Now, these aren't what you'd call "contemporary" musicals. In fact, movie fans of today would probably call these films trite or silly or (most likely) corny, and that may be true -- but they're also very fine examples of a style of filmmaking that's long since gone out of style. And just because something's gone out of style, that doesn't mean it should be forgotten.
Like most of you, I'm most familiar with Robert Wise's THE SOUND OF MUSIC; it's a movie my parents used to make me stay up late to watch. (Not let, MAKE.) It's full of very precious sweetness and cozy, candy-coated sentiment ... but damn if it's not still a warmly entertaining piece of candy. And obviously the music is great ... even if you wouldn't admit such a thing to your friends.
And that's how it goes with most of these musicals. OKLAHOMA! and THE KING AND I seem to stand out among the others, at least for me personally. But all together they act as a cinematic time capsule and give us a peek at an earlier, sweeter and apparently more innocent era. The emotions are warm and sweet, the characters are generally colorful and compelling, the stories are simple yet memorable, and the music (despite being something your grandmother might love) is pretty cool, too. Cool in a cornball kinda way, but hey, these movies are considered classics for a reason.
STATE FAIR -- Film historian audio commentary, Pat Boone audio commentary, "From Page to Screen to Stage" featurette, still galleries, vintage stage excerpts, "State Fair" TV pilot, theatrical trailers, and two separate versions of the film.
OKLAHOMA! -- Two audio commentaries with authors, cast members and film historians, two "TODD-AO" featurettes, vintage stage excerpts, photo galleries, and theatrical trailers.
THE KING AND I -- Film and stage historian audio commentary, isolated musical score track, "Anna and the King" TV pilot, six featurettes, vintage stage excerpts, stills and audio from deleted scenes, and Fox Movietone News clips.
CAROUSEL -- Cast and filmmaker commentary, isolated musical score track, Bonus Film: 1934's LILIOM, "Turns on the Carousel" featurette, vintage stage excerpts, stills and sudio from deleted scenes, Fox Movietone News Clips, photo galleries, theatrical trailers.
SOUTH PACIFIC -- Author and stage historian audio commentary, "road show" version of the film, "Making of South Pacific" featurette, James Michener interview, vintage stage excerpts, Fox Movietone News clips, Mitzi Gaynor screen tests, theatrical trailers, etc.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC -- Two audio commentaries (one cast, one director's), Julie Andrews introduction, feature-length documentary "My Favorite Things," four all-new featurettes ("Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Remembrance," "On Location with The Sound of Music," "From Liels to Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion," & "When You Know the Notes to Sing: A Singalong Phenomenon") "The Von Trapp Family" A&E Special, a rarely-seen Mia Farrow screen test, a film restoration comparison, photo galleries, storyboards, lobby cards, posters, trailers and TV spots. Whew!