The King and I [3 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1956]

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  • Release Date: 10/07/2014
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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (203 out of 207)

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    The King and I
    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Deborah Kerr
      Deborah Kerr - Anna Leonowens
    • Yul Brynner
      Yul Brynner - The King of Siam
    • Rita Moreno
      Rita Moreno - Tuptim
    • Martin Benson
      Martin Benson - Kralahome
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      Terry Saunders - Lady Thiang



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blu Ray Of The King & I is the one to own

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      TheProfessor
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      This review concerns only the quality of the 2014 4-Disc Blu Ray/DVD set and not the content of the film, which is one of Rogers & Hammerstein's greatest musicals. I saw this film at its original release in the 1950s and own VHS copies of it, as well as the 50th Anniversary 2-disc DVD set. This last is very good in standard definition video and Dolby digital sound. However, this recent Blu Ray in HD video and DTS (Digital Theater Sound) audio is the best available transfer for home theater viewing on an HD 16X9 TV. It is simply stunning on my Samsung HD 55" TV. Thank you Best Buy for offering this at an incredibly low price. Highly Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Old Hollywood

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      Bestbuyer
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      A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam’s children. Handsome and talented cast, headed by the unsurpassed Yul Brynner and lovely Deborah Kerr. Rita Moreno as the lovelorn Tuptim and Carlos Rivas as her Burmese beau. Terry Saunders is attractive as the "first wife," Patrick Adiarte is trim as the young prince and Martin Benson does very nicely with the abbreviated role of the prime minister. If you don't see it, I believe , you'll be missing a grand and moving thing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful membering movie

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      scot
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      This movie is from the early 50's and has so much history. It is a movie to enjoy its sights and sounds with the list of songs. It is also to learn for all the information shared in the CD's. I was glad I remembered the movie and enjoyed to it again! You should see it too, you will be glad you did.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Bit Disappointing

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      SnellKrell
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      Great musical and superb casting. My disappointment has to do with the film's restoration. Had hoped for more. The 4.0 soundtrack at times sounds constricted. Better sound was available even in the days the film was produced! But, it's the only game in town. So, if you're interested in this title, you have no other choice.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Musical Production

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      Jmatthew54
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      One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's best collaborations. The original movie cast of Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr is a successful pairing in these contrasting roles. One of the romance musicals, based upon a true story and book by the educator played by Deborah Kerr.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      My Wife loved this one

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      PeteB
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      She had seen it as a child, but never like this.. Restored and in Blu-ray and Digital formats, its almost like watching it on the big screen again, and did I mention the dolby sound soundtrack... its actually probably better than its original debut... :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Yul, we miss you.

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      ILoveFilms
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      The great Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr gives a wonderful performance in a true classic and epic film. I wish Yul was in our time now, we would've loved him even more. Just imagine Yul Brynner, George Clooney and Brad Pitt being friends and doing films together. That would've been historical for us today in every way.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      East meets west excetera, excetera

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      Magana1
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      The king & I was one of my family’s favorites. How one country accepts another’s culture as likewise the hosting country tolerates the others. A brilliant performance by Yule Brenner & Debra Ker. Color, coreauguraphy & music are the movies strengths ... a good family movie then & now

      I would recommend this to a friend



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