1776 [DVD] [1972]

  • SKU: 4645094
  • Release Date: 07/02/2002
  • Rating: PG
Patriotism and musical exuberance collide in Hollywood's retelling of American history with a newly restored director's cut of the musical 1776. Columbia's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very nice. Sporting a solid array of colors and well-saturated black levels, this image appears to be very evenly produced save for a few instances of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and should please those with home theater systems. With many instances of directional effects and a crystal clear soundtrack, this disc's audio presentation should make fans sit up and sing. Also included on the disc are English and French subtitles. The extra features on 1776 are small but substantial. Included on this disc is: a very enjoyable commentary track by director Peter H. Hunt and screenwriter Peter Stone, as they discuss the restoration process of the film and how it was brought to the silver screen; a few screen tests of some of the actors in the film; and theatrical trailers for the film and other Columbia musical movies.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Director and screenwriter commentary
  • Screen tests
  • Bonus trailers
  • Production notes

Synopsis


1776
The first independent production of former studio mogul Jack Warner, 1776 was adapted from the hit 1969 Broadway musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, Ken Howard, and Howard Da Silva are among the many actors who recreate their Broadway roles. The story is set during the first Continental Congress, when the Declaration of Independence was drafted by such founding fathers as John Adams (Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin (Da Silva). The script attempts to "humanize" these remote historical figures by contemporizing them -- particularly the character of Ben Franklin. Blythe Danner's character of Martha Jefferson is expanded for the film version to allow for an elaborate outdoor production number. After 1776, Warner made only one more film, the 1972 "grunge Western" Dirty Little Billy. On an added note: the picture was originally rated G with its theatrical running time of 141 minutes. It was later expanded to 166 minutes; the added scenes caused the MPAA to re-rate it PG (for language) in 1992. Both versions are available on video. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    William Daniels - John Adams
  • Howard Da Silva
    Howard Da Silva - Benjamin Franklin
  • Ken Howard
    Ken Howard - Thomas Jefferson
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    David Ford - John Hancock
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    Roy Poole - Stephen Hopkins



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1776 is a GREAT production

    Posted
    MrMusic

    If you are a fan of musicals, this should be a part of your collection! Set in Independence Hall just prior to the War for Independence, the film tells the story of the days leading up to the Declaration, how the opposing sides expressed their differences, and how through ultimate compromise a final document was drawn up that was acceptable for all those concerned. Though somewhat historically inaccurate in some regards, it does a wonderful job of characterizing John Adams as a firebrand that kept the process moving forward in order to drive the formulation of the eventual Declaration. Performances by William Daniels (John Adams) and Howard DaSilva (Ben Franklin) are particularly noteworthy for their portrayal of the humanity of the historical characters, and the portrayal by John Cullum of South Carolina Representative Edward Rutledge particularly demonstrates the critical issues that divided Congress at that time. I highly recommend this film to history buffs and music buffs alike.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of my favorite musicals

    Posted
    ctarbo

    1776 is the movie version of the Broadway production of the same name. It's taken mainly from the letters written between John Adams and his wife, Abigail. Howard DeSilva as Franklin and the rest of the cast play off of each other very well. We sometimes forget that they fought the slavery issue then but couldn't resolve it. Unlike some musicals, you almost forget it's a musical because the story is told so well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic DVD

    Posted
    buzzardvalleyranch

    Historically correct, extremely patriotic and very entertaining! I use it in teaching Government and History classes. It should be shown on TV every 4th of July; much like "Miracle on 34th Street" at Christmas. A musical that men will enjoy !!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    No Musical Masterpiece

    Posted
    calgirl65

    Cute musical with average action. Songs are not very memorable. Plot limited showing a history of the constitution development and the people behind the birth of our nation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The movie is even better than I remembered.

    Posted
    Bet52
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    An interesting and lively look at events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. The actors are well cast and bring the characters to life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Watch every July 4th.

    Posted
    78ta
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    Comical DVD with mostly accurate history. Fun to watch every 4th. Extra points from wife for watching it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great

    Posted
    murph
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    The site was helpful and in foa!med with information.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good product

    Posted
    KRMitch
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    This video is as described and was a good price ... enjoy watching it every 4th of July

    I would recommend this to a friend




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