The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. David Weicker

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    I had to read this several times, and then had to look at subsequent posts.Did you mean R&H or RAH (Rodgers And Hammerstein)?

    Because here on HTF, "RAH" has a different connotation. Unless Mr. Harris has yet another accomplishment for us to be thankful for.
     
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    Definitely Rodgers & Hammerstein.
     
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    Can't imagine that it would. The 1956 is a kinescope, and the 1964 is videotape. DVD has higher resolution than either. By the way, the 1964 Warren is OOP and bringing high prices. All you can get at reasonable cost is the 1956 Julie Andrews and that putrid 1997 Brandy. I suppose at some point they'll film the current PC Cinderella -- not that I'd buy it! I'll stick with the original story (in other words the 1956 and 1964), which has lasted hundreds of years and needs no help from the disciples of Bowdler.
     
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    Agree.
     
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    I got both DVD's of the early productions. I grew up on the Lesley Anne Warren version so it is my favorite. Forget Brandy version and whatever comes next. Just like the new NBC Peter Pan I only want the Mary Martin version. I'll just stay in "My Own Little Corner."
     
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    I've pre-ordered on the basis that it's easy enough to cancel if the full details, when available, do not make purchase a compelling decision. If enouigh of us pre-order, then maybe this listing really will lead to a definite release, unlike the earlier Amazon.co.uk phantom offering.
     
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    On the OTHER R&H Collection thread, RAH has chimed in with his observations upon seeing the Todd-AO restoration in 2k HD on a 25' screen...he's THRILLED with the results!!! :thumbsup:
     
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    25 feet, not inches.
     
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    Corrected my post...thanks for catching the typo!!! :P
     
  10. Ronald Epstein

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    I am going to cancel my preorder for this boxed set.

    It never helps when you already own more than one title that
    is being recycled into an expensive set.

    The singles will eventually be available.
     
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    I'm especially looking forward to "The King and I". Its plush production values are going to absolutely explode on Blu-ray. Getting chills already. Like the others I already have the single releases of "Sound of Music" and "South Pacific", but will more than happily double-dip if those 2 have been revised or have new extras - though those were pretty comprehensive in the first place.

    Dare we hope that the 1962 "State Fair" (one of my personal favourites) will be included as it was with the last DVD release of the original 40's "State Fair"? And what of my beloved "Flower Drum Song"?????
     
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    So how's the image quality on the Lesley Anne Warren version DVD?

    You can't touch one on Amazon for less than $70. Somebody was right in saying (on Wiki I believe) this version is more highly regarded than even the Disney animated versions.
     
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    I'll always prefer the '57 Julie Andrews version, with Lesley Ann Warren a close second. Picture quality on the older OOP Lesley Ann Warren disc is good - from original videotape source. Lovely colour. A trifle grainy.
     
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    Yes, I grew up with the Lesley Ann Warren version so it's always been my favorite (despite being a dyed-in-the-wool Julie Andrews fan). Yearly repeats were almost anticipated as much as The Wizard of Oz replays each year.

    The 1964 version interpolated "Loneliness of Evening" for the Prince giving him a glorious introduction (and Stuart Damon is a better singer than Jon Cypher), and I can't say I miss the song for the King and Queen that wasn't used in the 1964 version.

    I had no idea the 1964 version was out of print. I can't imagine why something like that would EVER go out of print. There are always going to be families who would want that, and it's certainly not played on TV any more.

    Maybe the R&H Organization is planning a new TV special once the Broadway version and its national tour are concluded.
     
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    I wish that the Sound of Music audio was tweaked a little so that the sound effects could actually be clearly heard.
     
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    Although the Disney Brandy version substituted "The Sweetest Sound" for introducing the Prince, salvaging it from another failed solo-Rodgers musical, and seemed like it had enough innocent sentiment to fit the musical style better here.
    (While they're at the Rodger-ing, they also give the Rodgers & Hart "Falling In Love with Love" to Bernadette Peters as the stepmother, but that sticks out like more of a sore thumb than the Prince's song. You can tell the Hammerstein-lyric'ed songs in the original.)

    And given that TV can't think outside of its own box for the same two TV-aired musicals--now three with Sound of Music--I'd say that another Cinderella from the current version is If, Not When. At least I hope so. :)
     
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    Ah, but it wasn't from a failed Rodgers effort. It was from No Strings which was not only a hit but which won Rodgers another Tony Award for Best Score. I didn't like its interpolation at all into the Brandy version, but then I didn't like much about that version from casting to performance.
     
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    So what titles are included in this box set, I'm a bit confused?
     
  19. classicmovieguy

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    Yes I was just going to say that, Matt. Opened this week in 1962. Diahann Carroll also won for her performance as Barbara Woodruff. Though most only remember "The Sweetest Sounds", the score as a whole is quite strong and is one of my favourites from Rodgers.
     
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    It's a 5.4 on a scale of 10. Many scenes are blurry. But I grew up with it so I love it. As I do Mary Martin as Peter Pan.
     

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