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

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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This three disc set offers both HD Transfer and SD transfers on Blu Ray and DVD respectively, as well as loads of other extras.
As stated in other reviews the Blu Ray Disc is region free, the DVD's are Region 1 so will only play on a multi region player.
The transfers are excellent in both sound and vision, Just as I remember seeing the film in the 1960’s with the wonderful surround sound which was such a thrill back then, now to be able to have the same surround sound an HD picture at home gives me untold pleasures.
Fox have been able to go back to the original negatives and create a new cinemascope 24fps print. The colours of the Blu-Ray are as sharp and vibrant as the day the film was made
This set is a real must have for any fan of Hollywood musicals.
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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As has been written the transfer to Blu-ray is very mixed in terms of picture and sound quality. Hopefully a better transfer will be released by 20th Century Fox in the future. This copy does not have an Intermission or intermission music. I already have an earlier release with Overture, Intermision and Exit Music. I had been optimistic that a Blu-ray release would surpass that. It is not so. Sadly I have had to return my copy as there were many bad sectors on the disc causing bad pixelation, freezing and loss of sound.
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By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2014
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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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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
In 'South Pacific', set during World War 2, an American nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) is stationed on a South Pacific island. She falls in love with a widowed plantation owner (the gorgeous Rossano Brazzi) but when she finds that he has mixed race children, her inbred prejudices get in the way. At the same time, a U.S. lieutenant falls deeply in love with a beautiful Tonkinese woman, but he fears that, should he marry her, she will not be acceptable to his family and friends.Amidst the beauty and charm of the island and its people and the stunning energy of the film's music and dance, racial prejudice is a serious theme. The lieutenant sings "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" as he considers the consequences of marrying his sweetheart. The film applauds Mitzi Gaynor's character as she overcomes her reservations and learns to accept and love her fiancé's beautiful children. The film is loosely based on James A Michener's book, 'Tales of the South Pacific.' It won a number of awards at the time and is still as absorbing, entertaining and touching as ever.
Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, who went to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut, 'The King and I' is equally wonderful. It shows the clash between old ways and new as the king tries to modernise his country while still retaining his own prejudices and status. The love between Anna and the king is never stated and yet very obvious, thogh of course it can never come to anything because the king already has a number of wives and many children. Yul Brynner was not first choice for playing the part of the king; Rex Harrison was. Thank goodness he wasn't available! It would have been a very different film if he had. Brynner was a Russian-American; he looked exotic and dangerous and, though his part was originally meant as a supporting role, he dominated the film and made it what it is. The Asian-flavoured music and the charm of the exotic setting are just marvellous! An unforgettable movie.
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