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Hairspray (Full-Screen Edition)
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Pleasantly plum teenager tracy turnblad teaches 1962 baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local tv dance show. Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 11/11/2008 Starring: John Travolta Zac Efron Run time: 117 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Adam Shankman

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 remake 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. Viewers quickly become immersed in Tracy's teenage world of popular television dance shows, big hair, the stigma of being different, and the first hesitant steps toward racial integration within a segregated world. The Corny Collins (James Marsden) television dance show is a teenage obsession in Tracy's world and Link Larkin (Zac Efron) is every girl's dream partner, so when a call for auditions goes out, Tracy skips school to try out, but is rejected by station manager Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) because of her large size and the threat of competition for Velma's own daughter Amber (Brittany Snow). Perseverance and the support of her friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), father Wilbur (Christopher Walken), and negro dancer Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) lead Tracy to the spotlight and the chance of a lifetime, but more and more Tracy discovers that fairness and equality for those who are different does not come without a fight and that sacrifices must be made to effect change. While the message is serious, Hairspray is first and foremost a comedy with stellar performances by John Travolta as Edna Turnblad (who ever imagined Saturday Night Fever's iconic star would appear onscreen as a woman?), Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Part of what makes Hairspray so powerful is the exceptional music composed by Marc Shaiman, including songs newly composed for the movie like "Ladies' Choice," "The New Girl in Town," and "Come So Far," and the awesome vocal talents of Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle) and a cast of heretofore musically-unknown actors like Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, and Brittany Snow who really can sing. Notable trivia includes Jerry Stiller's appearance in both versions of the film (as Wilbur in the 1988 film and as Mr. Pinky in this 2007 rendition), and a cameo appearance by 1988 director and screenplay writer John Waters. Hairspray is one of the best films of the year--it's powerfully moving entertainment that leaves you energized and motivated to fight for what you believe in. --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome movie, great video transfer, big audio problem
    I loved this movie. I loved the original John Waters movie, loved the Broadway musical, and loved almost all of this in the theaters, the only major exception being a miscast John Travolta. They should have gotten Harvey Fierstein - yes he is in general an acquired taste, but there is no better Edna.

    The Blu-Ray transfer is excellent and the special features are extensive, entertaining and enlightening. My only issue is the audio. The *only* audio track is DTS 7.1 and, as someone mentioned previously, that doesn't always work.

    I have a brand new mid- to high-range receiver (Denon), which is capable of DTS 7.1, but my living room can't handle that many speakers, as there is no room for the rear. Instead of converting it ot 5.1, apparently receivers (or at least mine) can only convert to fairly crappy stereo. As I am sure that there are many people in similar situations, especially considering 7.1 is a relatively new format, they really should have included a 5.1 mix as well.

    This is the first Blu-Ray disc I have had that only had the 7.1 option, so I don't know how common this is, but I hope it is not a industry-wide trend that I am going to have to figure out a way around. Anyone else having the same problem?...more info
  • What's Not To Like?
    Everything about this movie is wonderful. The acting, the singing, the songs, the message. It's hard to find a musical any longer that is worth watching but this one is a throwback to some of the great old musicals. It has the energy of a great musical like The Music Man and in my opinion is just as enjoyable to watch.

    I started watching this with my wife not knowing what to expect but by the end of the movie we were both amazed at how well-done this movie actually was. From start to finish this is about as polished of a musical as you can find.

    One more thing: I haven't enjoyed a lot of John Travolta's recent films. I haven't enjoyed too many of the roles he has been taking on. However, in this film he is totally perfect.

    I'm already looking forward to watching it again and again....more info
  • This movie is so much fun!
    Let me first say I'm a fan of the original John Waters' film. I didn't see the Broadway musical so I can't compare it to the film.

    I thoroughly enjoy this movie every time I see it, and I watch it whenever I need a lift! I love the performers (yep, even Travolta), the music, the choreography, the humor, the joie de vive. It's just pure fun. Yet the message of tolerance doesn't get lost in all the exuberance. It doesn't have the edgy, underground vibe of the original film, but that's okay. Both films I believe can stand on their own merits.

