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Hairspray (Two-Disc Shake & Shimmy Edition) [Blu-ray]
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It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A remake of the 1988 musical film Hairspray, the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film. Viewers quickly become immersed in Tracy's teenage world of popular television dance shows, big hair, the stigma of being different, and the first hesitant steps toward racial integration within a segregated world. The Corny Collins (James Marsden) television dance show is a teenage obsession in Tracy's world and Link Larkin (Zac Efron) is every girl's dream partner, so when a call for auditions goes out, Tracy skips school to try out, but is rejected by station manager Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) because of her large size and the threat of competition for Velma's own daughter Amber (Brittany Snow). Perseverance and the support of her friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), father Wilbur (Christopher Walken), and negro dancer Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) lead Tracy to the spotlight and the chance of a lifetime, but more and more Tracy discovers that fairness and equality for those who are different does not come without a fight and that sacrifices must be made to effect change. While the message is serious, Hairspray is first and foremost a comedy with stellar performances by John Travolta as Edna Turnblad (who ever imagined Saturday Night Fever's iconic star would appear onscreen as a woman?), Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Part of what makes Hairspray so powerful is the exceptional music composed by Marc Shaiman, including songs newly composed for the movie like "Ladies' Choice," "The New Girl in Town," and "Come So Far," and the awesome vocal talents of Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle) and a cast of heretofore musically-unknown actors like Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, and Brittany Snow who really can sing. Notable trivia includes Jerry Stiller's appearance in both versions of the film (as Wilbur in the 1988 film and as Mr. Pinky in this 2007 rendition), and a cameo appearance by 1988 director and screenplay writer John Waters. Hairspray is one of the best films of the year--it's powerfully moving entertainment that leaves you energized and motivated to fight for what you believe in. --Tami Horiuchi
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It's a CRACK UP with a WOMAN being played by John Travolta.. & he pulls it off like nobody's business!
I WOULD purchase this again, not only for my kids, but maybe even for me ;0).
Just a wonderful, toe tapping good time spreading the message of tolerance and inclusiveness.
As far amazon quality goes: halfway through the movie, we lost HD and had to suffer through some of the worst film quality ever experienced.
If I bought this used, it would’ve been understandable, but I purposely paid extra for a new version, so that it wouldn’t be. I’m disappointed and disgusted with this purchase
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"It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A re-make of the 1988 musical film Hairspray the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film."
I think the above statement gives you a good idea of what the actual film is about, but there is so much more than just a musical about prejudice and racism.
For one you have John Travolta playing Tracy Turnblad's mother, yes you read right, John Travolta is dressed up like a women, talks like a women, in fact is a women all through this movie, and he does it very well. That for me was enough to make this film worth watching.
If you are a fan of musicals you are bound to love this as well, its good a story that can easily stand the test of time, even though humanity has moved on from the prejudice of the 60's films like this are still an effective reminder even if done in a comical musical way.
Zac Efron plays his part well, but then this wasn't long on from his High School Musical days so he was still in the 'teen musical' frame of actorship. James Marsden also plays his role well as the presenter of the TV show at the centre of all controversy. That's not all you have the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer playing the evil TV station boss that is obviously racist and dislikes Tracy Turnblad immensely she going out of her way to make sure things don't go how they should.
The dancing, acting and singing, just make this whole movie a fun one to watch with all the family. Look out for some cameos roles from people that was in the previous version of this film. Some of the songs are the same or similar as the previous version, but enough new stuff, and a completely different take, make this different enough to be classed as difference.
It was delivered very quickly.
The film is done in a musical format. Some very well known film stars. Some, at the time, unknowns that have since become
reasonably well known through long term roles in TV series such as The White House and others.
John Travolta just has to be seen as an obese mother.
The music, whilst not as memorable as the likes of that in Grease is entertaining.
Overall, a film worth a couple of hours of entertainment and all the more so at the price I managed to get it for.
The film is moving with a storyline about acceptance from being overweight to black and portrays everyone as equal no matter what walk of life they're from. A movie that is superb from the storyline to the music. I think Grease had better watch out because this film has just overtook it in my book as the best musical of all time. I'm about on my 10th time of watching it and I only bought it a few weeks back. If you see it and you have some spare money, BUY IT. It really is that good!!!
He got a lead part so this DVD has helped him a great deal!
He was also word perfect for his audition!
I'm not familiar with it but I think he was Troy?
I mean the fabulous Christopher Walken is a revelation as the supportive dad and his comic timing is superb. John Travolta as the mum - well words fail me. He's great!
If I'm honest though - the star of the whole film is Queen Latifah. She steals every scene she's in whether she means to or not, her singing voice is out of this world (I'd never actually heard her sing before).
Alison Jennings is also a scene stealer and anyone who watched her in American Beauty or West Wing - is in for a hell of a shock!
If you want a feel good film with some cracking songs that you'll be humming for months then get this film.
Joyously daft and upbeat, a very different prospect to the original film.
Songs that require repeated watching, likeable characters in the 60s segregated setting, a daytime dancing TV show and John Travolta in a dress.
A tubby teen, Tracey Turnblad dreams of being a dancer on the Corny Collins show, and gets her chance to audition. Can she get the cute boy to notice her? Can she help make Corny's Negro Day more than once a month?
Brilliantly written songs, this is a joy from beginning to end.
humans difference in opinions and how silly it can all end up being! Brilliant!
PS. Don't tell my daughter I gave it 5 stars - 1 was from me the other 4 are from her.