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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2 (The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans) (2007)

Judy Garland , Gene Kelly , Vincente Minnelli  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PAAK5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2 (The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • The Pirate (1948)
  • Commentary by historian John Fricke
  • New making-of featurette
  • Vintage comedy short
  • Cartoon
  • "Mack the Black" stereo remix version
  • Audio-only bonuses: Song outtakes and Roger Edens guide track versions
  • Promotional radio interviews with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Color, 1.33
  • Words and Music (1948)
  • Commentary by historian Richard Barrios
  • New featurette
  • Extensive audio outtakes
  • Vintage short
  • Classic cartoon
  • Outtakes: "Lover" and "You're Nearer"
  • That's Dancing! (1985)
  • Introduction by Gene Kelly and Jack Haley Jr.
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Four vintage making-of featurettes: Invitation to Dance, The Search, The Cameras Roll, and The Gathering
  • Color, 1.33/2.35
  • The Belle of New York (1952)
  • Comedy short
  • "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" alternate version
  • Royal Wedding (1951)
  • Robert Osborne hosts TCM's Private Screenings with Stanley Donen
  • Song outtake
  • Promotional radio interview with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
  • That Midnight Kiss (1949)
  • "One Love of Mine" outtake
  • Pete Smith Specialty comedy short "Sports Oddities"
  • Classic cartoon "Senor Droopy"
  • The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
  • New documentary profile: Mario Lanza--Singing to the Gods
  • Vintage FitzPatrick Traveltalk shorts: Modern New Orleans and Old New Orleans

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Classic Musicals Collection:Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory Vol. 2 (DVD)

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Judy. Fred. Gene. Songs. Dance. Romance. Let the musical magic move you. Extra razzle dazzle! New Mario Lanza tribute documentary and Stanley Donen interview. New featurettes, musical number outtakes, expert commentaries, classic cartoons, vintage shorts, and more.

The Pirate (1948): Cole Porter's tunes, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland's star power, and the astonishing Kelly/Nicholas Brothers' "Be a Clown" number spark an uproarious tale of a would-be seafaring scoundrel. Words and Music (1948): The glossy biopic of songwriting sophisticates Rodgers and Hart. With Gene Kelly's famed "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" ballet, irresistible Judy Garland, and fireball Mickey Rooney. That's Dancing! (1985): "No shortage of showstoppers" (Entertainment Weekly). Gene Kelly hosts the spirit-lifting celebration of decades of dance and fun--including a Ray Bolger dazzler cut from The Wizard of Oz. That Midnight Kiss/The Toast of New Orleans (1949, 1950): Starring Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson! A singing truck driver (Lanza in his film debut) travels the road to success. Next, the big voices conquer the Big Easy in a tale of a diva and Cajun Caruso. Royal Wedding/The Belle of New York (1951, 1952): Two from Fred Astaire! Love can make you dance on the ceiling... if you're Fred Astaire! The legend shines in a tale of royal--and other--romance, co-starring Jane Powell. Playboy Fred says "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" but prim Vera-Ellen wants a fellow with his feet on the ground.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful musical, poor transfer to DVD July 12, 2000
By Ed N
This is one of my favorite Fred Astaire musicals. It has some of his classic numbers, such as the hatrack dance and the dancing-on-the-ceiling routine. Plus, I truly adored the cockney number that Fred Astaire performed with co-star Jane Powell. I used to have a recording of this film I made off the TV, and when the DVD version was available, I decided to purchase it.
So....what can I say? The DVD is less then $10, and the film is great fun. Fred and Jane play a brother-sister vaudeville act, probably based on the real-life Fred and Astele Astaire act of the 1920s. They go to England for their new show and find new love, all during the time of Queen Elizabeth's wedding (hence the title). Along the way, we get those wonderful dances and songs (Jane Powell's "Too Late Now" won the Oscar for best song, I believe).
However....the DVD transfer is, to be polite, poor. The color looks faded in some spots and there is horrible pixelation or blockiness in other spots (especially at night). The sound quality isn't that great either, (but at least it sounds better than my TV recording). That's not saying too much, though, given the potential for DVDs. This film looks like a straight transfer from a poor VHS copy to DVD with no attempt at clean-up or restoration. This trait, however, is common to all Madacy DVDs, so I wasn't expecting any surprises there. One reviewer mentioned a widescreen version - I don't think this film was made in widescreen but rather in full-frame, so what you see on the screen is all there is to the film, I believe.
At any rate, bottom line...the movie itself gets 5 stars but due to a rather lazy DVD transfer, I can only give the DVD 2 stars. However, it *is* less than $10, so decide for yourself if it is still worth purchasing.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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I love this movie. Good acting by Powell, Astaire, and one of my favorites - Peter Lawford. Unfortunately the transfer to DVD is very poor. I think the film is badly in need of restoring. Even the colour (such as the skin on Jane Powell's face) is not constant in the film while watching. I bought it because I felt I had nothing to lose. It was a good price and is better than my EP copy that jumps, if that gives you any idea of the quality. It's probably better if you get a chance to get a hold of a SP version of the video. Of course the DVD is nice as you can skip to your favourite scenes, but there are no extra features with this one. Fred Astaire's dancing on the ceiling routine is a real classic though, and the movie is definitely worth seeing! If you buy the DVD just be prepared to overlook the flaws. Also, just a warning that there are two DVD versions, one in colour and the other is advertized as B & W.

