Blu-ray Release: Flower Drum Song

Blu-ray Release Date: May 24, 2022
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

The 1961 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical comedy Flower Drum Song tells the story of a young Hong Kong girl (Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara) who travels to San Francisco as part of an arranged marriage and discovers a new and modern world.

Filled with memorable songs and dances (choreographed by Hermes Pan of Top Hat fame), this lavish Ross Hunter production is realized by director Henry Koster (No Highway in the Sky) and cinematographer Russell Metty (All That Heaven Allows).

Co-starring Nancy Kwan (Fate is the Hunter) and James Shigeta (The Crimson Kimono), Flower Drum Song became a cinematic landmark as the first major Hollywood feature film to have a mostly Asian-American cast in a contemporary Asian-American story.

Here’s a list of what this special edition includes:

-Brand New 2K Masters
-Audio Commentary by Star Nancy Kwan with Film Historian Nick Redman
-A Classic Evolves: From Print to Stage to Screen – Broadway legends Rodgers & Hammerstein adopt the best-selling novel into a theatrical hit and a Hollywood classic (19:06)
-Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song – Learn how the film was one of Hollywood’s first to cast Asian actors as strong Chinese characters who achieve success and happiness (9:09)
-The Songs of Flower Drum Song – From the unforgettable
-ENJOY BEING A GIRL to the East-meets-West classic CHOP SUEY, experience the wonder of these dazzling musical numbers (11:00)
-An All-Access Pass to the Sets and Costumes of Flower Drum Song (5:52)
-The Legacy of Rodgers & Hammerstein (4:25)
-Theatrical Trailer (Newly Mastered in 2K)
-5.1 Surround & Lossless 2.0 Audio
-Optional English Subtitles

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.