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Carousel (50th Anniversary Edition)
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, AC-3, Dubbed|
|Contributor||Oscar Hammerstein II, Jacques d'Amboise, Susan Luckey, Benjamin Glazer, Shirley Jones, Phoebe Ephron, Gordon MacRae, William LeMassena, Ferenc Molnr, Henry King, Robert Rounseville, Henry Ephron, Claramae Turner, Audrey Christie, John Dehner, Gene Lockhart, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 8 minutes|
Gordon MacRae is Billy Bigelow, a smooth-talking carny barker who falls in love with a millworker (Shirley Jones) on the colorful coast of Maine. Filmed on location, with a beautiful seaside setting as a backdrop and a thrilling score for accompaniment, their romance unfolds. But right before the birth of his daughter, Billy is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven, years later, he returns to earth for one day to attend his daughter's high school graduation and teach her one very important lesson.
Like its immediate predecessor, Oklahoma!, this 1956 screen musical boasted then state-of-the-art widescreen cinematography, stereophonic sound, a starring romantic duo with onscreen chemistry, and the Rodgers & Hammerstein imprimatur. Adding to its promise was a source (the venerable Ferenc Molnar play Liliom) that had already been filmed three times. Yet unlike the original Broadway production, and despite evident craft, Carousel proved a box-office disappointment. Why? Hindsight argues that '50s moviegoers may have been unprepared for its tragic narrative, the sometimes unsympathetic protagonist, and a spiritual subtext addressing life after death.
Whatever the obstacle, Carousel may well be a revelation to first-time viewers. The score is among the composers' most affecting, from the glorious instrumental "Carousel Waltz" to a succession of exquisite love songs ("If I Loved You"), a heart-rending secular hymn ("You'll Never Walk Alone"), and the expectant father's poignant reverie, "Soliloquy." Top-lined stars Shirley Jones (as factory worker Julie Jordan) and Gordon MacRae (as Billy Bigelow, the carnival barker who woos and weds her) achieve greater dramatic urgency here than in the more successful Oklahoma!, with MacRae in particular attaining a personal best as the conflicted Billy, whose anxiety and wounded pride after losing his job are crucial to the plot. It's Billy's impatience to support his new family that drives him to an ill-fated decision that transforms the fable into a ghost story. Adding to the luster are the coastal Maine locations where 20th Century Fox filmed principal photography. --Sam Sutherland
- Aspect Ratio : 2.55:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Henry King
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats, Dolby
- Run time : 2 hours and 8 minutes
- Release date : November 7, 2006
- Actors : Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000HT3PFG
- Writers : Benjamin Glazer, Ferenc Molnr, Henry Ephron, Oscar Hammerstein II, Phoebe Ephron
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2018
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If you like dancing, expect to be overwhelmed and deliriously charmed by the choreography and execution by some of the most gifted, athletically proficient dancers ever. Topping the ensemble toward the movie's end in a fantasy ballet is Jacques D'Amboise, (deceased 2021), retired lead of the New York City Ballet, exhibiting skills that approach those of Nureyev and Baryshnikov, with some impressive "hang-time" reminiscent of Michael Jordan when he was a Chicago Bulls superstar.
The story line in Carousel has been criticized for its focus on domestic battery and its seeming acceptability when Julie defends Billy's use of physical punishment when she annoyed him. It must be remembered that the culture has changed dramatically in the many years since the story line for "Carousel" was adapted by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. This is not to excuse the total unacceptability of hitting and beating anyone; it simply reflects the old being superseded by the new. It should not spoil anyone's enjoyment of the wonderful music, lyrics, dancing, and camera work and photography that is heart-stopping.
I would like to commend and compliment the distributor, 5-Star Media, for its service and reliability in delivering a high-quality set of gently used DVD's that function as if they were out-of-the-box brand new, and most important, will function in the United States. And, as always, my thanks to Amazon's customer service staff for facilitating the exchange of unworkable discs that were manufactured for use only in European applications. This was a total win-win experience for me.
us of what a great gift the play and movie is. I am pretty sure that this remastered DVD of Carousel is in Cinemascope 55. I was a 17-year-old usher at the theatre showing Carousel in 1956 and did not have the chance to watch the film, so this is the first time I watched the entire movie without interruption. I grew up listening to 78 rpm records with the Broadway songs from Carousel as well as Oklahoma. Thanks to all.