WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

My Fair Lady

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfred Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 897385
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 172
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1964
(LD Release Date): 12/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): George Cukor
(Screenplay/Written By): Alan Jay Lerner
(Story): NA
(Music): Frederick Loewe
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Cecil Beaton
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Cecil Beaton
(Editor): William Ziegler
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jack L. Warner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super Panavision 70
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.22:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Legendary for its costumes and Academy Award®-winning music, My Fair Lady features Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a scruffy flower girl who is transformed into a well-spoken, gentile and stunning “duchess” with the idea of fooling Britain’s upper-crust by the pushy, yet charming Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is “loverly” and is from the same THX®-supervised transfer as the Collector’s Edition. The aspect ratio is 2.21:1 and reveals virtually the entire 65mm restoration negative element. This release is yet another collector’s edition where, by George, they got it right!

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
My Fair Lady was re-released in 1994 in 35mm Panavision® scope with some prints in DTS® Digital and others in Dolby Digital Digital®, and in limited Super Panavision 70 release with analog six-track Dolby Stereo and one special 70mm presentation in six-track DTS Digital shown in Los Angeles. The soundtrack on this disc has been encoded in the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel format (and in the PCM matrix format) from the restored Dolby A six-track restoration mag of the 70mm mix and does not have the dramatic directionalized quality that it had during the original first-run engagements back in 1964 (the original six-track music and effects as well as the composite dialogue, music and effects were lost or destroyed). What makes this release especially collectable is that Audrey Hepburn’s vocals for “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” are heard rather than the original Marni Nixon tracks. FoxVideo has recalled the discs and will soon reissue the corrected disc. So if you purchase a copy be sure to check to see if you have Hepburn’s vocals, if you do you have a rarity. The discrete mix is dramatically improved spatially with the music spread wider across the soundstage and the distinct separation in the surrounds as the horses come full circle around during the horse race at Ascot compared to the matrix version.
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