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"Making of Seven Brides"
Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1: English. In Mono: French, Italian
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English for the hearing impaired, Italian for the hearing impaired
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring MGM soprano Jane Powell and handsome baritone Howard Keel, has retained a remarkably loyal following among fans of the musical film ever since its release in 1954. Although it was filmed in state-of-the-art CinemaScope, Stanley Donen was obliged to direct much of the film on Metro's sound stages, where the artificial sets and painted backdrops don't inevitably live up to the scenes shot on location in Oregon. Viewers coming fresh to the picture may find this visual discrepancy jarring and some too may find Miss Powell's singing a shade plummy. The screenplay, by husband and wife team Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich with Dorothy Kingsley, tells the story of seven brothers living in the Oregon hills and their adventures to find themselves wives. The casting of each brother with his rugged, masculine looks and ability to dance with grace and athleticism, presided over by an authoritative Howard Keel, gives the film a dynamic impetus second to none in an MGM musical. The lengthy barn-raising episode under choreographer Michael Kidd's intrepid direction, where the music and the incredibly agile and energetic male and female dance ensemble unite as one, produces a square dance without parallel. The music and lyrics by Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer--including the mating chorus, "Spring, Spring, Spring", the rollicking "Bless You're Beautiful Hide", the rousing "Sobbin' Women" and the visually enchanting "June Bride"--are both tuneful and mindful of the plot's exposition. Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin won the Academy Award in 1954 for their arrangements and conducting.
On the DVD: The digital remastering has created a clearer picture of what had been a faintly muddy Ansco colour system on the original print while the polish and attack with which the MGM Studio Orchestra play the music on this full-bodied stereophonic soundtrack remains a thing of wonder. Howard Keel, standing tall and erect in his 80s, hosts the "making of" documentary. Director Donen, choreographer Kidd, Jane Powell and several of the dancers recall how the film was considered a "sleeper" during production and wasn't expected to do as well as Brigadoon, in production at the same time. The documentary also highlights the care taken over the casting of the brothers, two of whom including Keel were not dancers and their often brave and brilliant feats of acrobatic dancing executed on precarious planks and other props. When Howard Keel takes his farewell walk down the main street lot at MGM, breaking into a few brief dance steps, it's impossible not to feel a moment of regret that the curtain had to come down on MGM's most treasured possession. --Adrian EdwardsSee all Product description
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Apparently, CinemaScope was all the rage when this was made, however, some cinemas could not handle it so the filmmakers had to shoot the film twice to try to accommodate the problem. I started by playing the CinemaScope version and, fairly obviously ended up with a wide letterbox type of picture. No problem and still very watchable. I then popped on the alternate version in disc 2- just to try it. This simply filled the TV screen- so I will opt for that version next time I watch it. There are some extras the most notable being a making of feature hosted by Howard Keel and updated with new interviews of Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise. English is among the variouse subtitles available.
I enjoyed the whole joyous, fun tone of the film, there are some great songs along the way. But for me this film contains some of the most fantastic dance routines. During the barn sequences the fellas displayed some of the the most extraordinary acrobatic skill I have ever seen.
They definitely deserved an Oscar for this sequence alone. The Diector. Stanley Donen, made a fine job of the film, especially with the budget cuts forced on him at the time by the studios. This compelled him to use back cloths in some sequences. Despite studio doubts the film still did well and became a favorite receiving several Osca nominations along the way. I believe it won a couple for the music.
Not one almost reasonable song per show but end to end songs by people who can sing - not bawl like the majority of late 20th century so-called actors. (whinge! whinge! whinge!)
Seven brothers bereft of women folk go into town and take 'em! And sing while they are going about it - as one does.
Of course it's a mushy load of old rubbish but connoseurs (wish I knew how to spell that) will know good rubbish from bad.
If you want to see a full screen picture you definitely need to buy the TWO DISC VERSION as this is the only way to view the film full screen. It was a brilliant and clear picture. Loved it and fully recommend this version.
When I first saw this film I thought it was about the Stockholm syndrome and how men don't care about women, however, my partner loves this, she says it's great!
well, good for her! I find it quite boring.
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