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Based on the hit Australian stage production, this charming and energetic musical relates the love story of Aboriginal teenager Willie (Rocky McKenzie) and Rosie (Jessica Mauboy), a local tavern singer. Abruptly shipped away from his hometown to a boarding school run by a strict priest (Geoffrey Rush), Willie conspires with a helpful town elder (Ernie Dingo) to live happily ever after. "Missy" Higgins, Tom Budge co-star. Songs include "All the Way Jesus," "Child of Glory," and more. AKA: "Bran Nue Day." 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish.
Warner Bros.' contribution to the war effort was "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), a songfest featuring their star players performing numerous hits. The plot revolves around the mishaps of Eddie Cantor and a look-alike cab driver. Stars include Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Olivia de Havilland, John Garfield, Bette Davis singing "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and Errol Flynn singing "That's What You Jolly Well Get." Next, "Hollywood Canteen" (1944) delivers a star-studded follow-up to "Stage Door Canteen," filled with Tinseltown favorites, patriotic spirit, and classic songs. The plot involves soldiers Dane Clark and Robert Hutton catching entertainment at the famed Canteen before being shipped to New Guinea, and Hutton meeting dream girl Joan Leslie. With The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joan Crawford, Davis, Cantor, and many more. Four-disc set also includes "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "This Is The Army." 8 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Lavish screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical based on Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker" stars Barbra Streisand as Dolly, a late 19th-century New York City widow who sets out to find a wife for local businessman Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau)...only to wind up falling for him herself. Supporting turns by Michael Crawford and Louis Armstrong, and a score that includes "Before the Parade Passes By," "Just Leave Everything to Me," and the title song, add to the fun. 148 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; featurettes.