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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Right Here in River City, March 17, 2003
This review is from: The Music Man (Special Edition) (DVD)
Professor Harold Hill makes his living conning small town residence by telling them he's going to start a boys' band then leaving with their money before the promised direction begins. Taking an unintended challenge, he gets off in River City, Iowa. While the locals at first appear cold, his charm soon changes their minds. Or almost all of them. Marion, the local librarian and piano teacher, is convenienced that the professor isn't all he claims to be. Meanwhile, Harold has set his sites on wooing the spinster librarian. Will he win her heart or hurt her? Will the townspeople find out the truth, or will this encounter change everyone for the better?
As much as I love musicals, I had missed this one until the recent ABC movie version. I fell immediately under its charming spell. The story is fun and the music is fantastic. After enjoying the remake so much, I was looking forward to watching the original, and it didn't disappointment. The cast, lead by Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, is strong. The chorography makes me want to join in the fun (always a must for a musical), and the story fleshes out a couple minor points I had missed in the remake. And I simply must praise the work of the Buffalo Bills as the school board. They've inspired me in my search for good barbershop quartet music.
The DVD preserves the movie well. The widescreen picture is sharp and clear and the sound is just fine. Watching the trailer for the reissue shows just how much work has gone into the restoration. Shirley Jones provides an interesting intro and serves as host for the behind the scenes special.
This is a classic musical that everyone will enjoy. It tells a fun story with wonderful music and evokes a simpler time and place. If you haven't watched yet, pick up a copy and enjoy tonight.
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2010 6:18:20 PM PST
We don't need reviews of the DVD version when looking to buy the Blu-ray version.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2010 7:49:23 AM PST
Is this even out on Blu-Ray?

Of course, when I reviewed this back in 2003, DVD was all we had.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2011 7:39:38 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2016 5:57:29 PM PST
Mark says:
Look at the date of the review next time you feel like being a jerk, Phil. Dated before Blu-ray was officially released in 2006. If you have to complain, Phil, why don't you complain to Amazon for lumping different techs together, Phil.
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