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Fans of Hollywood musicals in general and Audrey Hepburn in particular will be interested in the Warner Home Video DVD edition of My Fair Lady. George Cukor's lavish screen adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe hit stage musical gets the definitive treatment it merits. One of the DVD extras even helps clear up a debate about whether leading lady Hepburn deserved to have her singing voice dubbed by Marnie Nixon during post-production. The film's restoration team found two scenes that feature Hepburn doing her own ...
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Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper December 8, 1998 DVD Run time: 170 mins. Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1. Originally released: 1964. ... Language: English. Read more Show Less

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Fans of Hollywood musicals in general and Audrey Hepburn in particular will be interested in the Warner Home Video DVD edition of My Fair Lady. George Cukor's lavish screen adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe hit stage musical gets the definitive treatment it merits. One of the DVD extras even helps clear up a debate about whether leading lady Hepburn deserved to have her singing voice dubbed by Marnie Nixon during post-production. The film's restoration team found two scenes that feature Hepburn doing her own singing; these scenes show that Hepburn's style was much more in sync with co-star Rex Harrison's own conversational singing than Nixon's highly professional operatics. Too bad Hepburn didn't live to see this release; she was deeply hurt by being dubbed. While fans of the film will be happiest with the peerless anamorphic widescreen transfer, this DVD edition also features an old "making of" documentary and a warm, informative commentary track by the film's restoration team.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary that includes art director Gene Allen, singer Marni Nixon and restorers Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz; Behind-the-scenes documentary The Fairest Fair Lady; Alternate Audrey Hepburn vocal versions of Show Me and Wouldn't It Be Loverly?; Interactive menus; Production notes; 4 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Subtitles and languages: English & Français
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
My Fair Lady is one of the screen's joyous achievements, an elegant musical filled with adult characters who think before they speak. Exquisitely produced by Warner Bros, it represents the zenith of the movie musical as an art form and as popular entertainment. Rex Harrison leads an impeccable cast, and, yes, that's Marni Nixon singing for Audrey Hepburn, but Hepburn is perfectly cast otherwise. The major star of the film is perhaps set designer/costume designer Cecil Beaton, whose visual contributions immediately impacted European and U.S. fashion trends. One of the best-looking movies ever made, My Fair Lady took eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Hepburn failed to be nominated in the Best Actress category, which was won by Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins, in what many observers saw as backlash against Andrews' not being cast in the movie after originating the role of Eliza on stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/1998
  • UPC: 085391666820
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Eliza Doolittle
Rex Harrison Prof. Henry Higgins
Stanley Holloway Alfred P. Doolittle
Wilfrid Hyde-White Col. Pickering
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Higgins
Jeremy Brett Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Theodore Bikel Zoltan Karpathy
Mona Washbourne Mrs. Pearce
John Holland Butler
John Alderson Jamie
Frank Baker Elegant Bystander
William Beckley Footman
Oscar Beregi Greek Ambassador
Diana Bourbon Ascot Type
Andrew Brown
Walter Burke Main Bystander
Colin Campbell Ascot Gavotte
Robert Coote
Natalie Core
Maurice Dallimore Selsey Man
Roy Dean Footman
Brendan Dillon Leaning Man
Pauline Drake
Harvey B. Dunn
Martin Eric
Joe Evans
Charles Fredericks King
Monika Henreid
Clyde Howdy
Kendrick Huxham
Phyllis Kennedy
Colin Kenny
Alma Lawton Flower Girl
Queenie Leonard Cockney Bystander
Laurie Main Hoxton Man
Sid Marion
Owen McGiveney Man at Coffee Stand
John McLiam Harry
Carol Merrill
