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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   Greg_M

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Posted August 21 2006 - 02:23 PM

Since I last posted a thread of Missing Musicals on DVD many, many of the titles on that list have been released (some of which I never thought would see the light of day) There are still some missing in action:

Can-Can (FOX 1960) Frank Sinatra Shirley MacLaine

The Boy Friend (Warners hinted that it may be 2007)

Goodbye Mr Chips (Peter O-Toole) (Also 2007)

Mame (Lucy)

The Pirates of Penzance (I've heard Universal might release this in 2006)

Lost Horizon (1973) It has it's fans and it's not that bad, plus it sells for high $ on ebay)

Porgy and Bess (Don't know what's holding this one up anymore. Apparently it has to do with the condition of film elements since the Gershwin estate seems to be willing)

Song of Norway ABC/Disney?) Okay this one is bad but it probably looks great in widescreen (70mm)

Stop the World I want to get Off (Warners)

Kismet (1955) Warners

A Litte Night Music (Image Entertainment was going to release this one but the film elements were in pretty bad shape so thay passed)

"Flower Drum Song" and "Oh! What a Lovely War" are set for a Nov 7th release date!

I'm sure I missed many titles.

#2 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted August 21 2006 - 09:30 PM

There are still many MGM musicals that have not seen the light of day.

Fox - April Love, Centennial summer, Best Things in Life are Free

Universal- more Deanna Durbin please.

Paramount - crosby - Mr. Music

BTW - when I produced Lost Horizon for Laserdisc, it had such a big fan base that it was one of our best sellers !!!

#3 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Lugoff

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Posted August 22 2006 - 05:47 AM

I'll add five more from the 1950s:

Columbia - You Can't Run Away From It (1956)

MGM - The Student Prince (1954)

Paramount - The Vagabond King (1956)

20th Century-Fox - New Faces (1954)

Warner Bros. - Where's Charley? (1952) (along with "Porgy and Bess," it's the one I'm most curious to see)

#4 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted August 22 2006 - 05:59 AM

When I was producing Pioneer Special Editions laserdisc, I tried to license You Can't Run Away from It, but was told I could not because of music rights problems.

Fox does not own New Faces anymore.

Warners has music rights problems with Where's Charley.

#5 of 43 OFFLINE   DeeF

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Posted August 22 2006 - 06:11 AM

Lost Horizon was broadcast on HD-Net, in High-Definition. Curiously, it's got a mono soundtrack (this particular print), but the picture is terrific.

I do wish the movie were better, but oh well.

I've got it recorded on my DVR, in case anybody wants it...

#6 of 43 ONLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted August 22 2006 - 08:55 AM

I'd love to see every single title that has been mentioned thus far on this thread.

I've bored other threads with my hopes for second tier MGM musicals to be released at some point, so I won't list them all again.

How about WITH A SONG IN MY HEART?

#7 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted August 22 2006 - 09:15 AM

I hear that With a Song in My Heart is tied up with endless music rights problems. Fox legal could always get to work on this, but would Fox consider this worth the time and the mo0ney to do so? I doubt it.
Too bad. Susan Hawyard is wonderful in this, as is the singing voice of Jane Froman.

#8 of 43 OFFLINE   Clay_E

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Posted August 22 2006 - 11:31 AM

Danny Kaye did a bunch of musicals (which I think are owned by MGM now, so would that be Fox?) that it would be nice to see on DVD.
"Half of the time we're gone and we don't know where."

#9 of 43 OFFLINE   Jefferson

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Posted August 22 2006 - 12:28 PM

My favorite missing musical is MGM's DEEP IN MY HEART from 1954 or was it 55?...this wasn't even given a CD release, although several tracks have turned up on some of the Rhino compilations.

