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The Busby Berkeley Collection, Vol. 2 (Gold Diggers of 1937 / Gold Diggers in Paris / Hollywood Hotel / Varsity Show) (2008)

Busby Berkeley  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Directors: Busby Berkeley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 388 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A5ES8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Busby Berkeley Collection, Vol. 2 (Gold Diggers of 1937 / Gold Diggers in Paris / Hollywood Hotel / Varsity Show)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Famous for his elaborate musical productions involving geometric patterns using showgirls, props and the like, Busby Berkeley helped establish movie musicals with films such as Gold Diggers of 1937 (Dick Powell. 1936/128 min.), Gold Diggers in Paris (Rudy Vallee. 1938/97 min.), Varsity Show (Rosemary Lane. 1937/120 min.) and Hollywood Hotel (Lola Lane. 1937/109 min.). 4 DVDs. B&w/NR/fullscreen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A second helping of Berkeley is finally here May 31, 2008
Format:DVD
These are some of Berkeley's post production code works. My memory fails me on the details of these films since TCM hasn't broadcast them on a regular basis for some time now. They're not quite up to the quality of Berkeley's work in the pre-code era, but I do remember them as quality musicals from the 1930's. If you enjoy musicals from that era you're sure to enjoy these. One important thing to note: This package, like the three disc Jazz Singer release from last fall, is advertised to include the two remaining excerpts from the lost 1929 film Gold Diggers of Broadway. However, the Jazz Singer did not have the "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" number, as it was advertised to have. This set should finally give us that last excerpt. The following is the press release about the set, since my memory fails me on the precise details of the films:

Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Dick Powell plays an insurance agent with musical ambitions while Joan Blondell is a showgirl who becomes a secretary. But the plot is secondary as dance creator Busby Berkeley turns a garden party into a tap-happy romp, and Blondell leads leggy soldiers in a banner-waving, precision-formation rendition of "All's Fair in Love and War" that's Berkeley spectacle at its showy best. Berkeley received an Academy nod for Best Dance Direction.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre films in very good package November 11, 2008
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This collection, marketed under the name of Busby Berkeley, is not one of Warner Brother's better releases. The Berkeley name may draw the unfamiliar but it is misleading since in at least one of the films, he was brought in merely to stage the finale and as a director, except for a certain visual flair with the camera boom, there was nothing really to distinguish him from any other contract director of the time. The Warner's musicals weakened when the Hays Code censorship removed their sting in 1934. All these films are post code. Berkeley lost too since many of his best numbers revolved around sex. Also the budgets were curtailed.

The first film and maybe the best is "Golddiggers of 1937", a cynical and not very likeable farce set around insurance salesmen. Berkeley regulars, Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, married at the time, are the leads and since Blondell is neither a singer nor dancer of any note, if at all, there is a hole in the accompanying musical numbers. The climax is the battle of the sexes number "All's fair in love and war" and Berkeley's penchant for precision marching and formations is prevalent and dreary.

"Hollywood Hotel" directed entirely by Berkeley, is overlong but the musical numbers, particularly the title number and "Let that be a lesson to You" have real visual flair, infectious orchestrations and the vocals tossed around the cast and extras. They bounce and jump off the screen. Benny Goodman and Francis Langford bring a touch of class and Harry James can be seen in Goodman's band. The screenplay is a reasonably entertaining spoof on stardom with Lola Lane playing a temperamental star and Alan Mowbray giving an hilarious spoof of a ham actor.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Busby's Lesser Known Films September 23, 2008
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It is so nice to see that some of the rarer films of early Hollywood are being released on DVD. This set features four never before released movies with some great musical numbers and some underrated stars.

Gold Diggers of 1937 doesn't have the best plot in the world, but it makes up for what it lacks with the great musical numbers. Dick Powell stars as an insurance salesman who can't seem to sell a policy. On a train he finds himself face to face with Joan Blondell; it is love at first sight. Love does wonders for him and he soon finds a client. Victor Moore might not be a great candidate for life insurance; he isn't very young and he isn't very healthy, but he is interested in a million dollar policy.

"Speaking of the Weather" is a catchy and sweet little tune played beautifully by Powell and Blondell, by this time married and in the throes of love. There is a great tap routine in the second rendition of the song. "All is Fair in Love and War," the big finale, features a bevy of beautiful girls rocking in rocking chairs and bombing their beaus from across a largely black screen. It isn't as impressive as one might expect. The blank background seems a little too simple as the song isn't so great. Still, since Busby Berkeley had a hand in it, it comes off better than it would have without his guidance.

Also included on this DVD are two clips from the lost film Gold Diggers of Broadway, a film considered to be the first of the Gold Diggers movies. It was filmed in two strip technicolor, so it is a curiosity to early film lovers. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a straightforward musical number, but the grand finale is quite impressive with a gorgeous skyscraper background and intricate dance routines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He sure could make women move.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph W. Garnier
5.0 out of 5 stars American Movie Icon Everyone Should See At Least Once!
Busby Berkeley was so unique. These are amazing to watch and the actors are so talented. It makes me wish I could have lived back in the time when these were shown on the big... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ophtha wahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned musicals.
I love old musicals!! These are in gorgeous black and white with mono sound. But the music and production numbers are fabulous! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bennett I. Bardfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Set 2 of BB
Having enjoyed the first boxed set, I immediately ordered the second and it contains the rest of the Berkley musicals. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marcar
1.0 out of 5 stars Busby Berkeley Vol. 2
Very little dancing and too much nonsence including the lead guy who portreyed himself as a fop. Varsity Show is a joke.
Published on March 4, 2012 by William J. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars No Through the Roof
I was disappointed that "Gold Diggers of 1937" did not contain the "Through the Roof" Documentary that one reviewer mentioned. I wonder if there is another release that does.
Published on April 7, 2011 by DickieNel
5.0 out of 5 stars Bat's Review
Excellent if you like old movies and appreciate the humor, music and other things that they had to use back then to make these movies the classics that they are today in my opinion... Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Salvatore J. Battaglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of DVDs
They don't make movies like they used to (some of my younger friends are grateful for this). If you enjoy the nostalgia of old movies with incredible choreography, this set is for... Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by ms martyr
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 DVDs in a Box; Can I Get an Insert?
Real movie fans appreciate the effort put into restoration of classic films, even the lesser glowing gems. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Paul Bilpuch
5.0 out of 5 stars one heck of a box set !!!
The Busby Berkeley Collection, Volume 2 contains 4 solid films with the superlative choreography of Busby Berkeley. Read more
Published on March 28, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
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