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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 3 (Hit the Deck/Deep in My Heart/Kismet/Nancy Goes to Rio/Two Weeks with Love/Broadway Melody of 1936/Broadway Melody of 1938/Born to Dance/Lady Be Good) (2008)

Jane Powell , Eleanor Powell  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jane Powell, Eleanor Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FDVEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

HIT THE DECK - Anchors Aweigh. On the Town, Hit the Deck. Hollywood has always known what to do with sailors on leave: Give 'em some pretty girls and some great songs and watch the fans line up to enlist! Hit the Deck hits all the right notes as three sailors (Tony Martin, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn) and three cuties (Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller) flirt, squabble, run afoul of shore patrol and of course, fall in love to a hit parade of Vincent Youmans tunes. Highlights include Miller's polishing the floor as The Lady from the Bayou, Martin's romantic mastery of More Than You Know and the stage-filling rouser Hallelujah. Music, romance, fun: don't miss the boat!DEEP IN MY HEART - That Kelly lad sure can dance. Fred Kelly. In his only credited film role, he and legendary brother Gene happily hoof a I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmen specialty romp in this colorful musical biopic about Sigmund Romberg, the ex-piano man who went on to compose some 80 productions. There's much more to love, too. Ann Miller gams and glams It (from The Desert Song). Jane Powell and Vic Damone remember Will You Remember (Maytime). Jose Ferrer (as Romberg) demos all the roles of a gleeful Jazza-Doo spree. And before Deep in My Heart is sung, danced and jazza-done, you'll find Cyd Charisse, Merle Oberon, Howard Keel and more. The talent runs deep. So does the fun.KISMET - With Alexander Borodin's soaring music fashioned by Robert Wright and George Forrest into Stranger in Paradise, Baubles, Bangles and Beads and more evergreens, Kismet turned the Broadway stage into a glittering, gleaming Arabian Nights' dream. And this was ideal material for the dream factory. To Hollywood and director Vincente Minnelli, Kismett was kismet. This lavish musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet (Howard Keel) and his daughter (Ann Blyth) cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, a magical curse, opulent sets and exotic adventure. "Princes come, princes go," sings the beggar. Glorious Kismet endures!NANCY GOES TO RIO/TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE - Yes, Nancy Goes to Rio - and fun comes along! A colorful backlot Rio is the setting for a comic tale of personal and professional mixups as aspiring actress Nancy (Jane Powell) and her Broadway-veteran mother (Ann Sothern) seek the same stage role. Adding to the Brazilian flair: Carmen Miranda in zany-hatted performance glory. Powell's sunny charm and bright soprano are again on display when she and Debbie Reynolds turn a 1900s Catskills vacation into Two Weeks - with Love. Powell hopes to catch the eye of suave Ricardo Montalban by wearing a form-fitting undergarment: a (shhh!) corset. Reynolds reels in affable Carleton Carpenter for a legendary Aba Daba Honeymoon showstopper. Speaking of legends, Busby Berkeley provides the musical staging.BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936/BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938 - There's no stopping them now. Eleanor Powell taps the spangled ebullience of Broadway Rhythm in Broadway Melody of 1936, 15-year-old Judy Garland sings a smitten Dear Mr. Gable to a portrait of Hollywood's King in Broadway Melody of 1938 and both actresses notch out career breakthroughs. Powell plays an Albany girl-next-door who poses as France's and Broadway's exotic La Belle Arlette in the Oscar-®-winning* '36 romp. The '38 tale has her portraying a horse trainer who's just as much at ease in taps and tuxedo as she is in riding boots and jodhpurs. Judy steps lively, too, joining Buddy Ebsen for Everybody Sing. Everybody enjoy. These star-making Melodies are playing every classic fan's song.BORN TO DANCE/LADY BE GOOD - Eleanor Powell's the girl, James Stewart's the gob and Cole Porter's the tunesmith in Born to Dance, a break-a-leg tale of an understudy turned Broadway star that includes Powell taking command of a battleship for Swingin' the Jinx Away. Her radiant appeal and astonishing tap-dancing skills energize the screen again w

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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like "MGM Musicals not yet on DVD Volume 1" January 19, 2008
Format:DVD
This package, as others have mentioned, appears to be a mixed bag of musicals not yet on DVD. The good news is that some of the Eleanor Powell films I've been waiting for are among them - Broadway Melodies of 1936 and 1938, Born To Dance, and Lady Be Good. I'm less crazy about the 1950's era musicals in this package. Personally I'd say that the Broadway Melodies and Born to Dance are 5/5, Lady Be Good is 4/5, and the 1950's era films are between 3 and 4 out of 5. It's not that I don't like Jane Powell, the star of many of the later entries, it's just that the stories in some of these films seems to be more of a hindrance than a help. Nobody else has listed the extra features, which are essential when judging a package like this. So I have included those next, along with the rating for each film as given by a popular Internet film database:

Hit the Deck (1955) (6.4/10)
Special Features:
· Soundtrack remastered in both a new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and 5.0 presentation of the original 4-track theatrical mix
· Classic M-G-M Pete Smith Specialty comedy short: The Fall Guy
· Classic M-G-M Tex Avery cartoon: Field and Stream
· Audio-only bonuses: Dolby 5.1 music-only track for song sequences
· Audio-only outtake song Sometimes I'm Happy (Powell/Damone reprise)
· Original Theatrical trailer
· Languages & subtitles: English & Français (main feature)

Deep in my Heart (1954) (6.5/10)
· Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kismet is a treasure! April 21, 2008
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I haven't finished watching all of the set yet. MOSTLY because I can't stop playing Kismet.

