In SOUTH PACIFIC, the moonlight scenes were intended to have a blue tint in them. They were the least objectionable "filtered sequences" in the (otherwise) excellent film adaptation of the Broadway play. Joshua Logan went on record saying it was the biggest mistake of his professional career and both Rodgers and Hammerstein hated the "experimental color filtering" employed during most of the musical sequences. The fact that the movie was still enjoyable and made a fortune shows how indestructible the show (and its score) are. Without the filters though, it would have been better received critically and may have won more awards.As the director is on record stating he desired to remove the color filters (he originally began doing each of these sequences twice- with and without the filters- butI have read that Fox in CA discouraged this, telling him the filtered sequences looked great and they could remove the color in the labs for him later if he wanted them to- a lie).A true director's cut would digitally correct the filters and restore normal color to these sequences. It is a pity that Fox did not color-correct the restored Roadshow sequences and offer this version on a Blu Ray disc as well. Nonetheless, it is good that they offered it as a special feature with the Blu Ray. My problem is that after seeing any film restored to its original length, I never wish to view the cut-down version again!
THE KING AND I was Oscar-nominated for its color cinematography, also shot by Leon Shamroy. A poorly manufactured print/master with the blue spectrum so distorted that faces are looking blue in some shots is-to my mind- a travesty which is not worth my time or money. Better to view the SD version which-for the most part- accurately displays the De Luxe color pallette which the original prints displayed in theatres.(I have seen this movie in pristine 70mm and in a newly-struck 35mm print.I have also seen 35mm prints faded to various shades of pink).As regards their classic back catalogue, Fox are committing "commercial hara-kiri"