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"Fiddler on the Roof" {Blu-ray-40th Anniversary Edition} - (Wayne)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: MGM
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
4/5/11
Special Features:

(See Below)

Review:

MGM and Fox weren't fiddling around when they elected to put out this new 40th Anniversary edition of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof". Based on the popular Broadway production which originally featured Zero Mostel, "Fiddler" has become one of those classics that almost every local theater puts on because it's so well known and beloved. ---

Image & Sound: This special edition on Blu-ray from MGM (prepared and distributed by Fox) is a marked improvement from previous editions of the film. Keep in mind that "Fiddler" looks intentionally soft. This edition is no exception but detail still looks quite nice and colors pop. The film has NOT been overprocessed as there is visible film grain. I would temper your expectations though as the film is 40 years old and while it looks much better than many films from the same time frame that have been released on Blu-ray, this edition is NOT going to look like a recently shot film. ***

There's some obvious edge enhancement and some other artifacts that crop up from time to time. Over all this is a nice looking if imperfect presentation of the film in high def. *** The audio sounds splendid. ---

Special Features:

As with previous editions we get the late Norman Jewison's commentary track along with star Topol. It's pretty evident they were recorded separately but that doesn't stop their commentary from being a complimentary and lively track. ***

We also get a variety of featurettes including "Tevye's Dream" presented without the desaturated look evident in the film and a side-by-side comparison between the two versions. We also get "Norman Jewison Looks Back" on the production of the film as well as a nearly 50 minute documentary on the production of the film. Storyboards are included as part of a comparison to the finished product. Music conductor John Williams also appears in a featurette on his take on the film. Finally we get a deleted song and a featurette on the songs from the film.

Final Words:

"Fiddler" looks quite nice on Blu-ray. The special features from previous editions have been carried over and we also get a DVD copy of the film included as part of the package but without the special features.

 

 
 
 
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