The musical GOODBYE MR CHIPS (as mentioned) would be my next pick.
Filmscore Monthly put out a fabulous 3 CD set this year...so, where is the movie?
(sigh)

Speaking of.......what are the release dates for the
special editions of CAROUSEL, KING AND I and SOUTH PACIFIC?
They've been much discussed here, but i can find no true release dates for the US

#10 of 43 OFFLINE   ChristopherDAC

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Posted August 22 2006 - 02:23 PM

Madam Satan

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, almost ruined his career back in 1934, and the second half takes place on a Zeppelin! A masquerade ball on a Zeppelin which tears loose from the mast in a storm, combined with a plot about a philandering husband. It's insane, and I think it ought to be released to video (it may have been on VHS once, but I don't think on LD).

#11 of 43 OFFLINE   Doug Bull

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Posted August 23 2006 - 05:34 PM

Joe Lugoff, They are all favorites of mine, so I second your excellent requests.
Especially NEW FACES.

Joe Caps, do you know who now owns NEW FACES?

Fox's affiliate Video company KEY VIDEO? once released an official version of New Faces on VHS in Letterbox/Stereo and although I have never seen a copy of it, I would give almost anything to get a hold of a copy.
Anything other than the attrocious quality Public Domain versions. ( Especially Critic's Choice abysmal mess)

Columbia seems to have stopped Classic releases, so You Can't Run Away From It sadly looks a lost cause.

April Love and The Best Things in Life Are Free are also very high on my wants list.

#12 of 43 OFFLINE   Eric Vedowski

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Posted August 24 2006 - 12:43 AM

The soundtrack for Deep In My Heart was just made available as a download at itunes. No word on a CD release.

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Posted August 24 2006 - 01:03 AM

So many musicals I haven't seen! Posted Image
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#14 of 43 OFFLINE   Edward Weinman

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Posted August 26 2006 - 07:17 AM

I also hope that WB will follow it's own lead when the laser disc MGM Composers boxed set was released and issue "Deep In My Heart" on DVD in anamorphic/stereo. The musical arangements, performances are not to be missed! It's a great example of what that giant studio was capable of...even at the end of the musical MGM era.

Please, WB...!

#15 of 43 OFFLINE   Garysb

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Posted August 27 2006 - 06:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jefferson
Speaking of.......what are the release dates for the
special editions of CAROUSEL, KING AND I and SOUTH PACIFIC?
They've been much discussed here, but i can find no true release dates for the US

November 7

http://www.hometheat....d.php?t=240793

Also up for preorder at Amazon with many other classics like the new editions of Maltese Falcon and Wonderful Life

http://www.amazon.co....903255-4245557

Rodgers & Hammerstein Box Set Collection (12pc)
http://www.amazon.co....?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

Includes all six of the Fox R&H muisicals 2 disc sets

#16 of 43 OFFLINE   Garysb

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Posted August 28 2006 - 02:28 AM

I also posted this on the Fox November 7 release thread:
Region 1 specs R&H Musicals
Note that specs say Carousel will include "Liliom" which was not included in Region 2 release

Specs for South Pacific from Video Universe:

2-Disc Set
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Mono - Spanish, French
Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
Disc 1: SOUTH PACIFIC - Original Theatrical; Widescreen
Widescreen - 2.35
Audio:
Subtitles - English - Sing-a-long Subtitles
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary - Ted Chapin, Gerard Alessandrini - Broadway Theater Experts
Disc 2: SOUTH PACIFIC - Road Show Version; Widescreen
Additional Release Material:
Additional Footage -
1. "I'm Going To Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (Martin, Pinza)
2. "Finale" (Martin, Pinza)
3. "Some Enchanted Evening" (Martin, Pinza)
4. "A Wonderful Guy" (Martin, Pinza)
5. "South Pacific" On The Screen-A Perfect Hit
6. State Department Confers High Honor on SOUTH PACIFIC
Audio Commentary - Richard Barrios - Film Historian
Behind the Scenes -
1. "Making of"
2. Screen Test: Mitzi Gaynor
Documentaries - "60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific"
Trailers - Theatrical Trailer
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos

Specs for Carousel :
2-Disc Set
Widescreen - 2.35
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Mono - Spanish, French
Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
Disc 1: CAROUSEL - Widescreen
Audio:
Subtitles - English - Sing-A-Long Subtitles
Additional Release Material:
Additional Audio Track - Isolated Score
Audio Commentary - Including Shirley Jones - Star
Disc 2: LILIOM - Full Frame
Full Frame -
1.33
Additional Audio Tracks -
1. "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" (Clayton, Raitt)
2. "If I Loved You" (Clayton, Raitt)
3. "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" (Ruick, Jones)
4. "Blow High, Blow Low" (Michael, Chorus)
Additional Footage -
1. Vintage Stage Excerpt
2. Movietone News: "Carousel Opens at NY and Hollywood in Cinemascope 55"
Featurettes - "Turns On The Carousel"
Trailers - Theatrical Trailer
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos

Specs for The King and I:

2-Disc Set
Widescreen - 2.55
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Stereo - English
Mono - Spanish, French
Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
Disc 1: THE KING AND I - Widescreen
Additional Release Material:
Additional Audio Tracks - Isolated Score
Audio Commentary - Richard Barrios, Michael Portantiere - Theater Historians
Disc 2: THE KING AND I - Supplemental Materials
Additional Release Material:
Additional Footage -
1. "Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You" (song)
2. Movietone News: Charity Premieres of THE KING AND I Musical Milestone
3. Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner Oscar Winners
4. Australians from Yul Brynner Club
Behind the Scenes - "Restoring Cinescope 55"
Bonus Features -
1. "Anna and the King" Pilot (Including Audio Commentary)
2. "Getting To Know You" (Morison, Brynner)
3. "A Puzzlement" (Morison, Brynner)
Documentaries -
1. "Something Wonderful: The Story of THE KING AND I"
2. "The Kings of Broadway"
3. "The King and I" Stage Version
4. "The King of the Big Screen"
5. "A Royal Production"

#17 of 43 OFFLINE   Roger Rollins

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Posted August 28 2006 - 04:42 AM

A very impressive line-up indeed. Kudos to Fox, and equally if not moreso to the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization. I know that Theodore Chapin and his staff at R&H are VERY involved in the creation of these releases, and were especially stung by the technical deficiencies that were the OKLAHOMA Todd-AO debacle. Something of which they were unaware of before release, so I've been told.

For those unaware, a lot of the non-film-version archival footage comes directly from R&H. Sometime in the early 50s, General Foods sponsored a TV "spectacular" saluting R&H. and thereby preserving (on kinescope) Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, Yul Brynner and Patricia Morrison (who replaced Gertrude Lawrence in "KING' after her untimely death), and John Raitt and Jan Clayton from CAROUSEL.

Usually the cost of using television appearances of Broadway performers to be used on DVDs are so egrigious that they can't be used. Thakfully here, R&H controls the music, owns SOUTH PACIFIC outright, and has a large financial percentage of KING and CAROUSEL, so it was in their best interest to provide that footage.

What a treasure trove these releases are going to be.

Great news for a Monday!

#18 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Lugoff

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Posted August 28 2006 - 05:06 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roger Rollins
What a treasure trove these releases are going to be.


And yet I fear, based on what happened with OKLAHOMA!, that the transfers may leave something to be desired. They never seem to get these movies exactly right! Maybe they want us fans to buy them over and over and over and over ........

#19 of 43 OFFLINE   Corey

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Posted August 28 2006 - 05:35 AM

We get Judy/Rooney musicals and The Pirate next year and hopefully they release some Eleanor Powell films as Rosalie, Lady Be Good, the Broadway Melodies, and Born to Dance.
Corey's most wanted R1 dvds:

Little Darlings (1980), My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Deep Blue Sea (1955), The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), Born to Be Bad (1950), Ivy (1947), Reckless (1935), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), The Barretts of Wimpole Street

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Posted August 28 2006 - 05:47 AM

I hope the aspect ratios listed are mistakes. Carousel should be 2.55:1, The King and I should be 2.55:1, and South Pacific should be 2.2:1.





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