Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

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Director: Richard Fleischer, Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley

Cast: Richard Fleischer, Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley

     
 

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While modern audiences are more familiar with Eddie Murphy in the role of Dr. Dolittle, this DVD should help to remind everyone that Rex Harrison played him first. Doctor Dolittle comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby

Overview

While modern audiences are more familiar with Eddie Murphy in the role of Dr. Dolittle, this DVD should help to remind everyone that Rex Harrison played him first. Doctor Dolittle comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 4.0 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. 20th Century Fox has done a fine job with this older title.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0024543004950
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:31:00
Sales rank:
2,418

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Audio: English 4.0, English stereo, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough Albert Blossom
Peter Bull Gen. Bellowes
Geoffrey Holder Willie Shakespeare
Muriel Landers Mrs. blossom
William Dix Tommy Stubbins
Portia Nelson Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden Lady Petherington
Ray Erlenborn Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer,Screenwriter
Rona Brown Consultant/advisor
Mario Chiari Production Designer
Alexander Courage Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Ed Graves Art Director
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Herbert Ross Choreography
Walter Scott Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Marvin Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Overture [2:37]
2. Main Titles [2:11]
3. Matthew Mugg [2:19]
4. "My Friend the Doctor" [9:16]
5. Two More for Dinner [1:36]
6. "The Vegetarian" [3:57]
7. Sister Sarah [8:19]
8. "Talk to the Animals" [7:41]
9. The Doctor Is In [7:42]
10. "At the Crossroads" [3:40]
11. The Pushmi-Pullyu [2:40]
12. "I've Never Seen Anything Like It" [5:54]
13. Dolittle and Blossom's Circus [2:28]
14. "Beautiful Things" [:17]
15. The Seal's Escape [2:22]
16. When I Look in Your Eyes [2:50]
17. In Court [6:40]
18. Like Animals [3:04]
19. Entr'acte [7:17]
20. Planning the Doctor's Escape [5:01]
21. "After Today" [1:50]
22. The Getaway [2:54]
23. "Fabulous Places" [2:22]
24. Sea Star Island [6:20]
25. A Storm at Sea [3:32]
26. The Floating Island [:17]
27. "I Think I Like You" [3:35]
28. The Natives [4:46]
29. Willie Shakespeare [3:19]
30. Animal Colds [2:35]
31. Whale Power [2:26]
32. "Doctor Dolittle" [3:06]
33. The Great Pink Sea Snail [1:20]
34. "My Friend the Doctor" [7:30]
35. End Titles [3:25]
36. Exit Music [3:54]

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Doctor Dolittle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a shame that further editing wasn't done to make the story tighter and pace quicker...it isn't that it is awful it is just very LONG...especially for young children...but, as another reviewer here points out, the score is gorgeous...for that matter, so is the cinematography. The cast is so-so...Rex seems to be on automatic pilot here...a sort of road-show Henry Higgins. But, it is certainly worth a look on a rainy weekend afternoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite musical films! It has the fantastic creatures in it from the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though Harrison does carry out the title role very well, another star shines just as brightly: that of Anthony Newley. His musical numbers ("My Friend the Doctor", "Beautiful Things", "After Today" to name a few) are so beautifully delivered, they definitely outshine any of Harrison's sing-talk songs. Overall, though, the score is brilliantly written and much worth any music lover's while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago