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Show Boat Blu Ray

Show Boat Blu Ray

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Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s immortal musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel receives its most faithful and enduring cinematic treatment under the elegant direction of James Whale. A rich portrait of changing American entertainment traditions and race relations, Show Boat spans five decades and three generations as it follows the fortunes of the stagestruck Magnolia (Irene Dunne), an aspiring actor whose journey takes her from her family’s humble floating playhouse in the 1880s South to the bright footlights of the 1930s North. The cast of show-business legends includes Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, and the great Paul Robeson, whose iconic, soul-shaking rendition of “Ol’ Man River” is one of the crowning glories of the American stage and screen.

 

Description

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring American-musical historian Miles Kreuger
  • New interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis
  • Recognizing Race in “Show Boat,” a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored
  • Four performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, including songs from original Broadway cast members Helen Morgan, Jules Bledsoe, and Tess Gardella, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger
  • Two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Morgan, Allan Jones, and Charles Winninger; producer Orson Welles; and novelist Edna Ferber
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins
  • Year: 1936
  • Running Time: 113
  • Color Type: Black and White
  • Aspect Ratio: 1:37:1
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English
Actors:
Allan Jones
Charles Winninger
Helen Westley
Helen Morgan
Donald Cook
Sammy White
Queenie Smith
J. Farrell MacDonald
Arthur Hohl
Charles Middleton
Hattie McDaniel
Sunny O’Dea
Patricia Barry
Clarence Muse
Stanley Fields
May Beatty
Bobby Watson
E.E. Clive

Directed by James Whale

Additional information

Weight 3 oz
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4K Ultra HD, Blu Ray DIsc

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