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South Pacific

This classic musical tells the tale of two Americans struggling to overcome prejudice while serving in the South Pacific during World War II -- although the Rogers and Hammerstein production focuses more on the song and dance than the inner conflict. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 157
Theater Release: 19 Mar 1958
Video Release: 31 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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South Pacific was produced in a made-for-TV movie in 2001. Check our review of this updated version. For a look at other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals see our reviews of The Sound Of Music and The King And I.

Home Video Extra Features

South Pacific: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc

Release Date: 31 March 2009

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific celebrates its 50th Anniversary with this 2-disc Blu-ray release. Authored in BD-J with AVEC (MPEG 4) compression on two dual-layer 50GB discs, the movie is presented in widescreen format with audio tracks recorded in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English), 4.0 Dolby Surround (English), Stereo (English), and 5.1 Dolby Digital (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin.

Bonus extras include audio commentaries (by President Ted Chapin of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and by musical theater writer Gerard Alessandrini), English Sing-A-Long Karaoke subtitles, and a Songs-Only option.

As well there are:

-Extended Road Show Version (with 15 additional minutes of footage).

-Commentary by Film Historian Richard Barrios.

- Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating An American Masterpiece (a full-length documentary).

- Making Of South Pacific .

-60 Minutes Exclusive: The Tales of the South Pacific (with Diane Sawyer and writer James Michener).

-Fox Movietone News: South Pacific on the Screen   A Perfect Hit and State Department Confers High Honor on South Pacific.

-Vintage Stage Excerpts Performed by Original Broadway Stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza (Some Enchanted Evening and A Wonderful Guy).

-Mitzy Gaynor Screen Test.

-Original Theatrical Trailer.

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