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My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review

My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: May 18, 2021, 02:09:35 PM »


Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Rating: G
Film: 5/5
 
Plot
This beloved adaptation of the Broadway stage hit stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor, and Rex Harrison as the elitist Professor Higgins, who attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself.
 
My Thoughts
Winner of eight Academy Awards*, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture Golden Globe® and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar® for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as the unforgettable Eliza Doolittle. Shockingly, the stunning actress was not nominated for her role and without her the film wouldn’t be the same—she’s absolutely marvelous (and quite easy on the eyes).
 
I’ve watched the film multiple times over the past 20 years and it’s one of my favorite musicals. Like most films for the 1950s, it’s a tad too long and could use some editing, but the 40 extra minutes does allow Hepburn to be on screen a bit longer, which is a plus.
 
The video transfer to 4K is stunning and is derived from an 8K master and it certainly shows. Detail is off the charts, colors are stunning and vivid, and the depth in 4K is to die-for. The audio track is the same 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track from the 2016 Blu-ray and while it doesn’t break any new ground, it does expand upon the original mono track. One thing to note is the L/R surround channels are barely used (if at all) and most of the rear soundstage comes from the L/R rear channels.
 
Video 10/10
 
Audio 9/10 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1)
 
Special Features (Housed on included Blu-ray supplemental disc):
 
·        More Loverly Than Ever: The Making of My Fair Lady Then & Now
·        1963 Production Kick-Off Dinner
·        Los Angeles Premiere 10/28/1964
·        British Premiere
·        George Cukor Directs Baroness Bina Rothschild
·        Rex Harrison Radio Interview
·        Production Tests
o   Lighting
o   Wilfred Hyde White make-up
o   Rain/set
o   Covent Garden lighting test
o   Alt. Higgins/Pickering screen test
·        Alternate Audrey Hepburn Vocals
o   Show Me
o   Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?
·        Galleries
·        Comments on a Lady
o   Andrew Lloyd Webber
o   Martin Scorsese
·        Theatrical Featurettes
·        Story of a Lady
·        Design for a Lady
·        The Fairest Fair Lady
·        Trailers
·        Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration
·        Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration Reserved Seats Trailer
·        Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration Awards
·        Theatrical Reissue
·        Awards
o   Rex Harrison BFI Honor
o   Rex Harrison Golden Globe Acceptance Speech
o   Academy Awards Ceremony Highlights 4/5/65
·        Movies Anywhere Digital Copy
 
 

 
 
Conclusion
If you’re a fan of musicals and haven’t seen this film given its age, definitely pick up the 4K if you see from your preferred retail partner. In order to get more classics released on 4K UHD Blu-ray, us collectors need to support the studios when they put this much effort into restoring such a classic film. Highly recommended!
 
 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2021, 03:01:14 PM »
A lot of classic songs in that film. I'm not sure I've seen this movie - maybe in bits and pieces years ago on network TV. I'm going to need to add this to my musical collection ! Thanks. 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 03:09:37 PM »
I've always loved this movie - thanks for the review.

Do you also have the regular Blu-ray for this movie?  I so, do you think there's enough change to justify the upgrade?  Bluray.com also extols the beauty of this disc, which makes it pretty tempting for a double-dip.

Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021, 03:22:10 PM »
I've always loved this movie - thanks for the review.

Do you also have the regular Blu-ray for this movie?  I so, do you think there's enough change to justify the upgrade?  Bluray.com also extols the beauty of this disc, which makes it pretty tempting for a double-dip.
I do have the Blu-ray...if you're 4K capable (and I know you are and have a nice sized screen), you'll definitely see the benefit of the 8K scan. If you like the movie then it's worth seeing it like this...it has never looked better. 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 08:35:42 PM »
Once again thanks David. I will order this.
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 10:26:06 PM »
Once again thanks David. I will order this.
Enjoy Barry...you'll love it on your new screen!
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2021, 08:18:02 AM »
I have so many classics now on 4k to view.  the list grows 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2021, 09:38:52 AM »
I have so many classics now on 4k to view.  the list grows
Same here. I have my own personal Netflix cue going. 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2021, 10:58:10 AM »
hhahah yup
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2021, 05:44:07 PM »
Finally watched this. And was my first time ever. In fact had no clue what it was about. Have only heard about it in Hollywood history. So much ignorance going in, I was like wow this girl is super cute. She lights up the screen 

Only to find out it’s Audrey Hepburn (never seen a film w her in it obv). What a joy!

Classsic movie and it shows. Love her father in it as well. 

Review is spot on as usual 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2021, 12:48:53 PM »
My copy arrived today.  Will watch it this weekend.  I remember my parents taking me to our small town (pop. 1065) cinema to see it when I was a kid.
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2021, 01:04:38 PM »
Audrey Hepburn... I have a serious weakness for brunettes with big brown eyes, so she kinda short circuits my brain lol.

Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2021, 01:28:01 PM »
Audrey Hepburn... I have a serious weakness for brunettes with big brown eyes, so she kinda short circuits my brain lol.
She was definitely smokin' hot...no debate there. 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2021, 01:40:39 PM »
It took me two nights, but I finished May fair Lady!!!! (and then watched Last Action Hero).  Great Movie, but I like the end of Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, better. In fact, I saw Peter O'Toole on Broadway in the play.

But everyone here is terrific and I love the music.  I do wonder what the movie would have been with Julie Andrews.

If you don't know, in the original, she leaves the older, ego centrist Higgins and marries Freddy. 
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Re: My Fair Lady (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2021, 01:38:36 PM »
Viewed it last night.  It was like sitting in the front row of a live theater performance.

I hope that Breakfast at Tiffany's gets the same 4K treatment some day.


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