    When I first heard John Travolta had been cast as Edna Turnblad, I thought it was a smart casting choice. I was ingrigued to see his performance, which I'm sure was the point of casting him. However, it took me a while to warm up to it...the accent and the fat suit are kind of distracting at first. However, I've come to appreciate it and enjoy watching him. He doesn't "flop" around in the dance numbers as someone said. In fact, he's light on his feet.

    I think there are lots of clever casting decisions in this movie, but it's the young performers who steal the show and are the truly triumphant choices. Nikki Blonsky is a great find! Zac Efron, Elijah Kelly, Britney Snow, James Marsden, Amanda Bynes are all terrific.
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  • Good Adaptation
    I really enjoyed the movie and Michelle Phiffer was just amazing (as always), however, I first experienced Hairspray in the stage version and fell in love with the story, the energy and the songs. The movie not only cut two of my favorite songs from the stage version (Momma I'm a Big Girl Now and Big Doll House) but changes some other scenes and really changed Edna's character. I was disappointed with Edna in general, really I don't think John Travolta was right for the roll. Enda is meant to be a man dresses as a woman, it should be obvious with a deep raspy voice. In the film however, aside of the fact that it's John Travolta, you wouldn't necessarily know it's a man and that part of the humor of the character and that was lost in film.
    All in all I love the movie as a movie, but if you like the stage version you may be disappointed with this film....more info
  • Great Family Movie
    I highly recommend this movie. It's a good feel all around selection if you enjoy musicals. Teenagers and parents alike will enjoy this DvD. John Travolta was hilarious. Totally entertaining!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Timeless fun and energy
    I ordered the movie for my mom to enjoy on her visit. She is a huge John Travolta and Queen Latifah fan. They did not disappoint. In fact she loves them even more now. The movie is funny, witty, and moving. I think my favorite parts are the beginning, the middle, and the end. And the music is amazing!...more info
  • Oh, Baltimore!
    *Hairspray* is a fun and energetic musical!

    Tracy Turnblad is a plump teenager who can sing and dance. Her dream is to land a coveted spot on "The Corny Collins Show". With the help of her best friend, Penny, her dad and Seaweed, she does.

    However, she has to constantly fight and maintain her spot because she does not fit the typical mold of a teenager, figure-wise. In addition, she's outspoken about segregation between the Whites and Blacks. The pressure doesn't stop there. She has to compete with Amber Von Tussle and her mother, the "beauty queens".

    Once again, wonderful musical surrounding the issues of racism and segregation. Self-esteem too. You'll laugh at John Travolta dragging as Tracy's mother. You'll also be amazed at his performance. And, if you'll pay attention, you'll catch a cameo appearance of Ricki Lake.

    If you're a fan of musicals, you'll definitely want to add this to your collection....more info
  • A Terrific Feel-Good Movie!!!
    I just finished watching this movie for like the 25th time. Watching this movie reminds me why John Travolta is one of my most favorite actors. I loved his portrayal of Mrs. Edna Turnblad. No, he didn't look like a Miss America contestant, but not many of us do. John pulled this one off, and to see him dancing and singing again was a pure joy.

    Newcomer, Nikki Blonsky, was perfectly cast. It almost seems as if she were born to play Tracy Turnblad. Spunky, perky, energetic. Wow! She made me feel good just watching her. From "Good Morning, Baltimore" to "You Can't Stop the Beat", she had me smiling.

    And then there's Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Marsden, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Brittany Snow, and Amanda Bynes. How could you NOT love a movie with all that talent?

    Hairspray is now and forever gonna be one of my most favorite movies. In fact, I think I'll hit "play" again and watch it for the 26th time. ...more info
  • Star-studded cast makes great remake
    This remake of Hairspray utilizes the full talents of the star-studded cast. It was funny and upbeat, with a great soundtrack and fun choreography. It truly gets the audience emotionally involved in the story of a plus-sized girl with unpopular opinions fighting for what's right. Even Zac Efron is bearable in this film! ...more info
  • A good remake
    I saw it and didn't like it as much as the original. However, I still did enjoy it and my niece loved it....more info
  • Dull - - I walked out
    Maybe a movie can be comedy, ironic satire, and musical all at once, but it's a tough balancing act to pull off.
    For example, the opening song "Baltimore" should be hilarious - - the whole idea of singing in delight of a famously dull city - - but instead drags on too long and can't quite decide whether to be serious about itself. In fact, all the songs last too long. I suppose that speaks to the quality of the song writing ("is the damn thing over yet?").
    Or consider the domestic scenes, exaggerated proletarian misery in wildly perky pastels. Is it supposed to be misery? Or Disney Channel comedy? or a mockery of misery? In the end it looks like they wanted to make fun of miserable conditions, while still being nice to them, but also not being too scary for the kids in the audience or offending the sponsors (god forbid the movie should have the ferocity of, ahem, a John Waters film).

