My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

DVD - 1994
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Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1994.
Edition: Two-disc special ed.
ISBN: 9780790785349
079078534X
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (173 min.) ;,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Laben
Oct 04, 2019

This is a timeless classic. A masterpiece! From the endearing story to the delightful characters and the top quality musical numbers, this movie is a true gem. I have a degree in theatre and have a strong appreciation for the art of this film. I highly recommend you watch this and decide for yourself how you like it. I think you'll love it.

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

I gave this three stars only because of Audrey's acting. I take issues with this movie, and it's of a personal nature. Read any biography about Audrey Hepburn and you'll see why. I don't want to give anything away. The film is well done and has some very funny moments; particularly when Henry Higgins is teaching Eliza Doolittle how to speak properly. As much as I would love to say that I simply adore this movie, I just can't. I very rarely watch it. It's very long and I think there are other Audrey movies that are so much better and showcase her talent much more efficiently.

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bookie66
Apr 05, 2019

I looked forward to watching. Had never seen. Music was enjoyable. Would be better to get the cd and listen. Visually it plodded along....slow.....slow..... Did not finish.

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Derringer
Feb 20, 2019

When it comes to vintage, Hollywood musicals - I'd say that this gaudy, overblown production certainly pushed the limits of spectator endurance with its 2-hour-50-minute running time.

Not only that - But (IMO) 1964's "My Fair Lady" didn't even contain a single memorable song and the overall choreography of the musical numbers was, basically, pretty boring stuff, in the long run.

Anyway - I think that a lot of this film's production troubles clearly rested on the shoulders of filmmaker, George Cukor. This was the first musical that he'd ever directed - And, thankfully, it was his last.

✅ I would have thought everyone knew about "My Fair Lady." I'll confine my comments to the quality of the production, which on Blu-Ray is top-notch, sharp colors and excellent sound. As for a previous commenter saying that Hepburn did an "atrocious" job lip-syncing her songs, they were actually dubbed by Marni Nixon. Hepburn could sing pretty well, and was upset that the producers chose Nixon to do her singing. Hepburn was in fact recorded singing on the set, and those tracks are quite acceptable to my way of thinking. She probably needed a high note covered here and there, but generally very good. Nixon dubbed singing for stars in many Hollywood films, including Natalie Wood in "West Side Story," and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I."

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ManMachine
Jan 14, 2019

I'm someone who can usually appreciate viewing a vintage, Hollywood musical every once in a while. But - With that said - I certainly found 1964's "My Fair Lady" to be intolerably dreadful from start to finish.

It was bad enough that this garish, $17 million production had an unbearable running time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. But My Fair Lady's story about the transformation of Eliza Doolittle, the white-trash street-vendor, into a high-class "lady of society" was truly revolting beyond words.

And, yes - On top of that - I thought that actress, Audrey Hepburn (35 at the time playing a 19-year-old) was totally miscast for her part. And, her lip-syncing her songs was absolutely atrocious, too.

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matcat44
Dec 12, 2018

Beautiful sets and clothes. Liked some of the music.

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swyckl
Nov 01, 2018

I liked this musical drama. It has very little dialogue. The songs tell the story. The songs are witty and comprehensive. The character are deep. The story is strong and simple. The dancing was well done. The costumes and props were 1910 or earlier. It was well presented. The story: Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English “properly,” and transforms into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her, and convinces a supposed linguistics expert that she is royalty. Through her transformation process, Eliza forges a deep connection with Colonel Pickering and most especially with Professor Higgins. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure – especially by herself. When Higgins completely fails to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her own transformation, she leaves his home. It is only then that Higgins realizes that he cares deeply for Eliza. The play ends with Eliza’s return to Higgins’ home, and the ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.

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kpelish
Apr 20, 2018

Made in 1964, and time period/values show. Unclear why Eliza would go back to The Professor at the end.

This is hard to rate. There are some really great songs and some memorable visuals. However, and I'm not blaming Rex Harrison for his acting, but I just find that character really annoying and that comes through, for me, even in his "songs". Well done but really annoying. So, for me, I prefer the cd, which I've ripped selectively, leaving out the annoying parts.

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LibbyBrown
Sep 21, 2019

Other: This DVD does not have English subtitles.

Other: Yes, he speaks perfect English, so watch out, you might learn something.

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leviathan1588
Apr 02, 2012

Coarse Language: Watch out for Prof. Higgin's Language Use!

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Eliza Dolittle: "I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night."

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