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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBGE5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  • Ziegfeld Follies: An Embarassment of Riches
  • MGM Short and Cartoons
  • Audio Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
  • Till the Clouds Roll By: Real to Reel
  • MGM Short and Cartoon
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Three Little Words (1950)
  • Paula Stone's Hollywood USA Radio Promo
  • Summer Stock (1950)
  • Summer Stock: Get Happy!
  • MGM Shorts
  • Fall in Love Audio Outtake
  • It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
  • New 16x 9 widescreen transfer in 2.55:1 aspect ratio with soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • It's Always Fair Weather: Going Out On a High Note
  • MGM Parade (1955 TV Series)
  • MGM Cartoons
  • Outtakes

Editorial Reviews

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Classic Musicals Collection: Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory (DVD)

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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory is a five-film collection of enjoyable but not-quite-top-tier movies from MGM's peak period between the mid-1940s and mid-'50s. The best films are the two with Gene Kelly. In Summer Stock (1950), he teams with Judy Garland in a traditional "let's put on a show" setting. Garland was in her last MGM film, but she shares a tap duel with Kelly and performs one of her most famous routines, "Get Happy" in a black jacket and fedora. It's Always Fair Weather (1955) features Kelly alongside Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd as three GIs who return from the war, a plot reminiscent of On the Town, another Kelly collaboration with Stanley Donen. The songs aren't much, but highlights include the three GIs' trash-can-lid dance, Cyd Charisse's solo supported by a crew of boxers, and Kelly's number on roller skates, "I Like Myself." Ziegfeld Follies (1946) follows the format of a revue, with a wisp of a plot (producer Florenz Ziegfeld is in heaven imagining his dream revue; he's played by William Powell, who had played the character 10 years earlier in The Great Ziegfeld) and a bunch of diverse musical numbers: Fred Astaire's dances with Charisse, Lucille Bremer, and Gene Kelly (their only screen collaboration till That's Entertainment II in 1976); a water number with Esther Williams; and songs by Judy Garland, Lena Horne, and Kathryn Grayson. Also following the revue format is Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), which features famous performances by Frank Sinatra ("Ol' Man River"), Lena Horne ("Can't Help Lovin' That Man"), and Judy Garland ("Look for the Silver Lining"). Interspersed among the numbers is a lackluster biography of songwriter Jerome Kern. For a more traditional songwriter biography, try Three Little Words (1950), starring Astaire and Red Skelton as Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, respectively, whose Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songs include "Who's Sorry Now," "My Sunny Tennessee," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," and the title tune. Vera-Ellen is an excellent partner for Astaire, and a young Debbie Reynolds appears as Boop-a-Doop girl Helen Kane.

All the discs are supplemented by new featurettes and classic shorts and cartoons. Deserving special mention is Till the Clouds Roll By, which has been available for years on inferior public-domain DVDs. This version has the best picture by far, and also offers musical outtakes by Judy Garland and Kathryn Grayson. --David Horiuchi

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As is the custom at WB there are many extras on each DVD as well.
Richardson
It's truthful to the real story of Kalmar and Ruby, and is a joyous blend of great songs and comedic fun.
Eric
While these aren't MGM's biggest, they contain some of the best singing and dancing in films.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2006
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to preview this set recently and am happy to report that the other folks expecting WB's normal fine print quality will not be dissapointed...they look wonderful. As is the custom at WB there are many extras on each DVD as well. Others have listed them...outakes, vintage clips and featurettes...so I won't re-list those but comment on the new 15 minute featurettes on each film. Well, unlike the dissapointing (IMHO) Busby Berkely bonus featurettes..these are well made, informative and VERY entertaining...probably due to the much higher quality of interviewees....like the ever present Garland expert John Fricke. Current sizzling hot Broadway choreographer and director Casey Nicholaw, who lends his expertise on Summer Stock and It's always fair weather. Susan Stroman , director of the recent movie "The Producers, ads a fresh take on It's always fair weather as well.

The absolute gem (again IMHO) however is the Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter of Mary Poppins, Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang and so many more Richard M Sherman. Mr Sherman's thoughts about Jerome Kern (Till the Clouds Roll By) and Kalmar & Ruby (Three Little Words)go much further than the normal "college professors" on other DVDs. As those two movies are about songwriters...who better than one of the all time greats to comment and frankly he seems to be much more than a hired gun , but an actual fan of these writers and very familiar with their work, lives and the movies in question...raising the bar substantially due to his participation.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Eric on March 11, 2006
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During the Hollywood's golden era, the 'tiffany' of movie studios as MGM, where the motto was "Do it big, do it right, and give it class". They sure did, and when it came to musicals, no one else could come close. They had all the greatest stars of the genre, and whereas musicals from other studios may seem stiff and dated, most of Metro's musical output shines with immortality.

No where is this more evident than in this new boxed set of stellar favorites from Warner Home Video, which is todays 'tiffany' of video labels. Nobody does it better. The care, cleverness & dedication they put into their classic releases is abundant, and each film in this set has been given a sparkling new transfer and is loaded with extras, as is the Warner style.

Not only do you get Judy & Gene in the charming SUMMER STOCK, climaxing with GET HAPPY, but you also get those two and a dozen more Metro stars in the dazzling ZIEGFELD FOLLIES. Gene Kelly's final collaboration with Stanley Donen as co-directors, is the magnificent gem IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, with a witty screenplay by Comden & Green, and knockout performances from the entire cast including Cyd Charisse. At last this comes to DVD in 16x9 widescreen with 5.1 audio, and outtakes too! Astaire and Red Skelton team in THREE LITTLE WORDS, which is probably the best and most delightful "composer-bio" ever to come out of Hollywood. It's truthful to the real story of Kalmar and Ruby, and is a joyous blend of great songs and comedic fun. Last but certainly not least is the first legitimate DVD release of TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, MGM's extravaganza built around the music of Jerome Kern. A huge roster of MGM talent is featured in great musical numbers that now finally look and sound terrific.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on March 21, 2006
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Ziegfeld Follies

New featurette Ziegfeld Follies: An Embarrassment of Riches

Vintage MGM Crime Does Not Pay short The Luckiest Guy in the World

2 classic MGM cartoons: The Hick Chick, Solid Serenade

Audio-only bonus: outtake songs If Swing Goes, I Go Too, This Heart of Mine and We Will Meet Again in Honolulu

Ziegfeld movies trailer gallery

Till the Clouds Roll By

New featurette Till the Clouds Roll By: Real to Reel

Vintage Fitzpartick Traveltalk short Glimpses of California

Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon Henpecked Hoboes

Two musical outtake sequences: Judy Garland performing D'Ya Love Me? and Music in the Air (I've Told Ev'ry Little Star/The Song is You) performed by Kathryn Grayson and Johnny Johnston

Theatrical trailer

Three Little Words

New featurette Three Little Words: It's All True

Vintage Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short Roaming Through Michigan

Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon Ventriloquist Cat

Audio-only bonus: Paula Stone's Hollywood USA radio promo featuring Fred Astaire & Harry Ruby

Theatrical trailer

Summer Stock

New featurette Summer Stock: Get Happy!

Classic MGM cartoon The Cuckoo Clock

Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short Did'ja Know?
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