My Fair Lady im November 2011 auf Blu-ray

Fans von 70mm-Produktionen kommen im November 2011 auf ihre Kosten. Neben der amerikanischen „West Side Story„-Blu-ray und der „Meuterei auf der Bounty„-HD-Veröffentlichung findet auch noch die Musical-Verfilmung „My Fair Lady“ [USA 1962, George Cukor] mit Audrey Hepburn und Rex Harrison ihren Weg auf die kleine Silberscheibe. Ein kleiner Wehrmutstropfen: Die Blu-ray wird vorerst nur exklusiv bei Walmart erhältlich sein und ist somit für Interessenten aus Deutschland auf direktem Weg erst einmal nicht erhältlich, da Walmart nicht außerhalb der USA versendet. Infos zur Ausstattung liegen leider noch nicht vor.

At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, „My Fair Lady“ was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy „Pygmalion“. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, disheveled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against „verbal class distinction,“ Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins‘ doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. „It’s almost irresistable,“ clucks Higgins. „She’s so deliciously low. So horribly dirty.“ He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza’s dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn’t bankable; Hepburn’s singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Natalie Wood in „West Side Story“ (1961). Andrews instead made „Mary Poppins“, for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar(R), beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals.

Robert A. Harris, der den Film in den 90er Jahren restaurierte, hat sich zu der Veröffentlichung im HomeTheaterForum geäußert:

This is interesting news. I last had contact with techs from CBS/Viacom a couple of years ago, at which time I made them aware that the elements produced in 1994, were in several ways not ready for Blu-ray consumption.

We were a bit ahead of the game 17 years ago, but were still constrained by both asset and early digital anomalies.

These need to be corrected for the film to be in absolute top shape for Blu-ray image and un-compressed audio.

Schreib doch was!