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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Mark-P, Sep 27, 2013.
It is a fun film, I always thought Stephen Boyd was miscast.
I've always, ALWAYS loved this film. So thrilled it will finally be out on Blu.
I haven't seen this film for at least twenty years, but I thought Stephen Boyd was pretty good. I look forward to watching this BRD. (I'm a big fan of Doris, of Rodgers and Hart and of William Daniels)
And now there is a link to buy it directly from WAC:
It confirms the 10/8/2013 release date. Hopefully it won't be delayed the way that Greystoke was.
"JUMBO" holds special memories for me.
I suspect it may have been the last MGM Cinemascope Musical shown at the Metro Theatre in Bourke street, Melbourne. (later turned into a night club)
It was certainly my last visit to that wonderful old Cinema where I grew to love everything that was M-G-M.
I still remember how impressed I was with the Stereophonic Sound.
I saw it with my then girlfriend, who is still by my side almost 50 years later.
Yes, I will be placing a pre-order immediately.
I mentioned this in another thread, but it bears repeating here. Jumbo occupies a special place for me because it was my sample review of the DVD release that got me the job at Home Theater Forum.
I preordered the minute I saw the page for it at Amazon.
Interesting that WAC has it at $18.95 and amazon has it at $15.35. That's why I placed my pre order with Amazon.
I received this email from Amazon tonight:
Estimated arrival date: November 15, 2013 - November 20, 2013
Looks like that early release date from them didn't pan out.
Hmmm...I'm not seeing this up for pre-order on either Amazon or WAC.
I found it by typing Jumbo Blu-ray in the Amazon search.
I haven't tried WAC.
I still see it listed on Amazon for October 8th. But I do think the date will be changed.
Here's the link for the Warner Archive.
Someone should update the thread tags from MGM/Fox to Warner.
Okay, I have pretty eclectic tastes in movies, which often makes me just shrug "what the hey Mae" regarding Blu-ray blind buys (over half my Olive purchases have fallen into this category, as well as nearly a third of Criterion and TT's output). Problem is, my track record with musicals is the most unpredictable of any genre. Almost as unpredictable as the circus movie. So we're already on a slippery slope here...
Given all that, what's the bottom line on Billy Rose's Jumbo? I mean, without resorting to spoilers, is there anything special - or even just amusing - about this movie which might carry my enjoyment? I'm pretty elastic in this regard...one or two well-staged setpieces, or sometimes just an engaging supporting performance will usually be enough to do the trick...at least in terms of basic entertainment.
This thing has been in and out of my cart all afternoon.
As the thread-starter, it allowed me to add Warner, but I couldn't see a way to remove the other two. Perhaps a moderator can be of assistance there.
Latest email from Amazon:
"We have good news! We're able to get this part of your order to you faster than we originally promised: Dean Jagger "Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD) [Blu-ray]" Previous estimated arrival date: November 15, 2013 - November 20, 2013 New estimated arrival date: October 15, 2013 - October 21, 2013"
Not surprisingly, the Amazon pre-order link is now dead. I'm glad I got my pre-order locked in beforehand. I never got a delivery estimate with my order and they haven't sent me any updates.
Steve, it's such a personal and subjective thing, but I love the film. I look at it as a very low-key, gentle, wistful musical. Sidney Sheldon's script is adult and intelligent, and the four leads are all excellent. It focuses on the two couples and their rocky romances against the backdrop of trying to keep a turn of the century circus afloat. There are no big dance numbers at all, a la The Music Man. After a couple of short early numbers showing the circus members rehearsing their acts and parading in town, all the songs are mostly intimate, character driven songs. What spectacle there is comes from the circus acts. In fact, the finale features ONLY the four leads and no one else. Not one other singer or dancer. Just the four leads doing an entire circus by themselves. And it's wonderful (to me) and a refreshing change from sometimes overblown musical finales featuring hundreds.
It's also beautifully photographed. One of my favorite numbers is a duet with Doris Day and Martha Raye singing about having someone to love while sitting on the back of a wagon, lit only by the glow of the lanterns as they travel down a back road to the next town.
Some people may find the very low-keyness that I love about it to be boring. So individual mileage may vary.
JUMBO has just been removed from my Amazon shopping cart.
They said that it was a non listed item.
Serves me right for for not taking it to the checkout the other day.
The best thing about JUMBO are the wonderful Songs by Rodgers and Hart.
Beautifully sung by Doris Day.