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The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection (On the Town / Anchors Aweigh / Take Me out to the Ball Game) (2008)

Frank Sinatra , Gene Kelly , Gene Kelly , Stanley Donen  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Grayson, Esther Williams
  • Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013LL2XE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection (On the Town / Anchors Aweigh / Take Me out to the Ball Game)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

THE FRANK SINATRA & GENE KELLY COLLECTION ON THE TOWN The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down, but no one can be down after seeing this ebullient tale of sailors on leave in Manhattan. Sinatra, Kelly and Jules Munchin are the gobs, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen and Betty Garrett are the gals. TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME Second baseman Sinatra and shortstop Kelly are in there pitching – pitching woo! Esther Williams and Betty Garrett costar in a tale of baseball and that other American pastime. ANCHORS AWEIGH I Fall In Love Too Easily, Frank croons. And we fall in love with the charms of two sailors at liberty in Tinseltown. Includes a milestone of musical fantasy: Kelly’s dance with cartoon mouse Jerry!

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra & Kelly Dance Their Way Thru Top-Notch Musicals! February 28, 2008
By Coleen
Format:DVD
All three of these DVDs have been released previously; however, this new boxed set houses a few new mildly interesting "extras" to be found in the Special Features. These three films are all big colorful MGM musicals, but none are in Widescreen because that particular aspect:ratio was not "invented" until 1954. However, they LOOK spectacular anyway!

"Anchors Aweigh" (1945) is a winning musical about two sailors on shore leave in search of a "dame". This musical's only flaw is it is a bit too long, as it has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in it, including a whole lot (too much) of Jose Iturbi, who must have been "quite something" in 1945 (but not now)! However, it is thoroughly entertaining for both adults and children, the latter, due to a lengthy sequence in the middle of the film that pairs live action (Gene Kelly dancing) with animation. Note, this was over 40 years BEFORE "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and 20 years before "Mary Poppins".
Both Sinatra and Kelly are excellent and Sinatra proves he can DANCE with the greatest of them! (4 1/2 out of 5 stars)

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (1949) is not quite as entertaining as "Anchors Aweigh". It less colorful and has a weaker plot, but the songs and dancing are still top-notch! This is the film where Sinatra REALLY proves he can DANCE as he and Kelly charge through a song in striped suits halfway through the film. Songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", "Strictly USA", "The Right Girl For Me", and "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg" add to the fun of this film. (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)

"On the Town" (1949) Simply, one of the greatest musicals ever made! This was the FIRST musical in film history to be filmed ON LOCATION, and what a location: NEW YORK CITY CIRCA 1949!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set of musicals featuring Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly February 10, 2008
Format:DVD
Warner is releasing several DVD sets featuring Frank Sinatra on the same day. This set features films starring Sinatra and Gene Kelly. The following is from the Warner Home Video press release:

The Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly Collection features:

On the Town (1949) - Three sailors on leave in New York City have just 24 hours to take in the sights and find romance. The first musical to shoot on location, this was directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donan.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame (1949) - Sinatra and Kelly work in vaudeville in the winter and play baseball for The Wolves in the summer. A new team manager (Esther Williams) comes along and has opposite effects on the guys. Betty Garrett supplies additional comic relief.

Anchors Aweigh (1945) - A kind of dry run for "On the Town", this time sailors Sinatra and Kelly are on leave in Los Angeles, which draws their adventures into the realm of Hollywood. The plot is just a little too cute, which was a problem with MGM musicals starting around this time.

Special features include interviews with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, outtakes, and "When the Lion Roars" MGM documentary.

On The Town is already on DVD and in the Gene Kelly DVD Collection. The other two films were put out on DVD in 2000, thus none of these films is new to DVD.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HEADS UP: NO "WHEN THE LION ROARS" April 30, 2008
By CHASE
Format:DVD
The one star is not for the movies, but as a warning to those who have read the decriptions of the extras, and are expecting the full documentary
"When The Lion Roars". Hang onto your 3-vhs boxed sets, because when you open the DVD case, you discover that there is only an "excerpt" from the this long awaited documentary. Maybe sometime soon we'll get the whole
shelang, but not now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men in Sailor Suits Singing!!!!!! February 20, 2009
Format:DVD
Love, Love, Love it!!!!! I'm 80 years old. It reminds me of my younger days when I was in the Navy. Of course I didn't sing & dance as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable Duo in three classic movie musicals. January 1, 2009
Format:DVD
I already own all three of these movies on DVD, however I have to have this collection. Kelly and Sinatra, to me are the best acting duo for the musical era.

If you've only seen one of these films, get this collection. You will like all three. The dance numbers are fantastic. The songs, enjoyable. Really, is there any voice smoother than Frank Sinatra's.

This would get 10 of 10 stars if allowed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more May 14, 2008
Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a great set. All three films are wonderful examples of MGM at it's finest. The only reservation I have is that the DVD set leaves you wanting more. These films just beg to be produced in the same "Night at the Movies" style as the Esther Williams Collection, with newsreels, cartoons, trailers and the like. Buy it while you can, however, because the low price just MUST be an error!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love doing biz with vendors lke this! October 16, 2009
Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase
This musical/movie speaks for itself. It's timeless and wonderful! You can't go wrong with films like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Movies September 30, 2008
Format:DVD
Wonderful! My little girls and I watched these movies on TV, and then we had to get them. They just love to watch them over and over. All three are good, clean, family movies--can't find these now days. So glad to have them now!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and dancing
This collection was a replacement for VHS tapes that I own. The music and dancing are still fabulous. I expect to be able to enjoy this collection for many years to come.
Published 14 days ago by Packrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved them both!
Fan of Sinatra, of Gene Kelly, and of musicals. MGM musicals them for sure! I don’t know that even the great fans of Sinatra don’t like him during the 40s, but I do love him as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judy Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good movies
My favorite of the collection was take me out to the ball game, its super funny the songs were nice. I enjoyed the storyline. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bogiefan1995
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how movies should be made
I bought this for my mother who lives in a nursing home. she lights up every time it is on, well worth every penny to make her happy.
Published 4 months ago by Therese
1.0 out of 5 stars My PC say disks were pressed in 1999
Back in 2008 when I owned this boxset picture looked still pretty decent, considering I never saw an HD picture of my life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Bracq Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DANCE MUSICALS
This is great entertainment if you like dancing musicals from the 1940's and 1950's. The acting is usually a little corny but the dancing and the music scenes are very much of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Chris Gelenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musicals
I'm only 46, but my dad showed me what it was like to enjoy musicals at a young age. I really like Gene Kelly's dance routines and Sinatra's voice, so this set was a bonus to get... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This is a fun old movie. The dancing is great and the whole thing is just plain entertaining. And the dancing!!!! Love it.
Published 11 months ago by Maria Elena Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old muscials
I love the old Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly musicals..I recommend this set to anyone who loves the old musicals...
Published 13 months ago by C. R. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
This is probably one of the best sets of movies I've bought yet. If you love musicals this is great stuff. It was loads of fun watching frank when he was young and dancing to boot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gail Janusz
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