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South Pacific Blu-ray 50th Anniversary Edition
Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, Ray Walston
Directed by Joshua Logan
Original and Roadshow versions
2 Blu-ray discs
Originally released 1958
Fox Home Entertainment 2009

If you are to enjoy South Pacific you have to go along with the very omnipresent colored filters through which some of the scenes are shot. There is also 3 minutes of dark screen time in the beginning so the orchestra can perform the theme. South Pacific Bu-ray features 2 discs: one for the original and recently rediscovered and remastered 171 minute roadshow version, and one for the standard 157 minute version of this Rogers and Hammerstein musical movie.

If you are a fan of this fifties musical, South Pacific Blu-ray is certainly the way to go if you have the HDTV to go along with it. Songs made famous by this Rogers and Hammerstein musical include the classic Some Enchanted Evening, There’s Nothing Like a Dame, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of my Hair, and Bali Hai.

South Pacific is both a love story and a last days before and first days into WW II story. Nellie, an American nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) falls in love with a local French plantation owner (Rozzano Brazzi). U.S. sailors are growing restless with nothing to do on their all-male island and dream of going over to Bali Hai, the island with the beautiful local girls. A sailor falls in love with a local girl. The plantation owner has a discussion about the roots of racism before helping the sailor get to Bali Hai to spy on the Japanese forces.

Somewhere in there is the age old question will love survive?

Something South Pacific is famous for it most annoying feature: the colored filters through which some of the scenes are shown especially because Fox increased the effect before the original theatrical release. These filters are really jarring and really strain the willing suspension of disbelief you need to watch any musical movie.I am not convinced this musical film has survived the years all that well.

The Blu-ray version of South Pacific is gorgeous but the movie does not have that timeless quality other Rogers and Hammerstein films have. This 2 disc edition is for fans of this movie.

The South Pacific 50th Anniversary Edition BD release is authored in BD-J with AVEC (MPEG 4) compression on two dual-layer 50GB discs, presented in widescreen format (2.20:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English 4.0 Dolby Surround, English Stereo and French / Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin subtitles. BD bonus features include:Disc 1: Audio Commentary by Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President Ted Chapin and Musical Theater Writer Gerard Alessandrini; Sing-A-Long Karaoke Subtitles (English only); Songs-Only Option 

Disc 2: Extended “Road Show Version” of South Pacific (with 15 additional minutes of footage); Commentary by Film Historian Richard Barrios; BD Exclusive – “Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating An American Masterpiece” full-length documentary; “Making Of South Pacific” featurette; “60 Minutes Exclusive: The Tales of the South Pacific” with Diane Sawyer and writer James Michener; Fox Movietone News: “South Pacific on the Screen – A Perfect Hit” and “State Department Confers High Honor on South Pacific”; Vintage Stage Excerpts Performed by Original Broadway Stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza: “Some Enchanted Evening” and “A Wonderful Guy”; Mitzy Gaynor Screen Test; Original Theatrical Trailer

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