As part of their upcoming “MUSICAL COLLECTION”, FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has released the Gene Kelly-directed, “HELLO DOLLY”. Barabara Steisand stars as Dolly Levi, a matchmaker. Set iat the turn of the 19th century in New York, the lavish sets and costume designs really place the viewer in that era. Walter Matthau is sensational as Horace Vandergelder, a successful merchant, wanting Dolly to find a match to replace the man his niece wants to marry. Dolly, however, is foremost concerned with making Horace a match for herself, and with a style she’s well known for, ends up getting most of the supporting cast, to work as her accomplices in this goal, helping them out in finding their own spouse at the same time.
Viewers tend to either love or hate “HELLO DOLLY”, and while the film has its flaws(It’s too long, the ending feels tacked on,etc) this reviewer loved it!
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has done a remarkable job in remastering this title! It looks great! FOX has preserved the film’s 2.20:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. It’s far superior to the previously available laserdisc. While that one offered a nice picture, colors were generally subdued. This remastered dvd has really been cleaned up! Colors are extremely rich and vibrant, further highlighting the wonderful costumes and production design. There’s a real luster and fullness to each scene and it’s simply terrific! Contrast is also excellent, offering great detail in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT could’ve done better with the soundmix. While the Dolby 4.0 mix is decent,(really coming to life during musical numbers)it doesn’t offer the really discrete channels we’d hoped for. FOX has remastered many musicals for 5.1, so why not this one? Still, there’s some minor separation in the front, and surrounds kick in during the aforementioned musical numbers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
FOX has included a featurette, offering behind-the-scenes footage, as well as a theatrical trailer