Carousel

Carousel

Director: Henry King Cast: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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Overview

Released as a string of THX digitally remastered Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals on DVD, Carousel will surprise both fans and musical lovers unfamiliar with the film. The first film, shot in CinemaScope 55 (which is slightly wider than today's 2.35:1 "scope" ratio), Carousel is almost an entirely new film on DVD after years of faded, cropped transfers on video and television. The non-anamorphic 2.55:1 widescreen transfer is brilliant, with only a little "shimmering" from digital edge enhancement detracting from the picture. The restored colors and aspect ratio give the film a new lease on life; some of the beach scenes look like they were filmed recently as opposed to almost 45 years ago. The restored 5.0 Dolby track holds a perfect balance between the vocals and the score, really making the musical come alive again. Though short on the supplement end, the disc does include a unique alternative to a trailer -- the original theatrical newsreel about the premiere of the film. Another film that makes an example of the benefits of restoring older films for future enjoyment, Carousel on DVD should be regarded as the definitive version.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/1999
UPC: 0086162001017
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 2:08:00

Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio 2.55:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Languages: English 5.0 surround: English stereo; Subtitles: English; Spanish; Movietone news trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gordon MacRae Billy
Shirley Jones Julie
Cameron Mitchell Jigger
Barbara Ruick Carrie
Claramae Turner Cousin Nettie
Gene Lockhart Starkeeper
Susan Luckey Louise
Robert Rounseville Mr. Snow
Audrey Christie Mrs. Mullin
John Dehner Mr. Bascombs
Jacques D'Amboise Louise's Dancing Partner
Frank Tweddell Capt. Watson
Tor Johnson Strong Man
Harry Johnson Juggler
Ed Mundy Fire Eater
Angelo Rossitto Midget
Dee Pollock Enoch Snow, Jr.
Richard Deacon Policeman
William Le Massena Heavenly Friend

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Rod Alexander Choreography
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Agnes de Mille Choreography
Henry Ephron Producer,Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Benjamin Glazer Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
William H. Reynolds Editor
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Billy in Heaven (Main Title). [:21]
2. The Carousel Waltz. [3:45]
3. Mrs. Mullin's Carousel. [2:43]
4. Billy Gets Bounced. [2:54]
5. Mister Snow. [1:02]
6. The Bench at the Far End of the Park. [4:11]
7. If I Loved You. [4:08]
8. Julie and Billy's Surprise. [:29]
9. June Is Bustin' Out All Over. [6:28]
10. Jigger's Plan. [1:40]
11. A Visit from Mrs. Mullin. [7:03]
12. Julie's News. [:01]
13. Soliloguy. [2:22]
14. A Change of Mind. [5:24]
15. When the Children Are Asleep. [4:05]
16. A Real Nice Clambake. [2:55]
17. "Where's the Fire?" [3:13]
18. Stonecutters Cut It on Stone. [2:55]
19. What's the Use of Wond'rin'. [2:00]
20. No Escape. [1:44]
21. Losing Billy. [3:43]
22. You'll Never Walk Alone. [4:08]
23. Billy's Little Girl. [2:58]
24. Louise's Ballet. [:22]
25. Billy's One Day. [2:08]
26. If I Loved You (Reprise). [4:08]
27. Graduation; You'll Never Walk Alone (Finale). [2:31]

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Carousel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When viewed by a modern audience, CAROUSEL has some jarring moments...especially when the theme is touching on moments of spousal abuse. Fans of the stage version will find several songs missing, and moments of other songs changed or rearranged. But that is common in most film musicals. On the whole, there is some beatiful photography and some wonderful Richard Rodgers music. In fact, it was the favorite of all his scores. Certainly, in this restored version, it is worth another look.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Carousel' is first-rate from beginning to end. Needless to say, the music is entrancing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is worth having for the music and since it is really a classic, most everyone should see it, but seeing it recently, I had forgotten what a strange plot it had.
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