My Fair Lady
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In 1994, the film was restored and thank the lord they did! The film's negative was almost lost forever. In fact, the film had become yellow-tinged and full of scratches, blotches and all the rest! It would have been a very sad day for the movie industry if a flim like this had been lost.
The original DVD that featured this new restoration was released in the late 90's. This DVD included a 9 minute featurette, actor profiles, audio commentary, and Audrey Hepburn singing in 2 scenes.
This original 1-disc DVD has since been updated to a special 2-Disc Edition. Which one to get? I have both so I feel qualified to answer this. The new DVD includes all the features found on the original DVD, except the actor profiles. The new DVD once again includes the restored print but is apparently a new transfer from the restored print. However, according to a report that I have read, the new transfer is not perfect and has aliasing problems throughout. The average watcher probably won't pick up on this detail. If this is an issue to you, purchase the original edition DVD where the transfer has been given two thumbs up!
The advantage of the special 2-Disc Edition DVD is that it includes a 58 minute 1994 documentary hosted by Jeremy Brett (Audrey's love interest in the film). Jeremy is no longer with us, so it's nice to have this as a piece of nostalgia.Read more ›
From the moment the credits begin to roll, it is apparent something is not right. The gorgeous background flowers are grainy and in questionable focus, and there is indeed fog around the edge of the picture in the opening outdoor scenes. Then the fog follows the action indoors and never leaves.
Every once in a while there is a scene without fog and in crystal clear resolution. Those moments are dazzling, and it makes you realize what the film might have looked like. But it is very apparent that not only are there serious transfer issues with the disc, but also serious manufacturing problems as well.
Stay AWAY from this blu-ray, and complain bitterly to CBS for their shoddy work on this less than fair lady!!!
In the early 1990s, the original film elements were deteriorating in vaults; it was brittle, cracking, fading, and suffered from differential shrinkage. CBS paid a good sum in 1994 to save the film from being lost forever. Using digital technology to the best of their abilities, a new archival element was created -- preserving the film and allowing a new generation of viewers to see it in a condition not seen since the 1960s. At the same time, 35mm prints were created for LD, VHS, and later DVD transfers. Imperfections in the prints were not noticeable and yielded the best presentations in those formats due to their limited resolutions.
Now we come to the Blu-ray. I am not entirely sure if this transfer comes from one of the previous 35mm prints (the only tell-tale sign is the 2.35:1 aspect ratio). However, this print has major flaws that were not seen in the previous releases. First, and somewhat minor issue, the text in the title sequence has some distracting movement; this becomes less apparent if you are watching on a screen smaller than 32".
The major problem has to do with an image distortion on the left and right sides of the image. Approximately 20% of the screen is affected. It is as if you were viewing the film with tunnel vision -- or watching a 2.5 hour dream sequence where the DP has ordered Vaseline to be spread along the sides of the lens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite movies. In perfect condition. Enjoyed watching it. Received it quicker than expected.Published 2 days ago by Caryl Smith
Viewed on 96” 1080p Panasonic projector (well calibrated) and high-end audio system.
Summary: EXCELLENT but not perfect. Read more
I have to submit this review for my friend who asked me to find this movie. I've done favors for her before and she is very pleased when I was able to find this movie for a good... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shirley Hobbs, Iowa
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|"My Fair Lady" on Blu-ray?||
Well, since Paramount owns it, who knows? However, look at the bang up job they did with Ten Commandments. If they do this with MFL, it will be worth the wait!
May 19, 2011 by ELT | See all 4 posts
|Question re the newest DVD of "My Fair Lady"||
Scott, according to the review listed below, the picture quality is better on the two disc special edition. Also, as far as the extras go, Paramount removed one the documentaries and the production galleries while adding nothing new in their... Read More
Oct 21, 2009 by Kirk76 | See all 3 posts
|Grab it while you can!||
My Fair Lady is being reissued by Paramount in October. Always wondered why Paramount didn't get it when CBS was still part of Viacom; apparently CBS wanted Warner (who originally made it, but under its film-rights agreement had to give it back to CBS, who owned the play,... Read More
Jul 28, 2009 by R. Brittain | See all 2 posts
|Does this 2009 re-release have close-captioning ?||
Hey, we can hear the music just fine. The dialog just gets blurry sometimes. I really don't want to miss any of it!
Jun 26, 2014 by Cheryl Emerson | See all 4 posts
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