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MY FAIR LADY 4K restoration completed! Dec. 9th release announced (Post #299)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Chuck Pennington, Aug 25, 2014.

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  1. Will Krupp

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    Hear, Hear!!

    I find her so good in SPLENDOR that it's actually uncomfortable to watch.
     
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    It was Jackie Ward who also dubbed for Natalie in Inside Daisy Clover. The soundtrack CD of Inside Daisy Clover has all of Natalie's attempts at singing the songs in the film (along with a terrific song that got cut). They were right to dub her, but I do love hearing her try.
     
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    It's arguable that some more of Audrey Hepburn's singing voice could have been used in the final film. But you are second guessing the filmmakers, who decided the only places they could use Hepburn's voice and have it appear to match up with Audrey's, rather than seem jarring, are the sections I mentioned. Again, if you have to do tremendous amounts of work on a raw vocal to make it sound good, one could argue that's even more dishonest than wholesale dubbing.
     
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    You mean the ones who didn't cast Julie Andrews?
     
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    :) I'm not saying Audrey should have gotten the part over Julie, but we all know why she did. And once that decision was made, at least they were smart enough to realize that almost all of the score was beyond Audrey's capabilities.

    I used to think it might have been interesting if they had taken the keys down for "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and the center part of "Just You Wait" and then used Audrey's voice for all of those songs, switching to Marni's singing voice for the rest of the songs, after Eliza's transformation -- i.e., the switch from an untrained voice to a trained one. But I think the change would have been too jarring.
     
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    The keys were taken down for Audrey already. And when it was clear they needed Marni to sing almost all of the score, she sang them in Audrey's lowered keys, not actually the most suitable for her much higher voice.
     
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    And of course, Marni did a spectacular job of dubbing Lucille Ball in Mame. People still swear that's Lucy singing! :P
     
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    Just waiting for this new fact to show up on another site somewhere. That particular Goldwyn girl needed no vocal help.

    RAH
     
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    All true. What I meant was, I think Audrey probably could have done a fine job with "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" if the key had been taken down even a little further. But we'll never know.
     
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    The list leaves out The Competition, where Richard Dreyfuss,Amy Irving and the other competitors were dubbed on piano by, depending on the piece played, Daniel Pollock, Chet Swiatkowski, Lincoln Mayorga, Ralph Grierson and Edvardo Delgado.
     
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    I wonder how she would have reacted to hearing her own vocals uncovered again had she lived to see the restoration.
     
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    Jackie Ward provided Natalie's singing for "The Great Race", as well as for "Inside Daisy Clover". Here is Natalie's own voice with one of the "Daisy Clover" songs:

     
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    I'd bet as a true lady. With a bit of rye humor.

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    After a nip of rye? :)
     
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    Let's not forget Lisa Kirk's great dubbing for Rosalind Russell in "GYPSY"

    There was speculation that Marni Nixon dubbed for Natalie Wood in that film, but I'm pretty sure that Natalie did her own singing.
     
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    Marni's voice is nothing like the singing voice that comes out of that character's mouth in GYPSY. Yes, pretty positive that's Natalie.
     
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    According to the dubbers list that was posted earlier today (see Rick Thompson above) Marni Nixon did "partial" singing for Natalie Wood. Don't know how accurate that list is, but it was pretty interesting to look at. Haven't seen the movie in a while. Could it be the song Little Lamb or When Mama Gets Married? I agree she kind of talk/sang Let Me Entertain You.
     
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    IMDB credits Natalie Wood as the vocalist on all her songs for "Gypsy"
     
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    I think Natalie was all on her own for "Gypsy".
     
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    And it's astonishing that after all these years very few people realise that Charles Bronson provided the voice of Henry Higgins in MFL. Rex Harrison's lip-synching was flawless.
     

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