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South Pacific [Blu-ray] (1958)

Mitzi Gaynor , Rossano Brazzi  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 329 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NSLE4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

For its Blu-ray release, South Pacific underwent a complete photochemical restoration of its original 65mm negative, and underwent an 8k high definition scan of the brand new interpositive.  For the first time in high definition, you can enjoy Leon Shamroy's widescreen photography of the Hawaiian locations and be dazzled by director Joshua Logan’s famous filtered sequences.  The original soundtrack will, for the first time ever, be presented in uncompressed, Lossless DTS audio.


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281 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Adaptation of the Broadway Classic December 11, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw South Pacific when it was released in 1958 at the age of 10, and remember being totally overwhelmed by the orchestrations, performances and photography. Over the years I have regularly heard the film trashed by critics and many members of the public, so I was curious to see how I would respond to it now when I recently bought the video. Well, maybe it's just me, but I found the film as thrilling and beautiful as I did forty years ago. I agree with everyone else that it was a mistake to use those colored filters in many of the sequences, but the film still packs a heck of an emotional whallop, and I think along with The King and I stands out as the most successful of the Rogers and Hammerstein shows put on film. The weakest of the cast is John Kerr, who is somewhat wooden; however, Juanita Hall is magnificent as Bloody Mary (she will never be surpassed in the role she createwd on Braodway), Rossano Brazzi is thoroghly convincing as Emille DeBeque (even if he was dubbed by Giorgio Tozzi), and Mitzi Gaynor gives an unforgettable performance as Nelly Forbrush. Of all of the criticism one hears of South Pacific, to me the most puzzling is the bashing of Mitzi Gaynor, who to me is not only excellent but perfection in the role. I realize a lot of this probably stems from anger that Mary Martin didn't get the role and is basically sour grapes, but the fact is Ms. Martin was too old to be convincing in 1958. The scenes in which Ms. Gaynor struggles with her small-town prejudices are moving and very real, and when Bloody Mary brings Liat to her to find Lieutenant Cable, who has been killed, it breaks one's heart. Anyway, the movie still knocks me out, even if that makes me, as Nelly Forbrush calls herself, a "knucklehead. Read more ›
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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the wait 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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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a love story. And the music is great! February 9, 2003
Format:DVD
With the world a little shaky now, it's a real pleasure to be able to put on a DVD and take a trip down memory lane to 1958 when South Pacific was released in movie theaters. The Rogers and Hammerstein score sets the tone for this musical adaptation of the Broadway show that was based on Tales of the South Pacific" by James Mitchener.
The story is set on an island in the South Pacific during WW2. The Japanese are entrenched in a nearby island and are bombing American forces that go near, but life is sweet for the G.I.s at the naval base. Mitzi Gaynor, cast as a nurse, is beginning a romance with an older distinguished French planter played by Rossano Brazzi. John Kerr is a young lieutenant who comes to the island to convince the planter to risk his life to spy for the Americans. And Juanita hall is the older native woman who pushes her daughter, the lovely France Nuyen, at John Kerr. The music is excellent and the words of the songs really do move the story along.
The theme however, is more than a love story. It deals with racism and the tragedy of war too. And these themes are what held it all together for me. It's a great human statement surrounded by wonderful familiar melodies that I'm still humming this morning. I loved it. And I didn't even care that, with the exception of Rossano Brazzi and Ray Walston, whose role as a sailor who always has a scheme and adds some really funny comic relief to this tale of love and war, the acting in general was mediocre. Everyone else gave rather stilted performances, and Mitzi Gaynor might be pretty, but she can't quite show a wide range of emotion. Also, the songs were all dubbed and obviously so. But that was the way Hollywood did things in those days. It's also interesting to note what the standard for beauty was in 1958.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a fav!
Even my hubby likes this movie. Only problem was the digital skipped a couple of times. Must be bad copying.
Published 20 hours ago by Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars going south...
Pretty much liked this musical,but found gaynor somewhat up to the part.she needed more maturity for the role although her singing was good.her acting was not. Read more
Published 2 days ago by buckie
5.0 out of 5 stars The post war years in the world, in the US, are an important for this...
Cultural values and racism are placed before the viewers eyes to help us confront old ideas and start thinking about what real love of humanity and others is all about.
Published 8 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
James Michener's SOUTH PACIFIC, Rodgers and Hammerstein... You know you're watching a classic when you are captivated by a war movie.
Published 11 days ago by Maureen Norris
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the Theatrical Cut is in HD...
I won't comment on the material itself - South Pacific is a true classic, and its wonderful that it's finally been brought to Blu-ray, the closest to its original Todd-AO... Read more
Published 12 days ago by ZTT Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best musicals ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
I grew up with all of Hollywoods legendary musicals. South Pacific was and still is one of the best!! Beautiful scenery, fantastic songs and a wonderful love story to boot. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sandra Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best songs ever presented in a musical.
Really enjoyed this film. The scenery was spectacular and the music was totally captivating. I hated the part where the young officer died and did not return to the young girl. Read more
Published 13 days ago by richwill45
5.0 out of 5 stars All the glory of the original
A superb digital transfer from the original Technicolor film.
All the music, color, and excellent cinematography of the original are there to enjoy once more. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Paul E. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars still number one
This movie is still number in my book, what a love story sad and happy endings, great songs,stick in your mind for days.
Published 15 days ago by BETTY JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly Exotic Romance With A Universal Message
My wife and I were amazed at how many endearing songs were written for South Pacific. Mitzi Gaynor takes center stage and rightly so. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tom and Kandi Hovsepian
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Anyone know if the roadshow version will be included?
The Roadshow version will be on Disc 2 of the set
Mar 28, 2009 by Pete Nobody |  See all 5 posts
widescreen movie format
Yes, you do get the strips on the top and the bottom with widescreen BUT you also see the full picture. Full screen formats cut off parts of the image because movie theaters and televisions obviously aren't shaped the same. Widescreen is way better than full screen, even if it is hard to get... Read more
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