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Easter Parade (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1948)

Judy Garland , Fred Astaire , Charles Walters  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Writers: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Guy Bolton, Sidney Sheldon
  • Producers: Arthur Freed, Roger Edens
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007939MU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Easter Parade (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
  • New making-of documentary: "Easter Parade: Beyond the Avenue"
  • American Masters documentary profile: "Judy Garland: By Myself"
  • Outtake musical number: Mr. Monotony
  • Audio-only bonuses: radio production with the film's stars
  • Radio promo
  • Garland trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

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Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) is devastated when his longtime dancing partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), breaks up the team to set out on her own. Determined to prove that he can succeed without her, Astaire vows that he can pick any random chorus girl and make her a star. Fortunately for him, the chorus girl he picks happens to be one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, Judy Garland (playing Hannah Brown). Easter Parade turned out to be the first and only collaboration between the two screen legends. Garland made the 1948 film despite ongoing health problems then had to pull out of a planned follow-up, The Barkleys of Broadway (Ginger Rogers replaced her); Astaire had retired following Blue Skies in 1946 but was brought in for this film as an emergency replacement after Gene Kelly broke his ankle playing touch football. Fortunately, Easter Parade always feels like an Astaire film rather than a Kelly film, from its Pygmalion-esque plot (which helps explain the principals' 23-year age disparity) to its score of Irving Berlin standards (some new, some recycled from earlier films). The film capitalizes on the strengths of both stars, Astaire in dance solos, including "Drum Crazy" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby" (MGM's take on Astaire's earlier, persona-defining "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails"), and Garland in vocal solos, including the torchy "Better Luck Next Time." The stars especially shine, however, when they perform together in their vaudeville numbers, most notably the persona-defying hobo routine "We're a Couple of Swells." Watch this classic every Easter. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland's only movie together was this spectacular Irving Berlin musical. After splitting with longtime dance partner Ann Miller, Astaire recruits chorus girl Garland with the promise he can turn her into a star. Berlin's wonderful score includes the title song, "A Couple of Swells," "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "Everybody's Doin' It," and more. Peter Lawford co-stars. 103 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; photo gallery; "making of" documentary; "American Masters" documentary; radio broadcast; song outtake. Two-disc set.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astaire, Garland, Irving Berlin, and Movie Magic April 8, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Originally intended as a re-teaming of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, EASTER PARADE ran into trouble when Garland's doctors advised against her working under the direction of her husband, director Vincent Minnelli--and no sooner did director Charles Walters take the helm than Gene Kelly broke his leg. Out of such confusion are movie musical miracles born: although a bit old to act as Garland's leading man, Fred Astaire was coaxed out of retirement. He and Garland had tremendous chemistry, EASTER PARADE was a box office smash, and Astaire unexpectedly found himself reborn as an MGM star.
Set in 1900s New York, the film's story line is flimsy but enjoyable. After long-time dance partner Ann Miller abandons the act, Astaire hires chorus girl Garland and attempts to recast her in his former partner's mold--a situation which offers Astaire and Garland considerable comedy and gives Astaire the chance to parody several of his own famous dance of the 1930s. Garland eventually convinces Astaire that she needs to be herself, and once the act is revamped they become a hot ticket--and, once their several romantic complications are resolved, romantic partners as well.
Astaire is every bit as charming here as he was in his Ginger Roger days, and his choreography retains his signature sharpness, wit, and elegance. Although Garland isn't really a dancer, she holds her own with Astaire and she tears strips off a brillant score of Irving Berlin favorites. Both are well supported by Anne Miller, who gives a brilliant turn with 'Shakin' the Blues Away,' and Peter Lawford, who is quite charming as one of Garland's admirers. Although this really isn't as inspired as the truly great MGM musicals of the late 1940s, director Walters keeps it going at a smart pace, and the star power, clever script, memorable score, and those legendary MGM production values elevate it well above the pack. Musical fans will be in for a treat! Recommended.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie!!!!!!!! October 16, 2004
Some movies (especially movies from today) are really to me just a waste of time and money. People just don't seem to care about what people see on the screen anymore. And that is one of the reasons I LOVE old movies! Because you can always, almost, well, you can really never go wrong!! And Easter Parade is one of those movies to just treasure. To save for your children and grandchildren. So they can's appreciate the past, and know that there once was a time when people cared about the things they put on that larger than life screen.

Easter Parade begins with the ballroom dancer, Don Hews (Fred Astaire). Who is in love with his goregeous partner (Ann Miller) Oh, what a star!

