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 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

It's being reported that Billy Rose's JUMBO, MGM's final old-time classic musical in the grand manner---the later UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN notwithstanding---is shortly to be released on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive imprint (as was GYPSY).

It is scheduled for release on October 8, but someone who has ordered it on Amazon is indicating that Amazon has delayed the promised delivery until mid-November---whatever that means.

Apparently the disc also includes the original Overture, a Tom and Jerry cartoon, an old WB Vitaphone short, and the trailer.

It will be in 16x9 enhanced widescreen, 2.35-1, with a 5.1 sound mix---all of which should make the Rodgers and Hart musical score, including Conrad Salinger's last orchestrations, and William Daniels camerawork especially lovely.

For those who love musicals, this one was a late treasure, with Doris Day, Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye being particular delights.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I remember seeing this film in the theatre as a kid and loving it. Subsequent viewings on TCM have confirmed my fondness for it. It's too bad it wasn't a success at the time. I suppose it was too old fashioned for audiences of 1962.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

It's being reported that Billy Rose's JUMBO, MGM's final old-time classic musical in the grand manner---the later UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN notwithstanding---is shortly to be released on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive imprint (as was GYPSY).

It is scheduled for release on October 8, but someone who has ordered it on Amazon is indicating that Amazon has delayed the promised delivery until mid-November---whatever that means.

Apparently the disc also includes the original Overture, a Tom and Jerry cartoon, an old WB Vitaphone short, and the trailer.

It will be in 16x9 enhanced widescreen, 2.35-1, with a 5.1 sound mix---all of which should make the Rodgers and Hart musical score, including Conrad Salinger's last orchestrations, and William Daniels camerawork especially lovely.

For those who love musicals, this one was a late treasure, with Doris Day, Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye being particular delights.


I remember how much I enjoyed seeing this at the movies in 1962 - even as a youngster - I had no idea at the time that this was the end of an era - because I had not seen most of the great musicals from MGM.

I did buy the LP from the Columbia House record club and loved that score - Doris Day has always been an all time favorite .

This should looked quite lovely on Blu-ray , especially some of the spectacular musical numbers. Bravo to the Warner Archive for selecting this forgotten gem .

 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Billy-Roses-Jumbo-Blu-ray/85865/

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I have it pre-ordered.

Have not had any word from Amazon that it will be delayed.

Still, it wasn't an expected release (the next "announced" release was to be "Sharky's Machine" for some reason).

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I found this at Warner Archives...

http://shop.warnerarchive.com/product/billy+roses+jumbo+bd+1000385367.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I've long had a sentimental attachment to that movie, and was thrilled when the soundtrack was finally released on CD a few years ago, as was the movie on DVD, and immediately bought both. But Blu-ray? That brings up the dilemma for those of us who have a large collection of DVDs. Mine numbers more than 4,000, and I've resolved to at least try to just buy titles I want to watch again and again. But if it's something I'll only watch once and put up on the shelf and never take down again, however much I love it, it would still be foolish to spend the money. I'm approaching 200 Blu-rays, but I look at the titles and have the nagging suspicion that I'll never watch the bulk of them more than once, and, worse, won't ever watch some of them. So I'm happy that those who'll watch this movie more than once will finally be able to get it in Blu-ray. But I can think of a lot of other films I would rather make it to Blu-ray. Or to DVD, for that matter, since, as some of us have written elsewhere here, there are a lot of great films still falling through the cracks and not being released on DVD, much less Blu-ray.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

As I recall it, the film opened at Radio City (where I saw it), during both a snowstorm and a newspaper strike. It suffered at the box office because of that.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Don't know anything about that. But I saw it in a movie theatre when it was new and loved Doris Day and a gruff but attractive Stephen Boyd and Martha Raye and Jimmy Durante. So much fun.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

When THE SOUND OF MUSIC was being cast, most people, including Richard Rodgers assumed Doris Day (the biggest box-office draw in the world) would be Maria. When she wasn't cast, the failure of BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO was cited as the reason. Of course, that was not the reason, at all. She was never seriously considered for the role.

I am looking forward to getting this Blu-ray. I only ever had it on laserdisc. I love Doris Day in everything.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

"WHAT ELEPHANT!?!?!"

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: I love Doris Day in everything.

PhiladelphiaSon: Have always loved her too. Several months ago I put on "Pillow Talk" -- such fun! And have fond memories of a number of her other films, such as dramatic roles in "Julie" and "Midnight Lace" and the aforementioned "Jumbo." And what about "Pillow Talk"!!!! (And what about Frank Skinner's soundtrack for "Midnight Lace"? I've been looking for it FOREVER!!!)

I think I mentioned above that a few years ago (more than half a dozen) I wrote her a long typewritten letter that I sent to the post office in Carmel Calif, telling her how much she had meant to me over the year. I singled out the studio recording that she and Robert Goulet did of "Annie Get Your Gun," which I had bought on LP and reel-to-reel and longed to see on CD (which, later, it was). I told her in my letter that I felt that her music and her movies would last forever. I also mentioned how much I appreciated her support of Rock Hudson during his final days. She sent me a sweet handwritten card. And I still play her music she recorded throughout her career, going back to the Big Band era. Truly a treasure.

When I was in high school soooooooooo many years ago, knowing how important music was to me even then, school administrators put me in charge of the record collection that was piling up from such sources as Columbia Records, and I would occasionally take home some of those Columbia 45s with their orange labels -- mainly records like "Make Someone Happy" by Doris Day and the theme for movies like "Midnight Lace" -- and while I brought most of them back, some like those 2 weren't very popular among 16 and 17-year-olds (and they hated it when I played any of them at our dances!), so I kept some , now stored in boxes with other old 45s. Around that time, "Pajama Game" came out with Doris in her very short white skirt with red hearts on the cover, and that was about the time I fell in love with cast albums. And still love 'em!

 
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