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MGM Classic Musicals (West Side Story/Guys and Dolls/Fiddler on the Roof/A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)


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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries
  • Directors: David Swift, Jerome Robbins, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ken Hughes, Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Abe Burrows
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 845 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBNGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MGM Classic Musicals (West Side Story/Guys and Dolls/Fiddler on the Roof/A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Disc 1: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang WS Disc 2: Fiddler on the Roof WS Disc 3: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum WS Disc 4: Guys and Dolls WS Disc 5: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying WS Disc 6: West Side Story WS

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I love making the people I care about and love happy.
M. Lafferman
"Fiddler" has the best picture and sound quality--superb! "Chitty" and "A Funny Thing..." also have great anamorphic widescreen picture quality.
3D-fan
Of all six films this one has the most classic musical feel to it.
calvinnme

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on December 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Here are six great musical films in one box--and they're all presented the way they were originally shown. A couple of years ago, three of these titles (WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER, and GUYS AND DOLLS) were packaged together in the notorious AMERICAN MUSICALS COLLECTION, and a lot of people boycotted it because WSS was in fullscreen, even though the package clearly stated otherwise. Since then, these titles have become the property of 20th Century Fox, and that company has repackaged the three films and added three more. All six are in anamorphic widescreen, and all but one (HOW TO SUCCEED) are in Dolby 5.1 Surround stereo. (HOW TO SUCCEED must have been one of the last musical movies ever made with monaural sound.) They're all good, and two (WEST SIDE and FIDDLER) are among the best musical films ever. Five are based on famous Broadway shows, and the sixth (CHITTY) later became a Broadway show. If you want extras like documentaries and commentary and original trailers, you must buy the titles individually. But if you're like me and just want good prints of the films themselves at a good price in shelf space-saving slimcases, this collection can't be beat. Let's all thank 20th Century Fox for doing it right. Highly recommended.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2007
Format: DVD
This set is somewhat misnamed - these are not musicals from MGM's "classic musical period", usually defined as from about 1939 to 1955. You won't find Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, or Cyd Charisse in these films. These films were either distributed by United Artists and not produced by MGM at all, or they were produced by the Sam Goldwyn Company. Otherwise they'd be in the possession of Warner Home Video. That doesn't mean they are without merit though, and all six are presented in widescreen. I describe each in chronological order and give the rating as provided by a popular internet film database:

Guys and Dolls (1955) 7.2/10 - Marlon Brando is Sky Masterson, and Frank Sinatra is Nathan Detroit. Both are rival small-time hoods, and Masterson bets Detroit one thousand dollars that he can get any woman Detroit picks to go to Havana with him. Detroit picks a prim missionary woman played by Jean Simmons. Of all six films this one has the most classic musical feel to it.

West Side Story (1961) 7.7/10 - Won 10 of the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated including Best Picture of 1961, and unlike so many other Oscar decisions I think it still holds up as the best picture made that year. Many feel that is too dated to be appreciated today, but its purpose was never to be a time-transcending view of urban violence set to music. Instead it is an urban American Romeo and Juliet story, and the music, the romance, and the tragedy are still moving. This is the only way to see this film in widescreen unless you buy the two disc special edition.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) 6.8/10 - Movie musicals were losing popularity by the time this movie was made, so this film is less musical and more comedy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By W. Budris on April 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Since the take over of the MGM/UA releases by 20th Century Fox, I've been so pleased with recent special editions that were issued prior to this boxed set in updated Fox versions of a 2-disc Fiddler, a 2-disc West Side Story, and a Deluxe Version of Guys and Dolls. I also purchased the 2-disc New York New York with Liza Minnelli prior to the recent artwork makeover for the 30th Anniversary, but I think the same features and all remain. You only get the new Hirschfeld artwork cover.

This box does the smaller flat cases, but uses the previous DVD issue of Guys and Dolls that is anomorphic widescreen, but 5.1, though the Deluxe Edition had 5.1 and 16:9 capability besides anomorphic. West Side Story is Disc 1 of the 2-disc set, as is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (double-sided DVD with a widescreen and pan-scan version, but no bonus features), and Fiddler Disc 1. Since I have the better versions on the double-disc releases, this was a slight waste. Though the new flat boxes have updated artwork and indicate they are MGM-UA with 20th Century Fox reissue logos, what you get is the new artwork only. I was hoping that "Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" would be an updated DVD with widescreen and/or 16:9 and 5.1 or better surround. The old MGM-UA disc is in the box from the older issue. Same with "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", one of my personal favorites from the 60s. It's the same version I bought years ago in the single MGM-UA DVD snap box, anomorphic widescreen and mono sound. I saw this at Radio City when it first came out, and thought it was in stereo. Again, no update to 16:9, any kind of surround, and the old MGM-UA issued disc in a new artworked box from Fox. This is frustrating, since Fox didn't produce these DVDs (except for the updates), but are now releasing them. I feel a little cheated about no updated versions of the films, plus not using the deluxe Guys and Dolls over the previously issued version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Lafferman VINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this boxed set for my dad, for Hanukkah. He loves music more than movies, so I thought this boxed set had a nice variety of movies he may have been familiar with, which he was, at least with some of them.

I liked that this had 6 different movies, enough to keep a person occupied for awhile. He raved about this boxed set for quite awhile.

This was a big hit with my dad, and a great purchase for me. I love making the people I care about and love happy. Finding the right gift for the right person makes me very happy!
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