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King and I
     

The King and I

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Director: Walter Lang, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

Cast: Walter Lang, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

 

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Walter Lang's big-screen adaptation of The King and I arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible.

Overview

Walter Lang's big-screen adaptation of The King and I arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials on this THX-certified disc include the original theatrical trailer and a singalong section. 20th Century Fox has done a very good job with this popular but older film's DVD release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
All the qualities that made Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway smash The King and I a memorable stage experience are faithfully translated to the big screen in this dynamic 1956 film version. Another brilliant musical treatment of a "straight" work (like State Fair, Oklahoma, and Carousel), King tells the story of widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens (winningly played by Deborah Kerr), who accepts a commission to educate the children of the Siamese king (Yul Brynner), a crafty potentate who at once realizes the need for his offspring's tutelage in Western ways yet resists the resultant liberation from tradition. Kerr, who benefits from Marni Nixon's dubbed-in singing voice, invests Anna with the requisite charm, tact, and subtlety, all the while maintaining a self-assuredness that frequently borders on the defiant. Re-creating his stage role, Brynner is outstanding as the petulant but not altogether dictatorial monarch. Among the supporting players, Rita Moreno excels as the King's slave Tuptim, and Carlos Rivas commands sympathy as her lover Lun Tha. Young Rex Thompson portrays Anna's young son with the proper mixture of youthful exuberance and impishness, and veteran character actor Alan Mowbray steals scenes left and right as a minor functionary befuddled by the teacher's growing influence over the king. Although four of the stage show's numbers were eliminated from the film, the best songs were retained, among them "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance," and "Hello Young Lovers." Having achieved the rare distinction of being more satisfying than the original stage presentation, this memorable movie still holds up as pictorially exquisite, dramatically sound, musically exciting, and altogether glorious.
All Movie Guide
The King and I typifies the elaborate Broadway musical adaptations with which Hollywood studios often tried to fight the advance of television of 1950s. Shot in an extreme widescreen version of CinemaScope to counter the smallness of the TV screen, the film offers equally grand set design, costumes, and cinematography. The songs and performances are equally impressive: Yul Brynner won an Oscar for his career-best performance as the King of Siam; and Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by the capable Marni Nixon, who had been responsible for Natalie Wood's singing voice in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's in My Fair Lady. Based on the book Anna and the King of Siam, the story has been filmed at least three times: as the 1946 drama Anna and the King of Siam; as an animated musical of the same name, in 1999; and the non-musical Anna and the King, also from that same year.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/1999
UPC:
0086162000997
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio 2.55:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English 5.1 Surround; English stereo; French mono; Subtitles: English; Spanish; Movietone news trailers; Singalong

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Anna Leonowens
Yul Brynner The King of Siam
Rita Moreno Tuptim
Martin Benson Kralahome
Terry Saunders Lady Thiang
Rex Thompson Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte Prince Chulalongkorn
Alan Mowbray British Ambassador
Geoffrey Toone Ramsay
Yuriko Eliza, in ballet
Marion Jim Simon Legree, in ballet
Robert Banas Keeper of the Dogs
Dusty Worrall Uncle Thomas, in ballet
Gernze de Lappe Specialty Dancer
Charles Irwin Ship's Captain
Leonard Strong Interpreter
Jadin Wong Amazon
Jean Wong Amazon
Weaver Levy Whipping Guard
William Yip High Priest
Eddie Luke Messenger
Josephine Smith Guest at Palace
Thomas and Dennis Bonifla Twins
Fuji Actor
Marni Nixon Anna (singing)

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Charles Brackett Producer
Ken Darby Score Composer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Robbins Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Overture [3:53]
2. Main Title [1:55]
3. Siam 1862 [2:26]
4. I Whistle a Happy Tune(Anna and Louis) [1:59]
5. The Kralahome [2:49]
6. The Trip Through Bangkok [1:21]
7. The Royal Palace [2:18]
8. Anna Meets The King [1:54]
9. The Harem [3:03]
10. The March of the Siamese Children(Orchestra) [4:42]
11. Anna and the Royal Wives [2:27]
12. Hello, Young Lovers(Anna) [3:31]
13. East Meets West [2:05]
14. A Puzzlement(The King) [3:41]
15. The Classroom [1:45]
16. Getting to Know You(Anna, Wives, Children) [11:18]
17. Anna is Summoned [:43]
18. Moses, Lincoln and Elephants [4:55]
19. Garden Rendezvous [:48]
20. We Kiss is a Shadow(Lun Tha and Tuptim) [1:34]
21. News From Singapore [3:50]
22. The King's Promise [1:33]
23. Lady Thiang's Appeal [2:21]
24. Something Wonderful(Lady Thiang) [1:42]
25. Anna's Advice [3:14]
26. The Temple [6:14]
27. Intermission Music [2:41]
28. The Banquet [4:05]
29. Arrival of the Ambassador [2:26]
30. Anna and Sir Edward Ramsay [2:22]
31. The Grand Entrance [2:05]
32. The Small House of Uncle Thomas(Tuptim and Chorus) [4:05]
33. "Loving friends" [1:32]
34. "The Escape" [1:50]
35. "King Simon of Legree" [1:14]
36. "Buddha Make a Miracle" [2:43]
37. "I beg of you..." [4:18]
38. "Poor Little Eva" [:27]
39. The Lovers Escape [2:03]
40. Song of the King(The King and Anna) [:28]
41. Shall We Dance?(Anna and the King) [3:04]
42. "Not Holding Two Hands" [:10]
43. Tuptim is Found [2:30]
44. Leaving Siam [2:45]
45. The King's Letter [2:05]
46. Deathbed [3:36]
47. Princess Ing Yaowalak [1:50]
48. The Next King. [1:06]
49. No More Bowing [3:21]
50. Something Wonderful Reprise(Chorus) [3:04]
51. Exit Music [2:24]

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The King and I 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
bamoviegirl More than 1 year ago
one of the best musicals ever made and really amazing love story
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was fantastic. I could watch it over and over again. If the tape wears out I'll just purchase another one. Yul Brynnner's part of the King of Siam will always be remembered. He was a 'King' in his own right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've loved this musical since I was a child..and was happy to get a personal copy. Yul Brynner is excellent..the whole storyline is beautiful and the raw connection between Anna and the King is magical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film is magnificent! Yul Brynner shines in his role as the king, portraying arrogance yet pathos. Music is delightful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fifty years and counting, this is a show that is in the memory of many forever...the legendary performance of Yul Brynner, the elegance of Deborah Kerr in her whirling hoopskirts...the beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein score conducted Alfred Newman...A bit innacurate historically? Well, yes...But it is still a feast for the eyes and ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was brought up on this movie when I was a child. It is a wonderful love story, Yul plays a magnificent king. I could see why they brought him to the screen to reprise his role. And for that he won an oscar. The part of Anna, should have gone to someone else. But at this moment I cannot think of anyone. But, Marni Nixon does a lovely voice over. I seriously insist that when you get this movie, you will love all the songs. The most enchanting part is the love that you see the king expressing over Anna. Which is seen the most in the dancing scene. Like I, years later, love this musical, and hoping soon I get it in the DVD quality. I find myself singing songs from it still.
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This is my favorite musical! It has beautiful music and wonderful story. Deborah Kerr shines!!!!!
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yellowroses More than 1 year ago
This is an older movie, but one you won't forget, and is worth adding to ones collection.