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The Complete Gidget Collection (Gidget / Gidget Goes Hawaiian / Gidget Goes to Rome) (1963)

Sandra Dee , James Darren , Paul Wendkos  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, The Four Preps
  • Directors: Paul Wendkos
  • Writers: Dale Eunson, Frederick Kohner, Gabrielle Upton, Katherine Albert, Ruth Brooks Flippen
  • Producers: Jerry Bresler, Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286S2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Gidget Collection (Gidget / Gidget Goes Hawaiian / Gidget Goes to Rome)" on IMDb

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"Just remember, she might be pint-sized, but she's quite a woman." The original surfer girl gets her own three-film DVD collection, dippy fun from a more innocent time. 1959's Gidget made real surfers nauseated, but it's a kicky movie with some great lounge-era lingo. Sandra Dee, perkiness personified, plays the curious teen who breaks the gender line in surfing. She's also got the attention of surf-happy Moondoggie (James Darren) and the big Kahuna (Cliff Robertson), the latter the prototype of the surf bum who roams the globe in search of the endless summer. The film actually kicked off the great boom in surfing popularity (the Beach Boys and the Beach Party movies followed), much to the chagrin of purists. It was based on a novel by Frederick Kohner, who was inspired by his daughter's experiences.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) puts Deborah Walley in the title role. She's no Sandra Dee, but at least there are shots of Walley doing her own surfing stunts. The action's in Waikiki, and Gidge is pursued by a confused Moondoggie and a famous dancer. They are played by James Darren and Michael Callan, and having the two 1960s male ingenues in the same movie suggests a weird collision of matter and anti-matter. The spark goes flat in Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), with yet another new actress (Cindy Carol) paired with a loyal James Darren. It's closer to Three Coins in the Fountain than the sandy beaches of Malibu.

DVD caveat: none of the films is in widescreen. The sequels don't suffer much, but the original Gidget was shot in CinemaScope, and the pan-and-scan approach hurts the summery look of the picture--even if it's just Sandra Dee balancing in front of blue-screen waves. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Gidget
Sandra Dee became a model for countless teenagers in the late 1950's when she played Gidget, a sad-faced youngster who doesn't quite measure up to the chesty, bikinied girls on the beach. Her mom's reassurances come true when two surfers start paying Gidget some attention.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian
Gidget (Deborah Walley, Beach Blanket Bingo) is desperate: her parents want her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii during the two weeks when her beloved Jeff, aka “Moondoggie” (James Darren, The Brothers Rico), will be home from college. When he suggests she go, Gidget panics… doesn't he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane, she meets the sociable Abby, who advises her to forget about Moondoggie—advice which Abby regrets when Gidget steals her boyfriend Eddie (Michael Callan, Cat Ballou), a famous dancer. But when Jeff discovers he misses Gidget and makes the trip to Hawaii… the surfing “girl midget” better watch her step! Newly remastered.

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154 of 159 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID this HORRIBLE DVD set July 28, 2004
Format:DVD
GIDGET was shot and released in CinemaScope, and yet the DVD is an unwatchable panned and scanned copy, which crops out 50% of the frame. Unacceptable, especially since TCM airs the widescreen version on cable! The film is ruined; don't bother.

The sequels were not Scope; they do not suffer as much.

Avoid and boycott this DVD until they go back and do it right.
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286 of 305 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Butchered movies in a 3 pack August 4, 2004
By Yarby
Format:DVD
I was ready to snatch these up....until I saw those dreaded words on the back of the case: "Full Frame"!

These movies were made in the late 50's, early 60's....so there is NO EXCUSE for issuing them in this format. They were shot in 2.35:1 ratio....so almost HALF THE PICTURE IS MISSING!!!

This is the second time Columbia Tristar has deeply disappointed me on films I wanted in DVD. The first was their butchering of "Where Angels Go Trouble Follows" and "The Trouble With Angels".

Alas, they will remain missing from my film library until they are released in their proper ratio!!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid This Hacked Up DVD Like The Plague July 24, 2004
Format:DVD
Gidget, a wonderful film for film buffs(it kicked off the beach movie genre), and 40 yrs later still a fine film in it's own right thanks to some sensitive writing a performances from Dee, Darren and Robertson, is unfortunately yet another victim of a bottom-of-the-barrel dvd issue by its studio Columbia/Tri-Star.

