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Title:
The King and I
Author:
Lang, Walter, 1898-1972.
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc.
Summary:
An English governess is hired to teach the King of Siam's children, but ruins the country's traditions during her work.
General Note:
Title from container.

From Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play based on "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1956.

Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary by Richard Barrios and Michael Portantiere; Exclusive isolated musical score; Songs-only option; Singalong karaoke subtitles (English); Disc 2: "Anna and the King" TV pilot with commentary by Samantha Eggar; Featurettes: "Something wonderful: the story of 'The King and I'"; "The Kings of Broadway"; "The King of the big screen"; "'The King and I' stage version"; "'The King and I' the Royal archives"; "Restoring CinemaScope® 55"; Vintage stage excerpts: Songs "Getting to know you" and "A puzzlement" performed by Broadway stars Patricia Morison and Yul Brynner; Stills and audio from deleted number: "Shall I tell you what I think of you?" performed by Deborah Kerr and Marni Nixon; Fox Movietone News including charity premiere and Yul Brynner Oscar® clip.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: G.
UPC:
024543391029

024543346517
Format :
DVD

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The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna and the King of Siam. Since 20th-Century-Fox had made a film version of the Landon book in 1946, that studio had first dibs on the movie adaptation of The King and I. Deborah Kerr plays English widow Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam in the 1860s to tutor the many wives and children of the country's progressive King (Yul Brynner, recreating his Broadway role-and winning an Oscar in the process). The culture clash between Anna and the King is but one aspect of their multilayered relationship. Through Anna, the King learns the refineries and responsibilities of "modern" western civilization; Anna meanwhile comes to realize how important it is for an Oriental ruler to maintain his pride and to uphold the customs of his people. After a successful evening entertaining foreign dignitaries, Anna and the King celebrate with an energetic dance, but this is cut short by a bitter quarrel over the cruel punishment of the King's new Burmese wife Tuptim (Rita Moreno), who has dared to fall in love with someone else. Despite the many rifts between them, Anna and the monarch come to respect and (to a degree) love one another. When the King dies, Anna agrees to stay on to offer help and advice to the new ruler of Siam, young Prince Chulalongkhorn (Patrick Adiarte). In general, The King and I tends to be somewhat stagey, with the notable exception of the matchless "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet, which utilizes the Cinemascope 55 format to best advantage (the process also does a nice job of "handling" Deborah Kerr's voluminous hoopskirts). Most of the Broadway version's best songs ("Getting to Know You", "Whistle a Happy Tune", "A Puzzlement", "Shall We Dance" etc.) are retained. None of the omissions are particularly regrettable, save for Anna's solo "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" This feisty attack on the King's chauvinism was specially written to suit the talents of Gertrude Lawrence, who played Anna in the original production; the song was cut from the film because it made Deborah Kerr seem "too bitchy" (Kerr's singing, incidentally, is dubbed for the most part by the ubiquitous Marni Nixon). When all is said and done, the principal attraction of The King and I is Yul Brynner, in the role that made him a star and with which he will forever be identified. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi