Seven Brides for Seven Brothers SE (R2) in May
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Two-Disc Special Edition) for 16th May 2005. Directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain), and starring Jane Powell (Royal Wedding, Hit the Deck) and Howard Keel (Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was nominated for four Academy® Awards and won for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. This Western musical is distinguished by a soaring score by Saul Chaplin (Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story) and Gene de Paul (Alice in Wonderland) with lyrics by Johnny Mercer ("Moon River"), and brilliant, acrobatic dancing scenes choreographed by Michael Kidd (Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls).
Presented for the first time on R2 DVD in new anamorphic 16x9 format transfer, enhanced for widescreen and with new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has extras to please every mountain man or woman. Included is the newly remastered original CinemaScope (2.55:1) version as well as the rarely-seen alternate widescreen (1.77:1) version, director Stanley Donen's commentary, a newly updated cast & crew documentary, vintage featurettes and premiere newsreel, and a Donen musicals trailer gallery, all for £19.99 RRP.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is a landmark in motion picture history. It was a surprise smash at the box-office when it first opened in 1954, and its popularity has only grown in the ensuing years. The sparkling performances, clever screenplay, and ingenious choreography and direction of this film make it as fresh and vital today as it was 50 years ago. Warner Home Video is proud to add this enduring classic to our series of prestigious Two-Disc Special Editions.
Interestingly, two versions of the film exist, one in CinemaScope and the other in traditional widescreen, due to fact that in 1953 Cinemascope was brand new. MGM was concerned that if it was a fad they would have an unusable film in the long run, so for protection they shot the film twice. Two different takes of each shot with different staging was filmed which reflect the different frame size of traditional widescreen (which is less wide and more rectangular) and CinemaScope. By the time the film was released, CinemaScope had proven a huge success and the alternate version has rarely been seen, making this its home video premiere.
- Audio Commentary by Stanley Donen
- Trailer Gallery
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Rarely-seen 1.77:1 alternate Widescreen Version
- Updated and revised cast and crew documentary Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, hosted by Howard Keel and featuring new interviews with Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise
- Radio City Music Hall Premiere - July 22, 1954
- MGM's 30th Anniversary (1954 MGM Newsreel)
- MGM Jubilee Overture (1954 MGM "30th Anniversary" Theatrical Short Subject shot in CinemaScope and Technicolor, featuring the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, playing a medley of eleven well-known songs used in some of the studio's best-known musicals. Presented in a new 16x9 2.55 anamorphic transfer with 5.1 digital audio)