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Two discs for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Fans of Stanley Donen's rowdy, lusty MGM musical will kick up their boots for this truly special edition. It contains not only a close approximation of the original CinemaScope version but also the rarely seen full-screen version that MGM insisted Donen make simultaneously, so it could be shown in theaters that lacked the then-revolutionary widescreen equipment. Howard Keel stars as ...
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Two discs for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Fans of Stanley Donen's rowdy, lusty MGM musical will kick up their boots for this truly special edition. It contains not only a close approximation of the original CinemaScope version but also the rarely seen full-screen version that MGM insisted Donen make simultaneously, so it could be shown in theaters that lacked the then-revolutionary widescreen equipment. Howard Keel stars as Adam, an Oregon mountain man in the market for a bride. Jane Powell is Milly, who accepts the proposal, only to find herself playing cook and maid to Adam and his six boisterous, brawling brothers. She attempts to civilize her new husband and her lovelorn brothers-in-law, all of whom want wives of their own. Adam proposes a more direct approach than "goin' co'tin" -- kidnap the prospective brides! According to Donen's commentary and an entertaining documentary about the making of the film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was budgeted as a B-movie by MGM, forcing Donen to film on sound stages rather than on location. But it endures as one of the last great MGM musicals, and one of the most beloved. The high-spirited performances are infectious, especially during the classic barn-raising extravaganza, and the Saul Chapin-Gene de Paul score, while it did not produce any hits, remains a delight, with such tunes as "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" and the haunting "Lonesome Polecat." A decided improvement over previous pan-and-scan versions, this features-laden set is the one to have and to hold, from this day forward.
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Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Broadway smash The Music Man was a big, brass-band valentine to small-town America at the turn of the 20th century. And the film, which followed five years later, is among the most exuberant, old-fashioned delights from the waning days of the Hollywood musical’s golden age. Robert Preston conducts himself splendidly as Prof. Harold Hill, a traveling salesman with a scheme to form a boys' marching band and sell River City yokels the uniforms and gear. Alas, the town’s lovely librarian, Marian Shirley Jones, smells a rat; and Hill’s efforts to charm her by drawing her awkward little brother Ron Howard out of his shell lead to the ersatz professor’s unlikely delivery from the dark side. The film’s impeccable cast includes Paul Ford as River City's confounded mayor, Hermione Gingold as his "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little" biddy of a wife, and Buddy Hackett as Hill's former partner in crime. "76 Trombones" leads the big parade of showstoppers, including "Till There Was You," "Marian the Librarian," “Gary, Indiana," and "Trouble." Speaking of trouble right here in River City, the revealing making-of documentary included on the Special Edition DVD notes that Jones was pregnant during most of the production, necessitating various shoot-arounds. Another fun fact from the 30-minute documentary: The studio wanted Frank Sinatra for the title role, but the musical's composer, Meredith Wilson, insisted that without Preston, who made the role his own on Broadway, there would be no movie. Like the wish-fulfilling contents of "The Wells Fargo Wagon," The Music Man remains something very, very special.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • UPC: 085391132851
  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Music Man
1. Main Title [2:34]
2. "Rock Island" [3:22]
3. "Cowell's Tirade." [1:45]
4. "Iowa Stubborn." [3:55]
5. Meeting Marcellus [2:13]
6. Mrs. Shinn [3:03]
7. "Ya Got Trouble" [4:18]
8. First Impressions [1:51]
9. "Piano Lesson" [1:58]
10. Winthrop's Home [1:49]
11. "Goodnight, My Someone." [3:45]
12. July 4th Exercises [4:34]
13. "Seventy-Six Trombones." [7:38]
14. His Credentials [3:38]
15. "Sincere." [3:22]
16. Pass/Pitch/Play [3:17]
17. Say Yes Mrs. Shinn [2:10]
18. "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little"/"Goodnight, Ladies." [2:51]
19. "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl." [2:58]
20. "Marian the Librarian." [7:42]
21. Two Solicitations [4:14]
