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Fred Astaire Signature Collection

Fred Astaire , various  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Fred Astaire
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: St Clair Vision
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGDJH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Royal Wedding". Beautiful Jane Powell stars alongside legendary Fred Astaire in this musical inspired by the fairytale wedding of England's Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Featuring a rollicking plot, romance, a host of hilarious characters and of course great musical performances, all set against the backdrop of an English royal palace. Includes Astaire's unforgettable dancing-on-the-ceiling number! 1951/1 hr 33 min/Color/Not Rated: Suitable for all audiences. "Second Chorus" Burgess Meridith and Fred Astaire play a couple of friends vying for success in both their muscial careers and the love of their beautiful manager, played by Paulette Goddard. Features lots of great big band performances, as Meredith and Astaire outdo each other at every turyn. 1940/ 1hr 20 min/B&W/Not Rated: Suitable for all audiences. "The Over-The-Hill Gang Rides Again". Fred Astaire shows off his versatility as an actor in this Western comedy that casts him as a one-time ranger who has become the town drunk. A group of retired Texas Rangers gathers again to save their small town from criminals and rehabilitates Astaire, enabling him to take on his former job of marshall. Astaire is joined by an all star cast including Lana Wood, Walter Brennan, Andy Devine, and Edgar Buchanan. 1970/ 1hr 13min/Color/Not Rated: suitable for all audiences

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Public domain copies of two films July 29, 2007
There are a host of these "Signature Collections" coming out for about four dollars. They are probably trying to trade on the name of the Warner Home Video Signature Collections. Let me assure you these are entirely two different animals. These are all public domain copies of two films by the featured star, and sometimes they are made-for-TV movies. This particular collection offers public domain copies of "Royal Wedding" and "Second Chorus". These are both good films and they have weathered distribution in the public domain very well as far as video and audio quality go.

"Royal Wedding" is the musical with the famous number where Astaire dances on the ceiling of his hotel room while he and his sister are performing in London at the time of the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth to Prince Phillip. "Second Chorus" has the unlikely pairing of Fred Astaire with Burgess Meredith as a couple of trumpet players competing for the affection of Paulette Goddard. It is also a pretty good film with the exception of the presence of the extremely unfunny Charles Butterworth.

Warner Home Video just got through rescuing Royal Wedding from the public domain and has cleaned it up quite a bit. It now resides in their very recently released "Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Volume 2". You can also buy it separately with the same high quality as a double feature with "The Belle of New York". However, if you are happy enough with public domain copies you might want to try the "Musicals Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection". That package has these two films plus quite a few other interesting musicals in it for between ten and twenty dollars depending on where and how you purchase it. Some are definitely turkeys, but I think you definitely get your money's worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Astaire Signature Collection August 1, 2012
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What a great stroll down memory lane. My wife and I always enjoyed his films. I remember seeing him come out of the Turf Club at Santa Anita racetrack in the 60's to get his car. He had that same lite step he had in his films. Nice thoughts of a nice time. And it's always a pleasure dealing with Amazon/suppliers. T. Smith
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fred Astaire collection February 4, 2009
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Not the greatest collection, especially the last movie---a western, couldnt wait till it was over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballroom Dance Aid April 7, 2014
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Good DVD. Very helpful in my dancing. I have always enjoyed Fred Astaire's dancing. Thank you for such a good product.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fred Dances on the ceiling September 8, 2008
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Once upon a time an ordinary looking guy made millions of American enjoy the act of dancing in film. Fred Astair was no pansy - the dances were incredibly difficult yet he made them appear so easy. Dancing with a hat rack and cavorting on the ceiling are STILL so entertaining. Actually, these are the ONLY reasons to see "Royal Wedding".

The second film on this disk is somewhat enjoyable - "Second Chorus" unites Fred with Burgess Meredith (!) in their pursuit of Paulette Goodard, and a job with Artie Shaw. A simple dance number with Miss Goddard is mildly amusing, but the comic interplay is more enjoyable.
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