Kiss Me Kate — Cole Porter’s 1953 hit musical filmed with the most advanced 3D technology during the medium’s “golden era” – will be released March 3 in a new restored Blu-ray edition by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Viewers will now be able to experience the classic starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ann Miller exactly the way it was seen in its 3D release in theatres 62 years ago.
Kiss Me Kate will be part of WBHE’s Blu-ray Musicals Collection, which will also contain a 2D version of Kiss Me Kate, and Singin’ in the Rain, along with The Band Wagon and Calamity Jane, both making their Blu-ray debuts. The Collection will also include four collectible art cards. In addition, Kiss Me Kate, The Band Wagon and Calamity Jane will be available as singles.
Kiss Me Kate, one of the jewels in the Warner library, joins Dial M For Murder and House of Wax as the third restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging of films originally shot in 3D. The remastered Kiss Me Kate will include uncompressed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround remixed from original recording stems and magnetic masters and will now be presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1:75:1. Bonus material includes vintage documentaries, shorts, cartoons and the theatrical trailer. The 2D version of the film is also included.
The Band Wagon was also restored by MPI, using the renowned Ultra Resolution process. Ultra Resolution, nominated for a Scientific and Technical Academy Award, is Warner’s patented technology used to digitally realign and sharpen older film negatives shot with the Technicolor three-strip process. Warner previously used this on restorations of Gone With the Wind, Singin’ in the Rain, Easter Parade, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Wizard of Oz. For its high-def debut, MPI has also remastered Calamity Jane especially for this Blu-ray premiere release.