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Mainstream - Fiddler on the Roof Blu-ray and DVD 40th Anniversary

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Fiddler on the Roof Blu-ray and DVD
Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey
Originally released 1971
MGM 2011 181 minutes

Fiddler on the Roof Blu-ray starts the way movies should start: with the movie. No warnings, trailers, etc etc etc, no selection options and so on. If you want to choose something for this Blu-ray that's why there's a remote. Fiddler on the Roof won Academy Awards for Cinematography, Sound, and Music. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, it is very hard to resist this one.

Set in pre-revolutionary Russian, Fiddler on the Roof is the story of a Jewish man with five daughters, three of marrying age who lives in the small village of Anatevka and under the threat of a pogrom. The first song in this musical Blu-ray is Tradition and tradition is what the movie is about. Each successive daughter s match breaks even more with tradition.

Though it has a serious story line, this is a Jewish humor musical. It is also a little offbeat in that Jewison has Tevye (Topol) constantly break the fourth wall, uses a freeze frame for one scene, a dream sequence, and so on. Also, some of the songs are used as soundtrack only.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD feature the film in 2:35:1 Widescreen (the one with the black bars). There is a marked difference in the color quality between the two media. The Blu-ray has more natural colors in line with Jewison s commentary track while the DVD version shows the film as if the brightness setting was pushed to the max.

The Dolby 5.1 sound sometimes leans a little too much to the left.

Special features on Fiddler on the Roof Blu-ray are Commentary by Jewison and Topol; Norman Jewison Filmmakerr;Songs of Fiddler on the Roof; Deleted Song: Any Day Now; Tevye's Daughters where Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh and Neva Small talk about being cast and working on the film; Production Design; Storyboard to Film Comparison

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