My Fair Lady (Blu-ray)
The loverliest motion picture of them all!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 26, 2019
- Originally Released: 2019
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region A
- Note: More Loverly than ever: the making of My Fair Lady then & now
- 1963 production kick-off dinner
- Los Angeles and British premieres
- George Cukor directs Baroness Bina Rothschild
- Production tests
- Rex Harrison BFI honor
- Rex Harrison Golden Globe acceptance speech
- Academy Awards Ceremony highlights 4/5/65
- 3 theatrical featurettes
- Alternate Audrey Hepburn vocals
- Cecil Beaton sketches
- Behind-the-scenes photos
- Comments on a Lady
- Rex Harrison radio interview
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison|
|Performer:||Wilfrid Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Gladys Cooper, Henry Daniell, Isobel Elsom & Mona Washbourne|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Composition by||Frederick Loewe|
|Lyricist:||Alan Jay Lerner|
|Art Direction by||Gene Allen|
|Story by||George Bernard Shaw|
|Produced by||Jack L. Warner|
|Director of Photography:||Harry Stradling Sr.|
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Actor: Rex Harrison
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: André Previn
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Cinematography: Harry Stradling
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Director: George Cukor
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1964 - Best Sound
There are other good things to be said about the picture, but it fails in the one really crucial area. A musical that doesn't communicate physical joy is as pointless, it seems to me, as a tragedy that fails to communicate sadness. Full Review
Rating: A -- George Cukor does a fine job directing the film with an ease and flow and an incredible attention to detail. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- It's such a classic story that stiffness in the staging and direction really doesn't matter. Rex Harrison's booming star power and Audrey Hepburn's adorable face propel things along well next to the fantastic score. Full Review
...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold...
Perhaps any musical loses its charm, its wit, its very shape when it is enormously enlarged on the screen, but I can't believe it couldn't be managed better than this. Full Review
If this particular Eliza has so much feeling that the prettiness almost overbalances, well, that I think is a bonus. Full Review
Eliza Doolittle's transformation from flower girl to princess in MY FAIR LADY is, of course, one of the great moments of musical theater...
New York Times
A priceless classic, MY FAIR LADY has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play PYGMALION, the film swept the Academy Awards. Cecil Beaton's lavish sets and costumes and Lerner and Loewe's winning score became the background for George Cukor's striking mix of styles that ranged from the fantastic to the abstract in his telling of the tale of a waif who's educated into being a lady. Egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins (Oscar-winning Rex Harrison) bets his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), that he can transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) in time for an important society ball. His gamble could pay off--but the spirited Eliza is more of a handful than the Professor could have predicted. As she slowly becomes more refined, and less reliant upon him, Higgins realizes, to his confusion, that he can't live without her. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture and Director.
An insufferably arrogant linguist, Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), bets a colleague that he can transform a flower-selling Cockney guttersnipe into a regal lady. His quarry, the irrepressible Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), accepts his offer for diction lessons in good faith, hoping to improve her station with a career as a shopgirl. This quintessential musical, scored by Lerner and Loewe, was based on the 1913 play PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw, and virtually swept the Academy Awards, winning, among others, Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Harrison).
Classic | Romance | Rags To Riches | Recommended | Period Piece | Gentry | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: October 21, 1964.
- Filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios.
- One of the most expensive musicals ever, the estimated budget was $17 million.
- Jack Warner reportedly paid $5.5 million to the Shaw estate for the rights to the musical; additionally, the owners of the stage property were to receive 47.5% of all proceeds after the first $20 million.
- The Broadway musical MY FAIR LADY was staged by Moss Hart, produced by Herman Levin, and starred Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway.
- Warner didn't want to cast Julie Andrews in the film because she wasn't known enough in the U.S. at the time.
- Vincente Minelli was the studio's first choice for director.
- MY FAIR LADY was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics and one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review.
- Marni Nixon, who dubbed Audrey Hepburn's singing voice, had previously dubbed Natalie Wood's singing voice in WEST SIDE STORY and Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Many speculated that Hepburn was passed over for an Academy Award nomination because she did not do her own singing.
- The voice for Jeremy Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill, was supplied by Bill Shirley.
- Dr. Peter Ladefoged from UCLA served as phonetics advisor.
- Actor Wilfrid Hyde-White served as "Ascot" advisor.
- Cecil Beaton's screen credit reads Costumes, Scenery, and Production Designer, which in actuality referred to his work for the stage version of MY FAIR LADY. For the film, he was responsible for Costumes, Makeup and Hair.
- George Bernard Shaw's straight play PYGMALION was adapted for the screen in 1938, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.
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