South Pacific [2 disc Blu-ray] [1958]  £7.49 at Amazon

South Pacific [2 disc Blu-ray] [1958] £7.49 at Amazon

Found 2nd Dec 2011
The dazzling Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, brought to lush life by the director of the original stage version, Joshua Logan. Set on a remote island during the Second World War, South Pacific tracks two parallel romances: one between a Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) "as corny as Kansas in August" and a wealthy French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi), the other between a young American officer (John Kerr) and a native girl (France Nuyen). The theme of interracial love was still daring in 1958, and so was director Logan's decision to overlay emotional moments with tinted filters--a technique that misfires as often as it hits. The comic relief tends to fall flat and an overly spunky Mitzi Gaynor is a poor substitute for the stage original's Mary Martin. But the location scenery on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is gorgeous and the songs are among the finest in the American musical catalogue: "Some Enchanted Evening", "Younger than Springtime", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "This Nearly Was Mine". That's Juanita Hall as the sly native trader Bloody Mary, singing the haunting tune that launched a thousand tiki bars, "Bali H'ai". The movie is based on stories from James Michener's book Tales from the South Pacific. --Robert Horton,
DVD Description
When a young American nurse from Little Rock (Mitzi Gaynor) meets the handsome and mysterious French planter (Rossano Brazzi) on a South Pacific island during World War II, they find refuge from the battles around them as their romance blooms, in this finely crafted, Oscar®-Winning musical.

Special Features
• Commentary By Richard Barrios
• Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating an American Dream
• Making Of South Pacific
• Screen Test: Mitzy Gaynor
• Theatrical Trailer
• 60 Minutes: The Tales of The South Pacific
• Vintage Stage Excerpts
• Movietone News Segments: South Pacific On Screen - A Perfect Hit
• Movietone News Segments: State Department Confers High Honor "South Pacific"
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