“The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” feels like “Forbidden Zone” designed for kids. But, this film predates the other by almost 30 years. Coming from Stanley Kramer’s slow phase, the melodramatic mogul decided to create a wonderful kid’s film from the mind of Dr. Seuss. That would be great if the movie was something more than 90 minutes of small boy doesn’t like to play the piano. It’s the oddity of the boy’s imagination and fear of his piano teacher that creates something special. The songs are easily forgotten, but the overall design leaves one enthralled. Hans Conreid is operating at peak villainy, but even he doesn’t offer up anything other than making 500 little boys play a giant piano. It’s goofy, but it works for what it offers.


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  • 1.37:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby Digital 2.0

RELEASE DATE: 06/07/2016

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    Video - 94%
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    Audio - 80%
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    Supplemental Material - 0%

The Plot Thus Far

Young Bart Collins, lulled to sleep by the monotony of his piano lessons, dreams of a castle ruled by his piano teacher the eccentric Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T is determined to prove that his “Happy Fingers Method” of teaching piano is the best method in the world. Having banished all other musical instruments to the dungeon, Dr. T lures 500 reluctant little boys to perform in a colossal concert on the grandest grand piano ever built. In his effort to escape, Bart comes in contact with some of the strangest characters imaginable. Siamese twins on roller skates, a human drum and the most memorable villain since the “Grinch.”

Filled with surreal landscapes and tongue-twisting rhymes for which Dr. Seuss is famous, this is a movie children and their parents will love to watch again and again. The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T is family entertainment at its best.

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