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High Society (2003)

Bing Crosby , Grace Kelly , Charles Walters  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and His Band
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FGCI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Society" on IMDb

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Heiress Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) is engaged to one man (John Lund), attracted to another (Frank Sinatra) and, just maybe, in love again with her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) in this efferevescent musical reinvention of Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story featuring an endlessly delightful Cole Porter score. Among High Society's high points: Sinatra and Celeste Holm ask Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Crosby and Kelly share True Love, Der Bingle and Ol' Blue Eyes swing-swing-swingle Well, Did You Evah? and Crosby and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong jive with Now You Has Jazz. Yes, indeedy, we has!

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stars! Great songs! Great film! ...GREAT DVD! June 10, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a musical remake of George Cukor's classic "The Philadelphia Story". The new setting: the Newport Jazz Festival and the chic mansions on its surroundings. The story is exactly the same: Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly in her last film) is engaged to David (John Lund). But her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) won't let her go that easily. In the between, there are a couple of journalists (Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm) with problems on their own.
This is one of those films where everything is great. The whole cast is excelent. This is classical Hollywood in full gear!!
The music by Cole Porter will leave you singing for days after you see this movie: "Well, Did You Evah?", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", "Little One", "You're Sensational" and the multi-million Dollar seller "True Love" are great tunes. The film has also a five-minute overture with music that is usually cut by television (great music!!!).
This DVD comes with a great pack of extras. But first... the image: gorgeous Technicolor (it was shot in VistaVision). The beautiful soundtrack was remastered in Dolby 5.1 (it seems it was recorded only 10 years ago). There is also a documentary on Cole Porter hosted by Celeste Holm herself! (still beautiful after all these years). There is a newsreel about the film's premiere, Radio adds with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, Trailers (from both "High Society" and "The Philadelphia Story"), Notes ..........and a great Cinemascope Cartoon "Millionaire Droopie".
The only bad thing about this DVD is that the subtitles dissapear during the songs (and there are 3 languages).
Anyway... this a great film with all the elements at their peak!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner in every aspect... November 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I've just finished watching "High Society" after having first seen "The Philadelphia Story" only a month ago. Both films are phenomenal, on their own and shouldn't be compared. They succeed wonderfully in very different ways. The cinematography of "High Society" is excellent and is one of the major factors of it's success. In many ways, it makes it a very, dare I say, 'modern' musical, not seeming at all fluffy or schmaltzy. The musical numbers are intimately filmed, and with Cole Porter's music and lyrics, it works amazingly well. Case in point..."Well Did You Evah". I believe this to be one of Sinatra's best roles, quite cool, charming, and thoroughly convincing. And then he sings...and all is well with the world. Bing is at his cool best and Grace Kelly is stunningly beautiful, even with her role's snobbery fully intact. It is a shame that Sinatra and Bing only had one other movie together "robin and the Seven Hoods" because their chemistry is unsurpassed. Add the jazz and personality of Satchmo, and what you have is one of the most enjoyable 107 minutes that you could spend in front of the tube. Highly recommended. Let's hope the DVD version is in the works!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bing's Beat May 16, 2003
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Given the lack of fuss made over the centenary year of Bing Crosby's birth, it appears that, as far as the public at large is concerned, Bing is little more than a Christmas period piece. This film should help set the record straight about the most influential vocalist and entertainer of the first half of the last century. His feature number with Pops ("Now You Has Jazz") is a treasure, presenting two of the most naturally gifted, closely matched American musicians simply enjoying each other's company while becoming completely caught up in the musical moment. Satchmo absolutely shines (sometimes that smile could betray traces of auto-pilot, but not in this film). And Bing's got that thing going with his head that was the hallmark of his most genuine, inspired, heart-felt performances: he's way back on his heels and everything above his shoulders takes on an animated, even "pixillated" quality. No longer is he being merely smooth and easy (and singing certainly did come easy for him), but his head is illustrating the beat, in that curious, punching, out-of-synch pattern that he had whenever he was really feeling it.

The Sinatra performance is also solid, but there's plenty of good Sinatra elsewhere on film. What's unique about this film is his "Well, Did Ya Evah?" duet with Crosby. For years they had been radio rivals, the "old pro" favoring crowd-pleasing "smooth and easy" tunes and the skinny new star emphasizing more urgent and dramatic material appealing to the personal emotions of a new generation. Crosby is the "natural," capable of all sorts of graceful vocal elocutions and tricks; Sinatra is the driven, serious modern man, executing musical material with a no-nonsense approach.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All that jazz and more! June 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Just released on DVD, this fabulous musical remake of George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940) sees Grace Kelly in her last ever film role before crossing the pond to marry into the Monaco monarchy (she even wore her actual engagement ring in the movie).
Kelly plays the spoilt heiress Tracy Samantha Lord, a rather icy perfectionist (this generation would say `control freak'), who is due to marry the stuffy George Kitteridge (John Lund) when her ex-husband C K Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby), unexpectedly turns up... Still in love with her, he puts in place a subtle plan to win back her heart. Throw in an incorrigible little sister, a playboy dad, a couple of snoops from Spy magazine, Louis Armstrong (as himself) and buckets of champagne... and now you has jazz!
With a witty script and quite the line-up (it was the first time Crosby and Frank Sinatra, playing Spy magazine reporter, appeared on screen together), the romantic comedy is carried by one of Cole Porter's best - and one of his last - musical scores which includes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Well, Did You Evah?, Now You Has Jazz, and Kelly and Crosby's moving duet True Love.
Like most rereleases of older movies onto DVD, what actually makes you update your video copy are the bonus features. Along with the nostalgic newsreel of the film's 1956 première, this version includes a short documentary on `the making of...', narrated by Celeste Holm (born 1919, who played Spy magazine photographer). Although it makes for entertaining viewing (throwing up little snippets such as how Kelly's father warned Prince Rainier of Monaco before they got married she was a [bad] driver), one can't help thinking that someone cruelly substituted Holm's oxygen tank with helium...
Overall verdict? Thoroughly entertaining and an absolute must for fans of classic musicals and all that jazz...
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
I just love this move the location was great and I like the seen at the beginning where they show Rough Point. Doris Dukes estate.
Published 3 days ago by Robert Scharlau
5.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoy this film every time!
Great stars (Crosby, Kelly and Sinatra), great acting and singing, great Cole Porter music - a true and very enjoyable classic! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Florida Gal
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly story but great musical numbers
I like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, so this was a movie I had to see. I was a bit disappointed in the story, but most musicals are like that.
Published 1 month ago by Joan A Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie~ .
Cute movie. Starts out with a cameo of Louie Armstrong on the bus singing and ends up the same way. I've always liked this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carroll Ann Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars i love you samantha
I could listen to bing sing "i love you, Samantha" all day! I love his voice! its like hes singing to me!
Published 1 month ago by Samantha Budynkiewicz
2.0 out of 5 stars So, so
The disk was out of its place when I gotten it. I had thought I would get the newer cover for the movie of the three of them holding arms and did not, it was the older one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelcie
5.0 out of 5 stars high society
Crosby, Kelly and Sinatra are great. From a time where humor and class still existed. Part of the Classic collection.
Published 1 month ago by wstous
4.0 out of 5 stars Darling old movie with so many stars!
My daughter and I rented this. It was fun to see all the stars and the romances that happen so Hollywood like. The highlight, for me is when Bing and Princess Grace sing True Love.
Published 1 month ago by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
The DVD copy was good and clear. Nice musical movie and good story line. Love Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
Published 1 month ago by Fatima
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of Bing's greatest movies! A classic that any true Crosby/Sinatra should have in their collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.Nakamoto
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