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Busby Berkeley Collection, The (10-Pack)

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9 Magical Musicals Showcasing the Berkeley Touch of All-Singing, All-Dancing Amazements. Extensive Special Features on Each Movie Plus the BONUS BUSBY BERKELEY DISC: A Compilation of 21 Astonishing Musical Sequences.

42ND STREET • 3 Featurettes: Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer, Hollywood Newsreel and A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio • Notes on Busby Berkeley

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 • 5 Featurettes: 42nd Street: From Book to Stage to Screen, The 42nd Street Special, Gold Diggers: FDR's New Deal…Broadway Bound, Rambling 'Round Radio Row #2 and Seasoned Greetings • 3 Classic Cartoons: I've Got to Sing a Torch Song, Pettin' in the Park and We're in the Money • Busby Berkeley Musicals Trailer Gallery

FOOTLIGHT PARADE • 3 Featurettes: Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades, Rambling 'Round Radio Row #8 and Vaudeville Reel #1 • 2 Classic Cartoons: Honeymoon Hotel and Young and Healthy • Theatrical Trailer

DAMES • 4 Featurettes: And She Learned About Dames, Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes, Good Morning, Eve and Melody Master: Don Redman and His Orchestra • 2 Classic Cartoons: I Only Have Eyes for You and Those Beautiful Dames • Audio-Only Bonus: Direct from Hollywood Radio Promo • Theatrical Trailer

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 • 2 Featurettes: (buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style and Double Exposure • 2 Classic Cartoons: Gold Diggers of '49 and Shuffle Off to Buffalo • Audio-Only Bonus: Direct from Hollywood Radio Promo • Gold Diggers Trailer Gallery

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 • Historical Short The Romance of Louisiana • Classic Cartoons Plenty of Money and You and Speaking of the Weather • 2 Excerpts from 1929's Gold Diggers of Broadway

VARSITY SHOW • Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Comedy Short A Neckin' Party • Classic Cartoon Have You Got Any Castles

HOLLYWOOD HOTEL • Historical Short The Romance of Robert Burns • Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Comedy Short Double Talk • Classic Cartoon Porky's Five & Ten

GOLD DIGGERS IN PARIS • Broadway Brevities Musical Short The Candid Kid • 2 Classic Cartoons: Cinderella Meets a Fella and Love and Curses

THE BUSBY BERKELEY DISC • From 42nd Street: Young and Healthy, Shuffle off to Buffalo and 42nd Street • From Gold Diggers of 1933: We're in the Money, Pettin' in the Park, Shadow Waltz and Remember My Forgotten Man • From Footlight Parade: Sittin' on a Backyard Fence, Ah, the Moon Is Here, Honeymoon Hotel, Shanghai Lil and By a Waterfall • From Fashions of 1934: Spin a Little Web of Dreams • From Wonder Bar: Don't Say Goodnight • From Dames: The Girl at the Ironing Board, I Only Have Eyes for You and Dames • From Gold Diggers of 1935: The Words Are in My Heart and Lullaby of Broadway • From In Caliente: The Lady in Red • From Gold Diggers of 1937: All Is Fair in Love and War • All Music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Al Dubin Except By a Waterfall, with Music by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Irving Kahal

ON EACH MOVIE: • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (No Español on 42nd Street) (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004132I6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: VHS Tape
So Ned Sparks promises chorus girls Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, and Ginger Rogers in this wonderful pre-Code movie about mounting a successful Broadway show during the height of the Great Depression. This is really two shows in one: The first concerns the aforementioned mounting of the show, with music and lyrics by likeable but mysterious Dick Powell, Ruby's new boyfriend. The second, and my favorite of the two, is how Dick's older brother and legal guardian, banker Warren William, arrives in town to pay off Dick's girlfriend. Trouble is, when he and friend Guy Kibbee arrive at the showgirls' apartment, they mistakenly believe Joan Blondell is the squeeze. This is where she and Aline decide to take the two swells for all their worth, like any self-respecting golddigger would have to. Expert comedic scenes follow as the two big businessmen are putty in the hands of the chorusgirls. This is the first time I ever saw Warren William, and when he puts the moves on Joan Blondell, I knew I had to find more movies with him. Losing his Boston reserve through too many drinks, he tells her he loves her, holding her with such passion as he kisses her that all her resistance melts away--this is the sexiest celluloid kiss I've ever seen. He's just incredible. And all this is in addition to Harry Warren's great score, including the naughty "Pettin' in the Park" , megahit "We're in the Money", romantic "Shadow Waltz", and the grand finale piece, "Remember My Forgotten Man", a paen to the fate of the WWI vets now on breadlines and living a Depression tramp's life. Consider "Golddiggers of 1933" as a time capsule back to the Great Depression's frothiest comedies--open and enjoy!
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This is nothing more than a repackaging of Busby Berkeley volumes 1 and 2 released in 2006 and 2008, respectively. There is a bonus disc of just the Berkeley musical numbers included, which brings us to 10 discs, so I don't think the 11 disc description is accurate. I rate this a four because the first collection was definitely a five, but the second collection is more like a three with Berkeley's lesser and later films included. The following is a listing of the individual films included and the extras on each disc, just in case you don't own either of the original Berkeley collections:

