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At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against verbal class distinction, Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. It's almost irresistable, clucks Higgins. She's so deliciously low. So horribly dirty. He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza's dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn't bankable; Hepburn's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Andrews instead made Mary Poppins, for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar, beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Wilfrid Hyde White, Audrey Hepburn
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Product Details

  • Feature universal
Runtime 2 hours 43 minutes
Starring Wilfrid Hyde White, Audrey Hepburn, Theodore Bikel, Isobel Elsom, Jeremy Brett, Mona Washbourne, Gladys Cooper, Rex Harrison, Henry Daniell, Stanley Holloway
Director George Cukor
Genres Drama
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, French
Subtitles Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, German, Dutch, French, Bulgarian, English
Hearing impaired subtitles Italian, English

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129 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 21 April 2004
Format: DVD
If you're considering buying this DVD, the chances are that you are already familiar with this fabulous film and don't need a synopsis. However, for those who aren't: This Lerner & Loewe musical is based on Shaw's Pygmalion and is the story of Eliza, a common flower girl, who, wanting more out of life, enlists the services of a professor of phonetics to train her to talk like a lady. Professor Higgins takes up the challenge, planning to pass her off as a duchess at an embassy ball. But the results are not as either anticipates ...
Now for the important bit: As I said, you're probably already familiar with the film, having seen it on countless bank holiday TV broadcasts. So, why buy the DVD? The answer is simple: Firstly, it has been restored to full-colour wide-screen splendour ... and the difference compared to standard terrestrial broadcast is significant. If you have an interest in set/stage design, the full view of the marvellous interiors is breath-taking; Higgins' library, Mrs Higgins' stunning white Macintosh-style conservatory and breakfast room, and if costumes are your passion, the Cecil Beaton dresses in the ascot scene are dazzling. All need to be seen in full restored wide-screen splendour to be fully appreciated.
Secondly, the extras make this DVD well worth having. The documentary is slightly dated, but well worth seeing; the commentaries are a little dry but interesting enough; but the rare opportunity to see Audrey Hepburn singing her own songs makes this DVD a must-have. It's common knowledge that Audrey Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon, but if you've ever wondered why, this DVD allows you to judge for yourself whether the decision was right or not. Although some vocal weaknesses are evident, her lively rendition of 'Wouldn't it be Loverly' is delightful ... and I'm personally glad that these recordings have not been lost, but are available for all to enjoy.
Buy this DVD now and sing along to your heart's content!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By nickn5 on 17 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD sat on my shelf a long time waiting to be watched - I never had the inclination to sit through 165 minutes (2 hours 45 mins!) of a musical I had seen rather too often at Christmas when younger. Well, I eventually did, and am I glad I did! The careful restoration of the original Panavision 70mm film has paid dividends in the quality of what you see on screen - a lavish, colourful, stunning musical which bears very little resemblance (thankfully) to the grainy faded TV screening I remember from years ago.

The sound quality is also fantastic (the .1 of the 5.1 Digital even gets used once), and for those who wish, you can even listen in the 'Extras' to Audrey Hepburn singing two of the numbers herself, rather than the dubbed voice used in the film proper.

A 55 minute documentary on the making of My Fair Lady (and the painstaking restoration of the nearly-lost-for-ever film) makes for interesting viewing.

All in all, well worth every minute spent watching, and certainly deserving of a place on the DVD shelf.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RCS Young on 31 May 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Let's face it you're buying this film because you have already seen it and like so many others you love it to bits.
The reason to specifically buy this version of the film are entirely based around the extras. Audrey Hepburn's vocal track and the documentary of the making of My Fair Lady (fronted by Jeremy Brett who played Freddy) are the highlights for me. For those with the home TV equipment to allow them to view it properly the restored picture and sound are a delight.
For those that aren't interested in what went in to making this film, save some money and get the basic version for £6-7.00. But for me this is more than worth the extra money.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jus on 19 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
I was always slightly suspicious of people who enjoyed musicals.
My ambivalence, however, was thrown off within minutes - "Oh wouldn't it be luvverly?" - the story's glorious opener that hurls you into the funny-ridiculous world inhabited by chimney sweeps, costermongers and gents in top hat and tails, prancing around Covent Garden. Thereafter, a medley of toe-tapping classics are infused into the story. This may explain why many people at work are now no longer talking to me, having upset them with incessant humming...
Rex Harrison is excellent playing the domineering (if not rancorous) Professor Higgins whose will and blinding ego drive him to turn a street urchin into a lady using elocution as the key hallmark of social climbing. Audrey Hepburn glows as Eliza. Forever will she remain the benchmark for beauty and grace. Here she gives a wonderful performance and, though most of her singing scenes have been dubbed, commands her time on scene using her stature and honey voice.
A film you should watch if you need a change of pace and atmosphere to contemporary pictures.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Snail on 12 April 2007
Format: DVD
My sister and myself are studying George Bernard Shaw's superb play Pygmalion for our upcoming English Literature exam and are both enjoying it. We thought we would watch My Fair Lady just out of interest and to see how the play does.The film does not do justice to Shaws view on womens rights, education and class differences but it is not ment to. It does however do justice to Shaws witty dialogue and excellent characters. Audrey Hepburn is superb as Eliza Doolittle, and so is Rex Harrison as the short tempered Henry Higgins(in spite of his awful singing but that also does justice to his character as Higgins is an unfeeling person).Great performances from Stanley Holloway, Wilfred Hyde-White, Jeremy Brett and Gladys Cooper who play their roles well. The songs also do justice to Shaw. Eliza singing Wouldnt It Be Luverly? reflects the ambition she feels, Alfred singing With A Little Bit O Luck shows his carefree amoral nature and Higgins singing I`m Just an Ordinary Man shows his cold nature all of which are evident in the play. The rest of the songs are also brilliant so are the costumes and sets.

This is not a fully accurate adaptation of the play but it is not meant to be; its just a fun, entertaining film.

Favourite songs are Wouldn't It Be Luverly, On The Street Where You Live and Get Me To The Church on Time.
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