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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [50th-Anniversary Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1954]

Release Date:10/12/2004
One of MGM's most joyously rambunctious musicals gets a deluxe treatment for this special two-disc DVD release. This edition of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from Warner Bros. Home Video features two versions of the film -- the original, shot in a special Cinemascope process at the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, and another filmed in a more conventional widescreen process at 1.77:1. Both versions appear in this edition, letterboxed in their proper aspect ratio and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio for the 2.55:1 version has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while the 1.77:1 version features a single-channel mix in Dolby Digital Mono. Both versions feature the audio in its original English-language version, as well as a dubbed track in French, with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish also featured. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Stanley Donen; a documentary on the making of the movie featuring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, and Jacques D'Amboise; newsreel footage of the film's premiere; a collection of trailers for Stanley Donen's pictures; and more.
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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 34)

    Special Features

    • All-new digital transfer (16 x 9, 2.55:1)
    • Soundtrack newly remastered for Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Commentary by director Stanley Donen
    • Donen musicals trailer gallery
    • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
    • Rarely screened alternate widescreen version in flat (1.77:1) aspect ratio (16 x 9)
    • Behind-the-scenes documentary "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel and updated with new interviews of Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise
    • New York premiere and MGM 30th-anniverary celebration newsreels
    • Vintage short "MGM Jubilee Overture"
    • Closed Captioned


    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise (it is no coincidence that five of those six boys are played by professional dancers). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled at the brothers' slovenliness and sets about turning these unwashed louts into immaculate gentlemen. During the boisterous barn-raising scene, the brothers get into a scuffle with a group of townsmen over the affection of six comely lasses: Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmeyer (later Newmar), Ruth Kilmonis (later Ruth Lee), Nancy Kilgas, Betty Carr, and Norma Doggett (yep, most of the girls are dancers, too). Yearning to become husbands like their big brother, they ask Adam for advice. Alas, he has been reading a book about the abduction of the Sabine Women (or, as he puts it, the Sobbin' Women); and, in order to claim their gals, Adam explains, the boys must kidnap them--which they do, after blocking off all avenues of escape. Vowing to remain on their best behavior, the boys make no untoward advances towards their reluctant female guests--not even during one of the coldest winters on record. Comes the spring thaw, the angry townsfolk come charging up the mountain, demanding the return of the stolen girls (who, by this time, have "tamed" their men). A happy ending is ultimately had by all in this delightful if politically incorrect concoction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Howard Keel
      Howard Keel - Adam Pontabee
    • Jeff Richards
      Jeff Richards - Benjamin Pontabee
    • Russ Tamblyn
      Russ Tamblyn - Gideon Pontabee
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      Tommy Rall - Frank Pontabee
    • Jane Powell
      Jane Powell - Milly Pontabee

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