Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella—Image Entertainment
Originally devised as a Broadway-caliber musical for CBS in 1957, Cinderella is making its very first appearance on home video since it aired live on the network to a record-breaking audience.
Starring a youthful Julie Andrews as the girl who marries a prince, this musical looks and sounds surprisingly good for a television program that was thought to be lost for nearly 60 years. While the 1.33:1 black-and-white picture lacks detail and is marred by dust and dirt, it has a decent amount of contrast throughout. Meanwhile, the single-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack, though lacking a lot of dynamic range, still delivers the classic songs with aplomb.
A nostalgic set of supplementary material rounds out the package. Most notably, the disc offers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, in which Rodgers conducts the orchestra and Hammerstein performs a beat-poet-type recitation of the lyrics to "Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful)." (It's quirky, but it somehow works!) And the making-of documentary, "A Lovely Night" features interviews with a handful of the surviving cast members, including Andrews, and delves deeply into the fascinating history behind the film's presentation.