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  • Actors: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Shirley Jones
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II, Lynn Riggs, Richard Rodgers, Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr., Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Format: Dolby, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oklahoma! (50th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1
  • 1955 Cinemascope feature (2.55 aspect ratio)
  • Commentary by Ted Chapin and Hugh Fordin
  • Theatrical teaser
  • Sing-along subtitles
  • Separate chapter list for songs only with Play All feature
  • Disc 2
  • 1955 Todd AO Version (2.20 aspect ratio)
  • Commentary by Shirley Jones and Nick Redman
  • Cinemascope vs. Todd AO featurette
  • Vintage stage excerpts: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' performed by Gordon MacRae, People Will Say We're in Love performed by Gordon MacRae & Florence Henderson
  • Theatrical teaser and theatrical trailer
  • Still galleries: Behind the Scenes
  • Lobby cards and one-sheets
  • The Miracle of Todd-AO
  • The March of Todd-AO

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Product Description

Set in the Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900's, this joyous celebration of frontier life is a story of tender romance and dangerous passion. Gordon MacRae is Curly, a sunny, good-natured ranch hand, and Shirley Jones is Laurey Williams, the farmer's daughter he loves. Rod Steiger is he menacing Jud, who tries to comes between them. The first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration, this Academy Award winner for Best Score features the classic songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "People Will Say We're In Love."

Additional Features

The 2005 two-disc edition of Oklahoma! is a clear winner over the original DVD. In addition to the bevy of bonus features, it offers two different versions of the film, both of which are anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. Disc 1 includes the CinemaScope version of the film. The second disc examines an interesting slice of film history: the background of "Todd-AO," the widescreen format that debuted with Oklahoma! and was intended to compete with established widescreen formats such as CinemaScope. There's a 12-minute featurette on the difference between the two formats, as well as two short features ("The Miracle of Todd-AO," 12 minutes, and "The March of Todd-AO," 17 minutes) that were created to show off the format through such gimmicks as first-person roller-coaster rides--precursors to modern IMAX films. Also on the second disc is the complete film as it was shot in Todd-AO. You'll quickly notice the difference between aspect ratios (2.55 to 2.20 for the taller Todd-AO), and that the Todd-AO version includes the overture and entr'acte and a different opening-credit sequence. (The original DVD release was the Todd-AO version.) And because the film had to be shot twice to accommodate the two formats, there are some subtle variations in actor performance, camera angles, etc.

So of the two versions of the film here, which is better to watch? One would expect it to be the Todd-AO version, which was shot in 70 mm instead of 35 mm, and at 30 frames per second rather than 24 for a smoother picture. Unfortunately, that's not the case. The Todd-AO version looks fuzzy and washed out and is clearly inferior to the DVD's CinemaScope transfer. Other bonus features include a commentary track by Oscar Hammerstein biographer Hugh Fordin and Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization president Ted Chapin and sing-along subtitles on disc 1. On disc 2 are a commentary track by Shirley Jones and historian Nick Redman (she recounts how she auditioned for the film on her way to veterinary school, and how she worried about being filmed in Todd-AO because it was "as though you could see every mark on your skin"), and black-and-white television broadcast performances of Gordon MacRae singing "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" and Florence Henderson and MacRae singing "People Will Say We're in Love." --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

One of the very best movie musicals ever made.
nelly
No, the DVD's aren't perfect, although the CinemaScope is beautiful, the color pops, the sound is great, and the overall quality is superb.
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The person I bought it for loves the movie and really enjoyed watching it.
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374 of 383 people found the following review helpful By dooby on November 17, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a review of only the Todd-AO version of the movie included in the recent 50th anniversary edition of Oklahoma. The main Cinemascope version on Disc One is outstanding and deserves 5 stars and more. However the accompanying Todd-AO version on Disc Two looks abysmal in comparison.

For those who are unaware, the producers filmed two versions of Oklahoma simultaneously, the one commonly seen which is the Cinemascope version and the other, the Todd-AO version which is the one that Rodgers and Hammerstein preferred. It is seldom seen because theaters did not possess the special equipment to project these Todd-AO movies (extremely widescreen with curved edges to give an enveloping effect). The 2 movies are not the same. They did not just use different cameras or lenses to film the same scene. The films are different in that every scene is restaged specifically for either Cinemascope or Todd-AO. This is obvious in a side by side comparison - the individual scenes are subtly different. Some scenes are shot at slightly different angles, some scenes are shot at different times of the day, some scenes include cast members seen in one version but not the other while all scenes show subtle variations in performances between one version and the next. But the most obvious difference is that only the Todd-AO version includes the Oklahoma Overture as well as the Intermission, En'tracte and Finale (Exit Music) which Richard Rodgers wrote for Oklahoma but never included in the Cinemascope version. The end result is that the Todd-AO version runs for 147mins while the Cinemascope version runs for just 139mins, a fact that Fox fudges by giving the runtime of the movie as 145mins.

