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Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection [DVD]

Gordon MacRae , Shirley Jones , Henry King , Walter Lang    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Dana Andrews
  • Directors: Henry King, Walter Lang, Fred Zinnemann, Joshua Logan, Robert Wise
  • Producers: Henry Ephron, William Perlberg, Arthur Hornblow Jr., Buddy Adler, Charles Brackett
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 795 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZKG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 6 Disc collection of your favourite Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, containing the following six classic films:

Carousel; The King and I; Oklahoma!; The Sound of Music; South Pacific; State Fair;

Carousel - Spectacular staging dots this widescreen deluxe Rodgers and Hammerstein musical as Gordon MacRae brings a blustery energy to the lead role of Billy Bigelow, a drifter and ne'er-do-well carnival 'barker'. The troubled soul finally settles down with a good woman (Shirley Jones) but then gets stabbed to death while committing a robbery. Many years later, an angel offers the roustabout the chance to return to earth for just one day to makes things right for his unhappy wife and the daughter he never had the chance to meet. Based on the French play "Lilion" by Ferene Molnar, Carousel ranks among the better Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, making it a classic by any standard. To boot, the film's tale of love between Bigelow and wife Julie rivals that of any other 1950s musical. Songs from the outstanding score include 'If I Loved You', 'June Is Busting Out All Over', and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

The King and I - In 1955 this lavish production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit "The King and I", starring Yul Brynner as the King of Siam and Deborah Kerr as the governess sent to look after his children, was the most expensive film ever mounted by 20th Century Fox. The 40 sets in ripe decors by Walter M Scott and Paul S Fox included a ballroom of black marble with jade and silk tapestries and a banqueting scene with a table that gives the impression of stretching to infinity. The costumes by Irene Sharaff, notably the hoop ballroom gown for Deborah Kerr and those for the ballet "The Small House of Uncle Thomas", dazzle the eye in their delineation of Western manners and Oriental splendour. Brynner remains impressive as the King but his pidgin dialogue, inherited from Hammerstein's book, with the dropping of the definite article takes some adjustment. Alfred Newman put his unique stamp on the music: the Overture offers an example of his luminous divided string sound, the climactic ballroom scene a full bodied orchestral reprise of "Shall We Dance?" as the camera pulls away to a high angle producing an exultant visual finish to this celebrated polka.

Oklahoma - The hit Broadway musical from the 1940s gets a lavish if not always exciting workout in this 1955 film version directed by old lion Fred Zinnemann (High Noon). Gordon MacRae brings his sterling voice to the role of cowboy Curly and Shirley Jones plays Laurie, the object of his affection. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "People Will Say We're in Love", and Agnes DeMille provides the buoyant choreography. Among the supporting cast, Gloria Grahame is memorable as Ado Annie, the "girl who cain't say no", and Rod Steiger overdoes it as the villainous Jud. --Tom Keogh

The Sound of Music - The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong.

South Pacific - The dazzling Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, brought to lush life by the director of the original stage version, Joshua Logan. Set on a remote island during the Second World War, South Pacific tracks two parallel romances: one between a Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) "as corny as Kansas in August" and a wealthy French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi), the other between a young American officer (John Kerr) and a native girl (France Nuyen). The theme of interracial love was still daring in 1958, and so was director Logan's decision to overlay emotional moments with tinted filters--a technique that misfires as often as it hits. The comic relief tends to fall flat and an overly spunky Mitzi Gaynor is a poor substitute for the stage original's Mary Martin. But the location scenery on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is gorgeous and the songs are among the finest in the American musical catalogue: "Some Enchanted Evening", "Younger than Springtime", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "This Nearly Was Mine". That's Juanita Hall as the sly native trader Bloody Mary, singing the haunting tune that launched a thousand tiki bars, "Bali H'ai". The movie is based on stories from James Michener's book "Tales from the South Pacific". --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

State Fair - Good old-fashioned hometown pride is on display in lavish Technicolor in this remake of the 1933 film, the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written directly for the silver screen. When the Frake family travels to the fair, Ma and Pa (Charles Winninger and Fay Bainter) enter contests while daughter Margy (Jeanne Crain) and son Wayne (Dick Haymes) both fall in love for the first time. State Fair is attractively photographed and energised by the vibrant performances of the talented lead actors and actresses, but the high point of the film is the colourful hoopla and hullabaloo of the fair itself, a bustling nexus of strange, wonderful, and hilarious characters brought to life by the fine supporting cast. Songs from the Academy Award-nominated score include 'It's a Grand Night for Singing', 'That's For Me', and the Oscar-winning 'It Might As Well Be Spring'.

