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Oliver! [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 3447194
  • Release Date: 08/12/1998
  • Rating: G
Carol Reed's 1968 Best Picture Oscar winner Oliver! comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are available in both of these languages as well. Supplemental materials include a featurette and a photo gallery. The quality of the picture and sound on this disc make it worthwhile for any film enthusiast.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • English 5.1 [Dolby Digital], French
    • Subtitles: English, French
    • Scene selections
    • Widescreen format
    • Photo gallery; featurette


    Inspired by Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, Lionel Bart's 1961 London and Broadway musical hit glossed over some of Dickens' more graphic passages but managed to retain a strong subtext to what was essentially light entertainment. For its first half-hour or so, Carol Reed's Oscar-winning 1968 film version does a masterful job of telling its story almost exclusively through song and dance. Once nine-year-old orphan Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) falls in with such underworld types as pickpocket Fagin (Ron Moody) and murderous thief Bill Sykes (Oliver Reed), it becomes necessary to inject more and more dialogue, and the film loses some of its momentum. But not to worry; despite such brutal moments as Sikes' murder of Nancy (Shani Wallis), the film gets back on the right musical track, thanks in great part to Onna White's exuberant choreography and the faultless performances by Moody and by Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger. The supporting cast includes Harry Secombe as the self-righteous Mr. Bumble and Joseph O'Conor as Mr. Brownlow, the man who (through a series of typically Dickensian coincidences) rescues Oliver from the streets. Oliver! won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and a special award to choreographer Onna White. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ron Moody
      Ron Moody - Fagin
    • Shani Wallis
      Shani Wallis - Nancy Sikes
    • Oliver Reed
      Oliver Reed - Bill Sikes
    • Harry Secombe
      Harry Secombe - Mr. Bumble
    • Hugh Griffith
      Hugh Griffith - The Magistrate

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Truly a classic

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      The movie musical was on its way out by the time 'Oliver!' hit theaters in 1968. Happily, this marvelously fun and entertaining film swept the Oscars and earns my vote for the best musical of the 60s (although 'The Music Man' ranks a close second). Mark Lester is adorable in the title role and Jack Wild is a kick as the mischievious Artful Dodger. Then there's Ron Moody recreating his stage role as the villainous (but still likable) Fagin. He's not exactly the same character created by Charles Dickens but he's memorable just the same. And Shani Wallis' Nancy along with Oliver Reed's Bill Sikes give the film some real dramatic punch. The production design strikingly recreates the feel and flavor of mid-19th century London. And the songs which include 'Consider Yourself' and 'Oom Pah Pah' are the icing on the cake. Do your family a great favor and add this timeless treat to your DVD collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Movie


      This movie was wonderful. The story line is a bit choppy in the movie so having read the book will help. Everyone has their own opinions of course, there were a few things I hated about the movie and many things I loved. The voice of Oliver in the copy I watched seemed dubbed over and was horrible in parts. Thats the only thing I really didn't like. This movie has some great songs in it and the story is moving. I would strongly recommend seeing this film. A note for anyone who has seen the musical, If memory serves me 2 songs are left out of the movie. "Thats your Funeral" being one of them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, poor packaging

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      The movie overall is great. The only detraction is the case was broken on the inside. Luckily it didn't damage the DVD. Also, it's in 2 parts, so you have to flip it over halfway through.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Made before I was born but I love this classic! Watch it over and over

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great musical.

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      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I can watch this movie over and over. It is really written and acted well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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