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Oklahoma! (50th Anniversary Edition) (1955)

Gordon MacRae , Gloria Grahame , Fred Zinnemann  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (286 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,431 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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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

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."

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361 of 370 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Todd-AO version of Oklahoma extremely disappointing November 17, 2005
By dooby
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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144 of 151 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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..

A STATEMENT FROM TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT REGARDING THE
50TH ANNIVERSARY DVD EDITION OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S "OKLAHOMA!"

In recent days we have heard back from a small number of consumers
regarding the DVD of the Todd-AO version of "Oklahoma!" and specifically
that it appears less detailed than the old Fox DVD release from 2000. We
feel it is very important that we communicate the issues on hand
regarding the Todd-AO version of the film.

As you know well, director Fred Zinnemann filmed "Oklahoma!" using two
separate film techniques.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Visual diappointment for a great format May 12, 2006
Format:DVD
Like several others, I agree that the Cinemascope version was well presented, but what a disappointment as far as the Todd-ao digital transfer! The original release I bought in 1999 gives a much clearer and brighter Todd-ao version that gives you a much better idea of what the original may have looked like. I enjoyed seeing "The Miracle of Todd-ao" again, but similarly the realism that was present in the original was lost, either due to poor quality of stock or inabilty to be able to digitally correct and sharpen the image. (I find it hard to imagine that Fox couldn't resore it better).There was an apology printed on our Region 4 version.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD not all it could have been February 3, 2000
Format:DVD
This is a fine DVD, to be sure, but considering that there are two widely-seen versions of this film (Todd-AO and CinemaScope), I don't see why they couldn't have given us both versions instead of "retiring" one of them for all time. I realize I'm in the minority, but I actually prefer the CinemaScope version, perhaps because that was the one I grew up watching on TV over the years. Once I got past the novelty of seeing the Todd-AO version for the first time I missed hearing the lines delivered the "old" way! I remember the CinemaScope version actually began with a title card that said "Color by Technicolor" while a full-bodied orchestra played the music to "There's a bright golden haze on the meadow"--an exhilarating fanfare never to be heard on home video, as they have always substituted the Todd-AO version's overture. Since the Todd-AO version was a "road show" only attraction, it seems to me that more people would have seen the CinemaScope version over the years and thus it deserves to be preserved for historical purposes if not for any other. Ironically, the back of the DVD box erroneously indicates that it's the CinemaScope version!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Like all older musicals, it's a classic and very enjoyable in it lightheartedness.
I also love the commentary by a few people including Shirley Jones.
Published 5 days ago by Barb M. McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for an old movie
I bought this DVD for my niece who is acting in her school play, Oklahoma. She enjoyed it and has a better understanding of the whole story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jan Brandenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie to watch
If you want a feel good movie with some hilarious parts then you need to see this movie it will keep you laughing and just makes you wonder how they kept their sanity with all... Read more
Published 8 days ago by icefire2
5.0 out of 5 stars O K L A H O M A!!!!
Great Cinemascope version - Great Color - Great Sound - Gordan McRae and Gene Nelson so talented and so underated. This is the best Musical thy both made. Where they both shine. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Patrick M. Luci
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a VHS replacement
It was just an upgrade of my old VHS. I am replacing all of them because I no longer have a WHS player.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good deal and quick delivery
Quick delivery. Bought this as a gift for my sister who lives in Alaska. I was pleased to find it at such a reasonable price.
Published 27 days ago by Sharon Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back fond memories.
My parents raised my sister and I with lots of music. This was one of my favourite musicals and I can still remember most of the lyrics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
My first exposure to Oklahoma was a school play and I've been hooked ever since. This version is awesome. Very well done and I watch it often.
Published 2 months ago by Sandy Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Musical!
Fun, old fashioned love story with comedy, drama and plenty of beautiful music! Always lifts my spirits! I highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Chelsea Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great night with great music
I love musicals, and yesteryear, this has plenty of both!!! I don't get tired of watching this one! It's a fun watch :-)
Published 2 months ago by Daniel
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