Those two are a great team that audiences love. But when Nadene, (Miller) becomes hungry for renown, she dumps him for the Zigfield Follies, and Don's best friend, the handsome Johnny Harlow (Peter Lawford).

Angry Don sets off to prove to Nadene that he can dance with anybody and he doesn't need her! So he finds the chorus girl working at a bar, the Lovely Hannah Brown (Judy Garland). Wonderful songs that put a smile on your face. And clever lines that will make you laugh! Easter Parade has it all!! And as Don Hews realizes he's fallen hoplelessly in love with Hannah. And he proves to the narrow minded, jealous, Nadene, he DOESN'T need her, and he CAN dance with anybody.

Clinton Sundberg plays the bar tender where Hannah used to work. And thinks he knows everything. Lines like:

Astaire: I bet you know alot about women.

Sundberg: I should, been single all my life.

Wonderful songs like: Easter Parade, Love the Piano, A Fella With a Umbrella, Michigan, shakin the Blues away, and more!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New BluRay Missing The Punch February 19, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just watched the new BlueRay version and I must say that I am disappointed. It's practically identical to the previous release. The image is a bit more colorful but not as crisp as say.. A Star Is Born or Meet Me In St Luis. Also the PBS documentary: Judy Garland By Myself is NOT an actual bonus on the BluRay disk. It seems to be completely missing even though it is listed as a bonus on the back of the BluRay cover. Tisk Tisk.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easter Parade Blu-Ray Corrected Disc coming soon!! February 28, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Hello everyone!

I just thought I'd share with you all that Warner Brothers is in the process of making Corrected Blu-Ray discs for Easter Parade. I got an e-mail today from a Representative at Warner Brothers after I e-mailed them with my concerns regarding the missing "Judy Garland: By Myself" that was advertised and not put on the disc. I was told that they were just made aware of the problem and are in the process of making the correction. They asked me for my address and told me that they would ship it to me as soon as it became available. So, I would e-mail Warner Brothers through their website (warnerbrothers.com) and express the same concerns as I did and someone SHOULD respond to you within a few days and hopefully, ask you for your address so you can get one sent to you. Hope you all didn't run out and buy the 2 Disc Special Edition on DVD just to get this missing extra. :)Easter Parade [Blu-ray]

UPDATE: 3-26-13 Well, I FINALLY got my copy and, as with the rest of you, it was Disc 2 of the DVD 2 Disc Special Edition. I must say, I am rather disapointed that Warner Brothers didn't fix the Blu-Ray version of this Movie and add the missing documentary. I'm sure all they did was tear open a bunch of the 2 Disc sets and take Disc 2 out and throw away the rest of the set; just to satisfy the requests for a fix from me and the rest of you. So, OK. They put a band-aid over the problem. What happens from this point onward?? Are they going to just keep sending out Disc 2 of the DVD collection everytime someone writes or calls to voice their concerns about the missing documentary??
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fabulous
What can you say about the talent of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire? The video quality is what it is, can't perform magic there, but it didn't detract from the magic of these two. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by jkb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully fun movie
This one is a classic with great singing by Judy Garland and some incredible dance numbers by Fred Astaire. The toy shop drum dance is remarkable! Highly recommended!
Published 1 day ago by Brad Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Old Movie
Quality was great....story was sweet. Wonderful to watch such talented people do what they did best in their prime. Read more
Published 1 day ago by cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful classic
I greatly enjoyed this timeless movie. The acting is pure and innocent. The dancing is phenomenal, of course. It is a must watch every Easter weekend.
Published 1 day ago by Hannah Puder
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie to watch especially around the Easter holiday...
My wife and I enjoyed watching this classic musical with Fred Astaire's timeless dancing style. Ann Miller and Judy Garland add their own individual charm as well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Illustratedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Easter Parade
Easter Parade is a classic. I love old musicals and this is one of my favorite. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire make a great combination in this delightful plot with the songs and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Leona
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Watch it for the dancing, if nothing else. Astaire is fascinating to watch, even if the story line is a bit weak. I mean, really, how does he make his body do that?
Published 25 days ago by ClarkSavage
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for Easter
We so enjoyed this musical and the actors/actresses in it. It is a fun movie to watch for Easter or any time of the year. Both the sound and the picture was great!
Published 1 month ago by MD Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I purchased this movie for the adult day health program that I work for and everyone loved it. Brought back lots of memories for them.
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Seibles
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
MGM's at the peak of its powers, both in high-gloss Technicolor and star power, in this 1948 comedy-drama-musical set in 1912 New York among suavely competitive Vaudevillians. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
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