42nd Street: 3 featurettes ("Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer," "Hollywood Newsreel," "A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio"); notes on Busby Berkeley

Dames: 4 featurettes ("And She Learned About Dames," "Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes," "Good Morning," "Eve and Melody Master: Don Redman and His Orchestra"); 2 classic cartoons; Direct from Hollywood radio promo; theatrical trailer

Footlight Parade: 3 featurettes ("Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades," "Rambling 'Round Radio Row #8," "Vaudeville Reel #1"); 2 classic cartoons; theatrical trailer

Gold Diggers in Paris: the Broadway Brevities musical short The Candid Kid; 2 classic cartoons

Gold Diggers of 1933: 5 featurettes ("42nd Street: From Book to Stage to Screen," "The 42nd Street Special," "Gold Diggers: FDR's New Deal... Broadway Bound," "Rambling 'Round Radio Row #2," "Seasoned Greetings"); 3 classic cartoons; trailer gallery

Gold Diggers of 1935: 2 featurettes ("(buz'be bur'kle) n.
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Firstly I agree this collection is nothing new from the earlier Busby Berkeley VHS/DVD film titles or packages released. But this is a great all in one collection for a new buyer like me at a great price. I can now ditch the VHS tapes. So I am happy. But if these films came out again with further enhancements and restorations I would buy them. Most of these current ones are not full frame. Too many heads chopped off.

All the films are what I expect while the best titles in my preferred order are 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 33. However the best highlight for me are the only surviving clips of Gold Diggers of Broadway made in 1929 which are included as a bonus to the not so great Gold Diggers of 37 DVD. These clips are an absolute joy. A great rendition of Tip Toe Through the Tulips by Nick Lucas and a stunning finale full of tremendous colour and energy featuring Nancy Welford singing the "Song of the Gold Diggers".

Another thing I approve of this collection is the belated crediting of Clarence Nordstrom in the final bonus musical numbers compiliation disk. It puzzles me as how this singer who was the male lead in the "Shuffle of to Buffalo" number and one of Berkeley's best never got a credit for his performance in 42nd Street. It is good to see that the producers of this collection have done something to give Clarence deserved acknowledgement.
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This movie, Gold Diggers of 1933, is one of those excellent classics that time cannot render dated or corny in any way. How's about those musical numbers with that Busby Berkeley incredibly talented touch? How's about the cinematography? And how's about the casting of Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and many more talented actors to make this film so very, very special! (Indeed, look for Busby Berkeley himself in the movie playing the role of the Call Boy!)

Although the principle plot concerns three young women desperately trying to make it during the depths of the Great Depression, viewers even today can relate to the tough economic times for many people throughout the world currently. The three young women, along with Dick Powell, try to put on a show but Brad's (Dick Powell's) older brother wants to get him away from what he feels is the cheap and tasteless world of the theater. And there's laughs, too! To keep the laughs coming there is some game playing--to the hilt! The girls convince Brad's older brother that Polly, Brad's girlfriend, is actually someone else! The girls then proceed to con J. Lawrence Bradford (Brad's older brother and trustee of his estate) and his sidekick (the family lawyer) into buying them hats, furs, pet dogs, and even a car! After many shenanigans there's a happy ending-but I won't spoil it for you here! GRIN

Meanwhile there's another plot going on--that of putting on the show so they can all become rich and famous. Of course, the numbers they perform are stellar and classic, and leave the question: how could they ever get a Broadway stage to accommodate all these actors at once in real life? But you know what? The answer is: who cares?
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