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Seven Faces of Dr. Lao [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 10/03/2000
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Tony Randall has the showcase of a lifetime in the marvelous George Pal production The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao. We first see Randall as Dr. Lao, an enigmatic Chinese medicine-show impresario. The doctor brings his travelling show into the frontier town of Abalone, which is chafing under the oppression of land-hungry Clint Stark (Arthur O'Connell). Newspaper editor Ed Cunningham (John Ericson) is conducting a campaign of words against Stark, but he is no match for the land baron's money, power, and hulking henchmen. Nonetheless, Cunningham continues his crusade, all the while attempting to romance icy young widow Angela Benedict (Barbara Eden). All of this is observed with bemusement by Dr. Lao, who has already established himself as a man of many talents by alternating between pidgin-English and eloquent articulation, depending on the circumstances. Each of the townspeople--including the three already mentioned--learn a great many truths about themselves when they attend Dr. Lao's unusual circus. In the course of straightening out everyone's problems, Lao metamorphoses into (1) Merlin the Magician, (2) Pan, (3) Medusa, (4) The Abominable Snowman, (5) Apollonius of Tyana and (6) a Talking Serpent. The combined talents of Randall, puppeteer Pal and make-up wizard William J. Tuttle (who won two Special Oscars) resulted in this captivatingly unique entertainment experience. Curiously, Tony Randall is not fond of Seven Faces of Dr.Lao, and refused to be interviewed on the subject. Perhaps he was unhappy that much of the philosophy dispensed in the original Charles G. Finney novel -The Circus of Dr. Lao was weeded out of Charles Beaumont's script....or perhaps he just didn't like having his head shaved for the part. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Side #1 -- Standard

1. Credits [2:40]
2. Stop the Presses [2:07]
3. Stark the Philanthropist [3:35]
4. New Advertiser [2:02]
5. Angela the Librarian [3:48]
6. Town Meeting [6:36]
7. Smile, Hombre [1:51]
8. The Circus is Coming [2:13]
9. Major Mysteries [5:16]
10. Rather Young and Old [2:22]
11. Circus of Dr. Lao [2:13]
12. Future Nonsense [5:23]
13. Petered be Pan [4:05]
14. Serpents's Tongue-Lashing [3:41]
15. Merlin's Magic Show [6:29]
16. Terror of the 7 seas [3:05]
17. Medusa Reflected [1:40]
18. Kate Stoned [2:58]
19. Part of the Circus [2:56]
20. Damages and Dreamland Undone [3:44]
21. Unexpected Deliveries [3:15]
22. Angela's Heart [2:43]
23. Stark's Fortune [2:13]
24. Faces on Parade [4:06]
25. Lao's Parable [4:01]
26. Changes of Heart [3:53]
27. Terror For Two [7:29]
28. Goodbye, Dr. Lao [2:55]

Side #2 -- Widescreen

1. Credits [2:40]
2. Stop the Presses [2:07]
3. Stark the Philanthropist [3:35]
4. New Advertiser [2:02]
5. Angela the Librarian [3:48]
6. Town Meeting [6:36]
7. Smile, Hombre [1:51]
8. The Circus is Coming [2:13]
9. Major Mysteries [5:16]
10. Rather Young and Old [2:22]
11. Circus of Dr. Lao [2:13]
12. Future Nonsense [5:23]
13. Petered be Pan [4:05]
14. Serpents's Tongue-Lashing [3:41]
15. Merlin's Magic Show [6:29]
16. Terror of the 7 seas [3:05]
17. Medusa Reflected [1:40]
18. Kate Stoned [2:58]
19. Part of the Circus [2:56]
20. Damages and Dreamland Undone [3:44]
21. Unexpected Deliveries [3:15]
22. Angela's Heart [2:43]
23. Stark's Fortune [2:13]
24. Faces on Parade [4:06]
25. Lao's Parable [4:01]
26. Changes of Heart [3:53]
27. Terror For Two [7:29]
28. Goodbye, Dr. Lao [2:55]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: October 03, 2000
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Length: 100 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, dd1
  • Formats: Pan & Scan, Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • UPC: 012569517226
  • Product ID: 1029616
  • Genre: Fantasy, Western

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