1 videodisc (2 hr., 52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Based upon the musical play produced on the stage by Herman Levin, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, from a play by Bernard Shaw.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
Special features: Audio commentary; Vintage featurettes: 1963 production kick-off dinner (b&w) (23 min.); George Cukor directs Baroness Bina Rothchild [audio with slide show] (3 min.); The fairest "Fair Lady" (10 min.); Los Angeles premiere (b&w) (5 min.); Rex Harrison Golden Globe acceptance speech (1 min.); Academy Awards ceremony highlights (b&w) ( 30 sec.); Alternate Audrey Hepburn vocals; Posters and lobby cards with Rex Harrison radio interview [slide show] (1 min.); Comments on a lady (2 min.); Trailers (9 min.).
Director of photography, Harry Stradling ; art director, Gene Allen ; editor, William Ziegler ; set decorator, George James Hopkins ; choreographer, Hermes Pan ; additional music by Frederick Loewe ; vocal arrangements, Robert Tucker ; costumes, scenery, and production designed by Cecil Beaton ; music supervised and conducted by André Previn ; restored by Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz.
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland.
Arrogant, irascible, and misogynistic professor of phonetics Henry Higgins believes that the accent and tone of one's voice determines a person's prospects in society. He boasts to a new acquaintance, Colonel Hugh Pickering--also an expert in phonetics--that he could teach any woman to speak so "properly" that he could pass her off as a duchess at an embassy ball. He chooses as an example a sassy, young working-class London flower seller from the slums, Eliza Doolittle, who has a strong Cockney accent. Can Higgins turn Eliza into a duchess? And will Eliza care to remain a lady for long? When the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London's elite, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself.
MPAA rating: G.
English dialogue, optional subtitles in Brazilian Portuguese; closed captioned.
Academy Awards, 1965: Best Sound (George Groves); Best art direction-set decoration, color (Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton, George James Hopkins); Best costume design, color (Cecil Beaton); Best cinematography, color (Harry Stradling Sr.); Best music, scoring of music, adaptation or treatment (André Previn); Best actor in a leading role (Rex Harrison); Best director (George Cukor); Best picture (Jack L. Warner).
Academy Award; Best Cinematography (color), 1964: Harry Stradling.
Academy Award; Best Director, 1964: George Cukor.
Academy Award; Best Actor, 1964: Rex Harrison.
Academy Award; Best Picture, 1964: Jack L. Warner, producer.
Academy Award; Best Art Direction (color), 1964: art direction, Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton ; set decoration, George James Hopkins.
Academy Award; Best Costume Design, 1964: Cecil Beaton.
Academy Award; Best Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment, 1964: Andre Previn.
Academy Award; Best Sound, 1964.