WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

King and I, The

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Sauners & Rex Thompson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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This 40th Anniversary Edition presents the official version of the film. The boxed set features an expanded original soundtrack on an exclusive 76 minute 24K gold CD and an extensive supplemental section providing a historical perspective and overview of the production. The supplements combine interviews, clips and still frame sections which cover the backgrounds on Rodgers and Hammerstein, the history of Twentieth Century Fox, and introduction to the various players and filmmakers who came together to create the movie after the stage show, and the analog audio track features isolated music for the songs and running commentary.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 0896485
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $124.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1956
(LD Release Date): 12/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Walter Lang
(Screenplay/Written By): Ernest Lehman
(Story): NA
(Music): Alfred Newman
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(Production Designer): Lyle R. Wheeler & John De Cuir
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(Editor): Robert Simpson, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Charles Brackett

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): CinemaScope 55
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, based on Margaret Landon’s Anna And The King Of Siam comes five-time Academy Award®-winner, The King And I. Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr star in this lavishly produced classic musical, masterfully combining exotic spectacle with the intimate story of an English governess who introduces Western customs to the royal household of the Court of Siam. While there, she makes such an impression on the court that her teachings inspire the decisions of the king and his heirs.

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX® quality assured transfer used the original CinemaScope 55 interpositive and is presented at 2.55:1. Picture quality is superb with vivid colors that project a rich and warm quality. Though the imagery is a bit soft and slight noise and artifacts are apparent, the set designs, costumes and cinematography are among the best creative elements ever produced during the musical era.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital discrete soundtrack features the directionalized dialogue and mix of the original, though distorted and thin sounding
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