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DVD Review My Gal Sal DVD Review

Discussion in 'DVD' started by matt-hough, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Executive Producer
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    I wonder how this compares to the (licensed) pressed DVD released in Spain by Impulso a few years back...
     
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    It's probably the same transfer if it's licensed. There has obviously been work and care extended to this film because it's clean as can be with no dust and dirt and better color than 95% of the Fox color films from this period available on DVDs. The sound has been cleaned up, too. This could have been released in that Fox Marquee Musical series that gave us Weekend in Havana, Pin-Up Girl, Pigskin Parade, Daddy Long Legs, and On the Riviera. I wonder if Fox had prepped it for the next round of releases and then dropped the series.
     
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    I agree that My Gal Sal is very entertaining and the dvd looks better than most of the "Technicolor" titles in the Fox Archives. Two other Archive titles that appear to have had some clean-up work are Mother Wore Tights (1947) and Call Me Mister (1951). I've thought those two may have been prepped for a Grable Vol. 2 dvd collection that was never released.

    Interesting Matt that you're being sent review copy titles that have been on the market for awhile. This one has been available since 2012.
     
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    i have both dvds and it looks like they used the same transfer.
     
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    i agree "call me mister" looks great!
     
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    [QUOTE="JoelA, post: 4372072, member: 359156"

    Interesting Matt that you're being sent review copy titles that have been on the market for awhile. This one has been available since 2012.[/QUOTE]

    Fox has been sending these archive titles for years, but there is no due date on reviews so I only do them when there is a lull in current studio product. I try to select items from the top, middle, and bottom of the stacks of them I have which is why I did two very recent releases like You're My Everything and Too Busy to Work and then older releases like My Gal Sal. Just trying to keep things interesting and fun.
     
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    Makes sense Matt. Your reviews are always very informative and well-balanced. Thanks again.
     
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    Hi Matt. Watched this last night for the first time and looked up your review. The color is highly impressive. I wondered if a pristine nitrate print was found and utilized. Who did dub Mature in this film? Maybe obe of the singers who dubbed Cornel Wilde and William Eythe in CENTENNIAL SUMMER? Is there any word on Fox sorting out the legal issues with tha musical, which has been restored and was brirfky announced by TT?
    I read that Landis was offered Hayworth's role but caused a fuss over something and was relegated to a supporting role. Sounds hard to believe to me. Sal in the film was ficticious but Dresser/Dreiser had an ongoing relationship with a bordello madam named Sally ,so the title song was probably devoted to her. No wonder they left that out! Interesting that famous novelist Theodore was briefly portrayed by a child star in the early portion of the film.
     
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    As I mentioned in the review, Ben Gage was the voice double for Victor Mature, and, yes, he also voice doubled Cornel Wilde in Centennial Summer. David Street dubbed William Eythe.
     
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    i'd read that disputed role was for 1941's Blood and Sand. Landis did not want to dye her hair red for the

    part of the temptress, "Dona Sol". Hayworth won that part and the rest is history
     
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    Apologies Matt. I must have read your review too qiickly and missed the mention of Ben Gage. IMDB don't mention him. He is/was a pleasing tenor but does not sound much like Mature would sound if he could sing. Nan Wynn and Jo Ann Greer served Hayworth well and were plausible vocal doubles for her. A pity people of this ilk were not called in for the vocally deficient leads of LA LA LAND. Somewhere around the late '60's, star egos seemed to gain more clout and non-singers were allowed to do the singing (egs. Lucille Ball, Peter O'Toole. Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin), adding to the swift decline of the Hollywood musical.
     

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