Some people seem to pooh-pooh this film, but I am thoroughly enjoying the music (slices of Borodin from his various works turned into wonderful songs), the beautiful baritones of Howard Keel and Dolores Gray (heh, I'd argue for calling her range baritone - but I'm not try to bend any gender lines here - she's pure high-class vamp seducing Keel's character), the excellent voices of the juvenile pair (Vic Damone and Ann Blyth), and the incredible colors of Vincente Minnelli and the Technicolor system (Minnelli directed, but you can see his visual sense in every moment if you've studied his work a little, as I guess I have). The plotline is hysterically funny if you pay attention (the twists of "fate" - they even give us a song to point this out early in the program).

My favorite melody is "Night of My Nights" which is incredibly short (less than 2.5 minutes), so I tend to repeat the chapter (#20, fyi) before going to the next scene.

I'd have loved a commentary track (that's how I learned about Minnelli - from other DVD's), but I do enjoy the extras provided. Most interesting: the deleted (censored! Ha!) Rahadlakum prelude, and the television program (MGM Parade) segments promoting the film. (It's funny to hear Jane Powell, on another disk, telling us that MGM wouldn't allow stars to be photographed next to a television set, but here's a TV program created by MGM specifically to promote their movies; perhaps she was referring to an earlier time).

For people who don't want to invest in the entire box set, I've seen rumors that individual disks might be released in July.
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107 of 131 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd mixture of MGM musicals in expensive package December 27, 2007
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This is a rather odd combination of MGM musicals, possible the result of the scraping together some of the titles which had not yet appeared on DVD. They are certainly a variable lot falling into 3 subgroups - 4 with Eleanor Powell, 2 starring Jane Powell and 3 second rate titles from the fifties.

In the late thirties, Eleanor Powell became the dancing queen of MGM with her spectacular tap. She only made at most 2 films per annum and each had large, superb supporting casts and great songs to showcase her. If you have not seen Powell's dancing, you are in for a treat. The production numbers have a glitter and excitement with the shiny black and white photography and dynamic orchestrations and fortunately, the prints have been restored and are in excellent condition.
- "Broadway Melody of 1936", released in 1935, was Powell's first MGM film and it is masterfully made to disguise her acting limitations. The film has a great score including "Broadway Rhythm" and "You are my Lucky Star", both appearing later in "Singing in the Rain". With Frances Langford to belt out the songs, Robert Taylor as an impossibly handsome leading man, Jack Benny playing a Walter Winchell like reporter, Buddy Ebsen with his sister Vilma for goofy dancing and Una Merkel for the wiscracks, the film was a great success and spawned a series of films with "Broadway Melody" in the title.
- The next in the series, released in 1936, was "Born to Dance", using the familiar plot of 3 sailors and their girls. Ebsen, Langford and Una Merkel were back with Taylor replaced by James Stewart who introduces the classic Col Porter "Easy to Love" in an uneasy vocal. The other great song is "I've got you under my Skin" presented by Virginia Bruce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a terrific collection! Thanks MGM!
This box presents a number of rare and hard-to-see films (in the UK at least) and allowed me to finally view the Broadway Melody of 1936 - and wow, what a gorgeous print! Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. G. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars this movies !!!
This collection of movies was awesome I especially liked the Jane Powell movies but I really enjoyed all of them.
Published 5 months ago by Chelly R
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
Pure enjoyment, the music, costumes and dancing are wonderful
Highly recommend if you want to remember the past its great
Published 6 months ago by maryj
5.0 out of 5 stars That's Entertainment Times Nine!
I was very pleased with this purchase. They do not make movies like this any more where you can for a moment escape your troubles and just smile. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roberta Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Powell
This set has some good musicals with comedy on the side. Just like most musicals they are light and breezy. To be honest I didn't really like some of the movies. Read more
Published 19 months ago by EvelP
3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Musicals Collection
Apart from the exquisite Kismet, nearly all of these film musicals look very dated and a little boring in most cases. Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by Mr. J. F. Krehan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun from and earlier era
This collection has lots of wonderful old musicals with lots of dancing and singing. Some are in color and some are in black and white. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by P. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC MUSICALS MOVIE BUFFS DELIGHT
I mainly purchased this package because it was the only way to get KISMET. I know that the movie was no acadamy award winner but I love the music and Howard Keel. Read more
Published on November 1, 2010 by Joan E. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh off the Assembly Line
Yes, a factory it was, with an assembly line that churned out quality products regularly, year after year, like Ford turned out automobiles, and this package provides an... Read more
Published on November 12, 2009 by David Sale
4.0 out of 5 stars widescreen!!
My thanks to "calvinnme" for all the technical specifics on the individual films. I find that sort of info very useful and appreciate it. Read more
Published on December 2, 2008 by Sarah Danks
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What Happen to the other DVDs?
Presumably they will not be available for sale outside of the box set. Amazon probably listed them for pre-order but later deleted them when they learned of the error.
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