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|Contributor||Christopher Walken, Jerry Stiller, Amanda Bynes, Paul Dooley, Taylor Parks, Zac Efron, Brittany Snow, James Marsden, Adam Shankman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Allison Janney, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelley, John Waters, Ricki Lake, John Travolta See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 56 minutes|
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : R-106752-9
- Director : Adam Shankman
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Release date : 11 January 2008
- Actors : Taylor Parks, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Brittany Snow
- Studio : Roadshow Entertainment
- ASIN : B002XGQS6Y
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story follows a plump young girl named Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonski, in her acting debut) on an amazing journey as her dream of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show becomes a reality. The local television program is a shiny spectacle spear-headed by Corny Collins (James Marsden), a group of young dancers, and producer Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), a seductress ice-queen whose manipulative ways ensure her daughter Amber (Brittany Snow) gets more than her fair share of screen time as one of the show's stars.When Tracy shows up at an open call, Velma can barely contain her rage, and sets out to rid the show of Tracy and the talented black dancers who make up the show's popular "Negro Day." Thus begins a war of talent and a battle for justice, with those in favour of integration meeting many obstacles along the way.Boasting an all-star line-up including John Travolta in a side-splittingly hilarious role as Tracy's mother, Edna Turnblad, Christopher Walken as Tracy's father, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, and Hollywood hunk of the moment, Zac Efron as the dancing, singing boy of Tracy's dreams, Link Larkin.Hairspray is the bright, bubbly, toe-tapping DVD of the year!
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"It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A re-make of the 1988 musical film Hairspray the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film."
I think the above statement gives you a good idea of what the actual film is about, but there is so much more than just a musical about prejudice and racism.
For one you have John Travolta playing Tracy Turnblad's mother, yes you read right, John Travolta is dressed up like a women, talks like a women, in fact is a women all through this movie, and he does it very well. That for me was enough to make this film worth watching.
If you are a fan of musicals you are bound to love this as well, its good a story that can easily stand the test of time, even though humanity has moved on from the prejudice of the 60's films like this are still an effective reminder even if done in a comical musical way.
Zac Efron plays his part well, but then this wasn't long on from his High School Musical days so he was still in the 'teen musical' frame of actorship. James Marsden also plays his role well as the presenter of the TV show at the centre of all controversy. That's not all you have the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer playing the evil TV station boss that is obviously racist and dislikes Tracy Turnblad immensely she going out of her way to make sure things don't go how they should.
The dancing, acting and singing, just make this whole movie a fun one to watch with all the family. Look out for some cameos roles from people that was in the previous version of this film. Some of the songs are the same or similar as the previous version, but enough new stuff, and a completely different take, make this different enough to be classed as difference.
It was delivered very quickly.
The film is done in a musical format. Some very well known film stars. Some, at the time, unknowns that have since become
reasonably well known through long term roles in TV series such as The White House and others.
John Travolta just has to be seen as an obese mother.
The music, whilst not as memorable as the likes of that in Grease is entertaining.
Overall, a film worth a couple of hours of entertainment and all the more so at the price I managed to get it for.
The film is moving with a storyline about acceptance from being overweight to black and portrays everyone as equal no matter what walk of life they're from. A movie that is superb from the storyline to the music. I think Grease had better watch out because this film has just overtook it in my book as the best musical of all time. I'm about on my 10th time of watching it and I only bought it a few weeks back. If you see it and you have some spare money, BUY IT. It really is that good!!!
I mean the fabulous Christopher Walken is a revelation as the supportive dad and his comic timing is superb. John Travolta as the mum - well words fail me. He's great!
If I'm honest though - the star of the whole film is Queen Latifah. She steals every scene she's in whether she means to or not, her singing voice is out of this world (I'd never actually heard her sing before).
Alison Jennings is also a scene stealer and anyone who watched her in American Beauty or West Wing - is in for a hell of a shock!
If you want a feel good film with some cracking songs that you'll be humming for months then get this film.
He got a lead part so this DVD has helped him a great deal!
He was also word perfect for his audition!
I'm not familiar with it but I think he was Troy?