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Editorial Reviews

With Alexander Borodins soaring music fashioned by Robert Wright and George Forrest into Stranger in Paradise, Baubles, Bangles and Beads and even more evergreens, Kismet turned the Broadway stage into a glittering, gleaming Arabian Nights dream. Ideal material, in fact, for the dream factory. To Hollywood and director Vincente Minnelli, Kismet was kismet. This lavish musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet (Howard Keel) and his daughter (Angg Blyth) cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, a magical curse, opulent sets and exotic adventure. Princes come, princes go, sings the beggar. Glorious Kismet endures!

Product Details

  • Actors: Howard Keel, Sebastian Cabot, Ann Blyth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KGLS050
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Great cast and music.
Bill Crosby
Finally, it's a great thing that the Warner Archive Collection is now releasing Blu-rays with selected titles.
Andrew C. Miller
Good quality picture, sound could have been better,very visual.
Ray Woodbridge

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Howard Keel, Ann Blyth and Sebastien Cabot are wonderful in this version of "Kismet." Delores Gray is simply magnificent as the sultry Lalume, and I just loved Vic Damone's lovestruck Caliph. The dialogue is witty and quite ahead of its time. Songs like "Stranger in Paradise," "Night of My Nights" and "Not Since Nineveh" are unforgettable. The costumes and sets, though not historically accurate, are lovely - the lavish wedding procession remains one of my favorite film scenes.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I've seen this musical countless times...it's always entertaining, and my appreciation for the performances increases with each viewing. Vocally and as a screen presence Howard Keel is superb, Ann Blyth and Vic Damone wonderful as the young lovers, and Dolores Gray sings up a storm and steals every scene she's in...her Lalume is sensational.
The sets and costumes are rich, colorful and imaginitive, and Jack Cole's choreography is terrific. The "Not Since Ninevah" number is a favorite...a big band jazz version of a Balinese dance. Robert Wright and George Forrest adapted the lovely music from themes by Borodin, and added some clever lyrics, but it's Keel and Gray that make this an irresistible treat.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Norma Pressimone on May 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Reviews...reviews....what's in a review ? My unprofessional opinion may not count as well as the super paid pros, but each knows what makes him/her FEEL GOOD ! And this MGM lavish musical does make the grade.

Howard Keel is as usual, his vibrant self and carries out some of the lesser known tunes quite appealingly. Both Ann Blyth - luscious and Delores Gray - superb. But my "right for casting" hit ( despite a few critics ) goes to Vic Damone. He portrays the sober young Caliph with more insight and sex appeal than most (including himself) give him credit. Bravo Damone! "This is My Beloved" and "Stranger in Paradise" rate MGM it's flair for musical film. But his "Night of My Nights" - bedazzling. You've won my Mesopotamian HEART!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By wisdomstar on June 12, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have always loved the music in Kismet, so different from the musicals before it tor since. Howard Keel's voice! Ann Blyth's voice! But I have never seen a copy of it that did justice either to the sound or the sets and costumes. Last night the blu-ray showed me how much I had been missing. On a big screen (46") with the widescreen version blu-ray and even 5.1 sound, it was incredible, even with the black bars top and bottom. I highly recommend this newest version.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric on June 21, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The wizards of Warner Brothers have done it again by bringing us a classic film, nearly 60 years old, with so much gorgeous visual and sonic splendor that it is hard to believe wonderful "Kismet" ever looked or sounded this good, even the day it opened. The music is magnificent, the performers rise wonderfully to its demands. The Blu-ray is stunning to look at, immaculate, and the DTS 5.1 audio makes you feel like the performers are in your home theater. An enormous improvement over the old DVD, this Blu-ray is truly a wonderful release.....highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Rosalie Kaufman on May 28, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
There is one very important thing that I feel must be mentioned in favor of this film: The choreography of Jack Cole. One of The Premier Choreographers and Creators of Jazz Dance, who's fascination with Eastern dance forms, focus on isolation (distinctly different movements of various parts of the body), and attention to detail, created an unique style that became one of the major influences on contemporary and future choreographers (including Bob Fosse). His work was extremely demanding and challenging for his dancers, as it required enormous mental concentration and awareness, with sustainable strength and power. The end result is very exciting, explosive and sensual dance. For me, it is a joyful thrill. I only wish there were more filmed records of this extraordinary man's work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer S. Koyle on January 22, 2008
Format: DVD
This is not an historically accurate, intellectual movie. This is a fun and catchy and stick-in-your-head musical romp. I've been looking for this movie on DVD for years and can't wait for April! I have the soundtrack to tide me over til then. It's actually one of my favorite musicals from this time period because it does what a movie is supposed to do...it entertains!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Pallen on January 2, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The major letdown that comes with almost all Hollywood adaptations of stage musicals is that the studios eliminate much of the music. For example, film versions of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Cabaret" lack almost 90% of the original music.

This film version of "Kismet" is not that neglectful, but begins by cutting half or more of the Overture. Then, the opening rendition of "Sands of Time" is completely missing, which ruins the bookend effect of having this number open and close the musical. "Rhymes Have I" was reduced from a song important to both plot and character to a few hastily spoken (and mumbled) phrases. Then there's "Was I Wazir" or, actually, there isn't "Was I Wazir" -- not even a hint of it.

Phooey!
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Are you possibly confusing this title with "Kiss Me Kate" (1953) which was filmed in the 3-D process? It has yet to be released as a restored Blu-Ray 3-D disc, but I hope it will in the near future. "Kismet" was filmed, as far as I know, only in the "new"... Read More
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