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Best Picture Collection - Musicals (An American in Paris/Gigi/My Fair Lady) (1964)

Audrey Hepburn , Rex Harrison , George Cukor , Vincente Minnelli  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Gene Kelly
  • Directors: George Cukor, Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, Colette, George Bernard Shaw
  • Producers: Arthur Freed, Jack L. Warner, Roger Edens
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087EYD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best Picture Collection - Musicals (An American in Paris/Gigi/My Fair Lady)" on IMDb

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An American in Paris
A GI (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become an artist and has to choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French gamine (Leslie Caron) engaged to an older man. The plot is mostly an excuse for director Vincente Minnelli to pool his own extraordinary talent with those of choreographer-dancer-actor Kelly and the artists behind the screenplay, art direction, cinematography, and score, creating a rapturous musical not quite like anything else in cinema. The final section of the film comprises a 17-minute dance sequence that took a month to film and is breathtaking. Songs include "'S Wonderful," "I Got Rhythm," and "Love Is Here to Stay."

Gigi
Vincente Minnelli's 1958 adaptation of Colette's story about a girl (Leslie Caron) groomed as a courtesan--but desired as a wife by a Parisian playboy (Louis Jordan)--won a lot of Oscars®, but it also has the unusual distinction of being an MGM musical shot on location in the City of Lights. What a musical it is (by Lerner and Loewe): Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold crooning "Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well," plus the songs "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "Gigi," "I'm a Bore," and "She's Not Thinking of Me." Director Minnelli makes a sumptuous, dreamy, almost laid-back affair of it all, and the indispensable cast is forever etched into memory. Hollywood's long-running infatuation with Continental grace and manners, the memory of a much earlier time imported to American movies through such immigrant directors as Ernst Lubitsch, may have finally come to a gentle end with this film.

My Fair Lady
Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," George Cukor, transformed Audrey Hepburn into street-urchin-turned-proper-lady Eliza Doolittle in this film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady stars Rex Harrison as linguist Henry Higgins (Harrison also played the role, opposite Julie Andrews, on stage), who draws Eliza into a social experiment that works almost too well. The letterbox edition of this film on video certainly pays tribute to the pageantry of Cukor's set, but it also underscores a certain visual stiffness that can slow viewer enthusiasm just a tad. But it's really star wattage that keeps this film exciting, that and such great songs as "On the Street Where You Live" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Actor Jeremy Brett, who gained a huge following later in life portraying Sherlock Holmes, is quite electric as Eliza's determined suitor. --Tom Keogh


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My box set has WIDESCREEN versions! May 20, 2008
I am confused by the negative reviews of this box set. I bought this set a couple of years ago and only AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is full frame (as it should be).

GIGI is a two sided disc, pan & scan on one side and 2:33-1 letterboxed on the other side.

MY FAIR LADY is in 2:33-1 wide screen only.

So either the other reviewers forgot to turn the GIGI disc over to watch the wide screen version, or Warner fixed the problem. I am not aware of any full frame DVDs on these titles that do not have the wide screen versions also.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Always get the original version May 29, 2007
Once again MGM has packaged three great films but in their pan and scan versions. It will be better to get them seperately in the letterbox versions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Expected better January 9, 2007
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It would have been much better with wide screen presentation, Gigi also lacks quality in soung and the magnificent viewes of Paris are lost. Of the whole collection, An american in Paris comes as the best picture in this format. Not worth the money
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By Dazy
Beautiful movies but the quality is better if you get them individually, especially with An American In Paris. I didn't mind the others :)
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Best Picture Collection - Musicals (An American in Paris/Gigi/My Fair Lady) (1964). This collection of three multi-Academy Award winning Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals certainly offers/offered value for money.

An American in Paris

This is a 1951 musical inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 orchestral composition of the same name. Gene Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan, an American GI who decides to stay in Paris after World War II, as he wishes to become an artist. He must choose between the patronage of Milo Roberts, a rich American woman (Nina Foch), or the love of perfume shop clerk Lise Bouvier, a French gamine (Leslie Caron, in her film debut) who is engaged to an older man. Oscar Levant co-stars as Adam Cook, Kelly's best friend. The picture was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by his brother Ira, and additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director. It features "S' Wonderful," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," "I Got Rhythm," and "Love Is Here to Stay," with intermittent dance sequences choreographed by Kelly. It culminates in "The American in Paris" ballet, a 16 minute routine featuring Kelly and Caron, set to Gershwin's "An American in Paris," which cost more than $500,000 to film. The film took six Academy Awards on eight nominations. Including: Best Picture: Arthur Freed, producer. Best Writing, Scoring and Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner. Best Art-Set Decoration: Cedric Gibbons. Best Musical Score: Saul Chaplin and Johnny Green. Best Costume Design, Irene Sharaff. Minelli was nominated for Best Director but left empty-handed.
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