These are very decent TV versions of two of the masterpiece musicals from Broadway's Golden Age. It's probably impossible to do them badly with any kind of network TV budget behind them and decent casting. Mitzi Gaynor in the movie version of South Pacific had to beat out Jack Warner's first choice: Elizabeth Taylor. Even stranger, Doris Day was passed over reportedly because she wouldn't "audition" a few songs for some W.B front office suits attending a party she was at. Mitzi Gaynor was fine, but the movie version might have been even better with Doris Day in the role. Glen Close in this TV version is also fine, but Juanita Hall's Bloody Mary shoes remain a little too big for anybody else to ever fill. One could debate forever whether the love interest in the movie version, France Nuyen, or the nameless beauty in this TV version, is the more breathtaking to behold.
Ethel Merman's performance, in Gypsy's original Broadway cast, is considered by many to be one of great major musical performances of all time (think Rex Harrison and Yul Bryner). If it weren't for Ethel Merman, Bette Midler in this TV version might be my own first choice for Mama Rose. And Peter Riegert seems way more appropriately cast here than, say, Karl Malden was in the movie version (fine actor though he was).
Heck of a bargain getting these two war horse musicals, more than adequately performed, in a single DVD package for a rock bottom price.