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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
     

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

4.8 36
Director: Stanley Donen, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Cast: Stanley Donen, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

 

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One of MGM's most joyously rambunctious musicals gets a deluxe treatment for this special two-disc DVD release. This edition of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from Warner Bros. Home Video features two versions of the film -- the original, shot in a special Cinemascope process at the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, and another filmed in a more conventional widescreen

Overview

One of MGM's most joyously rambunctious musicals gets a deluxe treatment for this special two-disc DVD release. This edition of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from Warner Bros. Home Video features two versions of the film -- the original, shot in a special Cinemascope process at the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, and another filmed in a more conventional widescreen process at 1.77:1. Both versions appear in this edition, letterboxed in their proper aspect ratio and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio for the 2.55:1 version has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while the 1.77:1 version features a single-channel mix in Dolby Digital Mono. Both versions feature the audio in its original English-language version, as well as a dubbed track in French, with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish also featured. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Stanley Donen; a documentary on the making of the movie featuring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, and Jacques D'Amboise; newsreel footage of the film's premiere; a collection of trailers for Stanley Donen's pictures; and more.

Editorial Reviews

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.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the screen's most exuberant musicals -- no small feat considering that the stolid Howard Keel plays the male lead. Fortunately, Keel is looser and livelier here than in many of his roles. Whether it's the part or director Stanley Donen, he seems inspired to have fun, whether cockily blustering through the town looking for a bride or sulking after a good reprimanding. He's well matched by Jane Powell, who achieves a fine blend of perkiness and motherliness. Both leads sound great, with Keel's rich baritone bursting forth in "Bless Yore Beautiful Hide" and Powell's soprano trilling nicely in "Wonderful, Wonderful Day." What makes the film, however, is the dancing. Michael Kidd's choreography is among the most athletic and exciting on film. The barn-raising sequence in particular is a rousing classic, with leaps, turns, and log rolls that leave the audience thrilled. Special mention must also be made of the lovely, gentle "Lonesome Polecat" ballet, in which minimal movement is used for maximum impact. The screenplay is solid and well-constructed, although contemporary audiences may find aspects of the story dated. Donen, already respected for such earlier musicals as Singin' in the Rain and On the Town, would go on to direct It's Always Fair Weather and Funny Face.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
UPC:
0012569592629
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
3,535

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer (16 x 9, 2.55:1); Soundtrack newly remastered for Dolby Digital 5.1; Commentary by director Stanley Donen; Donen musicals trailer gallery; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español; Rarely screened alternate widescreen version in flat (1.77:1) aspect ratio (16 x 9); Behind-the-scenes documentary "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel and updated with new interviews of Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise; New York premiere and MGM 30th-anniverary celebration newsreels; Vintage short "MGM Jubilee Overture"

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Keel Adam Pontabee
Jeff Richards Benjamin Pontabee
Russ Tamblyn Gideon Pontabee
Tommy Rall Frank Pontabee
Marc Platt Daniel Pontabee
Jane Powell Milly Pontabee
Matt Mattox Caleb Pontabee
Julie Newmar Dorcas
Howard Petrie Pete Perkins
Jacques D'Amboise Ephraim Pontabee
Nancy Kilgas Alice
Betty Carr Sarah
Virginia Gibson Liza
Ian Wolfe Rev. Elcott
Earl Barton Harry
Dante DiPaolo Matt
Kelly Brown Carl
Matt Moore Ruth's Uncle
Dick Rich Dorcas' Father
Marjorie Wood Mrs. Bixby
Russell Simpson Mr. Bixby
Tim Graham Father
Lois Hall Girl
Jarma Lewis Lem's Girl Friend
Phil Rich Prospector
George Robotham Swains
Russell Saunders Actor
Terry Wilson Actor
Walter Beaver Lem
Ruta Lee Ruth
Sheila James Dorcas' Sister
I. Stanford Jolley Father
Anna Q. Nilsson Mrs. Elcott
Larry Blake Drunk

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Saul Chaplin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexander Courage Musical Arrangement
Jack Cummings Producer
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Adolph Deutsch Musical Direction/Supervision
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kidd Choreography
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Cinemascope Original
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 Love [3:21]
11. Brothers Bare All [3:09]
12. Trouble in Town [1:52]
13. Goin' Co'tin [5:04]
14. Mannerly Men [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]
Side #2 -- Alternate Filming and Special Features
1. Credits [1:40]
2. Wife Shopping [2:18]
3. Bless Yore Beautiful Hide [2:30]
4. Determined to Marry [4:34]
5. Echo Pass Elation [1:59]
6. Wonderful Wonderful Day [3:20]
7. Brothers From A to G [3:56]
8. Slopping the Hogs [2:28]
9. Milly's Terms [2:18]
10. When You're in Love [3:21]
11. Brothers Bare All [3:09]
12. Trouble in Town [1:53]
13. Goin' Co'tin [5:04]
14. Mannerly Men [2:12]
15. Barnraising Dance [6:33]
16. Barnraising Brawl [5:25]
17. Wounded [1:27]
18. Lonesome Polecat [2:47]
19. Sobbin' Women [5:16]
20. Creative Kidnapping [4:18]
21. Pursuit and Avalanche [2:51]
22. Can't Abide [3:50]
23. Poor Little Dears [3:47]
24. Cat Fight [3:13]
25. June Bride [2:33]
26. Spring, Spring, Spring [4:04]
27. Brotherly Baby Watch [2:37]
28. Open Pass, Open Heart [3:27]
29. Search and Rescue [3:22]
30. Shotgun Weddings [3:13]
31. Cast List [1:10]

