Hairspray [WS] [Deluxe Edition] [DVD/CD] [DVD] [2007]

  • SKU: 9460317
  • Release Date: 09/15/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (53 out of 60)

Special Features


  • 2 commentaries:
  • Director Adam Shankman and co-star Nikki Blonsky
  • Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
  • 5 fabulous featurettes:
  • Inside the Recording Booth
  • It's Hairspray
  • Playing Tracy
  • Transform Travolta to Turnblad
  • Search for Tracy

Synopsis


Hairspray
Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host (James Marsden), Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend (Amanda Bynes) and an African-American boy named Seaweed (Elijah Kelley). Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Travolta
    John Travolta - Edna Turnblad
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
    Michelle Pfeiffer - Velma Von Tussle
  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken - Wilbur Turnblad
  • Amanda Bynes
    Amanda Bynes - Penny Pingleton
  • James Marsden
    James Marsden - Corny Collins



Overall customer rating

4.5
89%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Critic Hype Led to Disappointment

    Posted
    fiddler

    Critics boasted about Hairspray to be a great musical...lots of fun. Usually I don't rely on critics and concern myself with the average person's review because I have seen movies they seemed to dislike but I loved... but whenever I see high critical acclaim, it does catch my eye. Hairspray was one of those movies. For some people, musicals just aren't their thing...but I don't mind musicals. Many of them are quite soulful and vibrant... so that was not the issue here. The issue was I just find Hairspray a complete bore. And I'm not exaggerating. I hate to give 1 or F ratings on movies, because I think a movie has to be unanimously bad to deserve that. I think either you'll love Hairspray or just not feel it's your cup of tea. I watched it with friends, some of whom adored it and others who found a few parts extremely hilarious but the rest as boring. Me? I didn't laugh once. I don't know why. It felt like a waste of time, that's why I don't recommend it. I might watch it again to see if I missed something. Another thing, the acting is purposely meant to be corny and tacky. It's supposed to add to the humor. I appreciate the movie for it's unique nature in modern Hollywood, but I did not enjoy it as much as I tried to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Saga About Following Your Dreams?

    Posted
    wisdomseeker
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    Fortunately, I know about the 2007 movie Hairspray due to my time of living on the Mayport Naval Base. A friend from work and I both agreed to see it after noticing that it was playing at one of the movie theaters connected to a mall. Anyhow, this movie has many famous celebrities attached to the film (John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, and more celebrities featured etc). Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) loves dancing so much and her interest with the Corny Collins show gives her an added fire and determination with her dancing. Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad loves her daughter very much but is also a little overprotective of her at times. Overall, it is with good intentions because Edna only wants the best for Tracy without letting her get too crushed by the what ifs that could happen in life. Obviously, there is so much more to this film which is great for those who have enjoyed and/or liked the previous 1988 Hairspray film and/or enjoy watching movies that also happen to be musicals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ENGAGING EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE MUSICALS!

    Posted
    Dexter999

    I have never been a big fan of musicals. I did do some time in theater a few years back and that gave me a new respect for them. I must say that this movie musical is done right. Lets start with the songs....right? How good can a musical be without great songs? The songs in Hairspray are fun and catchy and like the movie, fast paced. The cast is very appealing and has the energy to keep this film alive. Travolta is pretty scary looking as the obese Edna but, the charm of the character wins you over. Pfeiffer (50ish)is as hot as ever and plays a villain. The three leads, spunky ever-positive Blonsky, "cutie pie" Bynes and "heartthrob" Efron are perfectly cast. I thought the film was just a little too long but, it is one movie that lives up to the trailers promise of fun! The DVD transfer looks great, with excellent audio and there are many fun extras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite movie musicals

    Posted
    MadDavey
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    This was the least expensive place to get this particular edition. I have never seen the stage version nor the original John Waters film that this is based on but this is one of the movie musical greats. Everyone is great and super entertaining. There are lots of extra features including tutorials for some of the dance numbers. This is much better than Hairspray Live! the made for tv version. Movie musicals aren't always done very well but this is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST MOVIE EVER

    Posted
    janie

    I absolutely adore this movie! I was smiling from the moment it started until the ending credits. It starts out with a great song sung by our main character, Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky). She does a great job and so do the other actors in this production- ELijah Kelly, John Travolta(in drag), Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes and Christopher Walken. One of my favorites was John Travolta, because it was just so funny to see him play Tracy's large mother. I hope that you enjoy this movie just as much as I did, and still do. Order now!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What a Great Musical!

    Posted
    arnieb

    I'm usually turned off by musicals, but absolutely loved this film. The musical numbers were great! From the opening scene to the films finale, this movie delivers. It sure to leave you belting out the songs after you watch it. The performances are great, and Blonksy does a great job...considering it's her first time in a movie. John Travolta also does a great job as Edna, and Pfeiffer as the mean Velma Von Tussle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A musical with a message

    Posted
    MJROMO
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    You've never seen John Travlota like this. He plays the mother, wearing a large woman padding, of Tracy. A girl who also has a weight problem, but doesn't let it get her down. It's the time of the civil rights movement where blacks and whites don't mingle until Tracy gets involved. It has a great cast of actors and the music is fun to sing along with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Purchase Ever

    Posted
    MLBHTT

    I can never get sick of watching this movie. The cast is great and Zac Efron is so hot in this movie. John Travolta does an amazing job as Edna Turnblad, plus all the other actors do a good job. I could watch this movie forever. The soundtrack is incredible and I love listening to it in the car wherever I go. It's one of my new all-time favorite movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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