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Nilsson, Harry - The Point: The Definitive Collector's Edition (1971)

Harry Nilsson , Ringo Starr , Fred Wolf  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr
  • Directors: Fred Wolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MVD Visual
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091JJ278
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

The definitive collector's edition includes over 25 minutes of bonus features including: Who Is Harry Nilsson?, Pitching the Point, Making the Point and Legacy Of The Point.

Editorial Reviews

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Never has nonconformity been celebrated with such charm. --Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

Finally, a new generation of kids can float away on the entrancing cartoon creation of Harry Nilsson (1941-94), the American singer-songwriter who counted the Beatles among his admirers. The Point is a prime example of mass-culture outreach by a countercultural artist (dig the psychedelic number ''P.O.V. Waltz''). B+ --Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Finally, a new generation of kids can float away on the entrancing cartoon creation of Harry Nilsson (1941-94), the American singer-songwriter who counted the Beatles among his admirers. The Point is a prime example of mass-culture outreach by a countercultural artist (dig the psychedelic number ''P.O.V. Waltz''). B+ --Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Finally, a new generation of kids can float away on the entrancing cartoon creation of Harry Nilsson (1941-94), the American singer-songwriter who counted the Beatles among his admirers. The Point is a prime example of mass-culture outreach by a countercultural artist (dig the psychedelic number ''P.O.V. Waltz''). B+ --Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Product Description

Directed by Academy Award-winner Fred Wolf, "The Point" tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of "Point," where everything and everybody has one. Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, is banished to the Pointless Forest. The tale is narrated by Ringo Starr and includes songs written and sung by Grammy Award-winner Harry Nilsson. The definitive collector's edition includes over 25 minutes of bonus features including: Who Is Harry Nilsson?, Pitching the Point, Making the Point and Legacy Of The Point.

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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Pop Fable for Adults and Children February 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to understand today how an album like "The Point" was produced. The album is very experimental in that it is a narrated fable, with musical transitions from one portion of the story to another. Note that this story album predates "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Rick Wakeman and Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" by a number of years.
The tale is of one Oblio and his faithful Arrow. The two live in the land of points (everyone had a pointy head). For a time the two do quite well, but after a jealous child, son of a count, complained that Oblio had no point, there was a game to see whether Oblio had the ability to compete. Oblio defeated the count's child 2 out of 3. The count was outraged and went to the king to complain that the law was that all things in the land of point must have a point. A tribunal reviewed the case and banished Oblio and Arrow to the pointless forest.
Once in the forest Oblio and Arrow discover that the forest had many points. While making this discovery, Oblio and Arrow have a number of adventures. Eventually the pair come across an egg, with no apparent point. The egg soon opens to reveal a bird with a pointed head. The bird flies off and the two soon fall asleep.
The next day the two find a rock that looks like a pointed hand with the word destination on it. They went in the direction the hand pointed and came to, the pointed land. The count was quite angry, but the people were happy to see them because no one had ever been to the pointless forest. Oblio described the forest, and explained that there were many points in the forest, and reasoned that if the pointless forest had a point, then he must too. Someone shouts out "He has a point there", and the story ends very satisfactorily.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Point of it All December 1, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was living in a college dorm 16 years ago. I've been a fan ever since. This is the first time I've heard though, since that day.
The story and the characters behind them are a lot of fun and will appeal to kids and adults alike. The narration between songs is engaging and entertaining and does more than just tell a story. It has a point! What is the Point? You'll have to listen and find out for yourself. Although this album is sort of geared towards children, there seems to be a deeper wisdom under the surface of it all that people of all ages can learn from.
As for the music, it varies a little, starting off very strong with Everything's Got 'Em and Me and my Arrow. It seems to dip occasionally below these very high standards that are set at the start of the album, but there isn't a bad song on the album. For now, Me and My Arrow is my favorite song on the album and must be one of Nilsson's best songs.
It's a very cheerful album. This album might very well change your attitude and brighten your day if you feel so inclined.
The packaging on this remaster deserves to be mentioned. It is one of the best packaging jobs I've ever seen on a CD. Besides the booklet containing lyrics and excellent liner notes, it also comes with a bonus cartoon booklet of the story. Even the picture under the CD in the case is a treat. Very cute! Buy it and see for yourself!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD has a great point September 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I was little, we had the record and video of this. Recently, a friend got me the CD. I had forgotten how great this CD is. The songs are so beautiful, and the story is great, too. Who doesn't feel like they stand out, or that they have no "point" in life? Oblio, who has no point on his head, and is therefore an outcast. After a journy around the pointless forest, he learns that if everyone else has one, then he must have one too. Whenever I'm feeling down, I pop in this CD and things seem to be a little better and sunnier. And even when I'm not down, I pop it in and everything seems even better than it was before. A must for any collection. Even if you're not sure if you like Harry Nilsson, then buy this. Because you do. You just don't know it yet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Been Goofin' With the Bees? August 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is arguably Nilsson's best set of songs. Every number is melodic, filled with wonderful "orchestral" arrangements, retaining the bounciness you want from Nilsson. His puzzling multi-tracked vocalizing never sounded better. Great period keyboards.

It is also one of the best soundtrack lps ever. Why? Not just the songs. The fantastic idea of having Harry himself read his story between each song works so well. And he's NOT reading the film script, but his own typed out version of the fable. (In other words, he's not reading Ringo's narration from the film) This makes for differences in story. For instance, in Harry's version, Oblio has no friends other than Arrow. In the film, he's pretty popular with all the townsfolk, except the Count's son. Harry's own double-tracked Rock Man is hilarious and Harry's voice for the Count is, of course, a bit like a Nazi in a WW2 film. You'd expect that.

The extra cuts are revealing of the creative process. The final one, "Down to the Valley" eventually became the superior song, "Everything's Got 'Em." The other two extra cuts feature radically different instrumentation choices, and different vocalizing.

The package includes two booklets:

The cd-sized comic book is difficult to read as others have said. Get out your magnifying glass.

The main booklet is thoroughly informative, revealing much interesting trivia, and includes a complete personnel listing. Four or five names should look familiar to fans of Pet Sounds!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then
I remember seeing this movie back in the '60's. Loved it then, love it still.
Published 23 hours ago by Linda Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars Old cartoon, but very good one!
I watched this cartoon in my childhood, and I like it. I was so glad that I could buy today on DVD format this movie. The animation is amazing. Happy with purchase.
Published 10 days ago by Colin DM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. Hard to find and what a find on Amazon. Thank you
Published 16 days ago by Catherine Flood
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kid likes as bedtime story
Published 20 days ago by The Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect
Published 21 days ago by Hilda M. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars ... childhood and I bought it for a friend who loved it.
This is a classic from my childhood and I bought it for a friend who loved it.
Published 22 days ago by Katie Dombrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic fable for kids up to age 80.
This is the ultimate timeless fable. The story of the prejudiced boy Oblio is as relevant today as when this was originally on TV. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Heywood Jablowme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have bought about 20 copies
Published 1 month ago by James J. Galvas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album that was written by Nilsson. It has a lesson if you listen to more than the songs. Everyone has a point.
Published 1 month ago by Zegnarocket
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
I have the original album, but have LONG ago gotten rid of our record player. It was great to hear this story again! It brought back a lot of memories.
Published 2 months ago by Bikerwife
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