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Bye Bye Birdie [Blu-ray]

4.4 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews

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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his 'farewell' television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray

Product Details

  • Format: Color, Subtitled
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00942US66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Michael A. Quebec on June 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is an excellent time-capsule for the end of the late '50's/early'60's rock n' roll era. (It came out in 1963, just a few months before the Beatles hit our shores & changed everything forever.)
It's got everything:
An Elvis-like rock n' roll sex-machine on a motorcycle, check!
Cold War political satire, check!
A spoof of middle-class American values, check!
Young, gorgeous Ann-Marget, check & check again!
I was born too late to experience this time period & I haven't actually seen the Broadway original from 1960 with Chita Rivera in the Janet Leigh role. But this movie is a fast-paced, witty musical-comedy. I know the 1995 version sticks closer to the original story, but I think that version plays too much into the whole "nostalgia" element that was NOT a part of any show actually made back then. That version was also slow & not very funny.
This version is great! A lot has been said about the music, but the comedy hasn't got much attention. The humor manages to be suggestive without being vulgar. It's kind of like reading an old issue of MAD Magazine, but this is acted out!
If you want laughs every second, great songs & great dancing, as well as a humorous glimpse as to what American attitudes were like back then, then this 1963 version is for you!
It's "Honestly Sincere!"
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I actually played "Kim" in my middle schools rendition of Bye Bye birdie, and since then, this has been my absolute favorite musical of all time - I'm sure this is partly due to my great memories of being in this play, but regardless of that, the songs are great and I love the story line.

Bye Bye Birdie is about an Elvis-type guy who has just got word that he's being drafted into the army. Because of his popularity as a singer, they decide to run a contest where 1 lucky girl will be chosen to have "one last kiss" with him. Kim wins the contest, and will be given her kiss live on the Ed Sulliven Show (a show that was really popular in the 1950's).

Much of the story surrounds the excitement about Kim winning the contest & the fact that her father and boyfriend don't want the kiss to happen. Will they be able to stop it?

Then there's "Albert" played by Dick Van Dyke - an on & off again songwriter, and his girlfriend "Rosie" who wants nothing more than for Albert to propose to her. Unfortunately, Albert is such a "mommas boy" that he can't seem to make any decisions for himself, and his mother is not about to suggest that he get married and leave her all alone! Will he ever step up and pop the question?

Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys musicals. It will remind you of a much simpler time - with the music and outfits in classic 1950's style. A great movie for "family night"!
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"Bye Bye Birdie" is a classic and refreshing fun movie for all ages. I am only a 14 year old male, but I have amazing respect and love for this movie. Most of you knocking the movie are probally teens also, and probally have just seen the movie recently. I was in LOVE with this movie when i was about 5 years old all the way untill now! The movie was my absolute favorite when I was very young, I can't remember how was introduced to the movie, but I was crazy over it, and my parent's bought me the laserdisk, and just this Christmas they got me the DVD! The movie is such a fabolous fun movie. I remember how much I loved the intro to this movie, with Ann-Margret singing the amazing title track "Bye Bye Birdie". I was always amazed with her Intro and Outro of this movie. I understand the movie is different from the play, and I know thats why most of you don't like the movie. I am also very big into drama and theather, but I have yet to be in a production or seen a production of "Bye Bye Birdie". A local High School around here is doing "Bye Bye Birdie" this spring, which I will love to see. My High school is putting on "The King And I" this spring, which is going to be fabolous, I will be in it. But back to "Bye Bye Birdie"....I feel this movie is just so refreshing, when I am in a bad mood, this movie can definetly make me feel better, the songs are fun and happy, the acting is also great. Ann-Margret's performance was just absolutely outstanding, and Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Maureen Stapleton were also fabolous. If I ever have a chance to be in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie", my dream role would be Albert, Dick Van Dyke's part, I would love to play that part.Read more ›
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A great old-fashioned feel-good musical brought to the screen with enthusiasm and energy. Both a satire on and a celebration of good old rock 'n roll in the days before the British invasion when Elvis was still the king. Here we get Conrad Birdie instead of Elvis who, like Elvis, has been drafted into the army, much to the distress of his multitude of tenny-bopper fans. A publicity stunt of his farewell kiss to a symbolic average girl from an average middle American town sets the scene for music, comedy and mayhem.

A big hit on Broadway, Bye Bye Birdie actually benefits from the Hollywood treatment of expansion and opening out. The energy of the bigger musical numbers is allowed to explode rather than being confined to a stage. Only once or twice are questionable decisions made - the overly cutesy staging of the show's most famous number "Put On A Happy Face" being the prime example. But the rest of the score - the raucous "Honestly Sincere", the hilarious "Kids", the wistful "One Boy", the dynamic "A Lot Of Living To Do" - are nothing but pleasure to watch and listen to.

Dick Van Dyke shows why Bye Bye Birdie made him a star on Broadway. He does it all - singing, dancing, acting, clowning - and he does it wonderfully. Paul Lynde is a riot as a harassed father, Maureen Stapleton is equally funny as an overbearing mother, and Jesse Pearson is both grotesque and electric as Conrad Birdie. Even Bobby Rydell is good...sort of. In what I think was her first major role, Ann-Magret all but steals the picture. Whether being a tomboy, a high school cutie, or a slithering dance floor temptress, she oozes presence and star quality. No wonder they decided to create a title song for her to sing at the beginning and end of the movie - you just can't get enough of her.
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