The King and I
50th Anniversary Edition
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This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award® winning performance an inforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein® score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins. It tells the true story of an Englishwoman Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) who comes o Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860's. Though she soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Brynner) over time Anna and the King stop trying to change each other and begin to understand one another.Episodes-Bonus Features:Disc 1:1956 Widescreen FeatureCommentary by Richard Barrios and Michael PortantiereIsolated ScoreDisc 2:Special Features Include:Anna and the King TV pilotCommentary by Samantha EggerSomething Wonderful: The Story of The King And IThe Kings of BroadwayThe King and I Stage VersionThe King of the Big ScreenA Royal ProductionRestoring Cinescope 55Vintage Stage Excerpts:Getting To Know You & A Puzzlement performed by Patricia Morison and Yul BrynnerAdditional Song:Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You performed by AnnaMovietone News:Charity Premieres of The King And I Musical MilestoneIngrid Bergman and Yul Brynner Oscar WinnersAustralians from Yul Brynner ClubSystem Requirements:Running Time 133 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: MUSICALS/MUSICALS Rating: NR UPC: 024543391029 Manufacturer No: 2239102
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The Blu-Ray bust is especially disappointing because "The King And I" features the most crackling and complicated central relationship in all of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr play the multiple conflicts between the mercurial King and the high-minded English governess Anna beautifully. This is, in fact, a musical drama, or more accurately, musical tragedy. And it is a tragedy that comes out of the best of intentions. The King was born a conservative, but he wants to be a liberal, modern monarch. Anna comes to Siam with an open heart, if not necessarily an open mind. She is sincerely interested in, and wants to help, the people of Siam. And she is fascinated by the charismatic King. Anna and the King march, argue, sing and dance towards a shaky mutual understanding. But this only leads to a heartbreaking stalemate. The story, music, songs, costumes, and the performances are all excellent. So, please, 20th Century Fox, fix this muddy Blu-Ray mess. "The King And I" definitely deserves a better presentation and restoration on "HD Blu-Ray" than this.
If you haven't seen it or haven't seen it in a while, you must watch.....