22. "Gary, Indiana." [4:20]
23. "Being in Love." [4:46]
24. "Indecent" Plans [1:20]
25. "Wells Fargo Wagon" [4:48]
26. Dance/Band Practice [3:32]
27. The Candy Kitchen [5:10]
28. "Lida Rose"/"Will I Ever Tell You"? [5:30]
29. "Gary, Indiana" Reprise [2:14]
30. Two to Tango [4:17]
31. "Lida Rose:" Reprise [:58]
32. Rumor Exchange [4:18]
33. Think System [2:01]
34. "Shipoopi." [6:41]
35. Grecian Urns [1:02]
36. Footbridge Podium [1:36]
37. "Till There Was You." [3:42]
38. Who's Selling Whom? [2:25]
39. "It's You;" Gunning for Hill [2:51]
40. "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Goodnight, My Someone" Reprises [2:45]
41. Caught in the Door [4:11]
42. Stand up for Hill [2:47]
43. The Band [2:35]
44. Parade ("Seventy-Six Trombones" Reprise) [2:14]
45. The Cast [1:55]
Disc #2 -- Meet Me in St. Louis
1. Credits [1:42]
2. Meet Me in St. Louis [3:08]
3. Men on Their Minds [3:47]
4. The Boy Next Door [3:25]
5. On the Ice Wagon [3:29]
6. Hot and Bothered [2:49]
7. Leisurely Dinner [4:15]
8. Warren Calling [4:14]
9. Too Much Bloom [2:16]
10. Skip to My Lou [3:00]
11. I Was Drunk Last Night [1:28]
12. Under the Bamboo Tree [2:33]
13. Turning the Lights Out [4:49]
14. Over the Bannister [2:44]
15. The Trolley Song [4:56]
16. Halloween Night [3:21]
17. Most Horrible [6:02]
18. Who Hit Tootie? [4:36]
19. Laughable Truth [2:28]
20. Apology Accepted [2:30]
21. Papa's Annoucement [4:40]
22. Wrecking Everybody's Life [3:09]
23. You and I [3:34]
24. Elegant But Breathless [5:02]
25. Date Crisis [4:06]
26. Changing Partners [6:29]
27. A Way to Be Together [2:56]
28. How Will Santa Know? [1:30]
29. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [2:47]
30. Tears in the Snow [2:40]
31. The Nicest Present [4:16]
32. Right Here at the Fair [3:54]
Disc #3 -- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1. Credits [1:41]
2. Wife Shopping [2:21]
3. Bless Yore Beautiful Hide [2:30]
4. Determined to Marry [4:36]
5. Echo Pass Elation [2:01]
6. Wonderful Wonderful Day [3:20]
7. Brothers From a to G [3:58]
8. Slopping the Hogs [2:25]
9. Milly's Terms [2:21]
10. When You're in Lobe [3:21]
11. Brothers Bare All [3:09]
12. Trouble in Town [1:52]
13. Goin' Co'tin [5:04]
14. Mannerly Me [2:11]
15. Barnraising Dance [6:34]
16. Barnraising Brawl [5:24]
17. Wounded [1:22]
18. Lonesome Polecat [2:47]
19. Sobbin' Women [5:17]
20. Creative Kidnapping [4:20]
21. Pursuit and Avalanche [2:56]
22. Can't Abide [3:46]
23. Poor Little Dears [3:51]
24. Cat Fight [3:14]
25. June Bride [2:33]
26. Spring, Spring, Spring [4:04]
27. Brotherly Baby Watch [2:37]
28. Open Pass, Open Heart [3:30]
29. Search and Rescue [3:20]
30. Shotgun Weddings [3:13]
31. Cast List [1:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Music Man
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Robert Preston - Harold Hill
         Shirley Jones - Marian Paroo
         Buddy Hackett - Marcellus Washburn
         Hermoine Gingold - Eulalie Shinn
         Paul Ford - Mayor Shinn
         Based on the Musical With Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
         Screenplay by Marion Hargrove
         Produced and Directed by Morton DaCosta
      River City
         Right Here in River City
         Intro by Shirley Jones
         The Music Man Trailer
         The Unsinkable Molly Brown Trailer
      Behind the Scenes
      Winthrop Paroo
      Awards
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
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   Reel Recommendations
   Play Movie
Disc #2 -- Meet Me in St. Louis
   Introduction by Liza Minnelli
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Introduction by Liza Minnelli
      Commentary by John Fricke With Margaret O'Brien, Irving Brecher, Hugh Martin and Barbara Freed-Saltzman
      Music-Only Track
      Vicente Minnelli Trailer Gallery
         Play All
         Meet Me in St. Louis
         Father of the Bride
         An American in Paris
         The Bad and the Beautiful
         Brigadoon
         Designing Woman
         Gigi
         The Courtship of Eddie's Father
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.0
         English 1.0
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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Disc #3 -- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Stanley Donen
      Donen Trailer Gallery
         Play All
         On the Town
         Royal Wedding
         Singin' in the Rain
         Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
         Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Re-Release
         It's Always Fair Weather
         The Pajama Game
         Damn Yankees!
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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