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3 Rodgers & Hammerstein Special Editions (R1) in November

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of three Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals which are being given the special edition treatment. Arriving on 7th November 2006 priced at $26.98 SRP each are Carousel 50th Anniversary Edition, The King and I 50th Anniversary Edition and South Pacific Collector’s Edition, all two-disc special editions which appear to mimic the versions released here in the UK earlier this year. Features are detailed below…

Carousel (50th Anniversary Edition) - Gordon MacRae is Billy Bigelow, a smooth-talking carnie barker who falls in love with a mill worker (Shirley Jones) on the colourful coast of Maine. Filmed on location, with a beautiful seaside setting as a backdrop and a thrilling score for accompaniment, their romance unfolds. But right before the birth of his daughter, Billy is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven, years later, he returns to earth for one day to attend his daughter's high school graduation and teach her one very important lesson.

Disc 1: Main Feature

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French & Spanish Mono
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary by Shirley Jones & Nick Redmond
  • Isolated Score
  • Sing-A-Long Subtitles

Disc 2: Extra Features
  • Liliom (1934 French feature film of the story that was the basis for Carousel) P/S
  • Turns On The Carousel - Featurette
  • Vintage Stage Excerpts - "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" & "If I Loved You" Performed by Jan Clayton & John Raitt
  • Additional Songs:
    • "You're A Queer One Julie Jordan" performed by Barbara Ruick & Shirley Jones
    • "Blow High, Blow Low" performed by Cameron Michael & Chorus
  • Movietone News: "Carousel Opens at NY and Hollywood in Cinemascope 55"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries

The King and I (50th Anniversary Edition) - This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award® winning performance, an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein® score, and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins. It tells the true story of an Englishwoman, Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), who comes to Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860's. Though she soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Brynner), over time, Anna and the King stop trying to change each other and begin to understand one another.

Disc 1: Main Feature
  • 2.55:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French & Spanish Mono
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary by Richard Barrios and Michael Portantiere
  • Isolated Score

Disc 2: Extra Features
  • Anna and the King TV pilot with optional commentary by Samantha Egger
  • Something Wonderful: The Story of The King And I:
    • The Kings of Broadway
    • The King and I Stage Version
    • The King of the Big Screen
    • A Royal Production
    • Restoring Cinescope 55
  • Vintage Stage Excerpts: Getting To Know You & A Puzzlement performed by Patricia Morison and Yul Brynner
  • Additional Song: Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You performed by Anna
  • Movietone News:
    • Charity Premieres of The King And I Musical Milestone
    • Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner Oscar Winners
    • Australians from Yul Brynner Club

South Pacific (Collector’s Edition) - Rodgers and Hammerstein's Academy Award -winning "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece and the tender love story of a naïve young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French Plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) on a U.S. occupied South Sea island. The breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written: "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime" and more. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, South Pacific ranks among the most celebrated of Rodgers and Hammerstein's acclaimed musicals.

Disc 1: Main Feature
  • Original Theatrical Release
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French & Spanish Mono
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary by Ted Chapin and Gerard Alessandrini
  • English Sing-a-long Subtitles

Disc 2: Extra Features
  • Road Show Version of the film with optional commentary by Richard Barrios (Widescreen)
  • Making of South Pacific
  • 60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific
  • Vintage Stage Excerpt: "I'm Going To Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "Finale", "Some Enchanted Evening" &"A Wonderful Guy" performed by Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
  • "South Pacific" On The Screen - A Perfect Hit
  • State Department Confers High Honor on "South Pacific"
  • Screen Test: Mitzy Gaynor
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

There will also be a 12-disc Rodgers & Hammerstein Box Set Collection priced at $99.98 SRP which includes the three double-disc editions above alongside the double-disc special editions of The Sound of Music, State Fair and Oklahoma.

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