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South Pacific (Collector's Edition)

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Academy Award -winning "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece and the tender love story of a naïve young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French Plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) on a U.S. occupied South Sea island. The breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written: "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime" and more. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, South Pacific ranks among the most celebrated of Rodgers and Hammerstein's acclaimed musicals.

Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Release and Road Show Version
  • English Sing-a-long Subtitles
  • Making of South Pacific
  • 60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific
  • Vintage Stage Excerpt: "I'm Goint To Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "Finale," "Some Enchanted Evening," & "A Wonderful Guy" performed by MaryMartin and Ezio Pinza.
  • "South Pacific" On The Screen: A Perfect Hit
  • State Department Confers High Honor on "South Pacific"
  • Screen Test: Mitzy Gaynor
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall
  • Directors: Joshua Logan
  • Writers: Joshua Logan, James A. Michener, Oscar Hammerstein II, Paul Osborn, Richard Rodgers
  • Producers: Buddy Adler, George P. Skouras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HT3PGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "South Pacific (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on August 29, 2006
Format: DVD
This brand new edition of SOUTH PACIFIC is a must for all fans of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Based on characters and segments from James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific", the story takes place on the islands during the tail-end of World War II. A pretty young nurse from Arkansas, Ensign Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor), falls in love with a wealthy French plantation owner Emile de Becque (Rossano Brazzi). Their relationship is tested when she discovers that he fathered two children with a now-dead Polynesian wife, and that he is wanted for the murder of a man in France. As Nellie confronts her own fears and prejudices, the handsome Lt. Joe Cable (John Kerr) falls helplessly in love with Bali Ha'i island beauty Liat (France Nuyen). Filling out the comedy in the tale are Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall), the wheeler-dealer with a heart of pure gold; and Luther Billis (Ray Walston), the tattooed leader of the beach-bound troops.

This DVD has been available for a while in the UK and Australia, and now finally gets a US release this November. The double-disc set includes two versions of the film: the original theatrical cut, and the rarely-seen Roadshow version which runs for 20 minutes longer with material that was subsequently trimmed for the film's general theatrical release. Audio commentary is provided by Ted Chapin and Gerard Alessandrini (original theatrical cut); and Richard Barrios (Roadshow version).

Extra features will include the fascinating "60 Minutes" report by Diane Sawyer with James Michener returning to the islands and reuniting with people that served as the inspirations for characters in the book...including the real Bloody Mary. Vintage performances from the "General Foods" Rodgers & Hammerstein TV tribute (original Broadway leads Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza), two MovieTone news segments and the trailer.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Pulliam on March 18, 2007
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Over the decades, I've seen this film many, many times -- on TV, on VHS, on laserdisc. Each time I saw it, I wanted it to be a bit more than it was:

-- I've always wished I could appreciate the performance of Ray Walston as Luther Billis, because all of his scenes were pure ham, and he seemed to ruin all the scenes he was in.

-- I have always wished "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" was as complete in the film as it is on the RCA soundtrack recording (I'll tackle this now -- experts at the studio maintain that the complete version never made any final cut of the film).

-- I've always wished I could see the film as originally assembled and premiered.

-- I have always wished Alfred Newman's scoring -- brilliant though it is in all the cuts I'd seen of the film -- offered a bit more Newman flair.

And now, I'm extremely gratified to say, my wishes have nearly all come true.

This restoration print is phenomenal. Yes there are some washed-out scenes, but I don't care. They are finally back where they belong. This roadshow restoration was printed from a Todd-AO master negative and is a considerably DIFFERENT film from the one most of us have been exposed to the past 49 years.

The print is magnificent, clear and in many ways looks better than most new films look today.

This roadshow version resonates for me in ways that the theatrical cut never did. Time and again, the music set my heart racing, my pulse throbbing, and my senses went into overload.

This film is a visual and aural feast. It's also now my favorite film musical EVER!

Color filters? Bah! Get over 'em!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Wolf on November 10, 2006
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Those of us who have loved this film for many, many years (through theatrical re-release, VHS tape, laserdisc and the first DVD) will most likely wonder why the much-awaited 171 roadshow version (not seen in decades) was not completely restored visually. Fotokem Lab in Hollywood restored the 151 minute "general release" version (it's in quotes because general release versions of roadshow films usually don't carry overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music tracks like "South Pacific" has done since laserdisc days)and their web site makes mention of the recently discovered 171 full version, leading us to assume that they were restoring the whole film. That's not the case here, and it's very jarring to see faded splices of cut material re-inserted into the sparkling, restored shorter print. Why not restore those 14 minutes to complete glory? Yes, the frame on the new DVD introducing the roadshow print states "14 minutes" not 20 minutes, and also says that roadshows had an intermission. Huh? On this new disc, the shorter general release version has an intermission, so what were they trying to tell us? Even worse, the sound synch is off for most of the restored elements, even carrying over into the restored transitions. Highly annoying. Many of us have waited a long time to see the full-length version, which, by the way, played for many, many months in its initial engagements. It's not a case of a long flop being cut right away (think of "Star!"). I'm really disappointed with Fox Video for handling a long-awaited release with such lack of integrity.Read more ›
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