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USA 2007
Directed by
Adam Shankman
117 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Sharon Hurst
4.5 stars

Hairspray (2007)

With its knock 'em dead performances, a raft of great songs and frenetic dancing to get you going, plus a plot that doesn't let up for a second (and with some serious issues), Hairspray has to be the most fun to be had legally in a cinema for years.

DVD Extras: Although surprisingly there is no director's commentary, Village Roadshow's 2 disc "Shimmy & Shake" release has plenty to offer the movie's fans. Things kick off with Step by Step: the dances of Hairspray; there's a 3 part feature which tracks the evolution of the film from its roots in television through to John Waters' 1988 film of the same name and the Broadway musical version that forms the basis for the Shankman version. You Can't Stop The Beat is an extensive promotional feature that looks at the production, the cast and the music whilst Hairspray Extensions takes us through the filming of the musical numbers. There is a set of deleted or alternate scenes with an optional commentary by Shankman with Nikki Blonsky who plays Tracy Turnblatt and the package is completed by the theatrical trailer. Both the movie and the extras disc comes with English captions for the hearing impaired.

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Available from: Village Roadshow




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