Can anyone who watched the Laserdisc confirm if the stereo track is any good? Did it utilize original audio stems? Show Boat '51 is one of my favourite MGM musicals but this is the first I've heard of it in stereo. Oh, and I'm very excited. Day 1, easy.
It's very good; to my ears it's far superior to the mono audio which is present on the DVD. From what I remember reading of the liner notes of the laserdisc, they did use original audio stems to fashion that stereo track.Can anyone who watched the Laserdisc confirm if the stereo track is any good? Did it utilize original audio stems? Show Boat '51 is one of my favourite MGM musicals but this is the first I've heard of it in stereo. Oh, and I'm very excited. Day 1, easy.
Yes, it's quite good. By 1952, magnetic recording technologies were in common use, so the frequency response is fairly wide with good dynamic range and low distortion.Can anyone who watched the Laserdisc confirm if the stereo track is any good?
The late Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project owned the missing sound discs. Ive pasted a Facebook message he posted several years ago on the topic:Last I heard some add’l audio may have surfaced, but don’t believe it’s complete.
These releases are all wonderful news but I have to wonder how George Feltenstein being laid off from Warners is going to affect product from Warner Archive. I'm trying not to allow the pessimist in me see it as a "last hurrah".
I remember Mr. Feltenstein's name back to the glory days of laserdisc box sets. I believe his last day is Feb 19th. I can't believe they are letting him go.
I've always preferred this version to the Universal, which I also own. Production values are bar none exceptional. And Ava Gardner is heartbreaking here. I think Grayson was a tad too old to reprise Magnolia, she did it first in Till The Clouds Roll By, and looked the part of the ingenue then. She's still in fine voice, but much too adult to be believed as the naive 'green' girl whose heart is captivated by the scandalous Gaylord. Otherwise, this Show Boat's a comin' to my home video on a day one purchase!!!! Can't wait.MGM's Show Boat (1951) is not only my favorite of the 3 versions, it's also my favorite movie musical period. I have the original cast album handed down from my mom with Ava Gardner doing her own vocals. It would be too terrific if we were able to choose between Ava's and Annette's singing, as Matt suggested. Either way, I'm placing my order today. Cheers~~
The '36 version was released by Criterion last MarchI wish they had put the 1936 version on there as a bonus. the 1936 is widely accepted as the best and most faithful of three screen versions of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical. As the DVD market shrinks, seems like putting "alternate" versions on the release would sweeten the pie.