My Fair Lady (Special Edition) (2-DVD)
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- Widescreen Version
- Audio: English (Dolby Surround 5.1), French (Mono) Disc One:
- High Definition Transfer from the 1994 Restoration Picture and Sound Elements
- Commentary by Art Director Gene Allen, Singer Marni Nixon, Restorers Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz
- Languages: English & French
- Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
- Delightful Documentary More Loverly Than Ever: My Fair Lady Then And Now
- Alternate Audrey Hepburn Vocal Versions of "Show Me" and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?"
- Vintage Featurettes and Archival Footage of the Production Kickoff, The Hollywood Premiere and Awards Ceremonies
- Comments from Rex Harrison, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Martin Scorsese Show Me Galleries of Production Stills, Sketches, Documents, Posters and More
- Theatrical Trailers of This and Other Lerner & Loewe Musicals.
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 3, 2004
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: Warner Home Video
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Collectors Edition
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Mono - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison|
|Performer:||Wilfrid Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Gladys Cooper, Henry Daniell, Isobel Elsom & Mona Washbourne|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Composition by||Frederick Loewe|
|Lyricist:||Alan Jay Lerner|
|Art Direction by||Gene Allen|
|Story by||George Bernard Shaw|
|Produced by||Jack L. Warner|
|Director of Photography:||Harry Stradling Sr.|
"...Glorious....Features [Beaton's] astounding costumes, [Cukor's] stately direction, the best-loved, most hummable of all Broadway scores and a sublime cast headed by [Harrison and Hepburn]..."
"...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold..."
"Eliza Doolittle's transformation from flower girl to princess in MY FAIR LADY is, of course, one of the great moments of musical theater..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Best Actor Oscar winner Rex Harrison reprises his signature stage role of Henry Higgins, the supremely assured phoneticist who wagers that under his tutelage, cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle can pass for a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In one of her best-loved roles, Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza. If ever there was a face the professor could grow accustomed to, it's hers. In Hartford, Heresford and Hampshire (and elsewhere), no one's fairer than My Fair Lady, one of the most irresistible musicals ever. This 2-Disc Special Edition Set includes a High Definition version of the original movie as well as many extras not included on the original DVD release.
- Theatrical release: October 21, 1964.
- Filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios.
- One of the most expensive musicals ever, the estimated budget was $17 million.
- Jack Warner reportedly paid $5.5 million to the Shaw estate for the rights to the musical; additionally, the owners of the stage property were to receive 47.5% of all proceeds after the first $20 million.
- The Broadway musical MY FAIR LADY was staged by Moss Hart, produced by Herman Levin, and starred Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway.
- Warner didn't want to cast Julie Andrews in the film because she wasn't known enough in the U.S. at the time.
- Vincente Minelli was the studio's first choice for director.
- MY FAIR LADY was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics and one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review.
- Marni Nixon, who dubbed Audrey Hepburn's singing voice, had previously dubbed Natalie Wood's singing voice in WEST SIDE STORY and Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Many speculated that Hepburn was passed over for an Academy Award nomination because she did not do her own singing.
- The voice for Jeremy Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill, was supplied by Bill Shirley.
- Dr. Peter Ladefoged from UCLA served as phonetics advisor.
- Actor Wilfrid Hyde-White served as "Ascot" advisor.
- Cecil Beaton's screen credit reads Costumes, Scenery, and Production Designer, which in actuality referred to his work for the stage version of MY FAIR LADY. For the film, he was responsible for Costumes, Makeup and Hair.
- George Bernard Shaw's straight play PYGMALION was adapted for the screen in 1938, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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- Sales Rank: 47,705
- UPC: 085392888528
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