    Can't review the entire movie because I walked out after about 20 minutes of this idiocy.
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  • Hairspray the Musical
    Sad to say that as a B-more Native, I almost love this one more than the original, sorry John....more info
  • Loved it!
    At first I didn't want to see this b/c I didn't really enjoy the John Water's version of the film, but I decided to see this one anyway, and I loved it. The songs are funny and the actors were perfect choices for the roles they play....more info
  • Where's the Cover?
    I ordered the 2-disc Shake & Shimmy Edition of Hairspray for my daughter's birthday. The contents were everything we expected (Fabulous!) but we were very disappointed that Amazon didn't include the fancy cardboard cover that we had seen in the stores.Hairspray (Two-Disc Shake & Shimmy Edition)...more info
  • good remake
    This is one of the few movies that was just as good as the original. I have both in my collection. John Travolta was a hoot in this movie...more info
  • Great movie!
    This was great! I have always loved the movie and couldn't wait to see John Travolta play mom. My girls loved the Zac Efron aspect. I was not at all surprised that I loved this one as much as all of the other versions that I have seen and now I feel like my kids have seen just one of those movies that you should definately see in your life....more info
  • The Elephant in the Room
    This would probably be a bright and entertaining musical if one of the lead characters was not so horribly miscast. The director of the original and much, much better 1988 'Hairspray,' John Waters, has a 15-second cameo as a flasher. If John Travolta's part had been confined to this time-span, then this film would be bearable. But no, Travolta plays the part of Tracy's mother, grimacing and staggering in a fatsuit through about 50% of the scenes, and flopping about like a beached, dying Orca in a climactic musical number.

    Just how bad is John Travolta here? Well, first I must certify that I am not a Travolta-hater. I have seen at least 4 John Travolta movies that I really liked, and I liked him back when he was a Sweathog as well.

    But here is how bad he is in 'Hairspray': Pluck-out-my-eyeballs, cauterize-my-optic -nerve, give-me-an-icepick-lobotomy, pump-me-full-of-thorazine bad. His Baltimore accent alone, one small portion of this grotesque performance, is easily the worst fake accent in movie history, surpassing Kevin Costner's atrocious Boston accent from 'Thirteen Days.' The U.S. of A. has literally millions of excellent overweight female impersonators who could have taken this role and made it Oscar-worthy. Kirstie Alley comes to mind immediately. But there are millions of other female impersonators who'd have been just as good if not better.

    By casting Travolta in this role, the implication is that female impersonation is not an art, but something any slob can just pick up in no time. You wouldn't even think of trying that with another art form, like Martial Arts for instance. Try replacing Jackie Chan with Nathan Lane, see how well that works. The casting of John Travolta has not only condemned this film to painful unwatchability, it is also an insult to every hard-working female impersonator in America.

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  • LOVE IT.
    JUST A GREAT GET UP AND DANCE AND SING MOVIE. Literally for the whole family....more info
  • I love this movie! Well worth adding to your collection.
    This is a great movie and I am happy to have the two disc to see all the extras. ...more info
  • hairspray
    Excellent image and sound, very good songs and great dancing. Very good performances by all actors, specially the new girl...charming young lady!
    Highly recomend this movie, will cheer you up!...more info
  • Fun and entertaining!
    This movie was one of the best I have seen in a while .It was very funny and entertaining....more info
  • Missing "angel"
    Not as good as expected.The star lacks"Angel", I mean making herself loved by the viewer. Some good songs. Travolta is a good actor, but this role could have been played perfectly by a woman. Nothing justifies otherwise. I know that as a Broadway Show this character was also played by a man. Why????...more info
  • Hairspray (Full-Screen Edition)
    Bought this for my niece and WE love it! If you loved the original Hairspray, you'll definitely love this remake. The cast is cute, fun to watch....more info
  • Great Fun Movie
    I purchased Hairspray after seeing it on our cruise. I loved it. It is fun and uplifting. I never saw the original but I understand it was NOT a musical. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good musical....more info
  • a movie of pure joy
    The movie is energetic, entertaining, funny, and has a great anti-prejudice theme.

