Finian's Rainbow---coming from WAC

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    atfree

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    FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1968)
    NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER
    BD50
    Color - 145 Minutes
    ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 2.35:1
    DTS HD-Master Audio English 5.1
    English SDH
    ORIGINAL ROADSHOW VERSION with Overture, Entr'acte/Intermission & Exit Music

    SPECIAL FEATURES:
    Watch Finian's Rainbow With Francis Ford Coppola: Introduction and Commentary by the Director
    Featurette: The World Premiere of Finian's Rainbow
    Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)

    He wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper – but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know he’s Fred Astaire. The great entertainer sang and danced his last musical lead in Finian’s Rainbow, director Francis Ford Coppola’s exuberant movie of the 1947 Broadway hit.

    Astaire plays an Irish rogue who plants a stolen crock of leprechaun gold in the soil near Fort Knox to reap what he thinks will be a rich harvest. In tow are his spirited daughter (Petula Clark), a love-struck leprechaun (Tommy Steele) and a bigoted Southern senator (Keenan Wynn) transformed by misbegotten magic. The treasurable Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg score includes “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?,” “Look to the Rainbow,” “If This Isn’t Love” and “Old Devil Moon.” Watching it, you’ll be in clover. Four-leaf all the way.
     
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    Is the commentary new or was it on the DVD? I never picked this one up, but Coppola commentaries are always worth the price of admission for me.
     
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    I know it is not a great movie, but the music is excellent. Although the Ken Darby chorus and the orchestra, led by Ray Heindorf, are probably too lush sounding for the movie (a comment Coppola makes in the commentary) it sounds great and for that alone I will buy this. Just skip from song to song and forget the plot and enjoy Petula Clark singing those terrific songs.
     
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    I'm sure it is the same commentary, but it is quite interesting. He admits many of his mistakes, talks about the limited budget they had and how he got into the venture in the first place.
     
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    Wow, can't believe I missed that the first time around. Sounds great. I haven't heard a bad one from him yet.
     
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    F I N A L L Y. Every St. Patrick's Day I say to myself "Still no Finian's Rainbow or Darby O'Gill and the Little People on Blu-ray." This year I'll have something new to watch.
     
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    I'm very excited by this announcement. One of the great Broadway scores comes to the screen in a faithful movie version of the show, and I couldn't be happier.
     
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    I like this play and the movie as well.

    The play was performed by the 42nd Street Moon company in San Francisco a number of years ago. If you get a chance to see the play, be sure to do so. But the movie does well at repeating the experience.

    Fred Astaire's dancing and performance is much better than it is given credit for, and Tommy Steele is very engaging.
     
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    I really enjoy this movie and looking forward to its release. The score is amazing.
     
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    Beautiful orchestrations, young Petula and Astaire's last big musical outing. What's not to love.
     
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    FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!! Wouldn't it be great if another "Irish" film was announced for St Patrick's Day.........RYAN'S DAUGHTER.
     
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    First Prizzi's Honor and now Finian's Rainbow! What a happy Friday this has turned out to be :)
     
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    The "Old Devil Moon" sequence is the very essence of romance, and Don Francks performs it much sexier than it was ever delivered in stage recordings of the score.
     
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    It was on the DVD.
     
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    Interesting news, but no release date.

    So I'll keep the cork on the champagne bottle.
     
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    I believe these are all March releases.
     
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    Wonderful musical play, and really good movie. Wish they had kept "Necessity" in the film, but as it is, it is a really good adaptation of a stage musical, opening it up, just the right amount for the medium of film. Tommy Steele is a bit over-the-top, and can annoy, but overall the entire cast is excellent.
     
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    According to another thread, this is scheduled for March 28th (the four March titles are spread to one per week).

    If this is true, then someone needs to give WAC a calendar. Releasing Finian's Rainbow (a movie about a leprechaun) two weeks AFTER St. Patrick's Day is ridiculous.
     
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    It seems the thread I was looking at was wrong (thankfully). Release date appears to be the 7th (before the holiday)
     
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    All due respect, but who these days really cares about St. Patrick's day promotions other than Irish Americans, McDonald's with their stupid green shakes, and the Hallmark Card company? It's all a huge corporate commercial profit-maker like Valentine's Day and Easter. If the FINIAN'S RAINBOW release comes within a month or two of the big "Day," does it really matter? Don't mean to offend Irish people (I am part Irish), but, c'mon. Movie release dates have zero meaning within the context of the history of The Day.
     

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