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  • Actors: Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall
  • Directors: Joshua Logan
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00428MXMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

When a young American nurse from Little Rock (Mitzi Gaynor) meets the handsome and mysterious French planter (Rossano Brazzi) on a South Pacific island during World War II, they find refuge from the battles around them as their romance blooms, in this finely crafted, Oscar®-Winning musical.

Special Features
• Commentary By Richard Barrios
• Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating an American Dream
• Making Of South Pacific
• Screen Test: Mitzy Gaynor
• Theatrical Trailer
• 60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific
• Vintage Stage Excerpts
• Movietone News Segments: South Pacific On Screen - A Perfect Hit
• Movietone News Segments: State Department Confers High Honor "South Pacific"

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Rego on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
At last this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical is available

in a 2 disc special edition.

This is a vast improvement over the rather savagely cut versions that have been available previously.

My only gripe is the fact the wonderful stills that were shown on the old DVD whilst the overture and intermission music were played are missing on this new DVD version.

That said, it is a small sacrifice as both sound and picture have been beautifuly restored.

Also included on disc 2 is the full roadshow version of the film, but this does only have a stereo sound track rather than the 5.1 on the cinema version on disc 1.

Packed full of extras this set is realy a "must have" for any Rodgers & Hammerstein Fan, and whilst we cant have the Tod-Ao HD on DVD Yet, We can get the wonderful surround sound that made this film so special for me when I first went to see it in London's west end, in the late 1950's
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. G. Smithson on 20 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This disc works in UK and is a dramatic improvement on the old DVD version. This is a must have disc for all R&H junkies.I even like the colour toned scenes now, which must mean something.Sound quality is as good as the picture by the way.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. Cowley on 22 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
At last this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical is to be available in a 2 disc special edition set!!! which should be a vast improvement over the rather savagely cut 'short' version that we have been used to.
Ted Chapin, who is president of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation, should give some interesting insights into the making of this classic musical, based on 1949 Broadway Production, with Ezio Pinza & Mary Martin, which is brilliantly photographed in TOOD-AO and Technicolor, and its oscar winning sound.
It contains one of the best scores that Rodgers & Hammerstein ever wrote : 'A Cockeyed Optimist', 'Twin Solioquies' 'Some Enchanted Evening', 'Bloody Mary', There Is Nothin' Like A Dame', 'Bali Ha'i', 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair', 'A Wonderful Guy', 'Younger Than Springtime', 'Happy Talk', 'Honey Bun', 'Carefully Taught', and 'This Nearly Was Mine'. It also features the song 'My Girl Back Home', which was cut from the original stage production because of timing issues, and which director Joshua Logan wanted to re-instate into the film because he and Rodgers & Hammerstein liked it so much.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Neville Beddoe on 21 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I remember as a teenager seeing South Pacific screened in Todd-AO (70mm film) at the Dominion in London. and I wondered what justice my High-def projector, thrown on to a home 12ft diagonal screen, would do for my nostalgic memories of it.

Already in possession of a standard DVD copy which I thought quite good, I was a bit nervous about ordering an American Bluray version, as I was not sure if it would be playable on a UK Play Station 3. Well it arrived yesterday and I tried it out immediately.

And wow, the presentation brought tears to my eyes. As I watch from a relatively close distance (about 5 metres) the super size projected BluRay image, brings back the original memories of TODD-AO with very sharp images, outstanding sound and vibrant colour. However one scene is not quite up to scratch, particularly the Bloody Mary rendition of Bali-Hai. (The original film used colour filters and blurring of the edges, for setting some of the songs, because, as I once read, it was felt that the huge TODD-AO screen would reduce audience emotional participation).

Nevertheless apart from one scene, most of the rest of the film compensates, and I can honestly say, I have never seen such superb clarity on screen, which feels a bit like Imax in my living room. Yes it is better than standard cinema. Thank you 20th Century Fox for the wonderful film transfer; I look forward to similar treatment of other musicals like The Sound of Music, King and I, and West Side Story.

I have also ordered copies of the American Bluray versions of An American in Paris and Gigi, and I just cant wait for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James the Cinema Man on 12 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Like so many others here, I saw "South Pacific" when it opened in 1958 in 70 mm. "roadshow" engagements including the Dominion Theatre in London where it ran continuously for a staggering four and a half years and created a record which remains to this day. The Dominion was an 1,800+ seater and not even "The Sound of Music" came close at the same venue some years later. Once released to more ordinary cinemas in CinemaScope - often with specially installed stereophonic sound systems, the film knew no bounds and records fell here, there and everywhere. It has returned to cinemas many times (including the Dominion and Astoria in London). Distribution and exhibition patterns have changed dramatically since then and given the generally smaller cinemas of today and the speed at which films become available for home viewing, the film's record run will never be broken which is fitting as the creative and technical elements of "South Pacific" culminate in what must be the zenith of location-shot film musicals.
I don't like all film musicals by any means but this one is, for me, definitive and casts a very long shadow. For the film to have been painstakingly restored AND painstakingly transferred to Blu-ray is richly deserved. The high quality of the 70 mm. stock used to shoot the film provided a negative on which the restorers worked miracles.
I project Blu-ray discs and to have a perfect-ratio, ten foot wide, gorgeously crisp and beautifully coloured image on the screen with terrific sound has given me a chunk of cinema entertainment at its ultimate best. Oh and the colour filters...well, a hot topic from day one when Leon Shamroy decided to use them for the more romantic sequences and Joshua Logan wasn't convinced - even Rodgers and Hammerstein held opposing views!
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