Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

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Director: George Sidney

Cast: George Sidney, Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret

     
 

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From the opening menu, featuring star Ann-Margret's famous phone-pose set against a bubbly 1960s backdrop, this DVD presentation of Bye Bye Birdie is a colorful treat. The film comes in both widescreen and full-screen versions (each on a different side of the disc) and can be played with either English 2.0 Dolby Surround, English 5.0 Dolby Digital, or itsSee more details below

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Overview

From the opening menu, featuring star Ann-Margret's famous phone-pose set against a bubbly 1960s backdrop, this DVD presentation of Bye Bye Birdie is a colorful treat. The film comes in both widescreen and full-screen versions (each on a different side of the disc) and can be played with either English 2.0 Dolby Surround, English 5.0 Dolby Digital, or its original English three-channel theatrical presentation. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Special features include the theatrical trailer and detailed talent files for director George Sidney and stars Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, and Paul Lynde. Also included is a booklet detailing a history of the musical's Broadway run, as well as production notes on the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
On-stage, Bye Bye Birdie played like a champion. Though it was hardly a great musical, it was deceivingly well crafted. Unfortunately, the changes wrought by screenwriter Irving Brecher and director George Sidney damage the piece's structure and ultimately make the film entertaining but little more. Greater emphasis is placed on the secondary characters played by Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell, the Spanish ethnicity of Janet Leigh's Rosie (vital to the conflict between her and Maureen Stapleton's character) is essentially eliminated, and two ridiculous and pointless subplots -- one involving a drug that speeds up metabolism and one about the Moscow Ballet's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show -- are added to no positive effect. Director Sidney takes an overly cartoonish approach (exemplified by silly animated chalk drawings during "Put on a Happy Face") that takes the reality out of the movie. Fortunately, the cast and the score make up for a lot of the flaws. Ann-Margret is a wonderful mixture of kittenish innocence and sensuality, and Dick van Dyke is engaging and amiable. Janet Leigh is merely adequate, but Paul Lynde and Maureen Stapleton are quite amusing. Onna White's choreography is lively, and such numbers as "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do" sparkle. The 1995 TV remake was more faithful to the source material, although it has its own shortcomings.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
UPC:
0043396015098
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
328

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Languages: English 5.0 [Dolby Digital] and two-channel [Dolby Surround]; Original English three-channel theatrical presentation; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent and filmographies; Scene selections; Full-screen and widescreen formats; Theatrical trailer; Anamorphic transfer; Production notes; Digitally remastered video and audio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet Leigh Rosie DeLeon
Dick Van Dyke Albert Peterson
Ann-Margret Kim McAfee
Maureen Stapleton Mama Peterson
Bobby Rydell Hugo Peabody
Paul Lynde Harry McAfee
Jesse Pearson Conrad Birdie
Ed Sullivan Himself
Mary Laroche Mrs. McAfee
Michael Evans Claude Paisley
Robert Paige Bob Precht
Gregory Morton Borov
Bryan Russell Randolph
Milton Frome Mr. Maude
Ben A. Astar Ballet Manager
Trudi Ames Ursula
Cyril Delevanti Mr. Nebbitt
Frank Albertson Mayor
Frank Sully Bartender
Bo Peep Karlin Ursula's Mother
Kim Darby Actor
Linda Kaye Henning Uncredited
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Pat Barto Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Johnny Green Score Composer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Charles Nelson Editor
Charles Rice Sound/Sound Designer
Onna White Choreography
Marvin Willens Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. "Bye Bye Birdie" [3:27]
2. John Daly Reporting [1:16]
3. Albert F. Peterson [2:39]
4. Rosie's Publicity Ploy [3:12]
5. Kim McAfee [1:23]
6. "The Telephone Hour" [2:51]
7. Rosie & Albert & Mama [6:29]
8. "How Lovely to Be a Woman" [5:03]
9. "We Love You Conrad" [6:08]
10. Birdie's Entrance [3:03]
11. "Honestly Sincere" [5:37]
12. Harry McAfee [1:57]
13. Secret Formula [1:12]
14. "Hymn for a Sunday Evening" [3:47]
15. Feed Up With Speed-up [1:24]
16. "One Boy" [7:50]
17. "Put on a Happy Face" [4:23]
18. Poor Neglected Mama [2:33]
19. "Kids" [2:58]
20. "One Last Kiss" Rehearsal [5:22]
21. "A Lot of Livin' to Do" [12:41]
22. Maude's Madcap Cafe [3:07]
23. "The Sultan's Ballet" [6:51]
24. "The Ed sullivan Show" [2:57]
25. The Moscow Ballet [5:32]
26. "One Last Kiss" [4:30]
27. "Rosie" [1:54]
28. "Bye Bye Birdie" Reprise [1:24]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. "Bye Bye Birdie" [3:27]
2. John Daly Reporting [1:16]
3. Albert F. Peterson [2:39]
4. Rosie's Publicity Ploy [3:12]
5. Kim McAfee [1:23]
6. "The Telephone Hour" [2:51]
7. Rosie & Albert & Mama [6:29]
8. "How Lovely to Be a Woman" [5:03]
9. "We Love You Conrad" [6:08]
10. Birdie's Entrance [3:03]
11. "Honestly Sincere" [5:37]
12. Harry McAfee [1:57]
13. Secret Formula [1:12]
14. "Hymn for a Sunday Evening" [3:47]
15. Feed Up With Speed-up [1:24]
16. "One Boy" [7:50]
17. "Put on a Happy Face" [4:23]
18. Poor Neglected Mama [2:33]
19. "Kids" [2:58]
20. "One Last Kiss" Rehearsal [5:22]
21. "A Lot of Livin' to Do" [12:41]
22. Maude's Madcap Cafe [3:07]
23. "The Sultan's Ballet" [6:51]
24. "The Ed sullivan Show" [2:57]
25. The Moscow Ballet [5:32]
26. "One Last Kiss" [4:30]
27. "Rosie" [1:54]
28. "Bye Bye Birdie" Reprise [1:24]

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