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Oklahoma (Special Edition)

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  • Actors: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Shirley Jones
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II, Lynn Riggs, Richard Rodgers, Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr., Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 15 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000AP04NI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,239 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Set in the Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900's, this joyous celebration of frontier life is a story of tender romance and dangerous passion. Gordon MacRae is Curly, a sunny, good-natured ranch hand, and Shirley Jones is Laurey Williams, the farmer's daughter he loves. Rod Steiger is he menacing Jud, who tries to comes between them. The first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration, this Academy Award winner for Best Score features the classic songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "People Will Say We're In Love."


The hit Broadway musical from the 1940s gets a lavish if not always exciting workout in this 1955 film version directed by old lion Fred Zinnemann (High Noon). Gordon MacRae brings his sterling voice to the role of cowboy Curly, and Shirley Jones plays Laurie, the object of his affection. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," and "People Will Say We're in Love," and Agnes DeMille provides the buoyant choreography. Among the supporting cast, Gloria Grahame is memorable as Ado Annie, the "girl who cain't say no," and Rod Steiger overdoes it as the villainous Jud. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There are two versions of Oklahoma, originally filmed twice for most scenes. The technical differences are as follows:

1 Shot in 70 mm at 30 fps
2 2.20:1
3 AVC @ 34 MBPS
4 DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio
5 148 minutes

1 Shot in 35 mm at 24 fps
2 2.55:1
3 AVC @ 37 MBPS
4 DTS-HD 4.0 Master Audio
5 140 minutes


The Todd-AO version went through extensive restoration by Fox using 4K scan of interpositives because the original negatives were unusable. The higher frame rate apparently eliminated flickering problem. The final result was a gorgeous looking picture with saturated colours. I also appreciate the wider screen, thus seeing the “whole” picture, while the CinemaScope version reminded me of the full screen version with parts of the picture chopped off. Even at a slightly lower bit-rate, the picture with the Todd-AO version is much sharper than the CinemaScope version, and is preferred. (4/5)


Again, the audio with the Todd-AO version (DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio) is preferred over that of the CinemaScope version (DTS-HD 4.0 Master Audio). The 7.1 mix offers greater depth and more details, with fuller orchestral sound. Dialogue is clear. The singing voices of Shirley Jones (her movie debut) and Gordon MacRae were warm and vibrant. There are so many great songs in the soundtrack, like the title tune, plus Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, and People Will Say We’re in Love. The album soundtrack, though not as popular as West Side Story and South Pacific, was No. 1 for 2 weeks in 1955 and stayed on the Billboard album chart for 283 weeks! You’ll find yourself singing along with the tunes. (4.
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"Oaklahoma" is my favorite musical of all time. It is a timeless classic movie for sure. For those people out there that have big screen tv's (53" or above) and are looking to buy this DVD I would give this a lower review on the Picture Quality than the widsreen reviewer's opinion. They gave it a 4 outa 5 and I would almost give it a 1. The non-anamorphic letterbox DVD version or transfer was done bad. The picture and tones flutter constantly throught the movie. The colors are not steady and fluctuate from time to time from light to darker tones. That is shame. I was expecting a clear vibrant transfer of this classic but the studios decided to release this classic on DVD without any restoration. *Again please understand my review is based from viewing it on a 65" using a top of the line a progressive DVD player. On a smaller 'tube television' the picture is nice but still not what I would expect from a classic Cinamascope movie that HAD vibrant colors at one time. I really hope the studios will decide to restore this movie to it's true texture and release it in a anamorphic widescreen version next time instead of this lousy lettrbox version. The sound is in THX 5.1 and has pretty decent transfer that I'd give a 4.Overall: 3Picture quality (on a big screen projection widescreen tv) = 1 (outa 5)Sound = 4 (outa 5).
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I finally broke down and watched this movie last night. I have always made a point of avoiding it, knowing full well it was a corny melodydrama. The melody proved to win out over the drama.
Anyway, last summer I found Nelson Eddy's record of the Oklahoma score. Nelson or no Nelson, I was only able to get through it a couple of times. As a rule, I don't go for tap-dancing cowmen and hick folks singing about everything being up to date in Kansas City.
OK, now about the movie. If nothing else, it held my attention for the eternity it seemed to play. I did fast forward the overture, the entr'acte, and Ado Annie's songs. But I watched the rest.
Gordon MacRae wasn't bad; neither was Shirley Jones. I think she was quite pretty in her pre-Partridge days. Not half bad as a singer, either. The man who played Jud was suitably creepy and disgusting. In fact, I think the most powerful element of the story was Jud's stalking Laurie. However, that element kinda got lost in between songs. I did not go for the ballet in the boudoir. I found it a little difficult to swallow that rural Oklahoman females would all be so gloriously accomplished at pliés and pirouettes. I did like Shirley Jones' dresses. Ado Annie, Ali Hakim, and Will were incredibly annoying. The scenery was beautiful - a pity they didn't show more of it. I did not like the short-haired bleach blonde dancer. She disturbed my tranquillity.
Now, the dream sequence was probably the most interesting part of the movie. Not a word spoken or sung, if I remember correctly - but how much was said with gestures and the surreal lighting, backdrops, and sparse sets. Very, very powerful. I liked also the way they cut off for the entr'acte, when she wakes up to see Jud standing there.
I found the end to be incredibly hokey.
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I had the pleasure and good fortune to see this on TCM recently and learned for the first time that the movie was actually filmed for its theatrical release TWICE!! I viewed the film on VHS years ago from a conventional 'fullscreen' Cinemascope print and thought nothing of it. Imagine my surprise when I saw Turner's broadcast of it in the 'Todd-AO' wide-screen version!! The color saturation is positively stunning (it has been mentioned that the T-AO film process actually shot more frames per second, which accounts for that sharpness and saturation) and makes certain sequences, like the opening number "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" and sections of the "Out Of My Dreams" ballet explode on screen. The Rodgers & Hammerstein songs are magnificent (notably "Poor Jud is Dead," "I Cain't Say No," and "People Will Say We're In Love"), the color cinematography is stunning (note the crisp, blue skies), a lasso dance by Gene Nelson in a railway depot is a standout, but some of the characters and subsequent performances (like Rod Steiger's manic-depressive farmhand Jud) are more than a bit over-the-top. Accept this premise and you'll be just fine. The Todd-AO version of the film is currently available on DVD. Grab it, and fast-forward to your favorite parts.
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