- Format: VHS
- Language: French
- Classification: U
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000065NOY
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My Fair Lady [VHS] 
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Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," George Cukor (The Women, The Philadelphia Story), transformed Audrey Hepburn into street-urchin-turned-proper-lady Eliza Doolittle in this film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady stars Rex Harrison as linguist Henry Higgins (Harrison also played the role, opposite Julie Andrews, on stage), who draws Eliza into a social experiment that works almost too well.
Star wattage keeps this film exciting, that and such great songs as "On the Street Where You Live" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Actor Jeremy Brett, who gained a huge following later in life portraying Sherlock Holmes, is quite electric as Eliza's determined suitor. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
|Length: 2:57 Mins|
On plasma screen I could barely see the difference between the new blu ray and the new dvd. But on 120” projection the difference is clear: pin sharp blu ray. Perfect. There are black bars top and bottom but they look thinner than normal: full original picture. I paid total £21.03 from All Your Music and it took ten days to arrive once Dispatched.
My Fair Lady is one of my three favourite musicals. Movies that are re-watched over and over. Joined by Cabaret and Oliver! they all engage the brain, have a lot to say and are the very epitome of twentieth century entertainment. You leave whistling at the darkness of life. Fifty years ago was a different world. Do we still share the same hopes and dreams?
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Who are the cads who awarded this DVD less than 5 stars? They should be horsewhipped!
Lerner & Loewe’s songs have never left my memory; I’d just started work, nearly 60 years... Read more
It was great! Fashion and hats etc was the main reason for buying it as well as my mother wishing to have a look at this wonderful film.Published 29 days ago by Hurst E
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