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Meet Me In St. Louis (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1945)

Judy Garland , Margaret O'Brien , Roy Mack , Vincente Minnelli  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, The Vitaphone Kiddies, Mary Jane Gumm, Virginia Gumm
  • Directors: Roy Mack, Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Doris Gilver, Fred F. Finklehoffe, Irving Brecher, Sally Benson, Sarah Y. Mason
  • Format: Full Screen, DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKGZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meet Me In St. Louis (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • All-new 60th anniversary "Ultra-Resolution" digitial transfer from restored picitire and sound elements (remasterd in Dolby 5.1)
  • New Introduction by Liza Minnelli
  • New Commentary by Garland biographer John Fricke with Margaret O'Brien, screenwriter Irving Brecher, songwriter Hugh Martin and daughter of producer Arthur Freed, Barbara Freed-Saltzman
  • Music-only track (without vocals)
  • Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery
  • Disc Two:
  • "Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic" (Narrated by Roddy McDowall)
  • "Hollywood: The Dream Factory" (Home video dubut of the Emmy-Award winning 1972 MGM-TV special, narrated by Dick Cavett)
  • "Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland" (1996 TCM special)
  • "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1966 TV pilot with Shelley Fabares and Celeste Holm)
  • "Bubbles" (1930 Warner Bros. short featuring Judy Garland at age 7)
  • "Skip To My Lou" (Rare 1941 musical short with Meet Me in St. Louis composers Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane)
  • Audio Vault: Boys and Girls Like You and Me outtake (re-construction using still photographs); Lux Radio Theater Broadcast from December 2, 1946
  • Stills Gallery

Editorial Reviews

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Meet Me in St. Louis has been one of the most anticipated DVDs in the short history of the format, and this two-disc special edition was worth the wait. The chief attraction is the new ultra-resolution transfer, looking sharp with lush, beautiful colors. Judy Garland biographer John Fricke provides an insightful commentary, weaving in archival interviews from Margaret O'Brien and others. There's even an orchestra-only track, and it's nice to hear once you get over the shock of not being able to hear Garland's vocals.

There's a lot of material on the second disc as well. The 30-minute making-of from 1994 is solid and informative, the 1972 hourlong history of MGM is a little unfocused but has some great clips, and "Becoming Attractions" (1996) is a 45-minute look at how Judy Garland was marketed through the movie trailers of the time. You can also see a very young Garland appearing with the other Gumm sisters in a 1930 short, and hear an audio-only version of her "Boys and Girls Like You and Me," a lovely Rodgers and Hammerstein tune cut from Meet Me in St. Louis. A 1946 radio adaptation that includes Garland, O'Brien, and Tom Drake proves surprisingly listenable, and much more entertaining than the charmless pilot of a proposed 1966 TV series. But it's all icing on the cake, really, compared to the satisfaction of finally having Garland's glorious performances of "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on DVD. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair.

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201 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic In A Memorable DVD Package April 27, 2004
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Many critics consider MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS the single finest Hollywood musical of the 20th Century. Produced by Arthur Freed, directed by Vincent Minnelli, and sporting a flawless ensemble cast led by Judy Garland, the film was immediately hailed when it debuted in 1944--and time has only added luster to its name. Now, after several home market incarnations, it at last receives the edition it deserves on DVD.

Given its stature, it is ironic that both MGM and Judy Garland originally fought the project. Based on a collection of autobiographical stories by Sally Benson, the script is little more than a series of domestic adventures in the lives of the Smith family of 1903 St. Louis. But it became a thing of wonder: a careful balance of sly but gentle humor, a collection of memorable performances, an understated score shorn of the usual movie-musical affectations, and at the center of it all Judy Garland, one of Hollywood's most memorable talents.

The transfer is excellent, capturing every nuance of the film's meticulously and beautifully designed sets in full Technicolor; the sound elements, remastered in Dolby 5.1, are equally fine and Garland's unique vocal skills are undimmed by time. All in all, it seems safe to say that not even the original 1944 theatrical release could surpass the quality of picture and sound offered here.

Although the bonus package would have better without the awful pilot for a failed television series based on the film, by and large it offers a superior collection. Previously available on VHS, the Roddy McDowell-narrated "making of" documentary is worth revisiting, as is the TCM-produced "Becoming Attractions.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic musical July 20, 2001
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Judy Garland gives one of her finest performances in the delightful period musical MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, still one of the best-loved movies of all time.
Esther Smith (Garland) is in love with "The Boy Next Door", and when she discovers that the Worlds Fair is coming to her town, everyone in St Louis is thrilled.
Her enchantment only grows when she discovers the feeling of love is mutual, but when her father announces that the family is moving to New York, the romance could be finished before it even began...
Margaret O'Brien steals every scene she's in as Esther's little sister Tootie, while the supporting cast, led by Lucille Bremer, Mary Astor and Leon Ames is first-rate.
Initially more popular at the box-office than THE WIZARD OF OZ, the evergreen MEET ME IN ST LOUIS continues to be loved by generations of movie-lovers.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful timeless movie loved by people of all ages. September 24, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Meet Me In St. Louis is a lovely film, based on episodes in the life of a large family living in early 20th Century St. Louis at the time of the World's Fair. Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien are both amazing in this film and are very strongly supported by the rest of the cast.
My 6 year old daughter is hooked on it too now (and I guess that's about the age when I first saw it) and we often watch it together for a treat. I have watched it countless times and am always happy to watch it again.
Meet Me in St. Louis is essentially a "pastoral" musical that celebrates the values of small town America, a popular theme in MGM musicals, especially those directed by Minelli. The so-called delights of the big metropolis New York are exposed as undesirable and compared unfavorably with the simple "purer" family life of St. Louis - which is a big city too but "doesn't seem big, out here where we live".
But it is not just a chocolate box movie, in spite of the beautiful music, romantic theme and gorgeous costumes and photography. Of course it is full of great musical set pieces - such as The Trolley Song and Skip to My Lou - but it has many "dark episodes" as well. The best is when Vincente Minelli borrows very sucessfully from the horror genre for the Halloween scene, and the dark disturbing scene when the snow people are decapitated by Tudy who would rather destroy them rather than leave them behind for strangers. Also, I'm not sure what the two nuns at the Fair mean in the final scenes, but I'm sure they are significant because the camera focuses on them rather than the lead characters who are actually talking in that scene. Maybe I'll need to watch it a few hundred times more to decide.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Why isn't this on DVD yet? "Meet Me In St. Louis" is a 1940s look back to a year in the life of the Smith Family of St. Louis, the year preceding the 1904 World's Fair. This movie is visually stunning. The Technicolor photography and the camera setups are amazing (the late-night candle distinguishing is all one shot), a testiment to the talent of Vincente Minnelli and his wonderful cast, particularly his soon-to-be wife Judy Garland, who was at her most beautiful and could transform any song into something magical.
Garland gives generously to her costar, Margaret O'Brien, a sort of Shirley Temple for the forties, who is nothing short of brilliant as the morbid youngest daughter Tootie, with the fascination for "dead" dolls. Her Halloween scene is remarkable and hilarious. The minimalist plot--Will Dad take the job in New York? Will Esther marry the boy next door, John Truitt? Will Rose wind up an old maid, like Katie?--never gets in the way of the lavish staging of the musical numbers. "The Trolley Song" is like a great music video, and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is still a standard. Great for the Holidays or any day, this movie is always sure to bring a smile. Watch for a very young June Lockhart ("Timmy and Lassie", "Lost in Space")as Lucille Ballard, the much-maligned New York socialite.
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