My Fair Lady
Blu-ray | Box Set
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Restored in 4K from 8K scans of original 65mm elements with 96K resolution 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio, this 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION celebrates the breathtaking musical extravaganza that won 8 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture*. This beloved adaptation of the Broadway stage hit stars AUDREY HEPBURN as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor, and REX HARRISON as the elitist Professor Higgins, who attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself.
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The 50th Anniversary Edition is 'restored in 4K from 8K scans of original 65 mm elements with 96 K resolution and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio'.
This version was truly a joy to watch,listen and appreciate what a great musical this is.
The print is pristine,the audio is crystal clear and booming and there is a whole separate disc of extras.
I have watched “My Fair Lady” in many home video formats: Betamax and VHS tape cassettes, DVD, and Blu-ray. When I watched this film last week, there was one major difference: I was watching the 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray, which is an all-new 4K restoration of the film. The difference between it and all previous versions I’ve seen was so dramatic that it seemed like I was watching the movie for the very first time.
For those not familiar with “My Fair Lady,” the film is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” Set in early 20th century London, it’s a musical comedy about a lowly flower girl named Eliza Doolittle, who has a chance encounter with a linguistic professor named Henry Higgins. Professor Higgins makes a bet with a friend that he can teach Eliza to speak such perfectly proper English that he can pass her off as royalty at an embassy ball. “My Fair Lady” stars Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, and Wilfrid Hyde-White. It has some of the best acting and most entertaining musical numbers I’ve ever seen in a movie.
I always found earlier home video editions of “My Fair Lady” disappointing. Video quality always seemed grainy and colorless, and showed many of the flaws and anomalies inherent in the aging source material. The versions on Betamax and VHS videocassette were particularly bad. Later releases on DVD and Blu-ray were better, although they still showed many of the same flaws.
What was needed was a complete restoration. When the 50th Anniversary Edition was released in 2015, it was immediately evident that “My Fair Lady’s” restoration team had done things right. The new 4K scan shows astounding video quality from the very first frame! Colors are perfect, images are sharp and detailed, and film grain is natural but unobtrusive. I didn’t see any banding, crushing, dirt, speckles, or other anomalies anywhere. The lossless DTS Master Audio soundtrack completely filled my viewing space with gorgeous 5.1 surround audio.
The 50th Anniversary edition of “My Fair Lady” is a two-disc “combo-pack” that contains the 4K restoration of the film on one Blu-ray disc, and a plethora of bonus features on the other. If you’ve never seen “My Fair Lady” in true high definition/surround sound, or if you’re simply looking to upgrade to the 4K restored version, this 50th Anniversary edition is the one to get. Most highly recommended.
This Blu-Ray restoration (by the brilliant Robert Harris, may God keep him healthy) sets new standards in the profession. Absolutely wonderful as older great Blu Ray restorations such as Ben Hur, Cleopatra, The Sound Of Music, or Lawrence of Arabia are, this is possibly even higher in quality - resolution, color palette, incredible detail. [Aside: the most recent restoration of "Spartacus" is also wonderful!] Even the soundtrack has been restored in such a way.... SACD quality, it feels like you're there.
I am not talking about the movie itself because it hardly needs presentation - one of the "loverliest" (sic) musicals of all times (my second personal favorite after Kiss Me Kate). Watching it in these marvelous conditions is a gift. Thank you, Robert Harris, your team, and the studios which made and restored this gem. It will bring me and my friends joy, year after year.
At the very beginning of the movie, when the music starts and the flowers are on the screen, it is now clear that one is about to watch something special.
The 2015 50th Anniversary re-restoration fixes the issues from the earlier, inferior restoration.
The visual quality is simply stunning.
I don't have a home-theater system, so I can't offer expert opinion about the audio, however, I did experience an initial fluttering or card-shuffling sound with the English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. The noise disappeared when I switched to one of the alternate audio tracks (six languages) and then switched back to English.
The packaging is appropriately chic and feels sturdy initially, but the container is made mostly out of card stock, and I suspect it will suffer above-average wear and tear over time.
Unlike earlier releases, I think this edition of "My Fair Lady" truly measures up to Blu-Ray standards.