Product Description

Box set containing six popular musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein. 'Carousel' (1956) tells the story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae), who is killed committing an armed robbery in order to provide for his baby girl. Years later Billy is allowed to return to Earth for his daughter's graduation. Songs included are 'If I Love You', 'Soliloquy', and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. In 'State Fair' (1945), every member of the Frake family is after a prize at the annual State Fair: father for his prize pig; mother for her pies in the pie contest; and for the son and daughter, true love. Rodgers and Hammerstein's score was written especially for the screen and features some of their biggest hits, including 'It Might As Well Be Spring' and 'It's a Grand Night for Singing'. In 'Oklahoma' (1955), farmhands Curly (MacRae) and Will (Gene Nelson) fall for local girls Ado (Gloria Grahame) and Laurey (Shirley Jones). The path to true love is thwarted, however, by nasty farmhand Jud Fry (Rod Steiger). Featuring classics such as 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' and 'People Will Say We're in Love'. In 'South Pacific' (1958) an American Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) stationed on a South Pacific Island falls in love with a middle-aged French planter (Rossano Brazzi), who goes on to become a war hero. Includes the songs: 'There is Nothing Like a Dame', 'Bali Ha'i', 'Happy Talk' and 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair'. In 'The King and I' (1956), when nineteenth century English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) is employed by the King of Siam (Yul Brynner) to educate his many children, she takes her son, Louis (Rex Thompson), along with her. Anna, a strong-willed woman, soon clashes with the king, who is used to having his every wish adhered to without question. However, Anna's refusal to bow to his will wins his respect and, eventually, his love. Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers include 'Hello Young Lovers' and 'Getting To Know You'. Finally, 'The Sound of Music' (1965) is set in Austria in the 1930s. Ex-nun Maria (Julie Andrews) becomes the governess for a family of seven children who live in the shadow of their domineering and repressed widower father (Christopher Plummer). She brings love, music and excitement into the children's lives and also eventually begins to have an effect on their father. But just when things are looking up, the rise of Nazism and the threat of the coming war darkens all their futures. Includes a host of memorable songs, such as 'Do-Re-Mi', 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain', and 'My Favourite Things'.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 9 Jan 2011
By jo0803
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Bought this as a Christmas present for my mum who's in her late 60's and remembers these films from first time round. She absolutely loved it and keeps saying how much she's enjoying them. Great value and definitely one of the best presents I've ever bought her! She has watched them all more then once and will watch again and they are perfect for cheering you up on those long miserable winter days. I have since purchased another boxset of musicals for her because these were such a hit and I intend to watch some of them too!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogers And Hammerstein Collection 12 Sep 2009
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6 wonderful films from the masters of on screen entertainment. South PAcific Charting two love stories set in the Pacific Islands in WWII one ill fated and one stormy Brilliant score with classic such as "Some Enchanted Evening". Carosel when can keep a dry eye when Billy Bigalow returns to see his daughter graduate to the strains of "You'll Never Walk Alone" other songs include June is bustin out all over. Oklahoma "where the wind comes burtin down the plane" a marvellous film with award winning score from the Masters. The King and I another clasic not to be missed. State fair possibly the least known and acclaimed in the collection but some classic film songs nevertheless. Who can not know The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews evergreen film set in the mountains aroung Salzburg.
This collection of DVD's is a must for all lovers of the very best musical films of the 20th Century thoughly watchable time after time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The glory of the Musical 21 Nov 2010
By Duncan
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The magic of the closed curtains, the crescendo, the lights down, the(somewhat) crackly soundtrack (in the early days). These DVD's will bring all the spendour of those days right into your living room without the crackle and in crystal clear sound and picture. Simple stories told enchantingly. Love, hardship, triumph. Sheer escapism. Familiar songs to sing along with, plots that one can understand. A beginning, a middle and end.
Lovely.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 May 2009
By HTScot
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Bought these as gift for my sister who loves musicals she was thrilled by the quality
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent collection 8 May 2009
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I bought this collection as a present for my Mother who is a fan of musicals. She is very impressed with it and has spent many nostalgic hours watching it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers & Hammerstein Musicals Collection 22 Feb 2012
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This collection represents fantastic value for anyone who enjoys the great musicals. Sound and visual quality are excellent. A great way to spend a Saturday evening at home!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection 3 July 2009
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Just what I need for a girlie weekend in the Autumn. Lots of laughs, a few tears and plenty of red wine !!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection 20 April 2009
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This is a great collection with on screen words for the whole film or just the songs to sing a long with. Well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great present
Bought this for my mum. She has watched these films almost constantly over past month. Now looking for more old classic films.
Published 1 day ago by L Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift buy
bought for elderly relative living some distance away and some discs not working - would noy buy again or recommend
Published 1 month ago by Cath Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Musicals
If you are a fan of old fashion movie musicals then this is for you, I bought this classic collection of the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein best loved musicals for my mum and she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RobboSJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogers and Hammerstein Greats
Excellent music, great story lines, brilliant Technicolor. Classic Musicals that all the family can watch together and enjoy. A great selection of movies.
Published 2 months ago by J. Bethell
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate collection
These are all the original films of these musicals. They have been very well reprocessed so that they come up like new. If you like these musicals this is the collection for you.
Published 2 months ago by John HOLLAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection (DVD)
I have seen all these films except one in the past and love the music. I have not actually seen all of this DVD set yet but I know I will enjoy them.
Published 7 months ago by Jenni
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory Lane
I have not watched any of these films yet but am looking forward to doing so quite soon. The darker nights coming in will be the right time for me.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs D Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars sing until your heart is content.
bought for 18th for someone who has to spend a lot of time recovering from illness.
Good selection as not all the well known ones , so only a couple of repeats on her... Read more
Published 8 months ago by superteddy
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane!
I love musicals and this collection features some of the best! Treat yourself to a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Published 8 months ago by C. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers and Hammerstein DVD Collection
All aspects of this purchase were 5star quality, the DVDs are excellent and are excellent value.MY grandchildren get great entertainment from them.
Published 9 months ago by Michael C Dowling
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