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My Fair Lady DVD 2-Disc Special Edition
The chief attraction of the two-disc edition of My Fair Lady is a 58-minute documentary made in 1994 in conjunction with the film's undergoing a major sound and picture restoration for theatrical rerelease. Hosted by Jeremy Brett (who played Freddy Eynsford-Hill and later went on to fame as Sherlock Holmes), the documentary discusses the restoration, the musical's stage beginnings, voice dubbing, costume design, and other topics. Because the heavy restoration lifting was done in 1994, the original DVD release looked and sounded marvelous and the new edition looks and sounds marvelous too; a new high-definition transfer doesn't add all that much. The bonus features from the previous DVD have been retained--a commentary track, a vintage featurette, and two songs with Audrey Hepburn's original vocal tracks--and supplemented by black-and-white footage of a 1963 "production kickoff" dinner and the L.A. premiere, an audio clip of George Cukor directing the actors, and various sketches, stills, posters, and other memorabilia. --David Horiuchi
- Aspect Ratio : 2.20:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 085392888528
- Director : George Cukor, Suzie Galler
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 53 minutes
- Release date : February 3, 2004
- Actors : Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Jack L. Warner, Ken Ross
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B00011D1OA
- Writers : Alan Jay Lerner, George Bernard Shaw, Roy McDonald, Suzie Galler
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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THIS IS NOT THE RESTORED VERSION.
THERE IS A 50 anniversary version available from other sellers along with a blueray disc for $5 more.
I returned this and was surprised to know that the seller only credited $5.68 and not the purschase price.
Except, wait a minute, the sound track isn't synced with the actors lips for any of the dubbed songs (Hepburn's songs that she didn't sing). Whoa. How did they put all this effort into cleaning up the film without noticing this?
And why didn't they immediately pull it and fix the problem?
It's so noticeable on my larger TV that I can hardly stand to watch it.
What's worse, there's no other version out there in HD.
Shame on the production company for releasing this travesty, and having the nerve to charge so much for it.
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.
One of the charms of this film is the variety of British accents displayed. A lot of it is impossible to follow for an American viewer like myself. In addition, reading the subtitles in English add to the wonderful experience of playing this DVD.
I discovered that the version with English subtitles is offered right next to this item under the labeling of MULTI-FORMAT. That is the version to buy if you want to understand all the dialogue in the movie
So I requested a return from Amazon, for the above reasons. Which was granted, plus the offer for me not to bother about returning it, because of the low value of the item, related to shipping costs from Europe, and simply to keep it and dispose at my pleasure. A very courteous offer, which I accepted, while ordering the MULTI-FORMAT VERSION at the same time.
Still. I honestly feel that selling the old version of MY FAIR LADY with Portuguese subtitles is a monstrosity. Especially when the new edition with English subtitles does exist and is offered next to the Portuguese-only version. I cannot fathom the rationale of offering this sub-standard item, except for the chance of luring ignorant buyers like myself into making the mistake of buying the old version for its lower price, without being aware that this obsolete version is is strictly useless to anybody.
I politely did thank Amazon for the refund, which I felt justified having already ordered the new version with English subtitles, and paid about $30 for it.
As to the use of the copy of the old version, so kindly left to my discretion, I would not even dream of passing it on to anybody, even as a free gift or any other reason. A lot of the dialogue is impossible to catch, and the viewing would be a disservice to the producer of this film, to the reputation of this magnificent movie, and would turn off any recipient of the old version. Best would be to discard it in the garbage bin and forget about it.
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.
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Lerner & Loewe’s songs have never left my memory; I’d just started work, nearly 60 years ago when ‘My Fair Lady’ opened in London, just round the corner from me in Drury Lane and everyone was whistling the tunes.
This Blu-Ray disk is a joy with the enhanced colour and sound – my favourite sequence is ‘The Ascot Gavotte’ with the clever lyrics and the supremely bored looks on the faces of the snooty race-goers.
But apart from the songs and the brilliant performances from all the cast there’s lovely one-liners: Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) enquiring if there’s any ‘pline cike’, Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison – not my favourite actor but magnificent in this) in the marbles incident, ‘I’ve plenty more!’ and his dismissive, ‘There you are, she ain’t got no mum and dad’, right through to Eliza’s (Audrey Hepburn) very evocative final lines, ‘I washed me face and ‘ands’.
A luverly disk.
The 2:40:1 image is as sharp as a pin, the colour pallette is rich, smooth, vivid and lush with no obvious DNR and the smallest amount of filmic grain that only adds to the pleasure. In short this together with "Hello Dolly", "The Sound of Music" and the remastered 4k "Oklahoma" are probably the 4 best looking blu rays one could own and makes one realise how good HD can and should look - if only other distributers would take the time to ensure their releases looked as good.
The soundtrack too has been given a make-over into 7.1 Dolby True HD sound and is full bodied and enveloping and a joy to the ear. However whilst the film is claimed to be in 7.1 and my THX amp shows that there are indeed 7.1 channels present there is very little that utilises the sound from the side speakers (apart from the occassional burst of music on the opening credits) mainly it's just the 3 front and 2 rear making it in reality just 5.1. and as the 7.1 Dolby True is the only option there is no way for the amp to upscale to a higher number of channels. Not even on the famous wraparound Ascot race sound effect do the sides kick in. Its a shame ....but what we do have here is a fantastic soundtrack anyway. Also upon viewing it there appeared to be a sync problem with the sound but on closer inspection and comparing it to the standard DVD this appears to be only when Audrey Hepburn (well Marnie Nixon) sings - not a case of poor lip syncing by the star as Marnie Nixon's vocals were added AFTER Audrey had sung on the original soundtrack - its simply a case of the sound team not being able to sync the two stars up very well - in The King And I, Nixon was on set with Deborah Kerr the whole time so was more able to match her vocals to perfection - to the point where many beliewved that it was actually Deborah Kerr singing. In the case of My Fair Lady, Rex harrrison's vocals and synced image match perfectly - as does everyone else.
This Steelbook release contains the blu ray of the movie plus a region 1 DVD and a blu ray containing a wealth of extra documentaries and features that are most interesting. Most have apeared before on DVD releases but there are one or two new additions I think (sorry I have not had time to fully check with my Standard DVD version).
Audrey Hepburn never looked as beautiful and Rex Harrisson can "walk down that street again" knowing full well that one of his most treasured performances has been given the classy treatment it deserves.
I just bought the Blu ray edition with DTS 7.1 sound and HD.
The cover of the disc is written in Italian but that doesn't matter as the set up allows you to play the language of your choice. I'm not sure why Amazon UK sells this disc with the cover in Italian but as I am Italian speaker it does not matter to me, I suppose it ought to be made clear in the description though.
You can of course see that the cover is in Italian if you zoom it.
On to the disc: the sound has been polished and the colours of the flowers around Covent Garden flower market in the initial introduction show off beautifully as do the costumes.
I noticed that an American Blu ray import is also for sale at a slightly higher price and I wonder if anybody has seen the film on this disc and whether it is better than the European version.
Sometimes there is a difference.
I also liked seeing interviews on the special features disc, plus still photo's interviews at the time, Audrey's versions of 2 of the songs plus lots more.
It cost a good bit more than the single disc versions but if you are a fan then it is well worth spending the extra for this version.
A great buy and very happy.