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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection [Blu-ray]
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8-Disc Set Includes: State Fair (1945), Oklahoma! (Todd-AO and CinemaScope™ Versions), The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific (Theatrical and Extended “Road Show” Versions) and The Sound of Music.
• State Fair
• Oklahoma - Todd-AO
• Oklahoma - Cinemascope
• King and I
• South Pacific Theatrical
• South Pacific Extended roadshow version
• Sound of Music
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"The King and I" has some terrific flashes of proper color, but much of it is too dark (again) with an odd blue tinge that flattens the contrast. When it isn't blue, it is at times a burnished yellow-copper that means well but, because of the brightness level, the king especially sometimes looks like he just stepped out of a mudbath. And look what happens to Irene Sharaf's fabulous costumes when you make the darker aspects darker still. Note how the subtle uniqueness of each of the costumes of the king's wives is wasted into shadow when they gather about Anna to check out her dress. Elsewhere, we see that all the jewelry glistens but we can't quite make out how any of it set into the costume or headgear. The transfer isn't always wrong in this respect. "The March of the Siamese Children" is close to perfect - lots of light with good color balance - which makes me wonder why so many other scenes are dialed down the way they are.Read more ›
Now, the Blu Rays themselves. Major disappointment. The worst treatment is "The King and I". The color temperature of the film is way off. The entire film has a heavy blue cast over it. At times the actors skin is actually blue. The continuity of color throughout camera angles also changes within scenes. There was no effort to restore this movie to give it the Blu Ray presentation it deserves. A good example is when Lady Thiang is singing "Something Wonderful". She goes from Bluish to even Bluer within the song. She could have easily been a character from "Avatar". It's a shame. These were important films during their time and were shot in CinemaScope 55. They were produced as close to perfection as technology at that time allowed. They are also important films to many people today and they should be preserved on Blu Ray the best possible way.Read more ›
It all comes down to the supplements. Studios these days are reticent to spend any money on supplemental features, especially on catalog films. All of the supplements on this set could already be found on previous DVD releases or, in the case of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, on the Blu-ray releases. Don't misunderstand me: these are quality supplements geared toward film lovers. They are also plentiful, with one exception I'll get to farther along in the review. The are sadly all in Standard Definition, however. That wouldn't bother me so much except that some of them, like the Todd-AO shorts or the feature film Liliom (the basis for Carousel), could really benefit from an HD transfer.
Which brings me to the two things that are deal-breakers, as far as I'm concerned. First, the South Pacific discs are exactly the same as the previously-released version. That means that the Roadshow version of the film is still in SD. Very disappointing. Secondly, The Sound of Music is only the first disc from the previously-released Blu-ray set. That means that the most popular film in the set is missing nearly all of the supplements from that set. It's bare-bones except for commentary tracks. For what they are charging, Fox should have included the second disc. There is absolutely no excuse for not doing so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The blu-rays need to be restruck. Shocking, weird colors. As if they threw this together really fast. I returned mine.Published 2 months ago by D. Frederick
NICE TO SEE ALL THESE WONDERFUL MOVIES OF MY YOUTH NOW IN BLUE RAY !!!!
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY.
Not much to say - except for the fact that the King and I transfer is a bit off and could have looked better.
Some wrong grading in Oklahoma as well. Read more
The discs I have played so far appear to be all right. It's the packaging (plastic jacket) I have a problem with. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jorge Alonzo
Some of the movies in the collection are as amazing as I expected them to be. Others in the collection amazed me because they were not at all what I expected.Published 6 months ago by Felton Anderson
I bought this collection mainly for the 30-fps Todd-AO version of Oklahoma, and that disc is, indeed, marvelous. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shannon Cassul
Got this as a gift for my mother, she really loves this all her favorite movies from her childhood is on here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benjamin Cox
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I don't know the specifics. Check the discussion thread under this title on blu-ray.com. They have a list of most of the details and bonus material includes.
My main concern is what is not included with "The Sound of Music". I may keep my two disc set. I hope this helps.
Mar 28, 2014 by D. Castle | See all 2 posts
The Todd-AO 30-frame per second road show feature "Oklahoma!" was fully restored by 20th Century Fox. Andrew Oran, of FotoKem, said: "We did preservation on "Oklahoma!" from the camera neg but are not making a new print. However, a 4K DCP was made."
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Apr 3, 2014 by Robert J. Hermann | See all 3 posts
I imported this set to Australia and can indeed confirm as above, that these discs are region free. Despite the fact that the box slipcase and rear cover both clealry state Region A.
Jul 21, 2014 by Geoff Brown. | See all 5 posts
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