Hairspray

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Overview

Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father Christopher Walken tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna John Travolta in drag reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host James Marsden, Tracy earns a coveted spot ...
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Overview

Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father Christopher Walken tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna John Travolta in drag reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host James Marsden, Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother Michelle Pfeiffer just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend Amanda Bynes and an African-American boy named Seaweed Elijah Kelley. Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program.
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Special Features

Sing along with the movie using the lyric track; Step-by-step dance instructions; 5 deleted scenes including Tracy's never-before-seen musical number, "I Can Wait"; "You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of Hairspray" documentary; "Hairspray Extensions:" breakin' down the dance scenes; "The Roots of Hairspray" - from Buddy Deane to Broadway
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Hairspray starts out with such a contagious burst of delightfulness, it's no surprise this feeling isn't quite sustainable over two hours. A true confection in every sense, the film would work better if it were bite-sized. However, because John Waters' 94-minute 1988 film was given the Broadway treatment, and this is an adaptation of that version, it's fattened up by its quantity of production numbers. Some of these are wonderful, like the opening "Good Morning Baltimore" number that immerses us in this pastel world, and the show-stopping "You Can't Stop the Beat" later on. Other songs take on the quality of filler, even if it's pretty pleasing filler. Still, these are relatively minor complaints in an otherwise joyous viewing experience. Hairspray is perfectly cast, from what should be a star-making performance from Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, to the wicked scenery chewing of Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, to John Travolta's sweet and heartfelt performance as Tracy's mother, Edna. Travolta's appearance in drag was a topic of discussion about Hairspray, specifically, what it might indicate about the actor's much-discussed sexuality Divine, the originator of the role, was an actual drag queen. But it certainly doesn't play as a gimmick, and he has great chemistry with an equally delightful Christopher Walken during their backyard number "You're Timeless to Me." Also timeless are the issues of racial mainstreaming, which give Hairspray more thematic meat than its buoyant production design would suggest. It's a career best for director/choreographer Adam Shankman, who'd been stuck toiling away in throwaway comedies Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Pacifier. And in case you're wondering whether Shankman's version has Waters' stamp of approval, watch the opening scene closely for a cameo by the eccentric director, contributing his famously naughty sense of humor by playing a flasher.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 794043110962
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,248