    People are all not the same-those with darker skin are not inferior, or the fact that all women aren't a size 6, yet can be beautiful, is nicely brought out in the movie's plot.

    I liked everyone's performance in the film, but I think that John Travolta stole the show. Nikki Blonsky was terrific as an overweight, yet confident, teenager. Her energy, and the energy of the film, made this film so enjoyable.

    In spite of any negatives anyone may say about John Travolta in drag, I think he was convincing and fun to watch. And I think the role was a risky venture for him that was worth doing.

    I would watch this film again and again....more info
  • You CAN'T Stop the Beat!
    The movie musical Hairspray is a wild romp that leaves you with a song on your lips, tapping toes on your feet, and a big, HUGE smile in your heart. I just wanted to sing and dance along throughout the entire film. (And, to the consternation and mortification of my children, I DID!!!)

    The cast commits 250% to their roles, and all have a full out good time, which carries right on through to the audience. Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, James Marsden, and Elijah Kelly are all triple threats in this wonderful, feel good film. The dancing, singing, and acting are all excellent.

    The heart and soul of this perky film are the simply outstanding production numbers. The clever choreography is fun and peppy, and the highly enjoyable songs are finger-snapping good (you end up humming them for days). The pacing is perfect from beginning to end; you are immediately hooked, and they just reel you right in.

    Overall, this is a happy movie where the girl gets the boy, and everybody sings. A good, old fashioned musical. You will be singing and dancing in no time. What fun!
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  • Worth the extra money
    I am so glad that I spent the extra dollars in buying this version instead of just the movie by itself. It comes with great extras!!! Like three featurettes that describe the story of the first movie, the musical and every little detail of the movie musical!!! And it comes with great features as extended looks and behind the scenes goodies of all of the major scenes from the movie!!! It was just wonderful!!!...more info
  • Mashed Potato...
    As a fan of the original film I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Though not as edgy as the first this rendition didn't shy away from the content or occasional seedy remark, either. I tend to wear thin as musicals but the director did a great job balancing dialogue with dance numbers. All in all a pretty fun flick considering one moment it makes fun of Americana then attempts to make philosophical statements the next. ...more info
  • more hairspray
    This ain't exactly my cup of tea, but I can enjoy movies that aren't my normal fare. We should all be open minded and try new things. Take a walk on the wild side, you know what I mean?? But anyway, if you enjoyed HAIRSPRAY you should definitely check out John Water's film version. The original film had Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, and Ricki Lake in it. I've seen most of this one and I saw Water's version years ago. Waters is a talented cat. By the way, if you like HAIRSPRAY and are one of those unfortunate souls out there that have not experienced other classic comedies by John Waters PINK FLAMINGOS comes highly recommended. It's just good light entertainment for the family to enjoy....more info
  • should be PG-13
    Great talent, fun music....John Travolta was a little hard to watch @ times...."freaky"....and there were several scenes I was not comfortable having my 9 and 10 y/o watch...otherwise...cute movie...more info
  • Watch it over and over again
    Such a great movie - I've watched it over and over again!
    My only gripe would be the lyric track...I was expecting you could watch the whole movie and then the words come up when there's singing.
    However you can only watch the singing scenes while using the lyric track special feature....more info
  • Fun, good cast
    I enjoyed this but after reading some of the reviews I think I'd better check out the original John Waters film---I might like that better. Having not seen that nor the stage version I had nothing to compare this with so I just took it as it came, and I liked it. The cast was surprisingly good. Christopher Walken is always very watchable; here is he cast as a relatively weak man and that's sometimes hard to do and still have it be interesting. His dance duet with Travolta as Edna on the back porch is really lovely. I kept thinking how much fun they must have had.

