The Mikado The Mikado

The Mikado

Victor Schertzinger

 
The Mikado (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States, United Kingdom
  • 1939
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #559

The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the beloved comic opera The Mikado, the first work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen. Directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger, it is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as “A Wand’ring Minstrel I” and “Three Little Maids from School,” and featuring American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D’Oyly Carte performers, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville.

Credits

DirectorVictor Schertzinger
Based upon the opera byW. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
By arrangement withRupert D’Oyly Carte
Adapted, conducted, and produced byGeoffrey Toye
Production managerPhil C. Samuel
Associate producerJosef Somlo
Decor byVertés
Recorded byThe London Symphony Orchestra and the chorus of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
Technicolor photographyWilliam V. Skall
CameramanBernard Knowles
Art directorRalph Brinton

Disc Features

  • Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with Topsy-Turvy director Mike Leigh and Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr.
  • Short silent film promoting the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company’s 1926 stage performance of The Mikado
  • Deleted scene with Ko-Ko’s “I’ve Got a Little List” song
  • Excerpts from 1939 radio broadcasts of the stage productions The Swing Mikado and The Hot Mikado
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Film Essays

The Mikado: Celluloid Savoy

By Geoffrey O’Brien March 29, 2011

As the only film of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera brought to the screen with the participation of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Victor Schertzinger’s 1939 Technicolor TheMikado is a unique . . . Read more »

Press Notes: The Mikado and Topsy-Turvy

April 13, 2011

Critics are whistling a happy tune about our twin Gilbert and Sullivan releases on DVD and Blu-ray: the 1939 Victor Schertzinger Technicolor adaptation of The Mikado and Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh’ . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Mikado: Celluloid Savoy

By Geoffrey O’Brien March 29, 2011

As the only film of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera brought to the screen with the participation of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Victor Schertzinger’s 1939 Technicolor TheMikado is a unique . . . Read more »