The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection

Composer Richard Rodgers and Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein were the most successful collaborators ever in the history of musicals – stage and film. Their work between 1943 and 1960 was brilliant and loved worldwide. They won an astounding 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, and 2 Grammy Awards over their careers. Meshing their talents for musical comedy (Rodgers) and opera (Hammerstein) they came up with a new genre called the musical play. Hired by 20th Century Fox in 1945 they made 6 successful films for the company. Their streak of successful films was ended only due to Hammerstein's death in 1960.

The Sound of Music: 40th Anniversary Edition:
Director: Robert Wise

Besides the beautiful music in this film there are great performances and beautiful cinematography. This version has been completely restored and digitally remastered. It became the most popular family film of all time and a winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Critics and audiences alike adored this Robert Wise (West Side Story, I Want to Live!) directed film, it became an international success and set all box offices records for the time.

Maria (Julie Andrews – The Princess Diaries, Victor/Victoria) is a young girl who is studying to become a nun. It becomes apparent to everyone that she is not suited for this life so she is sent by the Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood – A Star is Born – 1937) to be the governess for Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer – Syriana, A Beautiful Mind) and his seven children, Liesl (Charmian Carr – first film), Friedrich (Nicholas Hammond – Lord of the Flies – 1963, Stealth), Louisa (Heather Menzies – Hawaii), Kurt (Duane Chase – first film), Brigitta (Angela Cartwright – Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Lost in Space), Marta (Debbie Turner – North Dallas Forty), and Gretl (Kim Karath – appeared in episodes The Waltons and The Brady Bunch).

Special Features:
Disc One:
-All-new special anniversary introduction by Julie Andrews
-All-new sing-a-long Karaoke subtitles (English, Spanish and French)

Disc Two:
-All-new retrospective documentary: "My Favourite Things"
-"Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Reminiscence"
-"On Location With The Sound of Music"
-"From Liesl to Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion"
-"When You Know the Notes to Sing: A Sing-a-Long Phenomenon"
-"The Von Trapp Family: Harmony and Discord" as seen on Biography on the ATE network
-Mia Farrow screen test
-Restoration Comparison
-Photo galleries: Behind the scenes, storyboards, lobby cards, and posters
-Trailers and TV spots

Carousel: 50th Anniversary Edition:
Director: Henry King

Time magazine voted this as the best musical of the 20th century. It was also Richard Rodgers' favourite. No small potatoes that! The story is based on the play "Liliom" by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar. It was made into a movie twice with Henry King's (The Sun Also Rises, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing) being the better version. It is like no other musical and its message is quite uplifting.

Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae – Oklahoma!) works at a carnival and finds himself falling head over heels for a millworker, Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones – from television's The Partridge Family). Tragedy strikes and Billy dies. However he is given a second chance to return to Earth and make up for all the wrong he has done.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Exclusive isolated musical score
-Songs-only option
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)

Disc Two:
-Bonus film: 1934 classic Liliom
-"Turns on the Carousel" featurette
-Vintage stage excerpt: The "If I Loved You" extended sequence with original Broadway stars Jan Clayton and John Raitt
-Stills and audio from deleted numbers: "You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan" performed by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones. "Blow High, Blow Low" performed by Cameron Mitchell and chorus
-Fox Movietone News: Carousel opens at New York and Hollywood in Cinemascope 55
-Behind-the-scenes still photo gallery
-Original theatrical trailer

Oklahoma!: 50th Anniversary Edition:
Director: Fred Zinneman

It won 2 Academy Awards in 1955 for its sound and music. Incredible considering this was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. It was considered a revolutionary musical for its time. The play used dance to tell the story and let the viewer in on what the characters were feeling and thinking.

