Oklahoma (Special Edition)
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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
3 AVC @ 34 MBPS
4 DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio
5 148 minutes
1 Shot in 35 mm at 24 fps
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Wasn't able to find locally...thanks for the perfect gift.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Freiburger
The movie is still one of the great musicals and is beautifully crafted. The CinemaScope version on Blu-ray is excellent, but in Todd-AO it is brilliant, literally. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sid Jenner
Un de mes films culte d'abord pour les excellentes chansons. Surpris de voir les sous-titres français seulement sur le BUR-RAY. Un film à regarder.Published 4 months ago by Jacques Potvin
This video was not compatible to our Canadian sets, so it was most disappointing. I have just returned the discs to your order office today
I am of an age such that we sung this musical in school. It is fun to watch it again now ( 2015 ) , but my , is it dated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Big Bill
My daughter, now cast in a local theatre version of the play, loved it. I did too.Published 8 months ago by Khufu
I didn't realize that it was in Italian until it came. When I went back to look at the posting is was in tiny writing that is was. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Serena Fensky
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