Oliver!

Oliver!

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Director: Carol Reed

Cast: Carol Reed, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

     
 

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Carol Reed's 1968 Best Picture Oscar winner Oliver! comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are available in both of these languages asSee more details below

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Overview

Carol Reed's 1968 Best Picture Oscar winner Oliver! comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are available in both of these languages as well. Supplemental materials include a featurette and a photo gallery. The quality of the picture and sound on this disc make it worthwhile for any film enthusiast.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It’s not uncommon for a literary classic to arrive on the screen muddled, mangled, or altered beyond recognition. And certainly this flamboyant, musical take on Oliver Twist expands on the source material. Yet, one can’t help but imagine that even Charles Dickens would savor the cinematic delight that is Oliver! right down to its titular exclamation point. Director Carol Reed, skillfully opening up Lionel Bart’s 1960 stage adaptation, wrests once-in-a-lifetime performances from his cast. Mark Lester stars as the workhouse waif who escapes the confines of his orphanage and falls in with a larcenous band of street urchins. His best pal is the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), an impudent, cunning little rascal who is the right-hand man, so to speak, of wily old Fagin (Ron Moody in an Oscar-nominated performance). Lester is simultaneously mischievous and angelic as Oliver; Wild invests the Dodger with a self-assuredness far beyond his years; Moody portrays Fagin without the malignance usually associated with that character; and Oliver Reed plays Bill Sykes with all the menacing ferocity one expects of that unregenerate evildoer. The songs -- including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” and “You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” -- remain fresh and lively. Reed’s adroit handling of Vernon Harris’s screenplay doesn’t miss a beat. Every opportunity to punch up a scene is taken, and it’s hard to imagine how Oliver! could possibly have turned out better. The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences had the same opinion, awarding the film six Oscars, including Best Picture of 1968. Some films retain their excellence but show their age. Oliver! isn’t one of them -- you’ll find it just as exhilarating today as audiences did back in the '60s.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Oliver! proved that the British film industry could produce high-quality musicals at least as good as the best musicals from Hollywood. The bad news was that they had proven their ability to make a type of film that was quickly fading from style. It was the first musical for veteran director Carol Reed, who pushed the edge of what was considered acceptable family fare and gave the film a dark, Dickensian undertone that provided a rich contrast to its surface-level cheeriness. On Oscar night, Oliver! took home five awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. With the era of the musical coming to an end, the film had little lasting influence, though in the mid-1980s its production numbers were savagely, but not entirely without affection, lampooned in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/1998
UPC:
0043396021372
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:33:00
Sales rank:
1,258

Special Features

English 5.1 [Dolby Digital], French; Subtitles: English, French; Scene selections; Widescreen format; Photo gallery; featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Moody Fagin
Shani Wallis Nancy Sikes
Oliver Reed Bill Sikes
Harry Secombe Mr. Bumble
Hugh Griffith The Magistrate
Mark Lester Oliver Twist
Jack Wild Artful Dodger
Clive Moss Charlie Bates
Peggy Mount Widow Corney
Leonard Rossiter Mr. Sowerberry
Joseph O'Conor Mr. Brownlow
Hylda Baker Mrs. Sowerberry
Sheila White Bet
Megs Jenkins Mrs. Bedwin
Wensley Pithey Dr. Grimwig
Fred Emney Chairman
John Baskcomb Workhouse Governor
Norman Pitt Workhouse Governor
Arnold Locke Workhouse Governor
Frank Crawshaw Workhouse Governor
Elizabeth Knight Charlotte
Veronica Page Oliver's Mother
Henry Kay Doctor
Jeffrey Chandler Actor
Norman Mitchell Arresting Policeman
William Smith Actor
Edwin Finn Actor
Ian Ramsey Actor
Robert Bartlett Fagin's Boy
Kenneth Cranham Noah Claypole
James Hayter Mr. Jessop
Peter Locke Fagin's Boy
Kim Smith Fagin's Boy

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director
Lionel Bart Score Composer,Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Allan Bryce Special Effects
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
George Frost Makeup
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Vernon Gilbert Harris Screenwriter
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Terence Marsh Art Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Ken Mugglestone Set Decoration/Design
Eric Rogers Score Composer
Onna White Score Composer,Choreography
John Woolf Producer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Side A
1. Start. [:13]
2. "Overture" [3:19]
3. Opening Credits [3:32]
4. "Food, Glorious Food" [4:19]
5. "Oliver!" [4:06]
6. "Boy For Sale" [9:16]
7. "Where Is Love?|00:06:07|}
8. "Consider Yourself" [9:26]
9. Fagin [2:30]
10. "Pick A Pocket Or Two" [9:51]
11. Bill Sikes [4:21]
12. "It's A Fine Life" [9:44]
13. "I'll Do Anything" [6:48]
14. "Be Back Soon" [3:29]
15. His First job [9:13]
16. Intermission [:21]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Side B
1. "Entr'acte" [2:50]
2. "Who Will Buy?" [12:14]
3. "As Long As He Needs Me" [6:42]
4. Kidnapped [8:33]
5. "Reviewing The Situation" [4:35]
6. A locket [4:13]
7. Nancy & Mr. Brownlow [2:10]
8. On the job [4:40]
9. "Oom-Pah-Pah" [4:25]
10. London Bridge [1:39]
11. Bullseye [3:42]
12. Making their escapes [2:33]
13. On the beam [3:09]
14. "Reviewing The Situation" [3:24]
15. End credits [:43]
16. "Exit Music" [1:09]

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