Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God, who does not answer but is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative wife Golde. After arranging a marriage between his oldest daughter Tzeitel and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when the girl falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. And after shouting the praises of "tradition," Tevye must change his tune-and his entire life-when he and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar's minions. Topol's co-stars include Norma Crane as Golde, Yiddish theater legend Molly Picon as Yente the matchmaker, and Leonard Frey as Motel.~Hal Erickson
The details of this transfer are good. Way better than dvd. The sound is very good to. It sounded very good on home theater. If you like musicals this is a very good musical. If you don’t like musicals I highly suggest you watch this movie. It is very good.
i had never seen this before but my girl insisted that i had to watch it, as a fan of musicals i was surprised that i had never looked into this before. its a great musical depicting the struggle during ww2 and love in a little village.
I was hoping this blu-ray would be as good as The Sound of Music, but it's not so. It's not a big deal because Fiddler's blu-ray video and audio is still excellent. The video quality is very impressive - sharp, tons of detail, good color. Bright day scenes really stand out as expected. While darker and/or night scenes get a tiny bit grainy (which is perfectly fine if you like grain). The video is pretty clean and spotless expect for right after the intermission scenes when some black ovals pop up on the screen (it's so quick, it's not really an issue, but they do show up). During some of the overcast day scenes with the sky in the background, there is a slight wavy effect that ripples across the sky (once again, it's barely noticable, but it's there). The 7.1 DTS-HD audio rocks for a 1971 film - totally satisfied with the work they did on the audio - clear and active. The volume does increase a bit whenever someone starts singing.