John Mitchum Ad Libs at Church
Barbara Morrison
Nick Navarro Dancer
Pat O'Moore Man
Richard Peel
George Pelling
Hilda Plowright Bystander
Jack Raine
David Robel Cockney
Dinah Anne Rogers
Victor Rogers Policeman
Wendy Russell
Michael St. Clair Bartender
Orville Sherman
Bill Shirley Voice Only
Geoffrey Steele Taxi Driver
William Taylor
Gwendolyn Watts Cook
Ron Whelan Algernon/Bartender
James Wood
Ben Wright Footman at Ball
Ben Wrigley
Eric Heath
James O'Hara Costermonger
Raymond Foster
Jack Greening George
Paulle Clark
Allyson Daniell Ad Libs at Ascot
Tom Cound
Stanley Fraser
Anne Dore
Nick Wolcuff
Marjorie Bennett Cockney with Pipe
Betty Blythe Ad Lib at Ball
Henry Daniell Gregor of Transylvania
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Ayllene Gibbons Fat Woman at Pub
Major Sam Harris Guest at Ball
Lillian Kemble-Cooper Lady Ambassador
Moyna MacGill Lady Boxington
Alan Napier Ambassador
Marni Nixon Voice Only
Barbara Pepper Doolittle's Dance Partner
Grady Sutton Dancer at Ball
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Production Designer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Cecil Beaton Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
David Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Courage Musical Arrangement
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Alan Jay Lerner Screenwriter
Herman Levin Producer
Frederick Loewe Score Composer
Hermes Pan Choreography
André Previn Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Jack L. Warner Producer
William H. Ziegler Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture/Credits [3:31]
2. Rain/Covent Garden [2:16]
3. Phonetics in Play [4:04]
4. "Why Can't the English?" [2:58]
5. Higgins' Boast [1:38]
6. "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" [4:36]
7. Not Brass Farthing [5:03]
8. Something Better? [2:00]
9. Negotiations [6:19]
10. Angels Will Weep [4:59]
11. Bath Time [2:15]
12. "I'm an Ordinary Man" [5:00]
13. "With a Little Bit of Luck" [5:54]
14. Gift of Rhetoric [4:31]
15. Undeserving Poor [4:20]
16. "Just You Wait" [4:21]
17. As and Hs [2:21]
18. "Poor Professor Higgins" [4:54]
19. Pep Talk [1:33]
20. "The Rain in Spain" [4:12]
21. "I Could Have Danced All Night" [4:04]
22. "Ascot Gavotte" [3:30]
23. At the Races [1:37]
24. The New Small Talk [4:14]
25. His Bloomin' Arse [2:27]
26. "On the Street Where You Live" [4:49]
27. The Girl Matters [2:24]
28. Dressed for Ball [1:04]
29. Intermission [:39]
30. Entr'acte [1:13]
31. Zoltan Karpathy [1:41]
32. "The Embassy Waltz" [2:01]
33. Quite Charming [2:07]
34. Abuzz About Eliza [3:52]
35. "You Did It" [6:09]
36. What's to Become? [7:11]
37. "Just You Wait" Reprise [1:30]
38. "On the Street Where You Live" Reprise [1:19]
39. "Show Me" [3:06]
40. "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" Reprise [3:10]
41. Respectable! [3:41]
42. "Get Me to the Church on Time" [6:03]
43. Eliza's Bolted [2:11]
44. "A Hymn to Him" [4:52]
45. Lady's Whereabouts [2:42]
46. Eliza's Future [4:10]
47. "Without You" [4:51]
48. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" [4:38]
49. Where the Devil? [3:09]
50. End Credits [1:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Audrey Hepburn - Eliza Doolittle
         Rex Harrison - Prof. Henry Higgins
         Stanley Holloway - Alfred Doolittle
         Wilfred Hyde White - Colonel Pickering
         Gladys Cooper - Mrs. Higgins
         Jeremy Brett - Freddie Eynsford Hill
         Theodore Bikel - Zoltan Karpathy
         From the Play by George Bernard Shaw
         Music by Frederick Loewe
         Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner
         Produced by Jack L. Warner
         Directed by George Cukor
      The Grand Ballroom
         Commentary by Art Director Gene Allen, the Restoration Team of Robert Harris and James Katz, and Marni Nixon, the Singing Voice of Eliza Doolittle
         Original Featurette - The Fairest Fair Lady
         Audrey Hepburn Vocals: "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?"
         Audrey Hepburn Vocals: "Show Me"
         Theatrical Trailers
            Brigadoon
            Camelot
            Gigi
            My Fair Lady
      Awards
   Select Language
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Soundtracks: Off
   Reel Recommendations
   Play Movie
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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    PYGMALION

