What more can be said about this enduring classic? We all know the film, but the widescreen DVD version brings back the full spectacle that was seen in theaters back in 1961 when the film was first released. Robert Preston will forever own the role of Professor Harold Hill, the Music Man. But the rest of the cast was superb as well. Who could forget lovable Ronny Howard's exaggerated lisp, or funnyman Buddy Hacket's "She-Boopee", or Paul Ford as the bumbling mayor of River City, Iowa? Ye Gods! The Think System really works!
The DVD includes a host of extras that are sure to please the die-hard Music Man fan. First of all, there is a 51-minute documentary about the making of the movie that stars Shirley "Marion The Librarian" Jones, who reveals that she discovered she was pregnant just as production on the film got underway. The DVD also includes a trailer from the film's re-release in the early 1970's, and a trailer for Meredith Wilson's other film classic The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Debbie Reynolds. Finally, you'll find bios on the stars and production notes. Lots of goodies, indeed!
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our March, 2002 issue.
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