The Todd-AO version presented here is virtually unrestored. It is so dark you can barely read the opening credits.
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155 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2005
Format: DVD
UPDATE: My review was based on the HORRIBLE DVD set... the new BLU RAY is absolutely amazing and the TODD AO Version smokes the BR of the Cinemascope version.... I am choosing to leave the rest of the review intact as Amazon.com will apply it to everything with Oklahoma in the title and it still stands not only for the DVD set BUT... the DVD that comes with the recent Blu Ray still stinks... they did not upgrade the DVD version of Oklahoma when they found the new elements and upgraded the Blu ray discs.... so... If you are looking for a review of the Blu Ray... it's 5 stars... the DVD is 1 star and that review and comments follow...

I am happy to see a bunch of other folks were as horribly dissapointed as I was to throw this DVD into the player and instead of being treated by what should be a breathtakingly sharp and stunning Todd-AO version on disc two....see a muddy mess...which isn't near the 35mm version on disc one!

Fans of the Todd-AO process (watch Patton some time folks) know what an absolutely unsurpassed format it was....and the DVDs that have come out (like the aforementioned PATTON) that have been taken from it stun with clarity and color...
I don't know how many generations removed from the original disc 2 of this set is ....but its not worth a $50 DVD players time...

Its particularly ironic that 20th Century waste so much other space on the disc on short features extolling the virtues of Todd-AO...only to present such a garbage transfer....
SHAME ON YOU FOX....this should be as gorgeous as the Sound of Music ...and its a big big letdown....and I like many others have been counting the days for this release...

....I am updating this review...with the official excuse from FOX home Entertainment...which follows..
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Porter on November 16, 2005
Format: DVD
I'm talking about this brand new 2DVD set of Oklahoma! 50th Anniversary, released on November 15th 2005. The concept is great, 2 discs, disc one is a CinemaScope version, disc two is a Todd-AO 70MM version, with proper widescreen aspect ratio & great sound. But the picture quality on Todd-AO version is a real garbage. Very soft, fuzzy & lack of definition as if you're watching a second generation VHS copy! The 70MM source material for this transfer is extremely bad and suffers from a severe color fading. The cinemaScope version on disc one looks much better & sharper although the color balance & color timing is totally wrong and it suffers from an extensive electronic edge enhancement, some video artifacts & color bleeding. This is not what it should be. Generally speaking, films shot in 70MM format should have far superior image & color quality than 35MM CinemaScope, but not this DVD transfer. 20th Century fox Home Video has done nothing but insult consumers. If they think they can get away with this, forget it. They can fool me once but not twice. My advice? Don't buy this DVD set. Rent it to see some wonderful special features, especially on disc two, and listen to a soundtrack, wich is very nicely remastered, but not for the image quality.
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Peter Prainito on November 19, 2005
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I bought the 50th Anniversary 2-DVD of Oklahoma! After reading all the scathing reviews concerning the horrible quality of the Todd-AO version on disc two (which I happen to believe), I have returned my unopened copy.
Releasing a DVD of such inferior quality, especially of such a beloved classic, is simply inexcusable. I hope that Fox gets a ton of complaints and suffers where it REALLY will hurt them, in both their profits and credibility. For Fox to knowingly distribute such a poor product is disgraceful, and ALL consumers should voice their opinions VERY STRONGLY. Otherwise this kind of garbage will go unchecked. I only wish I knew where to contact Fox with my comments. Anybody know? Thanks.

BTW, if you've never seen Oklahoma!, it's a beautiful movie musical adapted from it's origins on Broadway. The songs are all classics, and include "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'", "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top", and "Oklahoma!" The sweet love story from a bygone era (just before Oklahoma became a state), centers around a cowboy, his sweetheart, and the man who trys to come between them. There are plenty of laughs, dance, song, and drama, along with a stunning dream ballet sequence. It deserves a much better treatment than what it's getting in this 50th Anniversary Edition. I understand that the CinemaScope version on disc one is fine. Small consolation.

P.S. To add further insult, Fox now adds a disgusting Anti-Piracy/Copy commercial on their currently produced DVDs that REALLY should be aired on TV or mentioned in the newspapers! These ads DON'T belong on DVDs that HONEST consumers are purchasing...after all, THEY ARE NOT THE CRIMINALS!!!! Another moronic move by Fox.
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