- Behind-the-scenes documentary "The Fairest Fair Lady"
- Alternate versions of "Show Me" and "Wouldn't It Be Lovely?" with Audrey Hepburn's own voice
- Four theatrical trailers
My Fair Lady
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A WIDESCREEN EDITION OF THE PERENNIAL FAMILY FAVORITE AS DR.HENRY HIGGINS MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FLOWER GIRL WHO BLOOMS INTOTHE BELLE OF HIGH SOCIETY.
Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," George Cukor (The Women, The Philadelphia Story), transformed Audrey Hepburn into street-urchin-turned-proper-lady Eliza Doolittle in this film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady stars Rex Harrison as linguist Henry Higgins (Harrison also played the role, opposite Julie Andrews, on stage), who draws Eliza into a social experiment that works almost too well. The letterbox edition of this film on video certainly pays tribute to the pageantry of Cukor's set, but it also underscores a certain visual stiffness that can slow viewer enthusiasm just a tad. But it's really star wattage that keeps this film exciting, that and such great songs as "On the Street Where You Live" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Actor Jeremy Brett, who gained a huge following later in life portraying Sherlock Holmes, is quite electric as Eliza's determined suitor. --Tom Keogh
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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.
There is, however, a serious problem, apparently with the encoding of the Blu Ray disc - at 1:33 into the film, just as Freddy is about to break into 'On The Street Where You Live,' the sound drops out completely for the rest of the film. Oddly, if you back it up a few seconds and hit PLAY again, the film will go forward without a hitch, but the dropout always occurs, always at the same point, when started from the beginning.
Now it might be an idiosyncrasy specific to my (Sony) player, but I have hundreds of Blu Ray movies, and 'My Fair Lady' is the only one that does this, and it does it every time. I'd send it back for a different copy, but in my experience, when there's a defect in a Blu Ray disc, it's in the entire production run, not just one copy.
I can see and almost feel the textures of the fabrics. Pure visual fidelity. Haven't seen a re-mastering done so well for a long time.
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.