As a kid I enjoyed nothing more then weekend morning and afternoons when the cable channels would often put on older musicals. I received my entire musical education this way. I watched most of them to death and wore through an old collection of LPs donated by my neighbors listening to the original soundtracks. Now while I watched most of them too many times for a brain to take, some made their mark so deeply that it became impossible for me to grow tired of them. Chief amongst them is the 1962 Robert Preston and Shirley Jones extravaganza, The Music Man .
The musical, which is set in July 1912, is about a traveling salesman, “Professor” Harold Hill, who arrives in River City, Iowa, intrigued by the challenge of swindling the famously stubborn natives of Iowa. Masquerading as a traveling band instructor, Professor Hill plans to con the citizens of River City into paying him to create a boy’s marching band, including instruments, uniforms, and music instruction. Once he has collected the money and the instruments and uniforms have arrived, he will hop the next train out of town leaving them without their money or a band. Of course a change of heart results in a heartwarming story.
The Music Man is presented in a 1080p high definition transfer and has never looked better. Those trombones really pop out. Audio is crisp and clean. I would like have been more special features (don’t we all), but The Music Man has some nice ones all presented in Standard Definition. The include:
- A 2 minute introduction by Shirley Jones
- The 22 minute “Right Here in River City” making of featurette (hosted by Jones)
- The Original Theatrical Trailer
If you love musicals and have access to a Blu-Ray player, The Music Man is a must have. I cannot gush enough about it….
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