    Much has been said, pro and con about Travolta. Since I didn't see Divine or the guy who did such a good job on stage, I can't compare. I really liked him and thought his decision to play Edna "straight" was a wise one...I found myself thinking that this was a real person, Edna, not a guy playing a woman. It probably would be a lot easier to go for camp but I liked what he did with it...made the character genuinely sympathetic. He was also very funny and I tended to watch him no matter who else was in the scene. OK, his accent wasn't perfect but he was the only one who at least attempted a Baltimore accent and at times he got it.

    Michelle Pfeiffer was beautiful in a thankless role as the stereotyped up-tight White ex-Beauty queen. Queen Latifah was also beautiful as the steotyped warm hearted Black woman. Allison Janney plays another steotype--the cruel White Bible thumper. (egad...all these stereotypes!!) I might be the only person on the planet who got a little tired of Nikki Blonsky's one-dimensional role and I was at least glad she didn't win the Miss Hairspray contest. Another stereotype---the fat girl with the heart of gold who wins the cute guy...not very realistic and why didn't she fall for a nice nerdy guy? No, she wanted the cutie...so is she superficial or what? Well....if you don't get too caught up in all the Messages that the film is trying to force at you, and just enjoy the energy and dancing, this is not a bad way to spend two hours. (I wanted to correct my rating to three stars but couldn't figure out how to do it.)...more info
  • Boring and Insincere
    The whole family fell asleep watching this one: wife, 3 kids, family dog, me.

    We thought it would be fun because we laughed so much when we saw the original (the one with Divine).

    And it marks the end of the civil rights era as far as I'm concerned. The issues are presented in such a light-weight, ho-hum, humdrum way, by such light-weight actors, that it's practically a slap in the face to anyone who really cares about civil rights.

    I miss Divine....more info
  • Good moive, but slow in the middle
    This is a good movie, even if you aren't a fan of musicals. It has a good message, but I think it is a little slow in the middle of the moive. ...more info
  • GREAT MOVIE
    WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE MOVIE, ARRIVED JUST AS DESCRIBED AND WAS ALSO PLEASED WITH THE PRICE AND DELIEVERY TIME. HOPE TO DO BUISNESS WITH AGAIN. SINCERELY, JODI...more info
  • Cute giftset & fun movie
    I thought I'd give a review of the giftset itself, but a few words on the movie:

    Excellent! It's fast paced and fun. Families with tweens/teens can safely view the film. Some inuendo, but very minor. I prefer the original hence four stars, but enjoyed the newer upbeat version. The entire cast from start to finish will have you singing right along.

    Now the gift set: First the "Shake & Shimmey" edition is enclosed. Loads of extras to watch and enjoy. The metal locker comes in hot pink or green (mine was pink). It is well constructed and very cute. Has its own padlock & keys. There are several sheets of stickers to decorate your locker featuring the teen stars. Also, the tote bag is made of cloth, not vinyl and features the Hairspray cast. All in all very worth it and cute!...more info
  • Walk Through the Hairspray
    Some people don't like the long civil rights march that comes two thirds of the way through the movie, with Queen Latifah singing the powerful song about she knows where she's going and she knows where's been. I like it just fine, but its staging and arrangement sure reminds me of "Walk Through the Fire" from the "Once More with Feeling" episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. To my surprise I find the same choreographer responsible for both. In this case, the original had that little bit of unexpected edge, but here the subject of the civil rights struggle in Baltimore has the weight of gravitas and history behind it, so I guess it's a draw. If the same slow-moving, lurching camera and candlelight shows up in Adam Shankman's next picture, though, that will be the true test of the auteur theory and you read it here first.

    It's true that none of the young people of HAIRSPRAY are as likeable as those in the original John Waters movie, here they all seem to be trying too hard, and just as mystifying is why they decided to cast two young actresses who look so much alike, as Tracy's best friend Penny and worst enemy Amber von Tussle. We decided it was because they were trying to ignite a Freudian interpretation in which Penny and Amber are revealed as two sides of the same coin: mother, whore, and crone all mixed together, so that Tracy would not know whom she was confiding in. She doesn't really seem to care anyhow, as placed by Nikki Blonsky she's as blithe and oblivious as though she were still slinging ice cream down at the Cold Stone Creamery in Great Neck. But she's great despite this peculiarity of interpretation, and even if her Tracy Turnblad never seems to feel bad about racism or segregation, at least she gets up and does something about it....more info