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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
"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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Howard Keel and Co. are as spectacular as ever- The dancing, acrobatics and athleticism all contribute to an overall fun-filled exhibition and a fantastic story.
I must have watched this film about 30 times and it still doesn't get boring- there is always something new to see in the background or you notice a new dancing step from another brother. It is not very often that you find such a multi-talented cast all in one place!
Next up: the lovely Seven Brides...Howard Keel (remember him in Dallas?) plays the oldest brother of seven 'backwoodsmen' at the turn of the century, all of whom are desperate to find a wife. The music is rousing, the dancing is vibrant (led by Russ Tamblyn, later to star in West Side Story)and the whole adds up to a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes.
Bring me a box of chocs, this DVD, a spare afternoon and I'm yours.
This two disc set offers both the wide screen and cinema scope versions of the film.
At the time of making the film, to ensure the best presentation in cinemas that did not have the equipment to show the new cinemascope process two versions of the film were made simultaneously.
This two disc version includes both films, which have sound and vision beautifully restored.
Also included are many extras, The original theatre trailers, The 1954 Radio City Premiere, Behind the scenes Documentary hosted by Howard Keel , and lots more.
This DVD set is a real must have for any fan of Hollywood musicals.
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TWO DISC SPECIAL EDITION. At last a copy with a picture aspect that fits the TV screen width. All previous copies obtained with aspect given as 2. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Michael H.
This was.bought for an older person who thoroughly enjoyed watching itPublished 13 days ago by Janet James