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My Fair Lady (Widescreen)

4.2 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, George Bernard Shaw
  • Producers: Jack L. Warner
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 1 1998
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630522577X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,673 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," George Cukor (The Women, The Philadelphia Story), transformed Audrey Hepburn into street-urchin-turned-proper-lady Eliza Doolittle in this film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady stars Rex Harrison as linguist Henry Higgins (Harrison also played the role, opposite Julie Andrews, on stage), who draws Eliza into a social experiment that works almost too well. The letterbox edition of this film on video certainly pays tribute to the pageantry of Cukor's set, but it also underscores a certain visual stiffness that can slow viewer enthusiasm just a tad. But it's really star wattage that keeps this film exciting, that and such great songs as "On the Street Where You Live" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Actor Jeremy Brett, who gained a huge following later in life portraying Sherlock Holmes, is quite electric as Eliza's determined suitor. --Tom Keogh

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Format: DVD
By the time "My Fair Lady" made it to the big screen, going to see the movie wasn't so much a night's entertainment as it became a near religeous experience. Jack L. Warner wanted Cary Grant as Prof. Henry Higgins but Grant declined, giving the studio boss no choice but to cast Rex Harrison in the lead - an inspired choice since Rex had already made the part his own on Broadway. The unfortunate oversight is that Jack Warner couldn't see Julie Andrews true potential beneath her common frumpery of the cockney flower girl. So in stepped Audrey Hepburn - delightful, charming, outstanding...alas, she couldn't sing! Her vocals - dubbed by Marni Nixon, became the subject of controversy that cost Audrey her Best Actress Oscar nomination. That went to Julie Andrews for "Mary Poppins". So did the win!
The plot: Two stuffy academics decide to overhaul a flower girl into a grand duchess. With a little bit of luck and a lot of comical training the job gets done and the result is a truly charming story elevated by exceptional production values and a thoroughly engaging musical score!
TRANSFER: OUTSTANDING!!! Colors are rich, vibrant and solid. Black and contrast levels are perfect. There are NO age related artifacts and NO digital anomalies for a picture that is, quite simply - PERFECT. The audio has been remixed to 5.1 and is brilliant, robust and thoroughly engaging for a film of this vintage.
EXTRAS: By george, I think they've got it! The original 1994 documentary which illustrates the film's near destruction and its breathtaking restoration is included for the first time on DVD, as well as a host of other extras including an audio commentary, multiple featurettes, snippets from the Oscar cerimony, theatrical trailers, a stills gallery and some commentaries by noted film makers and historians.
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Format: Blu-ray

AUDREY HEPBURN has never been more “lovely” than in this breath-taking musical extravaganza that won 8 Academy Awards® in 1964, including Best Picture*.

For the first time on Blu-ray, this beloved adaption of the Broadway stage hit. Starring AUDREY HEPBURN as a sassy working-class London street vendor flower girl, whom an arrogant professor REX HARRISON attempts to turn AUDREY HEPBURN into a sophisticated lady through proper schooling. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London’s elite, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself. Performance, style and sweet spirit have made My Fair lady a timeless classic.

*Best Picture, Rex Harrison Best Actor in a Leading Role. Best Director: George Cukor. Best Art Direction-set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Colour, Best Music, Scoring of Music and Adaption or Treatment; Best Sound.

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland and Queenie Leonard

Director: George Cukor

Producer: Jack Warner

Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner and George Bernard Shaw

Composer: Frederick Loewe [music] and Alan Jay Lerner [lyrics]

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.38:1

Audio: English: 7.
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My Fair Lady arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.38:1 encode. This transfer is merely adequate, but definitely disappointing. Colours are quite gorgeous and stand out as the transfer's best asset. Granted, it looks dramatically better than it has before, and the film is mostly free of scratches, flecks and other major blemishes. However, it's clear that this release merely offers a hi-def version of the previous good-but-not-great restoration done back in the mid-1990s. This is the sort of treatment we expect for most catalogue releases, but a film of this stature deserves to be given the royal treatment. (4/5)


The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix makes the film's Oscar-winning musical score adaptation sound triumphant from an orchestral standpoint. The music is rich and full in all channels with superb bass extension that gives the entire soundtrack a richness heretofore unrealized on home video. Dialogue is beautifully recorded and is always discernible placed as it is in the center channel. Sound effects are also nicely achieved, and when those horses at Ascot run their race, you'll hear their progress sweep around your home theater environment impressively. (4.5/5)

Many great catalogued titles deservedly received "royal" treatment from their studios, like Ben Hur and Gone With The Wind from Warner, with their appropriate box sets. I got suspicious initially when this movie appeared only as a single disc, not a box set. My Fair Lady, one of the great screen musicals, gets a less than great high definition and definitely no "royal" treatment with this release. Though at its best it can look and sound splendid.
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