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a Hollywood made musical. The songs are forgettable. The only thing enjoyable to watch is actually the dancing especially the men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up with movie made me appreciate the "underdog" and seeing it as an adult knowing my niece will grow up with it on dvd is awesome. The songs and the dancing were magical and now knowing that these kinds of movies don't get made with the same kind of story and feeling, it is worth it to watch it and watch it and watch it. =D
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is one of the best musicals that were ever made. it has a terrific cast.
MFDB More than 1 year ago
This is a story about 7 brothers living alone on their farm and their decision to find brides. Sounds kind of boring until you hear the music and watch the awesome dance sequences. Jane Powell and Howard Keel are the leads and both give superb vocal performances. But for me the dance sequences featuring the other 6 brothers are the most enjoyable and unforgettable parts of this film. The barn raising dance has become a classic and is shown frequently on retrospective type shows. But the choreography for the dance to "I'm a Lonesome Polecat" is fantastic. Even if you aren't a fan of old Hollywood musicals I think most people can find some enjoyment in watching this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my god how I loved this movie it is so funny and yet so romantic.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is my absolute favorite movie musical. There isn't one scene that I want to skip or that I groan through, as there is in many of my most-loved musicals. The music is catchy and I love to sing along to it. The dancing is beautiful---Michael Kidd's choreography truly does create a kind of frontier ballet. And the story is at once comedic and goofy and sweetly romantic. I enjoy Howard Keel in any of his films, but of all his roles, the character he plays in this film is the one I love best...especially when he's singing, "Bless Yore Beautiful Hide." Just be sure to watch the widescreen version, as the pan-and-scan cuts out an alarming amount of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a delightful musical with excellent dancing. The story line is fun to watch. You never know what is going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My dad took us to see this at an old theatre when I was a kid. I bought it on VHS and now I'm getting it for him on DVD. It is so great and classical and gives me such a great hope in working as a team!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 16 and our school, just today did the play, ''Seven Brides, for Seven Brothers'' despite some bad acting, I thought the scheme, plot, and the whole setup of this wonderful movie, is outstanding. I just found out today as well, that we have the movie, which I have yet to see, so that going to be my next movie I see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie for the first time when I was camping. It was a terrible day outside and we were in a camper watching the movie. I am also an Athletic Training student that often works with Dancers so the movie was especially interesting.
acoop More than 1 year ago
I used to have the full screen VHS and watched it so much that I wore it out. I bought the wide screen DVD and absolutely love it. It was like watching it for the first time because there are a lot of things that happen on the sides that get cut out of the full screen version. I recommend this to anyone, especially if you have kids. My 1 year old niece dances all over the living room when we watch this movie.
BlkWomenRead2 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie! Its something to watch with the whole family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only a classic, but it's a movie that EVERYONE can enjoy! My mother showed this movie to me as a little girl and I plan on showing it to my little girls! The best part about it is the fact that no matter how many times you watch it, you'll always love it! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been watching this movie only once and I can tell everybody that i really took to like it I really enjoyed this movie and I'm trying to get one on dvd so I recomended that great movie for everybody... Peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought the dvd and I am glad I did. It reminds me of a simpler time. The characters make you wish you were apart of the action. I think the boys are cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS MOVIE, I HAVE WATCHED IT SO MANY TIMES. MY SON IS 20 AND MY DAUGHTER 19 AND WE ALL LOVE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. MY SON GOT HIS GIRLFRIEND TO WATCH IT ALSO. IT IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE,I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie! The acting and singing is so cute! I was brought up on this movie and have just bought the DVD to make sure I never lose it!
amethyst88 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie! It is my favorite musical of all time! I've seen live versions, and though fun, they can't compare to the movie. Although there are glaring errors, particularly in the obviously fake sets, it just serves to make it more fun. Anyone who loves musicals should definately see this. Sobbin' Women and Lonesome Polecat are the best songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I have probably seen this movie over 200 times. It is a great musical and great for the family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie..it was exciting..I love musicals and all the awesome songs get stuck in your head and can sing them over and over...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie over and over and I still love it. The dancing is incredible and the singing melts your heart away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie years ago when I was a kid and was very excited to see it on DVD. It's a good classic, lots of singing, and just an overall good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy comedy, romance, and a quiet evening at home this is a must see.