Our Town 1940 PG CC

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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Birth, life and death in this small community, based on a Thornton Wilder play. Sweet and sensitive. Buoyed by wise performances. Very moving.

Starring:
William Holden, Martha Scott
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

Our Town

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Sam Wood
Starring William Holden, Martha Scott
Supporting actors Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Stuart Erwin, Frank Craven, Doro Merande, Philip Wood, Ruth Tobey, Douglas Gardner, Arthur B. Allen, Charles Trowbridge, Spencer Charters, Dix Davis, Tim Davis, Tom Drake, Dan White
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Picture quality poor.
Richard
I really tried, but I couldn't even watch it, it was so bad!
shelley
This DVD isn't an official Region 1 DVD.
S. Berkin

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109 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stevens on October 3, 2001
Format: DVD
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 condition...it's an outrage.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JRJ on June 1, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Margaret A. Hohner on October 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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 By Derek NN on February 17, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Mr. M. Looke on April 14, 2003
Format: DVD
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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