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2.0 out of 5 stars My Fair Lady is a travesty on BluRay, November 19, 2011
This review is from: My Fair Lady [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"My Fair Lady," one of the most glorious films ever made, has been shockingly thrown away on BluRay in a transfer that looks like you're watching a three-hour dream sequence, for the sides of picture are a dull, foggy mess, while the center is sharp and colorful. It's definitely not in the same league as "Ben-Hur", "The Sound of Music" and "The Ten Commandments" important blockbuster roadshow films of the mid-century which got releases worthy of their stature.

But "My Fair Lady", in 1964 the most eagerly awaited film since "Gone With the Wind", and the winner of numerous Oscars, including Best Picture, has been dismissed in a mediocre single-disc transfer which does not do justice to the BluRay format. Send a message to CBS and demand that the crown jewel in their library get a proper deluxe release.
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2011, 8:02:10 AM PST
I've been reading many articles about the poor Blu-ray transfer ("West Side Story" on Blu-ray has issues also) ; I'm not sure how sales will go with these two revered titles but the best thing that can happen, along with messages to CBS is low percentage of sales. I'm holding on to my DVDs of these classic films which obviously have a better visual presentation than the annoying blunders on the BD discs. Obviously people are learning pretty quickly that Blu-ray doesn't always mean better!

Posted on Nov 21, 2011, 3:12:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011, 3:12:59 PM PST
Philip F. says:
If you believe that the "My Fair Lady" transfer onto Blu-Ray is truly a travesty, then why would you give it a two star rating? Perhaps, since we can edit our reviews you may also have the option to change your rating to what this disc is worth...which is ONE star. Most people, before reading the reviews, scan the star system ratings first. At this point 7 out of 10 reviewers have given this transfer ONE star; which, in and of itself, makes for a visually strong scan on how we really feel. Let's drive this message home with a sledge hammer to CBS; that is, if they're paying any attention at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011, 9:22:48 AM PST
Well said!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011, 9:32:30 AM PST
I was one of those people that once thought that a Blu-ray release would be an improvement over prior movie incarnations. BOY, was I ever wrong. I now read reviews before upgrading to Blu-rays. These greedy studios hopefully will get the message when their garbage doesn't sell. BTW, I first learned this valuable lesson when the "Christmas Carol" Blu-ray, starring Alister Sim, was released. It was produced with many flaws. The same studio released another 60th Anniversary edition, that is supposed to be improved....well, I'm not getting suckered again!!!

Posted on Aug 21, 2012, 4:00:53 PM PDT
Good review. Did you also notice that at the very last scene of the movie that the right side of the pic actually does not fill the entire screen? You have a jagged white area on the right side. How could that have been not seen and corrected? Terrible quality control.
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