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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fiddler On The Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray + DVD Review

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Fiddler On The Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray + DVD Review



Synopsis: A grand tradition of song, dance, and musical splendor returns to the screen when FIDDLER ON THE ROOF debuts on Blu-ray April 5thfrom MGM Home Entertainment in honor of the 40thanniversary of the classic film. Nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Actor, Fiddler on the Roof is a universal story of hope and acceptance.  Fans will also be able to experience a new 7.1 audio track on the Blu-ray version, bringing the Oscar-winning music to life like never before.

This lavishly produced and critically-acclaimed screen adaptation of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Academy Award®-nominee Topol, For Your Eyes Only), a poor but soulful milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. Tevye and his wife Golde (Norma Crane, “1984”) attempt to arrange suitable marriages for their five strong-willed daughters in poignant—and often amusing—moments that celebrate life and love.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Blu-ray debut recaptures the performances of such timeless songs as “To Life (L’Chaim),” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” The film also stars Academy Award®-nominee Leonard Frey (Where The Buffalo Roam), Rosalind Harris (Mrs. Santa Claus), and Michael Glaser (“Starsky & Hutch”) in hi-def 7.1 audio.

Review: The beloved classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is coming to blu-ray for the very first time!  This is a two-disc set that includes both the new blu-ray edition of the film and the DVD.  The price point for this is beyond worth it, even if you don't yet own a blu-ray player.  Its a great investment for the future.  The film speaks for itself....the legendary cast, the great story and of course the phenominal musical numbers!  How does it look on blu-ray?  The quick answer is great.  Its a bit soft at times, but the colors really pop and it has fantastic sound quality.  Overall, I'd say its one of the best transfers I've seen on a film this old!

The special features on this set include: Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray, Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Norman Jewison and Topo, Norman Jewison, Filmmaker, Norman Jewison Looks Back, John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition, Songs of Fiddler On The Roof, Deleted Song - "Any Day Now", Tevye's Daughters, Set in Reality Production Design, Storyboard to Film Comparison, Tevye’s Dream Sequence (in Full Color with Side-by-Side Comparison and an Introduction by Norman Jewison), Trailers, Teasers and TV Spots.  Disc 2: Theatrical Feature DVD

Interest Range: Vintage Musicals
 

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