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Hello, Dolly! [Blu-ray] [1969]

  • SKU: 4777303
  • Release Date: 04/02/2013
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 41)

    Special Features


    • Directing Dolly: Gene Kelly Remembered
    • 1969 Featurette

    Synopsis


    Hello, Dolly!
    Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a "corking good time." But Cornelius and Barnaby can't avoid crossing paths with their boss Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau), who'd give them Holy Ned if he saw them in a fancy restaurant with two fancy girls instead of tending the store. Mr. Vandergelder himself is the object of Dolly's affections, though she pretends to have only a professional interest in the widowed merchant, going through the motions of finding him a new wife when in fact she'd like to be the lucky bride herself. The film's musical set pieces include a show-stopping rendition of the title number, with Louis Armstrong more or less playing himself. The biggest number is "Before the Parade Passes By," in which thousands of costumed marchers and atmosphere extras cavort before a huge replica of a New York City thoroughfare in the 1890s (actually the main entrance of the 20th Century-Fox studio, with period facades adorning the office buildings). An artifact of an era in which Broadway musicals were a significant part of popular culture, Hello Dolly seemed bizarrely irrelevant in the social turmoil of the late 1960s, and it became one of the late-1960s big-budget failures that led Hollywood studios toward a different kind of filmmaking in the 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Barbra Streisand
      Barbra Streisand - Dolly Levi
    • Walter Matthau
      Walter Matthau - Horace Vandergelder
    • Michael Crawford
      Michael Crawford - Cornelius Hackl
    • Louis Armstrong
      Louis Armstrong - Orchestra Leader
    • Marianne McAndrew
      Marianne McAndrew - Irene Molloy



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Musical!!!!!

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      Penagiota
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      Hello Dolly is probably one of Hollywood''s finest musicals. Initally it was panned by the critics for stupid reasons; as usual. Barbra Streisand was considered to young for the part of Dolly. She fit the role like a glove. No one sings the fabulous score better. Take a listen to her version of Hello Dolly and be blown away. Love is Only Love, a new song written for her by Jerry Herman, the show's composer, is probably one of her best performance. Directed beautifuly by Gene Kelly who brings the MGM look to the film. No one produced better musicals than MGM in the fifties. Choreographed by the brilliant Michael Kidd, who did the marvelous dances for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Also starring Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, and a great cameo with Louis Armstrong dueting with Miss Streisand on Hello Dolly. The bluray qualty is excellent. A must see for music lovers

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Miss the Old Musicals

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      CoffeeFan
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      Was fun getting to see Walter Matthau paired with Barbara Streisand. The musical has great pacing, excellent humor, and big screen choreography. The songs bring back wonderful memories and it's hard to beat Louis Armstrong performance of the title song. For Phantom of the Opera fans a young Michael Crawford is enjoyable in a strong supporting role.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Last Great Hollywood Musical

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      Choppereed
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      Hello, Dolly! is one of the best musical films I've ever seen. It is filled with high exuberance and is incredibly lavish. Of course it is silly and light hearted. It is what it should be. Everyone in it seems to be having a grand time. Barbra makes a wonderful Dolly Levi and I'm so glad she did this film despite her own misgivings.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Much better than the VCR tape

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      majorgeek
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      If you're looking at this DVD, you obviously know the story. I bought this for my wife to replace her VCR tape, the DVD transfer is quite good. Not much in the way of special features, but if you want to see this movie, it's never looked better!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic, no one does it better!

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      ATLAJ
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      Barbra Streisand kills it in the role of Dolly. A movie you should add to your collection. the color in the blu ray is fantastic and the sound quality as well. glad to have this as part of my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorite musical movies

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      Gamer
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      One of my favorite musical movies. It's fun, great singing by Barbara Streisand and humorous to see a very young Michael Crawford long before Phantom of the Opera.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic

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      NeverGrowUp
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      I didn't see this musical when it came about because I was of the age when "musicals weren't cool". But now after seeing it for the first time, it was a delight!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Barbara is great

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      Chuck
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      I grew up with a Mother who loved Barbara Streisand and saw all her movies. She is super talented and was very charming back then. My daughter loves this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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