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Hello, Dolly! Widescreen Edition (1969)

Barbra Streisand , Walter Matthau , Gene Kelly  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin
  • Directors: Gene Kelly
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, Johann Nestroy, Michael Stewart, Thornton Wilder
  • Producers: Ernest Lehman, Roger Edens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL1P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hello, Dolly! Widescreen Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 1969 featurette

Editorial Reviews

Barbara Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman "who arranges things like furniture and daffodils and lives." And Hello Dolly, is the blockbuster musical you'll want to see her in again and again. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights, and whatever else she can muster, on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. How she does it has to be the grandest, singingest, dancingest, marchingest flag-wavingest musical there ever was.

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240 of 248 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Hollywood Musical September 3, 2003
Format:DVD
The debates over this film have been raging for years, and now that HELLO, DOLLY! has been released on DVD, they're likely to continue for years to come. Opinions are certain to vary, but let's clear up a few misconceptions right from the start -
After 20th Century-Fox purchased the screen rights to HELLO, DOLLY!, producer/screenwriter Ernest Lehman was fairly certain he'd be asking Carol Channing to recreate her stage performance for the film - that is, until he saw her in the 1967 movie THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; to put it as delicately as possible, her features didn't translate well to the big screen. Fox executives were equally doubtful about Channing, so the search began for a new Dolly. After flirting with (and subsequently dropping) the idea of Elizabeth Taylor, the leading candidate became Barbra Streisand. The powers-that-be suspected (correctly) she was headed for major film stardom, and they hoped a fresh, younger Dolly would give the multi-million dollar project greater appeal. Lehman immediately revised his script, eliminating all references to Dolly losing her husband fourteen years earlier, and - after concluding that audiences wouldn't accept Streisand as an Irishwoman - changing the character's name from Dolly Gallagher Levi to simply Dolly Levi. The studio made the offer, Streisand signed on the dotted line, and Lehman surrounded her with the creme de la creme of the MGM/Arthur Freed movie musical unit - Gene Kelly (director), Roger Edens (associate producer), Michael Kidd (choreographer), Lennie Hayton (musical scoring), and Irene Sharaff (costumes).
Skeptics, however, dug in their heels, and a period of bad press followed; there was outrage a film novice like Streisand had taken a role they considered her ill-suited for.
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Delights July 16, 2003
Format:DVD
HELLO DOLLY has received a bum rap over the years. Its oversized budget and colossal New York-circa-1890 back lot set is said to have sunk 20th Century Fox. This is far from the truth.
Now, almost 35 years later, DOLLY can be seen in proper perspective: it's a well-done, old-fashioned movie musical. Its only sin is that is dresses up a flimsy Broadway musical in the form of a big-time movie musical. Let's face it, HELLO DOLLY's book features situation-comedy type scenes of hiding in closets and mistaken identities. It doesn't have the weight of the Nazis (i.e. SOUND OF MUSIC) or the Americana of OKLAHOMA. It is, nevertheless, frothy fun -- with a great, hummable score!
Barbra Streisand is also blamed for accepting the role of Dolly Levi, too. Dolly should be middle-aged; Streisand was 27. Also, Carol Channing was famous for the part (she won a Tony for it) and Streisand is considered to have "stolen" the movie from Channing. (I personally could not fathom watching Carol Channing for 2-1/2 hours.) Streisand was too young. But does it really matter? She's absolutely hilarious in DOLLY, and sings the score wonderfully. It was Streisand's second film, and one of her too few musical films.
The DVD features a wonderful featurette from 1969. The featurette contains great behind-the-scenes footage of filming the "Before the Parade Passes By" scene, as well as the "Sunday Clothes" scene. Gene Kelly, Michael Kidd, and Irene Sharaff are all included.
Fox has restored HELLO DOLLY and this DVD features the restored print. DOLLY has never looked better! From the multi-colored feathers on the back of her hat in the opening scene, to the canary-yellow "Hello Dolly" dress in the Harmonia Gardens, Streisand looks fabulous and colorful and bold.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS DVD IS AWESOME July 23, 2003
Format:DVD
I got my advance review copy for the region 1 release of Hello Dolly and had to write a review here. This is one of my favorite films, and I will concentrate on the tech specs for the disc. It is enhanced for widescreen 16:9 and says Dolby Surround on the packaging but is actually Dolby Digital 4.0. This is one of the best sound transfers I have yet seen for a classic film. There's no doubt that original master tapes were used for the sound transfer. The seperation is so good, the voices of the singers move from left to right with extreme clarity, and when the entire cast is singing, it reminds me of the best of the RCA VICTOR recordings, the ensemble comes at you from all around including the surround. I give the sound a 5 out of 5.
The video quality is another story and a good one. This is flawless, it is like watching a new movie. It is so clear it almost seems like 3d on my Sony front projector. The colors have been restored and I believe the transfer was from 70mm negatives because this is one of the clearest conversions of a classic Fox has done. Extras are several trailers, a featurette, which isn't alot (I was hoping to see the 20 minutes that were cut and maybe a commentary and extras like the SOUND OF MUSIC disc had).
For the price,... this is a steal, to be enjoyed over and over as it is like going to the cinema again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful High April 10, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Hello, Dolly! is one of the best musical films I've ever seen. It is filled with high exuberance and is incredibly lavish. Of course it is silly and light hearted. It is what it should be. Everyone in it seems to be having a grand time. Barbra makes a wonderful Dolly Levi and I'm so glad she did this film despite her own misgivings. It has brought so much joy to millions. I can't imagine anyone else in the movie role. Gene Kelly directed this film and did a marvelous job.
Michael Crawford and Danny Lockin are hilarious in their roles of Cornelius and Barnaby. Marianne McAndrew and E.J. Peaker as Irene and Minnie Fay are charming and delightful. To top it all off, what a finale! A location of a beautiful white chapel with green lawns stretching out for miles is the setting for the end medley and wedding. Streisand makes her way down the bridal path framed by hundreds of beautifully dressed attendants. The camera pulls back to reveal a scope of magnificence. Perfect.
I certainly can't wait for the widescreen DVD version to be released. If you've never seen it in widescreen you are in for a rare treat. This movie is gorgeous. The musical number, "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" is dream and of course the title tune with Streisand and Louis Armstrong is magnificent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... havnt seen this movie in awhile but I did enjoy it very much
I havnt seen this movie in awhile but I did enjoy it very much , especilly the singing. Barbara Streisand has a beautiful voice and there is lots of humor in the movie which I... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by jane in spokane
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Streisand Musical
This is one of my favorite Streisand musicals. Great music, costumes, scenery. She looks and sounds gorgeous in it. A fun romp.
Published 1 day ago by L. M. Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars score and of course Barbara's voice are all under the masterful...
Such a classic in so many way. Sets, costuming, choreography, score and of course Barbara's voice are all under the masterful direction of the great Gene Kelly. Read more
Published 1 day ago by slferde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
Published 2 days ago by Bryce Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Smile!
Just love this musical!
Published 3 days ago by Byrdwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed the movie as both sound and picture quality were excellent.
Published 3 days ago by Ron Stamford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
outstanding and a hard one to track down
Published 6 days ago by Myron Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars but she done a great job.
Just a little to young for the part, but she done a great job.
Published 9 days ago by John Righter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie and loved the songs.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent musical
Published 21 days ago by Roger S. Raffeld
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