This is in my A.com basket, waiting for things to return to normal. I could order it in Canada, but for the price I’d have to pay here, I’d only have to add .50 to buy an actual showboat and go up and down the Mississippi myself!
Judging from the TCM showings, it does! Heh, heh... I don't know about the condition of the best available film elements, but the scan that currently airs on television is simply terrible. There's also print damage that goes beyond the typical dirt/scratches.Does the ‘51 need restoration?
I noticed that, too. Very disappointing.One strange thing about the 1951 version on home video is, toward the end of laserdiscs they put out a laser where they used what existing multi-tracks they had to release a stereo version. I've still got my copy. Of the 27 non-bonus tracks on the Rhino remastered soundtrack CD, all but 5 were genuine stereo. And those 5 were all underscoring tracks, so they've got stereo for all of the musical numbers. But when the DVD came out, it was back to mono for some reason.
In addition the laserdisc set had over 2 hours of raw session recordings from the '51 version.I've mentioned that on several occasions in other threads. No reason why the 1951 Show Boat laserdisc had a stereo soundtrack and the DVD didn't. The laserdisc also let you select either Annette Warren or Ava Gardner for the singing voice of Julie.
They are I "got" mine Monday and after watching the film, I am going through the supplements now....The booklet (at least from my scanning) does not seem to indicate that any of Edna Ferber's other novels were made into films... Which would be a GIANT error, as at least one seems Taylor-made for James Dean !Well, I hope Criterion is still shipping orders during the pandemic.