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Laserdisc OLIVER! (1969) Ron Moody Lot#1 DLX LTBX Classic LD

Laserdisc OLIVER! (1969) Ron Moody Lot#1 DLX LTBX Classic LD

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Laserdisc Title: "OLIVER! (1969)"
Edition: Deluxe Widescreen Presentation Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Directed By: Carol Reed
Starring: Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester
Production / Year: 1969 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Running Time: 146 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digitally Mastered, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: DLX LTBX 2.35:1, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated G, Close Captioned
Distributed By: Columbia TriStar Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: 79236

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Very Good - Normal shelf wear, creases, scuffs, worn-out corners or edges but no obvious signs of spines splitting

Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pickpocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship," and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist." Until CHICAGO reenergized the movie musical genre, this musical version of Charles Dickens' immortal "Oliver Twist" was widely regarded as one of the last of the great movie musicals. Indeed, with its high-energy performances, infectious music, steady direction by Sir Carol Reed and glorious sets, this movie won the 1968 Best Picture Oscar over such formidable competition as THE LION IN WINTER, CHARLEY, and FUNNY GIRL. Some Dickens fans may quibble about the liberties taken with the book, from the softening of Fagin to the elimination of Oliver's evil step-brother Monks from the storyline. And it isn't a perfect film by any means. (The child singer who dubbed Mark Lester's songs sounds like she's in an echo chamber of some sort, which makes Oliver's singing a jarring contrast to the rest of the cast.) But, as a musical film, it is a wonderful entertainment and superb introduction to the classic story. As a result, this is one musical that I would DEFINITELY recommend.


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