For some reason, the execs there believe that this 45 yr old film will have more sales cachet to the fickle, superficial Wal-Mart crowd if it 2.35 scope ratio is hacked up to fill the screen of their $45 Symphonic tv's .

this leaves people who actually saw the film in the theaters way back when and would like to see it again, intact, for the first time in 45 years , as well as serious film fans who already understand and appreciate what letterboxing is- totally in the cold.

Columbia, early on one of the finest of all the studios producing dvds, continues its slide into the gutter as the format finally starts to reach some maturity.

my pre-order has been cancelled.

if only more people who loved movies, and appreciated the art that went into them, did the same, maybe the clowns in charge would eventually get the message.
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180 of 198 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WIDE SCREEN GIDGET August 7, 2004
Format:DVD
I agree with the other reviews. This definately should have been released in it's original aspect ratio. 2.35 and the other two 1.85. If they all were only 1.66 it would not have been so bad. I am certainly waiting till it comes out in wide screen, and hope it does, but will hang on to my video's in the meantime.

It would have been a wonderful set to have, VERY DISAPPOINTING.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Agree with everyone else here... August 9, 2004
By JLM
Format:DVD
"Gidget" (the original, the one I ordered the set for) should be in WideScreen, not FullScreen. It's a sad, sad day in a movie lover's world when my AMC taped copy is better than the DVD I shelled out $25+ for.

I was so excited when it came in, only to be disappointed after the opening credits rolled. Thanks God my Sandra Dee/Bobby Darin collection came in the mail the same time as "Gidget".

What a disappointment! Execs at Universal should be forced to write letters of apology (personal, not form letters) to us who rushed out and bought the collection. And then replace our DVDs with the WideScreen. Made an already bad Saturday that much worse...

jenn m.

Oxford, Mississippi, USA
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE - Gidget DVDs are pan & scan July 15, 2004
Format:DVD
I was all set to pre-order this DVD set of the first three Gidget films when I learned that they are pan & scan, not widescreen. All three films were made in widescreen, and the original "Gidget" was filmed in Panavision--meaning that the pan & scan version will cut off 1/2 of the picture. (I'm not sure if the other two Gidget films were Panavision (2.35) or 1.85 widescreen.)
If you're thinking about buying this as a permanent part of your DVD library, you may want to wait until Columbia does a proper job on the DVD. Even if you don't have a widescreen televison now, you will before too much longer...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movies (too bad about the DVDs) December 27, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol light up the screen as GIDGET in this box set of all three popular movies. While the first movie (with Sandra Dee) is definitely the best, there's a lot to enjoy in the sequels. James Darren is the only mainstay in all three movies, as Gidget's croonin' and swoonin' boyfriend Moondoggie.

GIDGET (1959). Poor flat-chested bookworm Frances Lawrence (Sandra Dee) has the summer of her life when she joins a gang of surf-bums on Malibu Beach, led by Kahuna (Cliff Robertson). Quickly earning the nickname Gidget (a mixture of girl and midget) she learns to surf and later gets "pinned" by handsome Moondoggie (James Darren). Gidget's folks are played by Arthur O'Connell and Mary LaRoche.

GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN (1961). Gidget has transformed into a snub-nosed redhead (as played by Deborah Walley), yet Moondoggie and her parents hardly notice the difference! This all-singing all-dancing sequel, filmed on location in Hawaii, features some lively musical numbers with Walley and Michael Callan; and a raven-haired "ice princess" for Gidget to battle with, played by Vicki Trickett. Carl Reiner and Jeff Donnell step in to play Gidget's parents.

GIDGET GOES TO ROME (1963). Another new "look" for Gidget (this time played by petite blonde Cindy Carol). Gidget, Moondoggie and their friends traverse the sights of Europe with lots of romantic and comical misadventures. Don Porter, who plays Gidget's father in this sequel, would later reprise the role for the 1965 sitcom starring Sally Field. GIDGET GOES TO ROME also features 1960s cuties Noreen Corcoran, Trudi Ames and Danielle De Metz (not to mention Italian glamazon Lisa Gastoni).

Once again, Sony gives fans and collectors a raw deal with their treatment of the GIDGET movies.
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