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Our Town

3.5 out of 5 stars 147 customer reviews

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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Writers: Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee, Thornton Wilder
  • Producers: Sol Lesser
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Focus Film
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305838208
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Our Town" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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If this print is restored, it is hard to tell as the films shows scratches and other imperfections. It is no better than most of the public domain versions that are floating around. It is a wonderful film except for that horrible ending. Don't expect a clean restored print, no matter what the listing says. It looks like several generations from the master. Washed out, dirty, scratches, muddy sound. TCM has as good a print as I have seen but I don't know if it's available for sale. I wish someone what get busy ant bring it back to mint or as close as possible. THIS AIN'T IT.
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As noted in the previous DVD reviews, the picture and sound quality are abominable. Shame on me for not checking the reviews before buying the disk.
Perhaps the VHS transfer is better.
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Format: DVD
(This isn't a review of the film itself. Just the DVD itself.)

This DVD isn't an official Region 1 DVD. It's a cheap, pirated Region 0 bootleg!
Be careful when ordering DVDs from amazon, because some of the DVDs they sell (albeit, a small percentage) are bootleg (I.E.: "Sailor Moon Stars-The Complete Bootlegged Collection" (!?))
Luckily, amazon has included in the description that this is a region 0 DVD (when I ordered this it wasn't in the description). But still, it's ridiculous that amazon KNOWS this is a bootleg, and doesn't take it down!
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