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer Velma von Tussle
Christopher Walken Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes Penny Pingleton
James Marsden Corny Collins
Queen Latifah Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow Amber von Tussle
Zac Efron Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley Seaweed J. Stubbs
Allison Janney Prudy Pingleton
Jerry Stiller Mr. Pinky
Paul Dooley Mr. Spritzer
Tabitha Lupien Becky
Nikki Blonsky Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks Little Inez
Hayley Podschun Tammy
Kelly Fletcher Lu Anne
Technical Credits
Adam Shankman Director, Choreography, Executive Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Michael Disco Co-producer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Anson Downes Associate Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Linda Rae Favila Associate Producer
Daryl Freimark Co-producer
Tony Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Tina Gerussi Casting
Jennifer Gibgot Executive Producer
Garrett Grant Executive Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
Mark Kaufman Executive Producer
Travis Knox Co-producer
Michael Lynne Executive Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Meron Producer
David Rubin Casting
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer, Songwriter, Executive Producer
Bob Shaye Executive Producer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Matt Sullivan Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Tronick Editor
Scott Wittman Executive Producer
Craig Zadan Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hairspray: Shake & Shimmy Edition, Disc 1
1. Good Morning Baltimore
2. The Nicest Kids in Town
3. "I Want to Be Famous"
4. Meet Miss Baltimore Crabs
5. Detention Groove
6. I Can Hear the Bells
7. Ladies' Choice
8. The New Girl in Town
9. Welcome to the 60s
10. Run and Tell That
11. Big, Blonde and Beautiful
12. Toy Shop Seduction
13. Timeless to Me
14. I Know Where I've Been
15. On the Run From the Law
16. Without Love
17. In the Can
18. Miss Teenage Hairspray Dance Off
19. You Can't Stop the Beat
20. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hairspray: Shake & Shimmy Edition, Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Hairspray Extensions
         Play All
         Nicest Kids in Town
         Nicest Kids in Town - Watch the Film Version
         (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs
         (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs - Watch the Film Version
         Ladies' Choice
         Ladies' Choice - Watch the Film Version
         Welcome to the 60's
         Welcome to the 60's - Watch the Film Version
         Run and Tell That
         Run and Tell That - Watch the Film Version
         You Can't Stop the Beat
         You Can't Stop the Beat - Watch the Film Version
      Step-by-Step: The Dances of Hairspray
         Play All
         Introduction
         Ladies' Choice
         Ladies' Choice - Watch the Film Version
         Peyton Place After Midnight
         Peyton Place After Midnight - Watch the Film Version
      Feature Commentary
         Commentary With Director Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky
         Commentary With Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
      Jump to a Song
         Sing-Along: On
         Sing-Along: Off
         Play All
         Good Morning Baltimore
         The Nicest Kids in Town
         It Takes Two
         (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs
         I Can Hear the Bells
         Ladies' Choice
         The Nicest Kids in Town (With Tracy)
         The New Girl in Town
         Welcome to the 60's
         Run and Tell That
         Big, Blonde and Beautiful
         Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)
         (You're) Timeless to Me
         I Know Where I've Been
         Without Love
         (It's) Hairspray
         You Can't Stop the Beat
         Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)
         Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now
         Cooties
      Sneak Peeks
   Set Up Options
      Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround Sound
      DTS-ES 5.1 Discrete
      Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Select a Scene
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
   New Line Logo (DVD Credits)
Disc #2 -- Hairspray: Shake & Shimmy Edition, Disc 2
   The Roots of Hairspray
      Play All
      The Buddy Deane Show
      John Waters' Hairspray
      Hairspray on Broadway
   Deleted/Alternate Scenes
      Edna Gets Arrested
         Play Without Commentary
         Play With Commentary
      Welcome to the 60's Alternate Street Segment
         Play Without Commentary
         Play With Commentary
      Deleted Song - I Can Wait
         Play Without Commentary
         Play With Commentary
      You Can't Stop the Beat - Alternate Version
         Play Without Commentary
         Play With Commentary
      Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise) Velma Only Version
      Play All
         Play Without Commentary
         Play With Commentary
   You Can't Stop the Boat
      Play All
      Hairspray Returns to the Screen
      The Cast of Hairspray
      The Music of Hairspray
      The Choreography of Hairspray
      The Costumes of Hairspray
      The Hairdos of Hairspray
      The Production Design of Hairspray
      Reflections on Hairspray
   Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up Options
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
   New Line Logo (DVD Credits)
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    lovely movie. funny, cute, lots of songs you want to sing with.

    lovely movie. funny, cute, lots of songs you want to sing with. dancing is spectacular. you follow the storyline anad root for tracy the whole time. colorful adn so fun. i could watch it over and over

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    A very beautiful movie Indeed. I really enjoyed the whole movie

    A very beautiful movie Indeed.

    I really enjoyed the whole movie, the story and the I really really really love the songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great movie

    i loved this movie i would definitley reccommened this movie to anyone! in loved it on broadeway too. is saw it in London on their kind of broadway which was amazing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    very good

    I loved this movie. t was very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lots of fun

    This was a feel good, fun movie to watch. Loved it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hair raising!!

    Althought I am a fan of John Waters version of Hairspray, this one is also excellent. I thing John Travolta did a great job as Edna, this role is a hard one to pull off since he had to do this in drag and wear alot of pounds. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hairspray

    I loved this movies because Zac Efron and John Travolta. Zac was so good in this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    FLAWLESS MASTERPIECE !

