Pollyanna

Pollyanna

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Director: David Swift

Cast: David Swift, Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan

     
 

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David Swift's family classic Pollyanna comes to DVD with this impressive two-disc set from Disney/Buena Vista. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1. This is easily the best this film has ever looked on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are

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David Swift's family classic Pollyanna comes to DVD with this impressive two-disc set from Disney/Buena Vista. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1. This is easily the best this film has ever looked on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Swift and star Hayley Mills, the animated short Nifty Nineties, three featurettes, production archives, a 1960 Disney studio album, and Walt Disney's original introduction for the film's first television broadcast. This is a wonderful family disc that offers extras that will appeal to kids, adults, and film enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Although Walt Disney's legacy is to a great extent based on his studio's animated features, the company produced many live-action family films in the 1950s and '60s, many of which remain dearly beloved today. Pollyanna is one such film, and it shines anew on DVD in this definitive two-disc "Vault Disney" edition that includes a treasure trove of archival goodies plus fun and fascinating features. Based on the book by Eleanor H. Parker, Pollyanna is a timeless portrait of turn-of-the-century small-town America. Hayley Mills, in her screen debut, earned a special Academy Award for her disarming performance as Pollyanna, a recently orphaned girl sent to live with her Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman), a stern, patrician woman who has the townspeople under her thumb. The spirited and optimistic Pollyanna, though, melts hearts like no one since Shirley Temple. Her "glad game" transforms the lives of a self-pitying hypochondriac (the wonderful Agnes Moorehead), the town recluse (Adolph Menjou), the chandelier-rattling preacher (Karl Malden), and eventually, Polly herself. Kevin Corcoran, one of Disney's most popular child stars, costars as mischievous Jimmie Bean, a fellow orphan whom Pollyanna befriends. Disc One contains warm audio commentary with Mills and director David Swift as well as a bonus Mickey Mouse cartoon, "The Nifty Nineties." The second disc boasts segments about the making of the film and Walt Disney's folksy introduction for the film's television broadcast. The "Vault Disney" collection also includes Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Parent Trap.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
American audience came to know (and adore) Hayley Mills from her star-making turn in Pollyanna, and even decades later it's easy to see why. Mills is a total delight as the title character, using her considerable charm and appeal to its full without ever becoming cloying. Indeed, although Pollyanna has a reputation as an insufferable do-gooder, that reputation is entirely unearned. She may be a "glad girl" who always tries to see the bright side, but she's not annoying about it; she doesn't come across as a goody two-shoes but as someone who sincerely loves life and people and sincerely wants everyone to appreciate the everyday joys that surround them. Mills makes all of this perfectly clear, creating a character that is entirely winning. As a result, as cornball as the ending is, it's still effective and guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. The rest of the cast, from the steely Jane Wyman to the crabby Agnes Moorehead and the reclusive Adolphe Menjou, are all quite good. David Swift's direction is solid, creating a charming portrait of bygone Americana, and his screenplay artfully avoids many of the pitfalls that this kind of picture can fall into. The result is a sweet, engaging family film that keeps its corn to a minimum.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
UPC:
0786936143928
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
74

Special Features

Audio commentary with David Swift and Hayley Mills; Original theatrical animated short, "Nifty Nineties"; "Pollyanna: Making of a Masterpiece"; "Re-Creating Pollyanna's America"; "1912!"; Walt Disney TV introductions; Production archives; 1960 Disney studio album

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Wyman Aunt Polly Harrington
Hayley Mills Pollyanna
Richard Egan Dr. Edmund Chilton
Karl Malden Reverend Paul Ford
Nancy Olson Nancy Furman
Adolphe Menjou Mr. Pendergast
Donald Crisp Mayor Karl Warren
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Snow
Kevin Corcoran Jimmy Bean
James Drury George Dodds
Reta Shaw Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana Mrs. Paul Ford
Anne Seymour Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
Edward Platt Ben Tarbell
Mary Grace Canfield Angelica
Jenny Egan Mildred Snow
Gage Clarke Mr. Murg
Nolan Leary Mr. Thomas
Edgar Dearing Mr. Gorman
Harry Harvey Editor
William Newell Mr. Hooper
Ian Wolfe Mr. Neely

Technical Credits
David Swift Director,Screenwriter
Gertrude Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Walt Disney Producer
George Golitzen Producer
Frank Gross Editor
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Ub Iwerks Special Effects
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Pat McNalley Makeup
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul J. Smith Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pollyanna
1. Opening Titles/Pollyanna Arrives [6:00]
2. Aunt Polly [5:55]
3. A Room Of Her Own [6:12]
4. Store-Bought Clothes [6:44]
5. Harrington House Orphanage [3:16]
6. Town Meeting [8:02]
7. Sour Sunday [8:43]
8. Gone Fishing [5:45]
9. Mr. Pendergast [:50]
10. Dr. Chilton's Visit [6:04]
11. Charity Baskets [4:08]
12. Community Plans [7:12]
13. Rainbow Makers [3:42]
14. Mrs. Snow's Coffin [2:24]
15. Polly Harrington's Town [2:43]
16. Reverend Ford's Mistake [6:19]
17. The Glad Passages [7:41]
18. Pollyanna Sneaks Out [1:22]
19. The Charity Bazaar [:44]
20. A Terrible Accident [5:13]
21. Aunt Polly's Guilt [4:33]
22. Love [3:48]
23. A Few Visitors [7:12]
24. The Glad Town/End Credits [4:08]

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Pollyanna 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a welcome blast from the past. Only from Walt Disney could we get a wholesome, entertaining picture such as this. Thoroughly enjoyable for baby boomers and their kids as well. I love it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I reluctantly agreed to watch this movie with a friend one rainy Saturday for lack of anything else on her shelf. I ADORED Mills in the Parent Trap and was afraid that even though The Parent Trap was made after Pollyanna the later wouldn't live up to one of my all time favorite family films. Boy I couldn't have been more wrong! Mills performance in Pollyanna, while holding parallels to her performance in the Parent Trap, is distinctly different. The other stars and supporting characters deliver nothing but complamentary performances as well. The audio commentary is apealing without detracting from the movie itself. This is a great family classic recommended for families with children in elementary school or older as well as for anyone who enjoys good wholesum entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A precious feel good family movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pollyanna is a movie for the whole family. A cute movie where is an hour or less you have fallen in love with Hayley Mills and just want everything to be her way.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I must admit that when I first watched Pollyanna back in the late 1980's I thought it was good but not Hayley Mills best movie and I felt that the movie was too long and slow paced but a couple of months ago I watched it again and really enjoyed it. I guess now that I'm older I can appreciate the movie better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is fantastic, I first saw it as a Disney movie when I was a child and the "Glad game has stayed with me into adulthood". You can always find the good in situation if you try. This movie should be in the movie's you introduce a young child to, since it provides hope and optimism in a world that sometimes appears a little overwhelming. Also great for a classroom discussion as well.
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