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Stars & Stripes Forever [Blu-ray + DVD]

4.8 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews

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Marine bandmaster John Philip Sousa becomes famous for his marches and inspires the sousaphone.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Wagner, Clifton Webb, Debra Paget
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QIOK70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Carole Buzzoni on July 24, 2014
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It was beautiful in blu-ray and everything in the movie brought back memories of how movies were made in the fifties with the star quality of Clifton Webb and Ruth Hussey. It was great to see a young Robert Wagner at the start of the fabulous career he has had and he was so handsome. Debra Paget did a great job and her solo dance number with the Sousa Band was great. It came with a sleeve to protect the disc and case and we enjoyed it immensely since I waited so long for it to be released on a disc. Colors were beautiful and the marches were magnificent. Kudos to everybody and thanks to Amazon for making it affordable. Thanks.
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If you love John Phillip Sousa marches, you won't go wrong with this movie! If the story isn't 199% accurate, it follows most of John Phillip Sousa's own anecdotes is life and stirs the blood constantly with his marches throughout! Clifton Webb gives a wonderful performance as The March King and a young Robert Wagner is amusing as Sousa's protege, first in the Marine Band then in John Phillip Sousa's own band. You just can't watch this movie and not feel good and invigorated!
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This movie is a terrific tribute to the great John Philip Sousa. It begins with Sousa's march, "Semper Fidelis," which is played over the Fox Searchlight logo (in lieu of the usual 20th Century-Fox fanfare) and opening credits, and closes with the title track, "Stars And Stripes Forever." Clifton Webb does a marvelous job as Sousa, veteran actress Ruth Hussey plays his wife Jennie, a young Robert Wagner plays Willie Little, who plays the Sousaphone in the band, and Debra Paget plays burlesque performer Lily Becker, who falls in love with and later marries Willie, but they keep the marriage a secret from Sousa, who does not like band members touring with their wives. Later, we find out that Sousa's wife knew about it from the beginning, and so did Sousa himself, though to save face, he pretended not to know.

There are several Sousa marches in the film, along with one non-Sousa number, "Springtime In New York," which gives Debra Paget a chance to show off her considerable singing and dancing talents.

Bonus features, aside from the usual Spanish and English audio tracks, and Spanish, English, and French subtitles, include a brief history of 20th Century-Fox musicals, leading up to STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER; a mini-documentary about Sousa's musical contributions; original U.S. and U.K. trailers, and the alternate U.K. title sequence, where the film was issued, for unknown reasons, under the title Marching Along, the Sousa autobiography on which the film was based. In addition, there are also galleries of press clippings, promotional materials from the film, and still photos. The packaging is somewhat misleading; the bonus features are listed as being exclusive to the Blu-ray disc, but are on the DVD as well. The DVD has the film in Standard Definition; the Blu-ray in High Definition.

An excellent five-star movie.
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It was worth waiting for this Blu ray release. The colors were wonderful and the sound excellent. The movie itself is light but nicely done. I remember seeing it on VHS tape but this current blu ray is magnificent. There are a number of very nice extras on the place of Sousa in American Music and the development of the movie.
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This is a fine movie though probably a little more fictionalized than needed due to the amount of music thrown at the audience. Clifton Webb plays the part very well. One can easily forget how good a "straight" actor he was outside of his "Mr. Belvedere" persona. The plot is simple and purports to trace Sousa's rise as the "March King". The music is the real star and you can't help but feel invigorated after Alfred Newman and Ken Darby get through with you on the soundtrack. A real treat to watch. The Blue-ray transfer is excellent.
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This was an outstanding performance by Clifton Webb. He exhibited a standard of excellence beyond that which could have been portrayed by any other actor, and which probably described the character of John Philip Sousa. The movie had a certain historical significance in that it showed the level of patriotism once held by the American public.
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I've always loved this movie, but hadn't thought about it in a while. When my sister asked me what one movie I could watch multiple times without tiring of it, this is the one that came to mind. As I told her, the music is great, the characters and actors and wonderful to watch, and there's nothing in it that makes me want to fast forward. Rare, indeed. That prompted me to look again to see if it was available on DVD. I was so glad to see that it finally is.

This movie is fun and stirring, with great music and some really good vignettes. I especially enjoyed the Atlanta scene. Unlike another reviewer, I enjoyed the Robert Wagner/Debra Paget sub-plot. Both - especially Wagner - were charming. But who thought up those names? Willie and Lily Little? Really? Since they were not actual characters in real life, I would have thought that names less silly could have been used. But that's just a minor complaint.

Clifton Webb was never better and Ruth Hussey was perfect as his wife. I
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