Collection Includes: Hit the Deck (1955) NEW TO DVD! Deep in My Heart (1954) NEW TO DVD! Kismet (1955) NEW TO DVD! Nancy Goes To Rio/Two Weeks with Love (1950/1950) (2-Disc) NEW TO DVD! Broadway Melody of 1936/Broadway Melody of 1938 (1936/1938, Not Rated) (2-Disc) NEW TO DVD! Born to Dance/Lady Be Good (1936/1941, Not Rated) (2-Disc) NEW TO DVD!]]>
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)
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Hit the Deck (1955) (6.4/10)
· 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A fast moving Musical with an average story. Music and Dancing is excellent.Published 13 months ago by Donald Russeau
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 morePublished 23 months ago by B. G. Carroll
This collection of movies was awesome I especially liked the Jane Powell movies but I really enjoyed all of them.Published on January 31, 2014 by Chelly
Pure enjoyment, the music, costumes and dancing are wonderful
Highly recommend if you want to remember the past its great
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