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You'll be seeing stars and stripes as the most fascinating leaders in American history come to life in 1776, a musical about the birth of a nation! With the Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America's shores to squelch her subjects' freedom-loving spirit! It's up to John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to convince a stubborn congress of British colonists to unite as American patriots turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!
The 2002 DVD release of 1776 offers the 168-minute "director's cut" version of the film, which is about 20 minutes longer than the VHS release (though still shorter than the previously released 180-minute laserdisc, which director Peter H. Hunt has said included some material he didn't care for). Among the additions are a main title with overture, an introductory verse to "He Plays the Violin," and more balance to the conservative Southern bloc of the Congress, especially in the musical number "Cool Considerate Men," which--according to Hunt and screenwriter Peter Stone on the DVD's commentary track--was removed at the request of President Nixon and supposed to have been destroyed. Hunt and Stone also offer historical background, comparisons to the original Broadway show (which they also directed and wrote), comments on what the cast is doing 30 years later, and satisfaction with this restoration (perhaps it will also lead to a long-awaited CD release of the soundtrack?). Picture and sound are very good, the widescreen anamorphic picture preserves the film's wide tableaux, and five brief screen tests are worth watching once. In sum, it's a very satisfying and often engrossing treatment of a lesser known but much loved musical. --David Horiuchi
Very well acted. A good idea to watch each year around the 4th of July.Published 1 day ago by Steven G. Johnson
The Blu-ray is the best presentation I've seen of the movie that was derived for the original stage musical play that premiered on Broadway in 1969. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gregory Bennett
This is one of my all time favorite movies and it is even better on Blu-ray. One of the reasons I like it so much is they used most of the same people from the Broadway show -... Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Baybusky
I bought this because I loved it as a kid when it came out. Damn funny. I still watch it around the Fourth every year. Now if I could only get my kids to sit and watch it with me.Published 11 days ago by J. Goldsmith
Remember seering this movie in school (circa 1976) during the bicentennial as part of class. This is a magnificent movie worthy of any collectionPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Decent balance between song and dialogue. A fun story which may even have some truth behind it.Published 15 days ago by Stephen Ruback
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|Some of the actors in this movie are really unknowns||
The director used most of the actors from the Broadway production, hence the "unknown" factor. Jack Warner even made him screen test them all!
Jul 5, 2014 by J. Childerhose | See all 2 posts
Better look again, fellas this DVD is 166 minutes. It includes the 21 minutes of footage cut by Jack Warner in 1972. At least mine does, and I have had it since 2004. Unless they issued a new DVD recently, and are still showing the 2002 copy's cover art, etc.
Jul 2, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
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