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Stars & Stripes Forever [Blu-ray + DVD] (1952)

Robert Wagner , Clifton Webb  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Wagner, Clifton Webb, Debra Paget
  • Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QIOK70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray

From Our National March To The Silver Screen
John Philip Sousa's Contribution To American Music
Pressbook, Advertising and Still Galleries
Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: DVD

Editorial Reviews

Stars and Stripes Forever is the rousing and patriotic march heard every Fourth of July, and, the inspirational film about the American music legend who wrote it, John Philip Sousa. Beginning with Sousa's days as a sergeant major in the United States Marine Corps and leader of the Corps' famous marching band, Stars and Stripes Forever transports you back to the 1890s and Sousa's ascent to world renown as a composer and conductor of The Sousa Band. Three-time Academy Awardr Nominee Clifton Webb shines as Souza, "The March King," along with Robert Wagner, Debra Paget and Ruth Hussey.

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Philip Sousa Fantasia December 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is an amusing little yarn on Sousa and his music. Being only about 90 minutes long the movie does not attempt to be comprehensive with his life, but concentrates instead on creating a portrait of him. Clifton Webb has Sousa's somewhat stiff, yet humorous personality down pretty well. The episodes depicted in the movie are brief vignettes, loosely based on some actual events. The Marine Corps probably did treat their March King in a rather off-hand manner as shown in the movie. Sousa did make the Marine Band from a 3rd rate emsemble into one of the best military bands in the country, and the Marines could not really offer him anymore than what they had already given him.
The truth is Sousa saw an opportunity to market himself to a growing American audience that was starting to become more sophisticated in its musical tastes. He would perfect the band tour concept. Others had done it before him, but Sousa would make himself into a super-star, and truly traveled the world. The movie accurately shows his formation of his own Sousa band after leaving the Marines in 1892. Where the movie strays a bit is with the silly sideline romance. Here we have the typical 1950s guy meets girl thing going on. It's cute, but kind of takes away from the subject matter. Its also hard to say whether this is a musical or not? There is a lot of singing and show numbers presented, based, supposedly on Sousa's music. We do get to hear some good versions of "Semper Fidelis" which is played ad noseum!
I would have liked this movie a lot more if it had been a little more serious and showcased some more of Sousa's music. He really did write more than just 10 marches you know! Plus countless classical transcriptions, overtures, songs, novely items and arrangements of old American folk music.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars And Stripes Forever is Americana at its best! October 20, 2001
By Josh P.
Format:VHS Tape
Wonderful portraying by Clifton Webb. No other American musical comes close to "Stars and Stripes Forever." If you've watched this film and enjoyed it, you'll love "The Music Man". No musical holds a candle to these two! If you're proud to be an American, like me, you'll be entertained by this movie every time you see it. The way the marches are played in this film is extraordinarily exuberant. Treat yourself to a outstanding biography that is Americana at its best!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is don't be missed entertainment for the family!!! November 22, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
Anyone fond of marching band music will be thrilled with this account of the life of John Phillip Sousa. It is very well acted and very well made. There is comedy, tragedy, and gives you a feel of how life was in those times. But, best of all, there's the music. I watch this video every chance I get. It's especially good over the fourth of July, but trust me, you will enjoy it anytime!!! For a real treat, treat yourself to this great show!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stars & Stripes Forever - Blu-RAY edition March 11, 2013
By M
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Stars & Stripes Forever [Blu-ray + DVD]I have always liked this movie for its musical score. The story while fanciful is fun. When it came out on BLu-Ray I was very excited to get it.

As for the disk:
The Video quality was superb-Great transfer!!!!Did I say superb????

NOW the audio is another story..............DOES NOT PLAY THE ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK!!! now if you listen to it in Spanish it DOES play that soundtrack, and it again is of superb quality with the musical score knocking it out of the park.....HOWEVER, as I am not Spanish it does me NO GOOD..........

I tried it on TWO different blue-ray players........SAME result. BOTH have their LATEST firmware.....SO

I returned the disk for a replacement..............SAME result with the replacement!!! They must have a good batch of these bad ones!!!! Beware of the Blu-Ray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding family entertainment. December 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is very much an "old fashioned" movie, with acting, timing, dialog, etc.without the use of todays special effects, nudity, profanity and violence. It appeals to your brain, rather than to your animal instincts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now more than ever... June 27, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This is the kind of movie that stirs my deepest emotions for this country,when you hear these marches being played,I get goose pimples(honestly),and can't help it but to start singing along,the story is very true of the man that composed them,now more than ever we should remember to sing them once in a while,to remind us of how great our country is,in an era in which some people are trying to divide us whether to do our duty or not as the defenders of democracy,it is always good to remember that in past wars our soldiers marched to the battlefield to the tune of these songs,and many of them offered the ultimate sacrifice,if we would have laid back then,and let our enemies overtake us,today we probably would be speaking a different language.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Why Isn't This Available on DVD? September 18, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is an all time great and is particularly needed in this time of war and trial of the national soul. Surely Hollywood politics is not keeping this from the public, is it?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER April 17, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE A LOT. I AM INTO HISTORICAL MOVIES VERY MUCH. I ENJOYED THE SONGS VERY MUCH IN THE MOVIE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars film and service
great film, have a very old copy , but this is so much better and in blue ray
service to spain was great and it arrived quicker than expected ,
Published 21 hours ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Clifton Webb film
Clifton Webb brings his Mr. Belvedere persona to the role of John Phillip Sousa and it is a perfect match. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Beowolf Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for grandma
This was a trip down memory lane for my wife's mom. Okay so it is old technology, but she still loved every minute of it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Peter A. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars The great march king
For every red blooded American.listening to it and watching it you felt that barely 30 years after the Civil war we were spoiling for a fight.\Wagner character fictional. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rh
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Movie
I just had to have this movie in my collection. What a great show. I love Souza's marches and Clifton Web did a great job portraying Souza.
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Published 1 month ago by bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
I first saw Stars & Stripes when I was in High School and liked the movie then. Robert Wagner of course was a plus.
I like Clifton Webb and have seen a few of his picture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars & Stripes Forever
This was one of my mother's favorite movies ... and mine as well. I'm thrilled to have it on DVD. If you enjoy Sousa's marches, watch the movie! Clifton Webb is perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Beammeuplori
5.0 out of 5 stars John Philip Sousa
Excellent! This is an excellent review of one of America's great composers. There's hardly any University in America that doesn't have one of Sousa's marches as their fight song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by McGettrick, Dennis M
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars & Stripes Forever
I have watched this movie over the years for the 4th of July and it always brightens my holiday. I love the Sousa Marches and this film brings to life the man who wrote them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Faris
2.0 out of 5 stars BOLD print... up front.. if it is other than a DVD.
It's a VHS Tape... I can't watch it, so it has not been opened. :-(
Very disappointed I can't find this in DVD, as I HAVE found Hundreds of other classics now in DVD.
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Berry
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