appeal to me. No musical could possibly beat Grease and it would be so overrated. So when I saw it at my local supermarket for cheap I thought i'd give it a try and I almost kicked myself after watching it. Not for spending money on it but for not seeing it on the big screen. The songs are so beautifully sung by a magnificent cast and so catchy you just want to sing along and be apart of it. I immediately ordered the soundtrack when it finished. Nikki Blonsky was cast perfectly as Tracy Turnblad and Zac Efron (I don't usually like him in HSM but he won me round in this) was the right choice of Link. John Travolta also had me laughing in every one of his scenes as Edna and never fails in my eyes to give the performance of his life no matter what he starring in. The scene with him and Christopher Walken singing 'you're timeless to me' was done brilliantly.

The film is moving with a storyline about acceptance from being overweight to black and portrays everyone as equal no matter what walk of life they're from. A movie that is superb from the storyline to the music. I think Grease had better watch out because this film has just overtook it in my book as the best musical of all time. I'm about on my 10th time of watching it and I only bought it a few weeks back. If you see it and you have some spare money, BUY IT. It really is that good!!!
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Firstly I've got to say this film is waaaaaay better than the original that was released in 1988. The storyline has more structure, and all the characters get the chance to sing which is great.

Hairspray (2007) was well cast, and is a classic musical film that I'm sure will be shown for years to come. What's great also is, unlike Disney High School Musical which I feel is aimed at a pre-teen audience, Hairspray appeals to everyone, of any age.

I can honestly say this is the first film I've ever seen at the cinema, where people watching the film have actually stood up and started dancing!
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This is a great movie! John Travolta made a good choice when he decided to play in this one. It has many of the same qualities that makes us love Grease, it is sweet and innocent with a great message to young people, yet it doesn't try too hard to preach or change the world. It is all about fun. There were moments when I was laughing so hard, I was crying, and my feet never stopped tapping the rythm of the fantastic soundtrack.

If you want to find reasons not to like the movie, then I'm sure you will succeed. True, there were times when a voice didn't quite measure up to the material, the lyrics are a far cry from Shakespeare, and the character of Edna would not be even remotely as funny if it hadn't been John Travolta in women't clothing. That being said, I happily forgive every flaw, and willingly declare that I loved it!
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I bought this on recommendation from a friend for a musical film for my 2 year old daughter as she loves these type of films. I did'nt really know the story or songs before purchasing it but I have to say both my daughter and I absolutely love it!! If you like 60's motown/rock and roll you will love it. The cast are perfectly placed in their roles and are all excellent. A feel good film and definately worth the money.
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Saw it with my girlfriend. Good reviews, high expectations. It does not disappoint. Possibly the perfect 'when you're ill' DVD for those days when the sofa, a blanket and a lemsip are as much as you can manage. And I hate musical films. I literally laughed my head off!!!!
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2009
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`Hairspray' manages to achieves exactly what it set out to do, be a larger than life, colourful and fun musical movie. This film has a pretty great cast, what with Travolta as a woman, Christopher Walken as a gentle, encouraging dad, pfeiffer as the bitchy station manager, as well as Queen Latifah, Zak Efron and the great Nikki Blonksy as the main character Tracy. This film is full of catchy tunes and great dance routines and although I hate to say it my feet were tapping on more than one occasion. The main story is pretty light hearted (miss hairspray pageant), with a serious theme underneath (racial integration) and manages to mix both well without being too heavy or too cheesy. Everyone plays their roles well and although some songs are better than others, it manages to be a pretty good musical and if you're a fan of the genre this should be right up your street. I'm not a huge fan of musicals and I still found this to be pretty good! This shake and shimmy edition has an extras disc that has a sing-along feature, as well as a menu where you are taught the dance moves from the film. This allows those hardcore fans to dance and sing along each time they watch the film, a good idea even if not for me! Well worth a try.

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