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Missing Musicals update

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Greg_M, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Greg_M

    Greg_M Screenwriter

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    Since I last posted a thread of Missing Musicals on DVD many, many of the titles on that list have been released (some of which I never thought would see the light of day) There are still some missing in action:

    Can-Can (FOX 1960) Frank Sinatra Shirley MacLaine

    The Boy Friend (Warners hinted that it may be 2007)

    Goodbye Mr Chips (Peter O-Toole) (Also 2007)

    Mame (Lucy)

    The Pirates of Penzance (I've heard Universal might release this in 2006)

    Lost Horizon (1973) It has it's fans and it's not that bad, plus it sells for high $ on ebay)

    Porgy and Bess (Don't know what's holding this one up anymore. Apparently it has to do with the condition of film elements since the Gershwin estate seems to be willing)

    Song of Norway ABC/Disney?) Okay this one is bad but it probably looks great in widescreen (70mm)

    Stop the World I want to get Off (Warners)

    Kismet (1955) Warners

    A Litte Night Music (Image Entertainment was going to release this one but the film elements were in pretty bad shape so thay passed)

    "Flower Drum Song" and "Oh! What a Lovely War" are set for a Nov 7th release date!

    I'm sure I missed many titles.
     
  2. Joe Caps

    Joe Caps Screenwriter

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    There are still many MGM musicals that have not seen the light of day.

    Fox - April Love, Centennial summer, Best Things in Life are Free

    Universal- more Deanna Durbin please.

    Paramount - crosby - Mr. Music

    BTW - when I produced Lost Horizon for Laserdisc, it had such a big fan base that it was one of our best sellers !!!
     
  3. Joe Lugoff

    Joe Lugoff Cinematographer

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    I'll add five more from the 1950s:

    Columbia - You Can't Run Away From It (1956)

    MGM - The Student Prince (1954)

    Paramount - The Vagabond King (1956)

    20th Century-Fox - New Faces (1954)

    Warner Bros. - Where's Charley? (1952) (along with "Porgy and Bess," it's the one I'm most curious to see)
     
  4. Joe Caps

    Joe Caps Screenwriter

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    When I was producing Pioneer Special Editions laserdisc, I tried to license You Can't Run Away from It, but was told I could not because of music rights problems.

    Fox does not own New Faces anymore.

    Warners has music rights problems with Where's Charley.
     
  5. DeeF

    DeeF Screenwriter

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    Lost Horizon was broadcast on HD-Net, in High-Definition. Curiously, it's got a mono soundtrack (this particular print), but the picture is terrific.

    I do wish the movie were better, but oh well.

    I've got it recorded on my DVR, in case anybody wants it...
     
  6. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Executive Producer
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    I'd love to see every single title that has been mentioned thus far on this thread.

    I've bored other threads with my hopes for second tier MGM musicals to be released at some point, so I won't list them all again.

    How about WITH A SONG IN MY HEART?
     
  7. Joe Caps

    Joe Caps Screenwriter

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    I hear that With a Song in My Heart is tied up with endless music rights problems. Fox legal could always get to work on this, but would Fox consider this worth the time and the mo0ney to do so? I doubt it.
    Too bad. Susan Hawyard is wonderful in this, as is the singing voice of Jane Froman.
     
  8. Clay_E

    Clay_E Stunt Coordinator

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    Danny Kaye did a bunch of musicals (which I think are owned by MGM now, so would that be Fox?) that it would be nice to see on DVD.
     
  9. Jefferson

    Jefferson Supporting Actor

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    My favorite missing musical is MGM's DEEP IN MY HEART from 1954 or was it 55?...this wasn't even given a CD release, although several tracks have turned up on some of the Rhino compilations.

    The musical GOODBYE MR CHIPS (as mentioned) would be my next pick.
    Filmscore Monthly put out a fabulous 3 CD set this year...so, where is the movie?
    (sigh)

    Speaking of.......what are the release dates for the
    special editions of CAROUSEL, KING AND I and SOUTH PACIFIC?
    They've been much discussed here, but i can find no true release dates for the US
     
  10. ChristopherDAC

    ChristopherDAC Producer

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    Madam Satan

    Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, almost ruined his career back in 1934, and the second half takes place on a Zeppelin! A masquerade ball on a Zeppelin which tears loose from the mast in a storm, combined with a plot about a philandering husband. It's insane, and I think it ought to be released to video (it may have been on VHS once, but I don't think on LD).
     
  11. Doug Bull

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    Joe Lugoff, They are all favorites of mine, so I second your excellent requests.
    Especially NEW FACES.

    Joe Caps, do you know who now owns NEW FACES?

    Fox's affiliate Video company KEY VIDEO? once released an official version of New Faces on VHS in Letterbox/Stereo and although I have never seen a copy of it, I would give almost anything to get a hold of a copy.
    Anything other than the attrocious quality Public Domain versions. ( Especially Critic's Choice abysmal mess)

    Columbia seems to have stopped Classic releases, so You Can't Run Away From It sadly looks a lost cause.

    April Love and The Best Things in Life Are Free are also very high on my wants list.
     
  12. Eric Vedowski

    Eric Vedowski Second Unit

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    The soundtrack for Deep In My Heart was just made available as a download at itunes. No word on a CD release.
     
