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Oliver (With CD Premium) Giftset (1968)

Mark Lester , Ron Moody , Carol Reed  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Lionel Bart, Vernon Harris
  • Producers: John Woolf
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Soundtrack, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4JMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar®-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale! Young Oliver (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by a band of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain, Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman, Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), and his loyal apprentice, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing, Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own. Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?" and "As Long As He Needs Me," OLIVER! leads us on a journey in search of love, belonging and honor among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards® (1968), including Best Picture and Best Score, OLIVER! will steal your heart!

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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody's Fagin steals classic OLIVER! April 20, 2004
Until CHICAGO reenergized the movie musical genre, this musical version of Charles Dickens' immortal "Oliver Twist" was widely regarded as one of the last of the great movie musicals. Indeed, with its high-energy performances, infectious music, steady direction by Sir Carol Reed and glorious sets, this movie won the 1968 Best Picture Oscar over such formidable competition as THE LION IN WINTER, CHARLEY, and FUNNY GIRL.
Of course, most people are familiar with the classic story of young Oliver Twist, whose mother dies giving him birth and is forced to be raised under the cruel supervision of the English workhouse officials. When he dares beg for more than his meager ration of gruel, the youngster is apprenticed to an undertaker and his extremely nasty family. After escaping this hostile environment, he finds himself taken in by the roguish Fagin, the Artful Dodger(Fagin's best pupil), and the rest of his band of young pickpockets. In time, however, Oliver will find his home, but not before dealing with the likes of the brutal Bill Sikes with the help of Sike's sympathetic lover, Nancy, and the kindly Mr. Brownlow.
As musical films go, it is hard to fault the wonderful casting in this film. Mark Lester makes a perfectly, if maybe overly, innocent Oliver, while Jack Wild is a delight as the rascally Artful Dodger. Shanie Wallis is heart-rending as the tragic Nancy. Oliver Reed (Sir Carol's nephew) is truly scary as the menacing Bill Sikes. Harry Secombe displays a glorious tenor in the comic role of Mr. Bumble, the beadle of the workhouse. However, it is Ron Moody's fantastic performance of the rascally Fagin that steals this movie. It is not surprising, when you consider that he created the role when the musical was first produced in London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consider it a wonderful experience February 6, 2000
The movie musical was on its way out by the time 'Oliver!' hit theaters in 1968. Happily, this marvelously fun and entertaining film swept the Oscars and earns my vote for the best musical of the 60s (although 'The Music Man' ranks a close second). Mark Lester is adorable in the title role and Jack Wild is a kick as the mischievious Artful Dodger. Then there's Ron Moody recreating his stage role as the villainous (but still likable) Fagin. He's not exactly the same character created by Charles Dickens but he's memorable just the same. And Shani Wallis' Nancy along with Oliver Reed's Bill Sikes give the film some real dramatic punch. The production design strikingly recreates the feel and flavor of mid-19th century London. And the songs which include 'Consider Yourself' and 'Oom Pah Pah' are the icing on the cake. Do your family a great favor and add this timeless treat to your DVD collection.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless fun. Truly a classic! October 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I must say, I've never really been a big fan of musicals perse, but four years ago, I caught this delightful rendition of the Charles Dickens classic on the ENCORE movie network and I instantly changed my tune. I love movies, and I have always loved movies, but I never got so much enjoyment out of watching a film in my life until I saw OLIVER!. It's "freely" adapted from the Dickens novel, and there's the inclusion of song and dance, but the film still manages to stay fairly close to its source, and the entire production is successful at capturing the mood of 19th-century England, and the spirit of Dickens' original novel is alive throughout. Those not familiar with the story, OLIVER is the tale of a little orphan boy whose life has been nothing but workhouse servitude. When he finally escapes from his turbulent and unhappy life, he falls in with a band of young thieves led by the incorrigible Fagin(Ron Moody, Oscar-nominated). British child actor Mark Lester is appealing and absolutely adorable in the title role. Jack Wild(Oscar-nominated) is equally winning as his slick sidekick, The Artful Dodger. In fact, Lester and Wild worked so well together in the film that they went on to appear together in the popular 1971 release MELODY. Oliver Reed is appropriately menacing as the brutish Bill Sykes. The film was directed by Reed's uncle, Carol Reed. Some might say this film compares in comparison to David Lean's straight-faced 1948 filmization of the Dickens classic. That version of the story is also a confirmed classic, but it's not nearly as much fun as this one. If you're a parent and want to introduce your children to the classics, this film is the way to do it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad August 10, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The musical is exactly what I wanted. I was disappointed that the DVD itself was completely plain (no label). I didn't think the second act was on it! So I returned it and was sent another exactly like it. Only then did I realize that in the tiniest print around the hole in the middle it said Side 1 on one side and side 2 on the other side. A word of explanation with the packaging would have been helpful.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but.......... February 22, 2005
Don't get me wrong, Oliver is a fabulous musical. A great adaptation of Charles Dickens classic. My 3 stars for this is because the DVD could have been so much better. First of all this is advertised as the 30th Anniversary edition. Well where are the extras? An Oliver reunion, or making of commentary with the stars would have been such a great addition. My understanding is all of the leads are still alive and breathing. Why didn't you get them for this? Also....BIG complaint.....If Titanic, which is over 3 hours long, can be put on one side of a DVD then WHY did this movie have to be put on two sides? When watching a movie I do not want to have to get up, eject the DVD, turn it over and start part two. That should have gone out with Laserdiscs. VERY BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! Alll in all , a great movie. Hopefully for the 40th Anniversary the studio will re-release this THE RIGHT WAY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a+
has always been a big favorite of mine- we did this movie as a musical in my high school- had a great time
Published 16 hours ago by Sue DeBruyn
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic
I ordered this movie because it has always been one of my very favorites, and for some unknown reason, I had never acquired a copy of my own. Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. D. Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Treat!
I never tire of watching this movie. Just bought it again for my great grandchild named "Oliver". This is one of the best musicals ever made. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am exposing some of the younger people in my family to the great musicals. I think this is one of them. Great catchy songs you love to sing long after the movie stops. Read more
Published 11 days ago by MARY BURKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Geat Musical/Commedy
Happily, an orphan travels a long road in a short time to be re-united with his unknown family having his hopes fulfilled.
Published 19 days ago by Charles A Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver!
I love musicals - and this one is no exception. In my opinion, it had a good story line and great songs!
Published 21 days ago by Judith P. Arndt
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not purchase!!!!!!!
This was not the complete movie. The DVD started at the middle of the movie completely skipping the entire beginning. The picture was very blurt. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sonya Rhem
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Wavekengthr
No pamp let and not wraned about the wavelength. Not used to two sided recordings either
However the show itaelf is as good as ever.
Published 29 days ago by john kemsey-bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!
When my grands leave our house I tell them, "You Can Go, But Be Back Soon".
They love musicals and this was a fun musical!
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs and value
What a wonderful set as you can listen to the tunes with the included music CD without having to play the movie.
Published 1 month ago by TG
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Oliver - Does anyone know if this version is on one side of the disk.
I discovered it was 2 sided after I watched side A first. Haven't not seen Oliver in years, it seemed that when Side A was done, it certainly didn't show the whole show. I turned it over and there was the beginning of the show. So, As it turned out, Side B was the first side, and side A was... Read more
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