*Note: Thanks to another reviewer, I found out that the best version of this movie was released by GOODTIMES DVD as it was digitally remastered. It is also sold by amazon, but be careful when ordering because there are quite a few different dvd releases of this movie. The picture in the Goodtimes version is much better than the other releases (and believe me I practically bought all of them before finding the best one, lol).*
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
This is the second volume of MGM Dream Factory musicals. Only "That's Dancing" and "Royal Wedding" are on DVD already, and those are generally poor public domain copies. The other five features have only been on VHS up to now. I'd put all of these movies except "Belle of New York" at between four and five stars if you are a fan of the MGM musicals of the 40's and 50's. "Belle of New York" I'd put at between three and four stars mainly because the campiness of the entire production gets in the way most of the time. Considering you expect some gimmicks in MGM musicals of this era, that is saying a lot. The extra features, which I got from a press release from Warner Home Video, do look good. This package probably rates 4.5 stars taken as a whole, and I round it up to five. The following are brief descriptions of the films and the special features for each one.

The Pirate (1948) Starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Features music by Cole Porter. A swashbuckling tale is largely just a framework for the music and dancing, which is excellent. Judy Garland plays a girl obsessed with a legendary pirate. Gene Kelly pretends to be that pirate in order to get the girl. This film actually lost money for MGM in its initial release. Today it is interesting because it showcases the talents of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland so well.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame. January 13, 2000
By A Customer
Many of us have been waiting for a long time to get the old musicals on DVD eg Fred Astaire, High Society, The Gold Diggers etc. Why would I buy these though if the quality is worst than VHS which I already have. I doubt I'm unique. This is a terrible DVD. Do it again and let's get it right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
this is a treasure
Published 8 days ago by Karen de Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars MGM---ONE OF THE BEST
Published 11 days ago by VD Santangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it very much. Love to watch Fred Astaire dancing Lee Nelson
Published 18 days ago by Lee Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
This Movie is a great Classic. To Have Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in the same movie is wonderful.
Published 26 days ago by southernlass
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movies of the Century
The best movies of the Century. Wonderful actors, dancing, singers, and plot. Everything is so beautiful, you want to be there with them. I love this classic. Always have.
Published 28 days ago by Raphaela S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by Makeda Murrray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movies.
Published 1 month ago by rosemary
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine happy musical, poor cruddy print.
Beware beware beware; somehow somewhere this MGM musical fell into the public domain, so although there is a sparkling, high-quality transfer available on a major label, this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Snookie Handsome
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of MGM movies!
Lots of choices. Very good quality.
Published 1 month ago by cyclone
DO NOT BUY THIS DVD! The visual quality of this DVD is very poor. It looks like the movie was filmed from a TV to VHS, which was then transferred to DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Christie
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