PopeyeDirector: Robert Altman
Robert Altman's 1980 live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye gets its first DVD release with this entry in Paramount's Widescreen Collection. The essentially bare-bones disc features a widescreen transfer that preserves the film's original aspect ratio, English soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround, a monaural French-dubbed soundtrack/i>… See more details below
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Robert Altman's 1980 live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye gets its first DVD release with this entry in Paramount's Widescreen Collection. The essentially bare-bones disc features a widescreen transfer that preserves the film's original aspect ratio, English soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround, a monaural French-dubbed soundtrack, English subtitles, and no bonus features.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Shelley Duvall||Olive Oyl|
|Ray Walston||Poopdeck Pappy|
|Linda Hunt||Mrs. Oxheart|
|MacIntyre Dixon||Cole Oyl|
|Roberta Maxwell||Nana Oyl|
|Donovan Scott||Castor Oyl|
|Allan Nicholls||Rough House|
|Wesley Ivan Hurt||Swee' Pea|
|David Arkin||The Mailman/Policeman|
|Peter Bray||Oxblood Oxheart, the Fighter|
|Allison Caine||Additional Voice|
|Robert Fortier||Bill Barnacle, town drunk|
|William Irwin||Ham Gravy|
|Sharon Kinney||Cherry, His Moll|
|David McCharen||Harry Hotcash, gambler|
|Van Dyke Parks||Hoagy|
|Paul Zegler||Mayor Stonefeller|
|Scott Bushnell||Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer|
|C.O. Erickson||Executive Producer|
|Robert Gravenor||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John W. Holmes||Editor|
|Wolf Kroeger||Production Designer|
|Harry Nilsson||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Van Dyke Parks||Score Composer|
|Jack Stephens||Set Decoration/Design|
1. New In Town [10:56]
2. A Room for Rent [7:03]
3. Every Day Is Food [11:26]
4. Engagement Party [7:08]
5. Swee' Pea [6:32]
6. Bluto Is Very Upset [4:43]
7. The Fights [9:51]
8. Ill Gotten Gains [3:06]
9. Kidnapped [10:45]
10. Me Poppa [9:52]
11. Scab Island Rescue [12:24]
12. Treasures From the Water [9:54]
English 5.1 Surround
English Dolby Surround
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I enjoy watching this film when it comes my way. Robin Williams probably won't be remembered for his role as Popeye yet he turns in a fine performance. Bringing to life an animated character, he gives us a terrific performance in the title role. He is completely convincing even with his big realistic brawny forearms, trademark of his character. Mr. Williams ironically takes a subtle approach on his characterization of Popeye, relying less on his all out persona and focusing instead in the parental sweetness of his character when dealing with his new found son Sweet Pea and in relating romantically with Olive Oyl. Which leads us to talk about Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. Basically she was born to have this role. Duvall brings the perfect blend of goofiness and even dignity to the role. When on screen is very hard not to take away your eyes from her. One of the highlights of the film is when she sings all by herself on a moonlit pier the silly ditty “He Needs Me” and the movie soars with a whimsical understated charm that is both memorable and wonderful. The movie also accomplishes wonderful nutty moments and does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of a live action cartoon without thankfully the need of any CGI effects. Much credit should be given to the work of Wolf Kroeger, the production designer, who has come up with a spectacular physical universe. His Sweethaven set, built on location on the island of Malta consists of a detailed and atmospheric fishing village where streets run at crazy angles and all the buildings lean together dangerously on the coast side. The music score by the late Harry Nilsson is weaved in into the plot without appearing forced and although there are no obvious show stoppers there are a few clever melodies, most memorable the already mentioned “He Needs Me”, “Food, Food, Food” and the opening anthem “Sweet haven” in which a gloomy sarcasm must be noted. Popeye is a mix bag of wacky elements that suffers from some uneven pacing but at times it is gloriously weird, visually spectacular and brimming with intelligence. I recommend it to those who enjoy unpredictable and unusual entertainment that’s not neatly package in a square box. To me that kind of packaging sometimes have the best surprises.
i grew up watching popeye cartoons on tv. this movie matches better than i would have believed possible the flavor of the cartoon, only better. i love the set and costumes and color of the movie, i love the songs and the singing (i can't imagine olive oyl sounding any different) and the mood of the film. the behavior and speech and mood of the characters couldn't be more like what i imagined as a kid watching the cartoons, only better.
This film represents a clear and well-executed vision. It interprets the original comic strip for a subsequent generation, extending the ''eat your spinach'' theme toward a deeper exploration of family relationships. Critics who disliked this film are the ones who judge a book by its cover. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wonder how a film this beautiful gets lost in the shuffle. Kids will enjoy it, too.
An outstanding movie with entertainment for the entire family. Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall are at their best in this film. Some of the best acting seen in years. Wish they still made movies that were TRUE ENTERTAINMENT and not just a lot of hype, violence and sex!
it's pretty funny. if you like baz luhrman movies (moulin rouge, romeo&juliet and strictly ballroom) or any other strangely-funny movie with music, then you'll probably like this. i thought it was entertaining. but what am i?
I loved this movie, everytime I see it I can see something different in it...I want to know when Paramont is going to zip this movie to dts and put it on dvd?
This is one of many movies that takes me back to my early teenage years. They could not have picked a better character to play Popeye than Robin Williams. One question though... When is the DVD coming out????
This is Robin Williams' greatest role. (No kidding.) Popeye is a character who mutters asides all the time. I'm sure Williams adlibed the whole thing. The movie accurately captures Popeye as a cartoon character being brought to life. Movie contains such unforgettable concepts as an ''exact change'' tax collector.
This flick is HILARIOUS!!! You can't take it seriously (but then, who would take Popeye seriously?) I think this is way too underrated.