- Actors: Jason Alexander, Janessa Williams, Chynna Phillips, George Wendt
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Uav Corporation
- VHS Release Date: September 21, 2004
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002V7TDS
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Bye Bye Birdie [VHS]
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I feel Chynna Phillips was mis-cast as the teenage Kim, because she photographed looking like a thirty-something housewife trying to dress like a fifties teenager; she has an old-looking face as opposed to the fresher, softer face of the 22-year-old Ann Margret. Phillips has a nice singing voice but her portrayal of the character was very weak and unconvincing, as if she herself were uncomfortable playing a high school girl at age 27. A much younger actress/singer should have played Kim.
This version is more true to the play and focuses more on the relationship between Rosie and Albert, especially in the latter half of the film, whereas the 1963 version tended to focus more on Kim, Hugo and their friends, culminating in the kiss between Conrad and Kim, with Hugo's intervention. That particular section appeared in the middle of this updated version. At the time Ann-Margret was hot so I supposed that's the reason more emphasis was placed on her character in general and on the Birdie Kiss scene.
This 1995 version has a lot of great singing and dancing--the people cast knew how to sing and their voices blended beautifully. Jason Alexander surprised me at how well he sang and played Albert, though I'm always going to have a great fondness for Mr. Dick Van Dyke's portrayal.Read more ›
Tyne Daly as Mae Peterson, George Wendt as Mr. McAfee, and Vanessa Williams as Rose Alvarez are perfect.Jason Alexander is a delight as Albert Peterson, but seemed to have trouble with some of the songs and I therefore liked Dick Van Dyke's Albert from the original film better. Chynna Philips, on the other hand, just doesn't seem believable as Kim: she appeared way too old and just couldn't hit the right notes of her songs. Ann-Margaret was by far the better Kim. Also, I didn't like the fact that Hugo carried a guitar around (too Conrad Birdie wannabee, which Hugo definitely is not) and the scene at the end of the play where Kim announces her engagement to Hugo was cut. Other than that, the film really has no flaws.
This version of BYE BYE BIRDIE is far superior to the original. At just around two hours, it's just like watching the play, but in your own home.
Next, it is customary in my reviews to comment on the performances, and in this film's case it is a priority. Let's start with the star, Jason Alexander. He managed to portray Albert Petersen perfectly through all his character changes, from humility, to self reliance. And thank god, with this, he proved to me that he was more than a whiny bald guy on a stupid TV show named after a comedian who can't act to save his life. In "Birdie" he manages to make each of his songs look like a natural behavior especially with "Put on a Happy Face." Now onto the beautiful and talented Vanessa Williams. She definitely holds presence in musicals and most of all, in this one. Her rendition of "Spanish Rose" which also neighbors the wild "Shriner's Ballet" are definitely high points of the film. Next, there's George Wendt, who is perfectly cast and in top-form as the easily irritated pure-blood american father, Mr. MacAfee.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had just seen the play performed by a High school group and enjoyed it so much I decided to watch the movie.Published 1 month ago by Ellen Palmer
Not what I expected. We did not finish watching the movie. Way too much singing for our taste. And pretty cheesy overall!Published 2 months ago by Linda C
It is a classic, what can I say? Cheesy by today's standards but good for a trip back to the 60's. It is a fictional take on a famous singer a la Elvis Presley and the public stir... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K Foster
Have to watch, around 1:07 into the movie; Got alot of living to do ; Never followed Ann-Margret - but wow; what a dance.......... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kenneth j. pulliam
My wife purchased this for our granddaughter and her to watch since granddaughter has a role in an adaptation of the musical. It's not the same on screen as it is in the theatre.Published 2 months ago by progers