countdown boutiques-francophones Learn more vpcflyout Home All-New Kindle Music Deals Store sports tools Registry

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:$9.81+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on March 20, 2015
I am a big fan of musical films, but have avoided buying this album for years. To me it was Mary Martin and the Broadway cast or nothing. It didn't help that I am not a big fan of the film adaptation. However, I finally broke down and purchased it and am extremely glad I did. The renditions of the songs on the album are all good and everyone's voice is fine, many of which are dubbed. ( Mitzi is no Mary Martin, but she is fine.) The big selling feature of the CD though is the orchestrations. They are fantastic. Alfred Newman was unparalleled at scoring musical pictures and this movie is as good an example as any. Listen to a song like "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy". The orchestrations turn it into something special. The sound quality of the CD is also very good, unlike the Broadway show CD. Not 21st century standards, but very good all the same. I prefer the "bigger" "Some Enchanted Evening" of the Broadway show and "This Nearly Was Mine" is chopped down considerably, but the rest makes up for it. (For me the definitive version of "This Nearly Was Mine" is the version by Brian Stokes Mitchell on the Carnegie Hall CD and DVD with Reba McEntire). So, several years later I will eat a little crow and recommend this to anyone who has been hesitating.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 15, 2001
The 1958 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC won an Oscar for its spectacular 6 track Stereophonic Sound Mix, which can be heard on the recent DVD release from Fox Video. Unfortunately, this RCA Victor remastering is from a 40-year-old 2-channel tape, which, while a slight improvement over the earlier CD mastering, simply pales by comparison to the DVD sound. Why RCA didn't remaster this popular album from the original 6 track masters is a mystery. If they had done so about 30 more minutes of music from the film not on the original album could have been accommodated on the CD in addition to the vastly improved sound. Unfortunately, this is typical of today's music industry. They keep doing it over and over until it is finally done right, all at the consumer's expense. Ironically, the DVD can be had for about the same money as this outrageously overpriced CD, with both picture and superior sound. Chalk up another botched effort to RCA/BMG.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on January 19, 2002
This remastered Original Soundtrack Album of South Pacific is very wonderfully done. Lush, beautiful orchestrations go hand in hand with the wonderful singing found herein. Mitzi Gaynor is as nicely suited to the part here as Mary Martin was in the original Broadway version. Rossano Brazzi is wonderful as well, even though his singing is dubbed in by Giorgio Tozzi. Bill Lee steps in here to sing Lt. Cable's songs and is nice... he also did C. Plummer's voice in The Sound of Music.
This new remastered CD is well worth its price and sounds better than ever. Lush gorgeous stereo sound-what are you waiting for?
The Original Cast Album, with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, though, will always hold a special place in my heart and is truly the definitive version of South Pacific, but this soundtrack album is definately not bad. It does, of course, put the new TV soundtrack of the Glenn Close production to shame.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on September 24, 2002
There are two things I would like to hear done with this CD ... The first is to add more music. Most musicals of this nature have an overture, main titles, intermission, and exit music. Why can't all this be included? It's all on the DVD so I know they have access to it.
Secondly, why can't the music be presented in chronological order? While listening to the CD I want my mind to visualize the scene that the music comes from in the order it happens in the film. One explanation always heard is that they want to retain the original album concept. NONSENSE! The vinyl was limited to time and space on each side. The CD can hold almost 80 minutes if they really want to, so they certainly can add more to it and present it as the authors intended.
Why not take advantage of the medium they're using and do it right!!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
TOP 50 REVIEWERon June 25, 2007
Original play recordings will always win out for the people that saw it. However I grew up with this movie and there is no other version for me. I have visions of the people and the story as the different song comes up. It was the lyrics to "Some Enchanted Evening" that actually convinced me to get married. And even today I find my self singing "Younger Than Springtime" to my wife. However I do not look it. I even did a review of the movie the day that Ray Walston ...Luther Billis died. [South Pacific (1958) ASIN: 6305283362]. I will mot go through all the songs on this album. Just if you pick one album this is it. And if you like other versions then you should still add this to the collection for contrast.
One day you will want to make this your own.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 6, 2001
In my book nothing can match the original Broadway cast with Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin. That said, the soundtrack of the movie, with the lovely Mitzi Gaynor and Giorgio Tozzi doing a very creditable job dubbing, is fine in its own right. Gaynor, though perhaps not a great singer, is infectiously enthusiastic and has a great delivery. While I prefer Pinza, Tozzi is quite good too. The one place where the film version falls down in my opinion is in the Bloody Mary songs, but that is not a significant detraction. Recommended, but if you want just one, go for the Broadway Cast, especially now that it is available with remastered sound.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 9, 2003
I'm glad to read some of the reviews correcting the conventional wisdom that Mitzi Gaynor does not compare to Mary Martin. She is perfectly suited to the part of Nellie Forbush and does a superb job singing (and acting in the film). Of course Mary Martin is great - that goes without saying, but in this part, Mitzi Gaynor, while different, of course, is every bit her equal - and the orchestrations and other voices are as good as, and in some cases (the orchestration, for one), better than the Broadway version.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 3, 2001
Read my review of My Fair Lady and this will tell you all how wonderful this is. Years ago South Pacific - this one - was the first record I bought for my first stereo console. Have the video and saw the movie numerous times. The music is fantastic and you are so involved with this wonderful CD. Also taped this for my sister in Australia.It isn't just my love for the show - it is so well done and these CD's are fabulous. Val Luttrell - and Amazon is #1 in the music area/ Service great
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on July 12, 2005
This is the same recording of this show which was released on vynal as an "original soundtrack recording" which of course, it was not really.
The main title isn't the same as in the movie, and the finale isn't the same. this album also leaves out the overture, intermission and exit music which can be found on the video.
They are coming out with more complete soundtrack albums all the time, why can't they come out with this one?
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on October 16, 2001
This by far is the best version of South Pacific I've heard. It puts to shame the new tv movie version with Glenn Close, who can't pull off the little hick act at all. Another advantage the original movie version has over the other is that the original includes the song "Happy Talk", but the other doesn't. Even the background chorus in the original triumphs over both the cast version and the new tv version.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Need customer service? Click here