  13. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    So many musicals I haven't seen! [​IMG]
     
  14. Edward Weinman

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    I also hope that WB will follow it's own lead when the laser disc MGM Composers boxed set was released and issue "Deep In My Heart" on DVD in anamorphic/stereo. The musical arangements, performances are not to be missed! It's a great example of what that giant studio was capable of...even at the end of the musical MGM era.

    Please, WB...!
     
  15. Garysb

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  16. Garysb

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    I also posted this on the Fox November 7 release thread:
    Region 1 specs R&H Musicals
    Note that specs say Carousel will include "Liliom" which was not included in Region 2 release

    Specs for South Pacific from Video Universe:

    2-Disc Set
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    Mono - Spanish, French
    Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
    Disc 1: SOUTH PACIFIC - Original Theatrical; Widescreen
    Widescreen - 2.35
    Audio:
    Subtitles - English - Sing-a-long Subtitles
    Additional Release Material:
    Audio Commentary - Ted Chapin, Gerard Alessandrini - Broadway Theater Experts
    Disc 2: SOUTH PACIFIC - Road Show Version; Widescreen
    Additional Release Material:
    Additional Footage -
    1. "I'm Going To Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (Martin, Pinza)
    2. "Finale" (Martin, Pinza)
    3. "Some Enchanted Evening" (Martin, Pinza)
    4. "A Wonderful Guy" (Martin, Pinza)
    5. "South Pacific" On The Screen-A Perfect Hit
    6. State Department Confers High Honor on SOUTH PACIFIC
    Audio Commentary - Richard Barrios - Film Historian
    Behind the Scenes -
    1. "Making of"
    2. Screen Test: Mitzi Gaynor
    Documentaries - "60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific"
    Trailers - Theatrical Trailer
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Stills/Photos

    Specs for Carousel :
    2-Disc Set
    Widescreen - 2.35
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    Mono - Spanish, French
    Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
    Disc 1: CAROUSEL - Widescreen
    Audio:
    Subtitles - English - Sing-A-Long Subtitles
    Additional Release Material:
    Additional Audio Track - Isolated Score
    Audio Commentary - Including Shirley Jones - Star
    Disc 2: LILIOM - Full Frame
    Full Frame -
    1.33
    Additional Audio Tracks -
    1. "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" (Clayton, Raitt)
    2. "If I Loved You" (Clayton, Raitt)
    3. "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" (Ruick, Jones)
    4. "Blow High, Blow Low" (Michael, Chorus)
    Additional Footage -
    1. Vintage Stage Excerpt
    2. Movietone News: "Carousel Opens at NY and Hollywood in Cinemascope 55"
    Featurettes - "Turns On The Carousel"
    Trailers - Theatrical Trailer
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Stills/Photos

    Specs for The King and I:

    2-Disc Set
    Widescreen - 2.55
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    Stereo - English
    Mono - Spanish, French
    Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
    Disc 1: THE KING AND I - Widescreen
    Additional Release Material:
    Additional Audio Tracks - Isolated Score
    Audio Commentary - Richard Barrios, Michael Portantiere - Theater Historians
    Disc 2: THE KING AND I - Supplemental Materials
    Additional Release Material:
    Additional Footage -
    1. "Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You" (song)
    2. Movietone News: Charity Premieres of THE KING AND I Musical Milestone
    3. Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner Oscar Winners
    4. Australians from Yul Brynner Club
    Behind the Scenes - "Restoring Cinescope 55"
    Bonus Features -
    1. "Anna and the King" Pilot (Including Audio Commentary)
    2. "Getting To Know You" (Morison, Brynner)
    3. "A Puzzlement" (Morison, Brynner)
    Documentaries -
    1. "Something Wonderful: The Story of THE KING AND I"
    2. "The Kings of Broadway"
    3. "The King and I" Stage Version
    4. "The King of the Big Screen"
    5. "A Royal Production"
     
  17. Roger Rollins

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    A very impressive line-up indeed. Kudos to Fox, and equally if not moreso to the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization. I know that Theodore Chapin and his staff at R&H are VERY involved in the creation of these releases, and were especially stung by the technical deficiencies that were the OKLAHOMA Todd-AO debacle. Something of which they were unaware of before release, so I've been told.

    For those unaware, a lot of the non-film-version archival footage comes directly from R&H. Sometime in the early 50s, General Foods sponsored a TV "spectacular" saluting R&H. and thereby preserving (on kinescope) Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, Yul Brynner and Patricia Morrison (who replaced Gertrude Lawrence in "KING' after her untimely death), and John Raitt and Jan Clayton from CAROUSEL.

    Usually the cost of using television appearances of Broadway performers to be used on DVDs are so egrigious that they can't be used. Thakfully here, R&H controls the music, owns SOUTH PACIFIC outright, and has a large financial percentage of KING and CAROUSEL, so it was in their best interest to provide that footage.

    What a treasure trove these releases are going to be.

    Great news for a Monday!
     
  18. Joe Lugoff

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    And yet I fear, based on what happened with OKLAHOMA!, that the transfers may leave something to be desired. They never seem to get these movies exactly right! Maybe they want us fans to buy them over and over and over and over ........
     
  19. Corey

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    We get Judy/Rooney musicals and The Pirate next year and hopefully they release some Eleanor Powell films as Rosalie, Lady Be Good, the Broadway Melodies, and Born to Dance.
     
  20. DeeF

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    I hope the aspect ratios listed are mistakes. Carousel should be 2.55:1, The King and I should be 2.55:1, and South Pacific should be 2.2:1.
     

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