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Hairspray (2002)

Sonny Bono , Ruth Brown , John Waters  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Josh Charles, Divine, Jason Downs
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RZ9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hairspray" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer

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John Waters' unique brand of humor comes to DVD in Hairspray, starring Ricki Lake, Divine and Sonny Bono.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A campy, feel-good film carrying an important message November 27, 2003
Format:DVD
I think it's safe to say that Hairspray is a unique motion picture. The film, while providing nonstop fun and laughs throughout, also manages to not only confront but to roll right over prejudice in several of its nefarious guises. I was a teenager when this film came out, and sadly, it was the death of Divine (just before the movie was released) that made me aware of this film. I don't know if that publicity helped or hurt ticket sales - Divine, for those who have never heard of him, was famous for playing female roles, and Hairspray had begun to rejuvenate his whole career. As for the film, it's extremely campy in the best of ways, overflowing with great singing and dancing from the early 1960s, and it is the type of film that makes you feel good after you watch it.
Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, a big, bold, and beautiful teenager who dreams of dancing on the exceedingly popular Corny Collins dance show. Her mother, played by Divine, isn't too crazy about modern music and dancing - until Tracy auditions and gets a spot on the show. Strutting her stuff in front of the cameras, she quickly becomes Baltimore's newest sensation. This does not sit well with Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), as Tracy steals her man and then threatens to win the coveted title of Miss Auto Show 1963. Tracy is overweight, but she likes herself just as she is and easily dismisses the fat jokes thrown her way early on. The big issue in this film, though, is segregation. Tracy and her best friend Penny Pingleton (Joann Havrilla) soon become friends with some of the black kids in town and begin working toward integrating the Corny Collins show. Collins is all for the idea himself, as currently the Negro show runs only once each month under the controls of sassy Motormouth Mabel (Ruth Brown).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Hairspray is one of John Waters' more mainstream movies in that it deals with the themes of racial tensions leading up to an integrated Baltimore, teen angst and first true loves, and those incredible dances and dance shows on TV from the late 1950s into the 1960s. Of course, with Hairspray being a John Waters movie, characters become grossly exaggerated for a humorous effect; you get a very funny, playful and harmless cast of both young and older people in Baltimore facing changing times as they try to live their lives as best they can.

Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) is an overweight teenage girl who can shake off jokes about her weight with a type of self-confidence that is truly remarkable. Tracy and her friend Penny Pingleton (Joann Havrilla) enjoy watching and dancing along to The Corny Collins TV Show in Tracy's living room at home; and one day Tracy sets her mind to trying out for the show with some support from her friend Penny. When Tracy does try out on the Corny Collins TV dance show for dancing teenagers, she wins a spot on the council almost immediately! This upsets the stuck up, racist reigning queen Amber von Tussle and her parents (Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry) who make their living running Tilted Acres, a segregated theme park in Baltimore. As Tracy's star rises she also charms the heart of Amber's boyfriend, Link Larkin (Michael St. Gerard). Of course, this means war. Amber and her parents must--I mean, must--find a way to disgrace Tracy so that Amber can remain the star of the show and ultimately win the highly coveted 1963 Miss Auto Show award. Of course, as this all happens, Hairspray pokes fun at the obsession some people had with getting their hair to be as high and as perfect looking as they thought it could or should be.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Back to your roots!!! August 17, 2004
Format:DVD
After seeing Hairspray: The Muscical at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, I was tempted to watch the original feature film again, not having seen it for a few years. It is as good as I remember it, maybe even better.

Hairspray is a light entry for John Waters, the king of "Shock Cinema." After totally out there films like Polyester and Pink Flamingos, Waters made his first PG Hollywood film, which quickly had a cult classic on his hands.

The film made Ricki Lake a star, when she played Traci Turnblad, a 'pleasantly plump' teenager who teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Hairspray is a clever and witty satire of 60's life. It's supposed to be tacky and pro-America. It does have some deeper moments and some points to make about discrimination. But essentially it's a warm hearted, campy, funny flick. You only have to see who the director is to know that you aren't going to get another run-of-the-mill Hollywood story of overcoming adversity. It's a trashy take on pop culture of the 60's and the performances are great.

The film oozes John Waters even though it is very toned down compared to his earlier films. I love the storyline because it has to do with very realistic themes that were happening in those times. It's sad to know that this was Divine's last movie, but at least he went all out in it.

Obviously, the film must have some charm to have a stage musical made out of it. I did like the musical better, because the songs are just terrific, and I think this should be remade as feature film version of the stage musical. It would be a terrific companion to this, especially since many fans won't have the chance to see the spectacular musical on stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN, FUN, AND MORE FUN!
This is a very entertaining film. If you want an idea of what life was like in the late fifties, you must watch this film. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by krankenhaus 63
5.0 out of 5 stars Ricki
Ricki Lake is the greatest, most adorable and talented kid, and now grown-up, in the whole wide world! Not only that! She is as smart as a whip. There is nothing she can't do.
Published 1 day ago by Sixty-something fashionista
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I can watch this over and over, the comedy and satire are well done. A must see for any movie aficionado
Published 5 days ago by Desmond Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Iconic Movie
Wonderful, original movie. Waters created his masterpiece musical comedy with a real message. Great way to teach your kids a US civil rights history lesson !
Published 8 days ago by Joan M. Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Hair Hoppers
my much older sisters were teens during this time period. i remember the music/hair dos/dances and this always makes me nostalgic. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lee B. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a fundraiser
We are having a fundraiser for the Hairpin Arts Center. The original is the best and to have it in Blu-ray is just what we needed. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gretchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your dancing shoes out!
This movie is all about fun. The music is killer 60's dance music. Expect a lot of laughs and giggles.
Published 22 days ago by glenn laroche
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me laughing
Love this movie that inspired the Broadway musical that spawned the recent movie with Michelle Pfeiffer and John Travolta. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the 60's in HIGH DEFINITION
I've been a big fan of the original Hairspray for many years. While it is one of John Waters' more tame films, the odd characters are still there, and you really root for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars I Own This Version of the Movie
I viewed my Blu-Ray copy of the movie and throughly enjoyed it. This product is a good transfer of the cult favorite. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Susan L. Silverberg
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