    This movie is originally titled Pygmalion. It starred Julie Andrews on broadway, which earned her prestige. Unfortunately Julie was not Jack Warner's choice when he bought the rights on the story for $5M, a whooping amount then. Jack Warner had Audrey Hepburn on mind, to play Eliza Doolittle, though she does not sing in films. George Cukor, the director did a magnificent musical out of the story and Rex Harrison was excellent as Prof. Higgins. The other cast was superb too. Though a studio movie, it was a huge success. Warner Brothers refurbished its studio and made monumental production design for My Fair Lady. Prof. Higgins study was equipped with more than 4000 books and the costumes were made by a fleet of designers and sewers. The movie employed the latest camera bought by Warner Brothers that time. The scenes came to life with interesting characters in each of them. This one of the must see musicals that is a classic by itself. No one should miss Audrey Hepburn's performance in this movie as well as George Cukor's directorship.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Fair Lady - a wonderful time

    The purchase was originally for my daughter who is working vocally on "Isn't it Lovely". We had a wonderful time watching My Fair Lady and it took me back to when I was young. Melodious tunes keep you singing right along. The only issue for my children was I had to interpret Eliza's cockney which played havoc on understanding the first 5 - 10 minutes of the movie. But once I translated they found it delightful and fun to watch. It's a classic worth buying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not such a bad movie!

    I saw the play of this at a college once befor and when I learned that Audrey Hepburn was in this one I knew I had to have it! It was great. Just two little things, Hepburns accent got a bit on my nerves, but I guess that's the point of her character and some of the songs just seemed to go on and on just a little bit too much. Rather than that two thumbs WAY UP!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What possesses Hollywood?

    What possesses Hollywood to palm off inferior products on an unsuspecting public? This new DVD released 10/6/09 is not a wise buy. Notice in the product description of this Paramount/CBS DVD release no mention is made of the sound. That's because it doesn't have Dolby 5.1, but instead some hokey stereo track of much inferior quality. Likewise, and contrary to the product descriptions online, the original aspect ratio of 2.20:1 has been cut to 16:9 as stated on the DVD sleeve.

    If you love My Fair Lady as much as I do consider purchasing either of the Warner Home Video releases which are available new online through private sellers at moderate prices. The first Warner release was issued 12/08/98 and reputedly has the best picture. The second Warner release was a 02/03/04 deluxe two-DVD set with expanded special features well worth watching. The quality of this deluxe set is also far superior to the newly released Paramount/CBS DVD version. Both Warner versions have the original aspect ratio and Dolby 5.1

    Why does Hollywood issue inferior products like this? And to ad insult to injury their doing a remake of My Fair Lady to be released in 2010. I'd call that a "must miss." The very thought is repulsive.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensational Humor

    This movie is good clean family fun with lots of humor and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family without fear of offending anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Hepburn Film

    One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn films, wonderful soundtrack, smart script

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    I really like this movie, but I think that Audrey should have sung the part she sounded fine. They should have used her and had someone help with the high notes. Other than that it is a great movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still A Pretty Fair Lady

    To answer a reviewer below, two of Audrey Hepburn's original vocals have been included on the dvd. Hearing them makes it clear that she needed some help with the more difficult parts of the score...however, I think they should have found someone other than Marni Nixon to do the dubbing. Marni's voice does not match Audrey's in timbre or style at all...and it is jarring to watch. Although not as perfect for the part as Julie Andrews, who originated it...Audrey has undeniable talent, and it shows. Wildly popular in its day, I think this film seems less magical and more overblown when viewed today....But it is gorgeous to look at, and the acting is first rate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shaw/Cukor

    I am looking for the version with the voice of Audrey Hepburn singing all the songs of the musical...It was show in American Classics....A new copy with the original soundtrack singed by Audrey Hepburn.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Audrey Hepburn Was Probably The Best Choice.

    MY FAIR LADY is a musical adaptation of Bernard Shaw's play PYGMALION. It enjoyed a long and successful run on Broadway with Julie Andrews starring as Eliza Doolittle. Julie was replaced by Audrey Hepburn for the movie. This was of course a major change which was met with much skepticism. Audrey turned in a superlative performance although her singing voice was provided by Marni Nixon. Rex Harrison in the role of Professor Higgins proved to be as good in the film as he was on the stage. Stanley Holloway was superb as Alfred P. Doolittle. The movie walked off with most of the Academy Awards in 1964 winning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Rex Harrison), Best Director (George Cukor), Color Cinematography, Color Art Direction, Sound, Adapted Musical Scoring and Color Costume Design. Nominations were also receivedfor Best Supporting Actor (Stanley Holloway), Best Supporting Actress (Gladys Cooper), Adapted Screenplay and Editing. Ironically Julie Andrews won the Oscar for Best Actress in that same year for her appearance in MARY POPPINS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    Get it

    I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie I Have Ever Seen

    'My Fair Lady' is by far the best movie I have ever seen. It's got music, romance...something for everyone. Before I saw this movie, I was sure I wouldn't like it. I was shocked after viewing it. I absolutely loved it! I have never seen a better film.

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