The Music Man [Blu-ray] [1962]

  • SKU: 9694912
  • Release Date: 02/02/2010
  • Rating: G
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

Special Features


  • Featurette
  • Right here in River City: the making of
  • Meredith Wilson's the Music Man
  • Introduction by Shirley Jones
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The Music Man
Meredith Wilson's hit 1957 Broadway musical was transferred to the screen in larger-than-life fashion in 1962. Robert Preston repeats his legendary stage performance as fast-talking con man Harold Hill, who goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie (Hermione Gingold) into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones). Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop (Ronny Howard), sullen and withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well. Marion Hargrove's script uses most of the original play, with a handful of amusing expansions, especially in the roles played by Gingold and by Buddy Hackett as Hill's comic sidekick. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Preston
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
  • Shirley Jones
    Shirley Jones - Marian Paroo
  • Buddy Hackett
    Buddy Hackett - Marcellus Washburn
  • Pert Kelton
    Pert Kelton - Mrs. Paroo
  • Hermione Gingold
    Hermione Gingold - Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn



Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must See Musical on Blue-ray

    Posted
    COLPoppleton

    Watching "The Music Man" on Blue-ray is a wonderful experience for the entire family. The HD visuals are pristine and the audio has never sounded better. The story holds up well and the music is so memorable that you will be singing or humming or whistling the songs for days and days. For the ultimate in entertainment this musical must be seen on Blue-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    beautiful transfer

    Posted
    WillS101

    The film looks and sounds magnificent. I never saw it in the theater but past DVDs didn't do it justice. This blu ray version is perfect and I felt like I was seeing it for the first time. As for the movie itself, it has catchy songs, great music, and a wonderfully warm cast. Among my favorite musicals, the blu ray presentation has made it first on my list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent throwback movie from the late 1950's

    Posted
    storkus
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    Great cast and a lot of energy from the actors. A young Ron Howard shows his acting skills. Robert Preston is awesome as the traveling salesman turned band leader for River City, Iowa. One of my all-time favorite movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it

    Posted
    TemG

    I have a history with this musical so I might be a bit biased, but I truly enjoyed the DVD. The video was vivid, and the soundtrack was crystal clear. It was everything I remember and much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic

    Posted
    DnDFantasyFootball
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    I've never been a fan of musicals, but I purchased this because my daughter is performing in our local high school's version. This one definitely holds up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Rusty
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    Great movie with super music. Played fine without any difficulty. Can recommend without reservation

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best dvd

    Posted
    marbke
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    this dvd is a great old movie and everyone should see it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic!

    Posted
    laftw
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    Classic, timeless movie. Always fun to watch. Good quality DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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