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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel)
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This 12-disc set from 2006 includes the two-disc special editions of each film, remastered and anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs (except State Fair, which was shot in traditional 1.33:1 aspect ratio). Bonus features include the Todd-AO version of Oklahoma! (which should look better than the CinemaScope version but doesn't); 40th-anniversary bonus material for The Sound of Music, including a commentary track by Julie Andrews; Lilliom, the 1934 film based on the same story as Carousel; and the 1962 version of State Fair starring Pat Boone and Ann-Margaret. --David Horiuchi
- Fully Restored and Remastered
- Six Discs of Bonus Features
- Alternate Versions
- Stage Performances
- Two Alternate Films
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But wait--there's more! This package includes a generous bunch of extras: documentaries, deleted material, alternate versions, interviews, running commentaries, soundtrack albums, performances by stars from the original stage productions, even a remake of STATE FAIR from 1962. The extras alone are a good reason to upgrade your copies--or to get them for the first time.
If you're looking for colorful, romantic stories with brilliant performances and a virtual catalogue of nearly 100 of the very best show tunes in history, you couldn't make a better purchase. These are, quite simply, the finest films of their kind. No serious DVD collection is complete without them. Watch. Listen. Enjoy!
PS: You'll also want to add FLOWER DRUM SONG to your collection. It's now (finally) available on DVD, and it's every bit as lovely as these films.
Remember, too, that "South Pacific" had what was in 1958 considered by many in the industry to be the finest example of sound design and engineering to that time, and it won the Oscar for Best Sound.
The compact set, which is apparently the new industry standard, also features a short but very useful booklet. If you love Richard Rodgers and his second partner, Oscar Hammerstein II, this box set should be number one on your list right now.
THE GOOD NEWS: These are the greatest Rodgers & Hammerstien II musicals now in a Box set. They have all been digitally remastered both picture & sound. The colors, picture quality excellent and the sound crystal clear. THE BAD NEWS: All this work but "State Fair" is lost in the WideScreen aspect ratio presentation.
Qualifying Statement: I am a Home Theatre, HDTV - 55" x 16:9 WidesScreen, Progressive Scan DVD, Dolby Prologic Sound System owner. I have over 400 DVD movies ,mostly remastered, WideScreen (preserved in the original theatrical aspect ratio), Anamorphic or enhanced for 16:9 TV's.
NOTE: Full Screen - 4:3 (1:33 to 1 ratio) made for TV or film before 1953. WideScreen - 4:3 letterbox (horizontal top & bottom black bars adjusted for any aspect ratio 165/185/225 to 1 etc. It is still letterbox) are movies made after 1953. (to compete with the popularity of Television) ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN IS THE ONLY TRUE HDTV 16:9 PRESENTATION. This format automatically adjusts to the Television being used. To get the High Definition picture the DVD MUST BE ANAMORPHIC & ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS!!!!!!
Now in SUMMARY: STATE FAIR Full Screen Technicolor is the best presentation and the movie. Oklahoma, Carousal, The King & I and South Pacific are WideScreen (4:3 Letterbox - small picture horizontal & vertical black bars) great color, music but small picture very disappointing. Finally the Sound of Music was adjusted to an Anamorphic WideScreen but was not enhanced for the HDTV 16:9 format. The results is a very grainy picture.Read more ›
These films, as much as the songs that made them famous, are a legacy from Rogers and Hammerstein to all of us. Born originally from theatrical stage productions, each has an individual beauty and identity that makes them impossible to ignore. Those who have been fortunate enough to see these works performed on the stage know well what I mean and can share the joy and wonder that I first felt hearing my mother play recordings of these musicals when I was growing up. As much as any other, I highly recommend this collection of films. If you ever saw these films, you will appreciate making them part of your collection!
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Perfect collection. Even includes some special editions and features. Each movie is individually packaged in slim DVD cases and all are stored in one sturdy box.Published 1 month ago by A M Lind
This was the only Rogers and Hammerstein movie I didn't own. It wasn't as happy as all of the others, but it was quite good.Published 2 months ago by William Higgins
Terrible movie. Wow. Serious groaning when yet another 5 minute song broke out after 2 minutes of dialogue.Published 3 months ago by Gretchen S Langford
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All films are widescreen dvd's except State Fair. I quote the Amazon review:
"This 12-disc set from 2006 includes the two-disc special editions of each film, remastered and anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs (except State Fair, which was shot in traditional 1.33:1 aspect... Read More
Oct 8, 2008 by Baron Sardonicus | See all 4 posts
|What Happened to The King And I Overture?||
The KING & I overture, intermission and exit music tracks, included on the previous DVD, were created for a 1961 70mm reissue by linking sections of the Alfred Newman underscore together. They were not part of the 1956 premiere version. The new DVD has an isolated music track where you can hear... Read More
Nov 15, 2006 by Joe NY | See all 3 posts
|Missing song in "King and I"||
I have very distinct memories of SEEING "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You" when the film was first released, though I was pretty young at the time. And of course the song is included in every soundtrack album. But I have never seen the number in any rerelease of the film. It was... Read More
Jan 13, 2010 by G. Schneider | See all 4 posts
|Which State Fair?||
According to Fox, it's the 2005 two-disc special edition of State Fair, which has both versions.
Oct 25, 2006 by David Horiuchi | See all 10 posts
|50'th Anniversary edition same as these?||
They are all the same. The first boxed collection, now out of print, is not as good as this new collection. All the films were recently remastered and the DVD sets contain loads of extras. Few if any extras were included in the initial box set. One downside, the original DVD of the 70mm version... Read More
Nov 30, 2006 by Joe NY | See all 4 posts
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