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My Fair Lady (1964)

Audrey Hepburn , Rex Harrison , George Cukor  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HK9IDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

- More Lovely Than Ever: The Making of My Fair Lady Then & Now
- Vintage 1963/ 1964 Featurettes, Footage and Audio
- Alternate Audrey Hepburn Vocals
- Show Me Galleries
- Comments on A Lady
- Trailers
- Commentary (English, Japanese subtitles)

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At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. "It's almost irresistable," clucks Higgins. "She's so deliciously low. So horribly dirty." He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza's dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn't bankable; Hepburn's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Andrews instead made Mary Poppins, for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar, beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals.

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549 of 569 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How do you do? And which DVD version to buy ... July 12, 2004
By William
Format:DVD
MFL is a marvellous film about a professor who turns a common flower girl into a lady. It is full of sing-a-long songs and funny moments. It is basically a classic for all the right reasons! Plenty of re-watch factor makes it a film to own.

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.
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195 of 201 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is Not "Fair" at all. November 18, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I was suspicious from the beginning that a film of this import was being slipped onto the blu-ray market with little to no fanfare. I read the other reviews on Amazon criticizing the transfer from the restored 1994 DVD, and dismissed the manufacturing complaints (blurred, foggy picture around the edges) as probably owing to faulty equipment. I was foolish. The disc is a mess.

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!!!
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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY POOR BLU-RAY EDITION OF MY FAIR LADY November 19, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just watched the Blu-ray edition of My Fair Lady on a 60" HDTV. It looked horrible. Out of focus around the edges, with a disturbing color shift. I then watched part of the film on a twelve-foot wide screen, with a HD video projector providing the image--the same disappointing result--even worse with the larger image. This is an extremely poor transfer of Warner's crown jewel. IT IS SO SAD THAT THE RIGHTS BELONG TO CBS, WHO OBVIOUSLY DID NOT CARE ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF THIS GREAT FILM. If Warner Brothers did the transfer to Blu-ray, "My Fair Lady" would most likely have looked as great as their other recent outstanding work such as "Casablanca", "The Wizard of Oz", or "Gone With the Wind". Twentieth Century Fox did a fantastic job with their Blu-ray edition of "The Sound of Music". I was expecting "My Fair Lady" to look as good as "The Sound of Music". This was a huge disappointment. I WILL NOT PURCHASE ANY OTHER CBS/PARAMOUNT TITLES IN THE FUTURE. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS TITLE! (PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE FILM TRANSFER, AND NOT THE MOVIE). THE MOVIE DESERVES FIVE STARS!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so 'loverly' transfer to Blu-ray. November 26, 2011
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My Fair Lady, both the stage and film versions, have played major roles in shaping my understandings of music, theatre, cinematography -- and even, linguistics. Over the past 20 years, I have owned this film on VHS (twice), laserdisc, DVD (twice), and now on Blu-ray. Knowing what I do about the current film elements held by CBS, this Blu-ray is a severe disappointment.

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.
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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!
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