Hairspray (Limited Edition 2-Disc Gift Set)

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It's 1962 and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams, has only one passion in life - to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When her chance arrives, she grooves her way into instant stardom and the eyes of teen dream Link Larkin (Zac Efron). But with the program's scheming stage manager (Michelle Pfeiffer) against her, trend-setting Tracy will need the help of her best friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), her big-hearted mother (John Travolta) and sassy co-host Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) to show the world that all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin' beat and a little Hairspray!


Studio New Line
SKU 205741099
UPC 794043112300
UPC 14 00794043112300
Format DVD
Release Date 11/20/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Travolta,John
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Cast & Crew
Adam Shankman - Director
Allison Janney - Actor
Amanda Bynes - Actor
Bojan Bazelli - Cinematographer
Christopher Walken - Actor
David Gropman - Production Designer
Dennis Davenport - Art Director
James Marsden - Actor
Jerry Stiller - Actor
John Travolta - Actor
John Waters - Actor
John Waters - Based On Screenplay By
John Waters - Executive Producer
Leslie Dixon - Screenplay
Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Mark O'Donnell - Based On Play By
Michael Tronick - Editor
Michelle Pfeiffer - Actor
Nikki Blonsky - Actor
Queen Latifah - Actor
Ricki Lake - Actor
Toby Emmerich - Executive Producer
Zac Efron - Actor
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, Hairspray, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet
Review While the source material has always seemed like a bit of a curio, its themes of inclusion, equality, and embracing the new and different provide a strong jumping-off point here. The mega-success of the stage production made a big-screen version inevitable and, despite a plot that still teeters from marginal to meaningful, this latest incarnation has much to recommend...The large cast, also including James Marsden as glib TV host Corny Collins, Allison Janney as Penny's bible-toting mother, and Jerry Stiller (who played Wilbur Turnblad in the first film) as big-gal dress shop owner Mr. Pinky, gives their all, with a special shout out to Pfeiffer, a hilarious Bynes, and vivacious newcomer Blonsky. John Waters and the original Tracy, Ricki Lake, also pop up in amusing cameos...As for Travolta, he's game and quite funny in the wacky part, but aside from looking pretty odd (even for a middle-aged man in fat lady drag); he doesn't always cut loose enough to make the character his own. And why is he the only one to attempt a Baltimore accent? Let's just say, his Edna Turnblad is a far cry from the career-making studs he played in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. But that's show biz.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Hairspray follows in the footsteps of Little Shop of Horrors and The Producers as campy movies that became even more campy stage musicals before returning to the screen in lavish song-and-dance productions...While no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion, which is about the most anyone could hope for from something ultimately spawned in the mind of John Waters...Hairspray is the kind of movie that could become a sleeper success if it wasn't being publicized so relentlessly. Its agenda is deceptively simple: an opportunity to spend a pleasant two hours in an air-conditioned auditorium. There are no special effects (unless you count Travolta's fat suit), no explosions, no chase scenes, and no shoot-outs. The film isn't deep or thematically rich or filled with amazing characters. Instead, it's an excursion into song and dance, and works admirably on that level. Hairspray exceeded my expectations and, while it isn't my favorite movie of the pool-and-beach season, it's enjoyable enough to earn a recommendation.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader ...the funniest, dancingest screen musical since "Singin' in the Rain."
Claudia Puig, USA Today A rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk An explosion of talent, energy, and fun!
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century...
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper Two big thumbs up!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV One of the best movies of the year!

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