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The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (Babes in Arms / Babes on Broadway / Girl Crazy / Strike Up the Band) (2007)

Mickey Rooney , Judy Garland  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RT99FG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (Babes in Arms / Babes on Broadway / Girl Crazy / Strike Up the Band)" on IMDb

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168 of 172 people found the following review helpful
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This is the long awaited boxed set of four Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musicals that includes a fifth bonus disc. The contents are as follows as described by a press release from Warner Home Video:

Babes in Arms (1939)
This is the first film the two did together and was adapted from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart Broadway hit of the same name. Busby Berkeley directed the film and also did the choreography. This film is being shown as it was in its initial release in 1939, complete with the minstrel numbers that might seem offensive today and a sequence involving the impersonation of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt that was cut shortly after FDR's death since MGM didn't want to appear disrespectful under the circumstances. The plot is simple - Rooney plays a kid trying to prove his musical talent and therefore decides to put on a show. Garland plays another talented youngster who decides to help him do it.
DVD Special Features:
Introduction by Mickey Rooney
Commentary by historian John Fricke
Vintage Our Gang short Duel Personalities
Classic cartoon The Mad Maestro
1939 Newsreel with Mickey and Judy
Audio-only bonuses:
Leo Is on the Air radio promo
3 different radio shows with Rooney and Garland
Theatrical Trailer

Strike up the Band (1940)
This one has more of a plot than the first, plus some great music. Rooney plays self-involved musician Jimmy Conners who impresses bandleader Paul Whiteman so much that he offers him a job in New York City. However, a friend's medical emergency makes Rooney choose between his own plans and his friend's health, and he chooses his friend in the end. Rooney's character now has to come up with a way to replace the travel money.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously packaged September 27, 2007
So often, it seems to me, Judy Garland dvd box-sets raise the standard of excellence for all manufacturers of DVDs to aspire to. This newest Judy-Mickey collection is no exception, it is a stunningly satisfying experience to read the 48 page (hardback) guide, and the very generous collection of 20 high-quality large postcards in the portfolio binder takes you back almost 70 years to when these films were made.
The hardback book includes reproductions of what seem to be newspaper ads, lobby cards, miniature poster reproductions along with John Fricke's meticulous research and unparallaled knowledge of all-things-Garland lovingly stamped all over this collection before you even pop in the first DVD to watch. The 5th bonus DVD features more than 20 Garland performances spanning 1938 through 1954 as well as 10 trailers for the Garland-Rooney film collaborations & TCM's Robert Osbourne hosting his 'Private Screenings' interview with Rooney.
It just doesn't get any better for vintage film collectors, in terms of value and content. It's a total explosion for the senses to unwrap this package and take it all in; the extraordinary art design, layout, and such a brilliantly realized concept- from the fonts used; to the glossy, higher-quality paper than one would expect in the 'Bonus DVD & Guide' book, this is a first class product all-around that deserves to be a huge success.
Turner Entertainment Co./Warner Home Video and Mr. Fricke have all outdone themselves with this release. Easily the best value of any box-set DVD I have purchased in more than a year, which should be used as a blueprint for any (or every!) upcoming DVD release, which so often don't include so much as an insert.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Team! September 29, 2007
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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are one of the best teams in movie history ranking with Laurel and Hardy, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and Doris Day and Rock Hudson in terms of chemistry. Each were bursting with talent both musical and theatrical, so their films together jumped from the screen. Here are their four most popular and profitable ventures featuring excellent musical scores and simple stories about show business.

Babes in Arms is notable as the first smash hit Garland and Rooney teaming. It was adapted from a stage play for the screen, and probably lost some appeal in the transition. What stands is an okay film with a great cast and some interesting musical numbers. A group of vaudevillians led by Joe Moran (Charles Winninger) are planning a big comeback to the stage, although vaudeville is losing its audience. Their kids want to help, but are brushed away. Moran's son Mickey (Mickey Rooney) brings the kids together to perform their own show and to prove to the adults that they can hold their own on a stage. Mickey's girl Patsy (Judy Garland) intends to play the lead, but Mickey thinks "Baby Rosalie" (June Preisser) might draw a bigger audience. And they have to battle Mrs. Steele (Margaret Hamilton) who wants to put them all into school.

With lots of notable songs like "Good Morning," in its best form here with the jazz stylings of Garland's vocals and Rooney's piano playing, it's the catchiest song of the film. Most of the others are medleys with good and bad parts. Betty Jaynes and Douglas McPhail sing a few songs in their operatic style, which will be less appealing to mass audiences. The blackface routine might offend some audiences today, but it is really a tribute to the minstrel shows that Mickey's father started his career in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wife loves the movies
Published 8 days ago by Richard D Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dynamic Duo!
Two top stars with a chemistry that has lasted down the years - in films full of youthful energy, dancing and some great
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Published 1 month ago by wordsmith44
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loving it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always loved the classics
Published 3 months ago by Pamala Pendergrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection Mickey Rooney Judy Garland
Just wish the owner of the "Judge Hardy" series of Mickey Rooney would release all on CD.
This is a great mix of Mickey and Judy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars classic movies
I have been a fan of these movies since I was a little girl. My granddaughters have watched and enjoyed them with me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by barblz
3.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, the strange things you see when you haven't got a gun."
Great package, it's good to have them in one set. Basically, the plot is the same for all four films: "Let's put on a show! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tribute for two of Hollywood's Brightest Stars!
If you are a fan of these movies then the Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection is as good as it gets. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jersey Devil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compendioum of Micey and Judy
Also love the special features. It includes a disc that has a collection of Garland numbers (film clips) from many of her greatest songs. A must have for any collector. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DWinston
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Fun
By the late 1930s, Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) was acknowledged as Hollywood's top box office draw, a status he would hold onto for several years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
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