Adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize® -winning musical, now enjoying a Tony Award® -winning smash hit revival on Broadway, South Pacific follows a Navy nurse forced to choose between love and prejudice during World War II. Brought to the screen by director Joshua Logan (Sayonara), with a screenplay by Paul Osborn (East of Eden), South Pacific was nominated for three Academy Awards® , taking home a statue for Best Sound, and features rousing performances from Rosanno Brazzi (Damals) and Mitzi Gaynor (Les Girls) in her Golden Globe® -nominated role. The film also includes performances by John Kerr (Tea and Sympathy), Ray Walston ("Picket Fences") and Juanita Hall (Flower Drum Song). Filmed on location on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, South Pacific is the only theatrical film adaptation of a Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical to feature all its original songs, including such renowned classics as "Bali Ha'i," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Happy Talk." The South Pacific 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc includes the all-new BD Exclusive feature-length documentary "Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating An American Masterpiece" plus special bonus features such as Mitzi Gaynor's screen test, "making of" featurette, vintage stage excerpts from the original Broadway stars, sing-a-long subtitles, and more. The South Pacific 50th Anniversary Edition BD will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada.
A young American nurse from Little Rock (Gaynor) meets the handsome and mysterious French planter (Brazzi) on a South Pacific island during World War II. Seeking respite from the battles around them, they find refuge in each other as their romance blooms in the lush tropical paradise. The natural beauty of the islands, the hijnks of the sailors, the danger of war, the passion of young love and the strength of true love are joined by a sensational Rodgers & Hammerstein score.
The South Pacific 50th Anniversary Edition BD release is authored in BD-J with AVEC (MPEG 4) compression on two dual-layer 50GB discs, presented in widescreen format (2.20:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English 4.0 Dolby Surround, English Stereo and French / Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin subtitles. BD bonus features include:
_ Audio Commentary by Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President Ted Chapin and Musical Theater Writer Gerard Alessandrini
_ Sing-A-Long Karaoke Subtitles (English only)
_ Songs-Only Option
_ Extended "Road Show Version" of South Pacific (with 15 additional minutes of footage)
_ Commentary by Film Historian Richard Barrios
_ BD Exclusive - "Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating An American Masterpiece" full-length documentary
_ "Making Of South Pacific" featurette**
_ "60 Minutes Exclusive: The Tales of the South Pacific" with Diane Sawyer and writer James Michener
_ Fox Movietone News: "South Pacific on the Screen - A Perfect Hit" and "State Department Confers High Honor on South Pacific"
_ Vintage Stage Excerpts Performed by Original Broadway Stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
o "Some Enchanted Evening"
o "A Wonderful Guy"
_ Mitzy Gaynor Screen Test**
_ Original Theatrical Trailer
**Newly remastered in HD
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SOUTH PACIFIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLU-RAY
Street Date: March 31, 2009
Order Date: March 4, 2009
DVD Price: $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada
Catalog Number: 2254165
Feature Running Time: 157 min.
Closed Captioned: Yes