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zmu| The King and I
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1956
Comments:
Director: Walter Lang
Screenplay: Oscar Hammerstein II
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Cast: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders
Genre: Classics

Running Time: 133
Aspect Ratio:  2.55:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  20th Century Fox DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Nov 2006 Discs:  2 (DVD) [$26.98]
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Reviews:  The third Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway hit to go before the cameras, "The King and I" boasts a career-making performance from Yul Brynner, repeating his stage triumph as the titular monarch and proving to moviegoers that bald can be beautiful. It's Brynner's proud king that provides the fulcrum to the plot, and it's Brynner himself, with his piercing gaze and graceful physicality, that demands our attention.
The story line, adapted from an earlier, nonmusical stage hit, follows widowed English teacher Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) to her new posting as tutor to the Siamese king's formidable mob of children. The collision of East and West affords its winning mixture of drama and humor, and the warm friendship that grows between the king and the patrician teacher provides a poignant, unfulfilled romance between the two wary protagonists. Into this framework, the composers insert a superb score, echoing Asian motifs, as well as a bouquet of lovely songs including "Hello, Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance," and two ensemble pieces for Anna and the royal children ("Getting to Know You" and "I Whistle a Happy Tune") that suggest prototypes for Rodgers & Hammerstein's later hit, "The Sound of Music".
For this 1956 production, 20th Century Fox lavished stereophonic sound, widescreen cinematography, intricate production design, and stunning sets. Technically, this newly mastered THX version is the best-looking and -sounding "King" yet to hit video. But, regardless of format, the glorious music is reason enough to hit "play." "--Sam Sutherland"


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