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Our Town (1940)

William Holden , Martha Scott , Sam Wood  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Writers: Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee, Thornton Wilder
  • Producers: Sol Lesser
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Focus Film
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305838208
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Our Town" on IMDb

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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Run Away!!! October 3, 2001
Our Town is an underrated classic, and I would recomend it to anyone. However, this is without a doubt the worst DVD transfer I've ever seen. To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever seen a truly clean copy of this movie, but I've seen better than this. The audio is the main problem here, as much of the dialogue is indecipherable. I can't believe anyone would have the nerve to release a film in this's an outrage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no sound - need i say more? June 1, 2008
I have ordered this DVD twice now, as the first one was defective and a replacement copy soon arrived to take its place. However, both copies had the same basic problem - NO SOUND WHATSOEVER! These appear to be the worst bootleg copies imaginable - scratchy picture (fine, it's an old film, without the benefit of restoration), . . . BUT NO SOUND???
Not negotiable, in my view - steer clear of this one, and please, Amazon, take it off your market and replace it with a quality version, if one exists!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ending is Wrong October 3, 2005
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This version of the play is quite faithful to the original play by Thornton Wilder until the third act. Well, there is that little bit just before the wedding when George and Emily each have their separate moments of cold feet and their parents remind them of how much they are in love with their intended spouses and how the family is depending on them to go through with the wedding---the movie did skip that little bit in Act Two. But Act Three is very different from the original play. We get voice-over as the camera scans the graveyard and only after the camera pans the sky of sparkling stars do we see the dead sitting on chairs and talking---clearly the audience is supposed to think these people are in heaven. I really think Thorton Wilder clearly states that the people in the cemetery are in the process of forgetting their old lives and preparing for what comes after, so I don't think Wilder wanted us to think they were in heaven yet. And then to top it all off, Emily lives--the whole funeral procession, the coming back to see herself celebrate her 16th birthday (in the play it is her 12th birthday, but Martha Scott looked way too old for 12)and the being frustrated that life went by too fast and she did not take time to really reach out to the people she loved----it all turns out to be a dream! I have not been so disappointed since Patrick Duffy stepped out of the shower and an entire season of "Dallas" turned out to be a dream. When I showed this part to my students, they started yelling at the screen that it was just wrong, that the third act in this version missed the whole point that Wilder was trying to make in his play. The sound and lighting were good, a little fuzzy, as it represented a blurred look at life a century ago. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not nearly as bad as they say... February 17, 2003
Don't be afraid of the reviews, while sure its not a "Lucas film" quality DVD, its still a beautiful production. It leads are wonderful its story beautiful, it ending heartbreaking and touching. How could anyone not love this film! Oh of course the stage version is better, and its maybe not something that was meant to be transferred to film but I would say they did a a pretty great job considering the feat of turning some so theatrical and stagey into an epic romance. You will come out of this film the way you should... perhaps a little more appreciative of your life.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very appealing story you'll watch over and over again December 29, 1998
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I've seen this movie countless times, yet each time, I discover something new. As history, it is an excellent look back at life in the early 1900's. The sets and scenes teach great lessons about what day-to-day life what like 100 years ago. The houses, stores and dress are all remarkable. The movie has a great cast and a great message. Every moment of life is precious far beyond what we may see from our current perspective. We all tend to sail through life without taking a moment to savor all the little blessings of each day. Watching this movie, I sometimes wish I could crawl into the video and live in Grover's Corners for just a day or two. It looks so lovely and simple and peaceful and inspiring.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest storys of the 20th century September 17, 1999
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I was first familiarized with Our Town when I was a child.It made a lasting impression on me through the years.It remains one of my very favorite storys today.This 1940 version is an exceptional portrayal of Thornton Wilders Pulitzer prize winning stage play.I love the town of Grovers Corners.Getting to know the people and the town is truly a magical experience!Thornton Wilder Transports the viewer into another time and place in such an uplifting wholesome and haunting way that the viewer is left in awe.I believe this film is truly a credit to one of Mr Wilders most well known works-Our Town!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star movie, questionable transfer April 14, 2003
This movie is terrific. William Holden especially gives a sincere and touching performance as the young George Gibbs. The story is beautifully told despite the tacked on Hollywood ending; I think we all still get the message! My mission now is to find a DVD worthy of the content. I notice that there are at least two editions on the market. Before I shell out any more hard earned cash (I am a poor Film History student) I wondered if anybody out there could let me know of a better quality copy? Also anybody who enjoyed this movie should check out Sam Wood's fantastic KIngs Row.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
5star movie 3 star audio.
Published 6 days ago by Kenneth Ray Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars to do this film justice.
Their aren't enough stars. That is a wonderful story. I remember when "my" own town looked like that. It's alive, it's warm and you come away knowing those people. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Donna Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
I love this movie,saw it decades ago,very touching movie. I wish life were like that today.
Published 25 days ago by Sharon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't finish.
Published 1 month ago by jeanne ware
5.0 out of 5 stars ... hard time finding a copy - let alone a good one. He was delighted
Bought it for a film aficionado friend who was having a hard time finding a copy - let alone a good one. He was delighted!
Published 1 month ago by Marty
4.0 out of 5 stars Our town
This is an old black and white film. It is based on a couple in a small new England town. It is very touching and sentimental. A good watch.
Published 2 months ago by Hank
2.0 out of 5 stars The sound is good, but the picture quality is very poor----- this ...
The sound is good,but the picture quality is very poor----- this classic needs to br restored---I'm surprised is hasn't been restored.
Published 2 months ago by Paul lepus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great classic films. The entire cast was perfectly selected for their roles, Holden was memorable.
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Lanzieri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should see this classic, a reminder of our mortality and
trivial pursuits of the life we now live.
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin P. Willett
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I love this movie;but this online Movie wouldn't start
Published 3 months ago by Ann Smith
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Is there ANY quality DVD copy of "Our Town"?
Not at the moment, unfortunately. If you're ever able to find a used copy of the OOP Unicorn edition, I think you'll find it the best of currently available prints. Far from good, but probably the best you'll find for the foreseeable future. Though the DVD cover says 'digitally remastered,... Read More
Jul 19, 2012 by C. G. M. |  See all 3 posts
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