    There is nothing bad I can say about this wonderful musical film ! It is much better than the original. Cast is perfect, songs are so beautifully sung & orchestrated, cinematography & direction is amazing. The 50s & 60s are my favorite era. Nikki B. does not disappoint in her first major role. She was made for this role ! Absolutely stunning ! Zac Efron was wayyy better in this film than any HSM films. John Travolta in drag is just PRICELESS. A great movie to watch with everyone !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old Fart gives 5 stars

    I think that I'm a lot older than the other reviewers, but I gotta say that Hairspray made me feel as young as they are! I grew up in the 60's, and the film had me coming out singing, like when I was a kid and saw Mary Poppins. Great feel good movie. I also remember that I had the chance to see the play here in Las Vegas COMPED, but at the time I turned it down. What an MOOK!!! A truly sublime suprise for all who watch it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hairspray

    I love this movie. It is a great movie.. In Fact, this is my favorite movies out of all the movies in the world that should tell you how good it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good movie

    In this movie, a girl has a dream of dancing, which nobody believes she will acheive. But, when she is seen dancing in a crowd, she's invited to be on a television show directed towards dancing. Her life seems to be turning out to be everything she wanted, until she needs to choose between doing what she thinks is right and her dream of dancing. This movies is very good with a good plot and better music. The coreography is good, also. It could be a bit corny sometimes, and some songs are a little old fashioned, but it's still a good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hairspray Rules!

    I love Hairspray! It rocks! I also like that Zac Efron is in it. The cast has a lot of legends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FOUR THUMBS UP!!!

    That's how good this is. And how good is it?? I got this for myself for Christmas and watched it with my son. My soon to be six year old has watched the movie at least 10 times and has opted to go see Hairspray on Broadway for his birthday instead of having a HotWheels birthday party with 30 of his friends. This is a BIG deal for a six year old!!..and a testament to how good this movie is."It's a HUGE deal for his Mommy who wasn't too keen about planning that party anyway :". This is a movie for all ages... and the songs.. oh so singable and fun. Dancing... incredible. So, MY two thumbs up and my son's two thumbs - FOUR THUMBS UP!! A WINNER!! Good Morning Baltimore!!..step aside High School Musical :"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fitting tribute to original John Waters movie

    I'm not keen on musicals but this movie blew me away from the opening sequence on. It's a fitting tribute to the original John Waters movie. Yet the plot is revised for a few nice surprises - so it's not precisely the same story. John Travolta as Edna Turnblad is ideal casting. He delivers a comic performance without peer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is my all time FAVORITE movie! How much do I like it? My family has kept a count and I have seen it over 35 times! The songs are amazing, the casting/characters could not be better, and everything else about it has exceeded all standards. This movie is recommended for anyone who loves to come out of a theater smiling and wanting to see it again. Anyone who has ever seen my room knows I am a fanatic! I think everyone needs to see this movie at least once in their life !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a Dissapointment

    From all the reviews of this movie I thought it would be fantastic, but after watching the film I completely disagreed. The choreography was horrible, the dancing was terrible, and the acting...well lets just say it was non existent. It is amazing what people consider a good movie today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    OMG I love this movie. I've never seen the original move nor the Broadway show but just this version. It has become my favorite move now I'm so glad I got!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    can't get enough hairspray

    the first time i sat down to watch this movie i couldn't get into it. imagine my surprise, since then i'm sure i've watched this movie about 100 times. i love it. it's infective, it gets into your head in a great way. it just makes me smile. plus my 8 and 6 year old BOYS can't get enough either. enough said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING 20 STARS!!

    Loved it and best songs that i ever heard in long time since "dreamgirls"! great great movie and had to dance to the songs haha.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've seen it 8 times...

    i am 14 and i went and saw it with all of my friends and family 8 times and it was amazing!!! it is definatly an uplifting movie and i left the theatre feeling like i could rule the world everytime.

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