The King And I 1956

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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'.

Starring:
Deborah Kerr, Martin Benson
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Deborah Kerr, Martin Benson, Alan Mowbray, Rita Moreno, Yul Brynner
Director Walter Lang
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 February 2004
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Finnish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is, and probably always will be my favourite musical. It is the first musical I saw live on stage, and one of the first movie musicals I saw. I have watched it endless times, Deborah Kerr is excellent as Anna, I can only imagine how she suffered in those costumes under those studio lights. Marni Nixon does all of Miss Kerr's songs, even if you watch carefully you would never know. Yul Brynner's prescence is magnetic as King Mongkut of Siam, and Terri Saunders makes a great Lady Thiang. Carlos Riviera and Rita Moreno turn in fine performances as the starstruck but doomed lovers. One regret is that a couple of songs have been cut from the movie. The one especially missed is the wonderfully clever Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You? This song however features on the movie soundtrack, along with My Lord And Master. Rodgers & Hammerstein's songs are "Something Wonderful" and very hummable! The songs are instantly recognisable - a great family classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Standing on 8 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
At first it was interesting to find out that the blu-ray disc in this set of three was Region Free, however to just show how rediculous this Regional Coding is: The DVD version (disc 2) was coded Region "A", as was the extras on (disc 3). As for the "Extras"; I am sure they could have been added on to the DVD version!
The movie is always very watchable and the tunes memorable.
The picture quality of this HD platter is mixed. Some instances, particularly close ups are very clear and well defined. Some distant shots appear not so. The colour is not always consistant, it sometime looks a little muddy, sometimes there is a blue cast. The colours on the DVD in comparison are brighter and more natural.
The DTS soundstage was excellent on the blu-ray disc, however I preferred the Dolby Digital sound of the DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
It is the early 1800's and King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner) realizes that a good education is necessary to survive and also paramount for the survival of Siam. So he sends off for a teacher for his many offspring.
His choice a widow Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) and her son Louis Leonowens (Rex Thompson).
King Mongkut does not keep a promise of a separate living quarter for Anna and her son. He also is smug and overbearing. This will lead to several things he did not plan on including a Siam's play version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" With little Lisa on the ice flows.
Mean while The King's son Prince Chulalongkorn (Patrick Adiarte) seems to be more amenable to leaning the ways of the western world.
Can the king save Siam from the imperialists?
Will Anna be a help?
There was an earlier film version of this story "Anna and the King of Siam" with Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison which has a different feel. The other film does not have the advantage of talent music of Rodgers & Hammerstein.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The new Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection, blu ray transfers are a mixed bag. "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma" are outstanding but "The King and "I is a disappointment. The colour ranges from excellent to far too many sequences unfortunately dominated by browns and blues. These become a real distraction as the variations occur between takes - let alone scenes. This is presumably related to age deterioration.To be fair the 2.55:1 aspect ratio is preserved and some scenes look terrific but unfortunately not all of them
The sound however is excellent and makes up for a limited extent on the problems with the image. And yes - it will play on UK players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Boxall on 15 April 2009
Format: DVD
Yes, it's dated - the format with its overture and intermission, some of the hairstyles and acting style; but Yul Brynner's magnetism still catches the breath, the songs are delightful and the story holds the interest right through. The children are captivating and I loved the touches of humour and pathos. After all this time still a wonderful film and well worth sharing with the next generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. Hopkins on 12 April 2009
Format: DVD
Excellent film, far removed from actual story but very entertsining with aweet children. No wonder Anna's heart was moved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ted mabel on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
There can not be many people out there who have not at some point seen this film, but just in case there are a few who have somehow managed to miss this film, you really do need to see it. The songs are fantastic, its looks beautiful and the ending makes me cry every time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2012
Format: DVD
Based upon a novel rather than historical fact, it provides an insight into mid-19th Century Siam (Thailand). Despite its fictional origins, the basic story is a true one.

The Far-East was very little-known to Europeans at the time. India was about as far as most would venture although Hong Kong and Shanghai were popular trading ports and locations for many Consulates. Anywhere between India and the Western Pacific was mostly unknown territory. For an Englishwoman and widow to venture to Siam with a young son in tow was especially adventurous and with potentially unknown dangers. Although the King was credited with bringing Siam into the modern age, it was to Mrs Owens that he owed much of the credit.

Anna Owens was rather a formidable woman, not the more glamorous image as portrayed by Deborah Kerr. Either Margaret Rutherford, Martita Hunt or Rosalind Russell would probably have been closer fits with Rutherford the nearest for stature.

A good job done by all, not least Yul Brynner who was not an experienced singer. Kerr famously did not personally ever sing.
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