A young farm girl, Laurey Williams (Shirley Jones), has two suitors and does not know who to choose. There is the good guy Curly (Gordon MacRae) and hired hand, Jud (Rod Steiger – The Amityville Horror – 1979, In the Heat of the Night) who are interested in her. When Laurey finally makes up her mind about Curly Jud does not give up so easily.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Cinemascope version of Oklahoma!
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)
-Theatrical teaser

Disc Two:
-Todd-AO version of Oklahoma!
-Cinemascope vs. Todd-AO featurette
-"The March of Todd-AO" featurette
-"The Miracle of Todd-AO" featurette
-Vintage stage excerpts from a 1954 television tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)
-Photo galleries: Behind the scenes, lobby cards and posters
-Theatrical teaser and trailer

State Fair: 60th Anniversary Edition:
Directors: Jose Ferrer and Walter Lang

This musical was so good they made it twice and with the anniversary edition you get them both. One version directed by Walter Lang (The King and I, There's No Business Like Show Business) was done in 1945 and one directed by Jose Ferrer (Return to Peyton Place) was in 1962. The original won an Oscar for Best Original Song for "It Might As Well Be Spring".

With this film we go on a series of adventures with an Iowa family as they attend the state fair. The remake takes place in Texas.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-1945 movie version of State Fair
-"From Page to Screen to Stage" featurette
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)
-Still galleries: set design and wardrobe, behind-the-scenes photos, lobby cards and posters
-Theatrical trailer

Disc Two:
-1962 movie version of State Fair
-Vintage stage excerpt from a 1954 television tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
-Rare "State Fair" television pilot
-Theatrical trailer

South Pacific: Collector's Edition
Director: Joshua Logan

Nominated for two Oscars and winning one for sound, South Pacific's music really got into the public's hearts. "Some Enchanted Evening" is one of the classic songs from this musical. It is a long film, but a beautiful one to look at and listen to.

A young American nurse, Nellie Forbrush (Mitzi Gaynor – We're Not Married!, My Blue Heaven), meets a mysterious but handsome French planter, Emile De Becque (Rossano Brazzi – The Final Conflict, The Italian Job – 1969) on a South Pacific island during World War II. In an effort to get away from the war that is happening around them they spend time with each other. Romance begins to bloom.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Songs-only option
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)

Disc Two:
-Extended "Road Show" version of South Pacific
-"Making of South Pacific" featurette
-Diane Sawyer takes James Michener back to the island where his tales of the South Pacific were born
-Vintage stage excerpts "Some Enchanted Evening" and "A Wonderful Guy" performed by original Broadway stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
Fox Movietone News: South Pacific on the screen – a perfect hit, State Department confers high honor on South Pacific
-Mitzi Gaynor screen test
-Original theatrical trailer

The King and I: 50th Anniversary Edition:
Director: Walter Lang

Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, a British widow who traveled to Bangkok in the 1860s to work as a governess to the many children of the King of Siam, The King and I won 5 Academy Awards. It was such a memorable film and role that Yul Brynner became identified with it for the rest of his life.

Anna (Deborah Kerr – An Affair to Remember, From Here to Eternity) comes to Bangkok to teach all the children of the King of Siam (Yul Brynner – The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments). After a period of adjustment for the two, they begin to have much mutual respect for one another. The two stubborn characters stop trying to change one another and begin to truly understand each other.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Exclusive isolated musical score
-Songs-only option
-Sing-a-long karaoke subtitles (English)

Disc Two:
-Anna and the King TV pilot with commentary by actress Samantha Eggar
-"Something Wonderful: the Story of The King and I" featurette
-"The King of Broadway" featurette
-"The King of the Big Screen" featurette
-"The King and I Stage Version" featurette
-"The King and I The Royal Archives" featurette
-"Restoring Cinemascope 55" featurette
-Vintage stage excerpts: songs "Getting to Know You" and "A Puzzlement" performed by Broadway stars Patricia Morison and Yul Brynner
-Stills and audio from deleted number: "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" performed by Deborah Kerr and Marni Nixon
-Fox Movietone News including charity premiere and Yul Brynner Oscar clip

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