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Musicals on Blu-Ray, why so few after all this time?


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#1 of 166 GMpasqua

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Posted May 05 2010 - 05:49 AM

Almost none of the big budget widescreen musicals of the 60's - 80's are out on Blu-ray
In fact there are only 8 from 1960  through 2000.


Updates:  2010 has brought a few more (8) (and some execellant Looking blu-rays)

1950s

An American in Paris

White Christmas (2010)

A Star is Born (2010

Gigi (2010)

South Pacific) 70MM


1960-2000

The Music Man (2010)
The Sound of Music (2010) 70MM


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - From 70MM (Best looking catalog Blu-ray Ever!) (2010)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Tommy (2010)

The Rocky Horror PIcture Show (2010)

Grease

The Wiz (2010)


Moulin Rouge - (2001) (2010)


Rumored for 2011
West Side Story from 70MM


Oliver!


Where are:
My Fair Lady 70MM (Come on WB or Paramount - you know if Sound of Music sold well this one will also)
Hello Dolly 70MM 

Doctor Dolittle 70MM
Star! 70MM

Can-Can - 70MM

Fiddler on the Roof

Gypsy

1776
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Oklahoma!

The King and I


#2 of 166 Hollywoodaholic

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Posted May 05 2010 - 06:03 AM

Not to mention all the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics; Oklahoma, Carousel, King and I, etc. etc. etc.

I am Glee-fully optimistic that some interest in the musical had been revived and we will be seeing many of these titles.

And don't forget the That's Entertainment trilogy of films is already on BD.


#3 of 166 benbess

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Posted May 05 2010 - 06:11 AM

According to a fan of musicals at blu-ray.com Oklahoma is due out later this year or early next year....

These films can still entertain some younger audiences today. Our 8 year old daughter just loves American in Paris, and she really likes The Music Man. She remembers the lyrics to trouble in River City and sang them for us weeks after we saw the film on blu....

Hope more come out.



#4 of 166 Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 05 2010 - 06:36 AM

So far, I have An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz and Chicago. looking for many more.
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Posted May 05 2010 - 07:07 AM

from mntwister at blu-ray.com:

"...Oklahoma was shown on Turner Classic Movies (HD) in the last day and it is high def and a beautiful new transfer, all I can say is wow, this is going to be a great Blu-ray. The sound was obviously redone, it is so much better than the DVD. Colors are crisp and clear, in fact, it is the quality of South Pacific, which I consider a 10 out of 10 for quality!"

South Pacific is another movie from this era with amazing, jaw-dropping pq. It was filmed in Todd AO, I believe, and I think they had the color seps on it. Anyway, not only a demonstration disc for blu ray, but quite a good musical. It's a war film too, so something for varied tastes...

If you like musicals, I recommend you rent or buy South Pacific.



#6 of 166 Craig_Ehr

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Posted May 05 2010 - 05:48 PM

I want 'Evita' from Disney on BD in DTS-HD MA.


#7 of 166 Joseph Bolus

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Posted May 06 2010 - 12:38 AM

 I guess nobody here is counting "Viva Las Vegas" as a musical??  

That "Music Man" Blu-ray is *fantastic* and I can't wait for "The Sound of Music"!!


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#8 of 166 Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 06 2010 - 05:51 AM

I like South Pacific, but I keep hearing that the movie doesn't hold a candle to the original Broadway production (which won the Pulitzer for Drama).  I've always wondered about the stage version, which distracts me from enjoying the movie.

I've seen video clips of the original Broadway show, but have no idea whether a complete film or video recording exists.


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Posted May 06 2010 - 06:06 AM



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Originally Posted by Aaron Silverman 

I've seen video clips of the original Broadway show, but have no idea whether a complete film or video recording exists.

 
A compete version does not exist.  The clips that you see are from a TV special honoring Rogers & Hammerstein and some numbers that were shown on Ed Sullivan Show.  Nothing can beat the experience of a live show for it is there for that moment and that moment only.  However, I think the movie version of the South Pacific is true to Rogers, Hammerstein, and Logan's view of it and filming on location opened it up so much.  It is one of my favorite movies.
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Posted May 06 2010 - 07:41 AM

Thanks, Allen.  Good to know.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 09:46 AM

Many of those on the list are Fox titles and no doubt will need some restoration to be up to snuff for Blu-Ray and many of the others are originally M-G-M and it'll be up to present owner Warner's to bring them up to Blu-Ray quality, as they have been doing ... with Wizard of Oz and American in Paris ... and no one has mentioned the beautiful restore of Gigi that's available.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 09:48 AM

Many of those on the list are Fox titles and no doubt will need some restoration to be up to snuff for Blu-Ray and many of the others are originally M-G-M and it'll be up to present owner Warner's to bring them up to Blu-Ray quality, as they have been doing ... with Wizard of Oz and American in Paris ... and no one has mentioned the beautiful restore of Gigi that's available.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 10:28 AM



Quote:
Originally Posted by benbess 

"...Oklahoma was shown on Turner Classic Movies (HD) in the last day and it is high def and a beautiful new transfer, all I can say is wow, this is going to be a great Blu-ray. The sound was obviously redone, it is so much better than the DVD. Colors are crisp and clear, in fact, it is the quality of South Pacific, which I consider a 10 out of 10 for quality!"


 
I trust it was the 70mm version not the 35mm Scope version that was shot simultaneously. It is good to hear this if it was the 70mm version as the dvd transfer of this was dreadful(apart from the sound which knocked the 35mm version for six).
"South Pacific" is magnificent and highly recommended.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 10:54 AM

I don't expect Oklahoma! to make it out this year. If it makes it out next year, which I think is an anniversary year, I would be over the moon. Getting Fox to pony up one R&H musical a year on Blu is a challenge enough.I would never be so greedy as to expect two in the same quarter.


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Posted May 06 2010 - 11:17 AM

God, I'd settle for just an SD of "Lili," which MGM (or Fox or whoever) has consistently neglected to offer on DVD. Why? Fine musical.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 12:31 PM

Star in Todd-AO and one of my favorites-Hair.

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Posted May 06 2010 - 01:56 PM

A 16mm film of the original production of South Pacific was made in 1952, of the London cast, which includes Mary Martin and Muriel Smith. The film was made for archival purposes only, but it exists... and I've seen it.


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Posted May 06 2010 - 02:15 PM



Quote:
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God, I'd settle for just an SD of "Lili," which MGM (or Fox or whoever) has consistently neglected to offer on DVD. Why? Fine musical.
It would be Warners.  They own it now.


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Posted July 24 2010 - 08:50 PM

There are very few classic Columbia/Sony's Blu Ray. It is absurd that are not yet available big hits like "Oliver!"

Nor is understood that Warner will not edit "Cabaret" (the dvd is not anamorphic!), or "My Fair Lady" in Blu Ray.




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Posted July 26 2010 - 03:09 AM

My fair lady now belongs to Paramount. But it still puzzles me why Warner won't release Cabaret in blu-ray. Not even a special edition on sd.