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Royal Wedding (1951)

 NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: American Pop Classics/Allied V
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00701QT2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A brother and sister dance act's show closes in New York. They get a booking in London at the same time as a royal wedding. They cross to England on a liner and dance as it rolls.

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful musical, poor transfer to DVD July 12, 2000
By Ed N
This is one of my favorite Fred Astaire musicals. It has some of his classic numbers, such as the hatrack dance and the dancing-on-the-ceiling routine. Plus, I truly adored the cockney number that Fred Astaire performed with co-star Jane Powell. I used to have a recording of this film I made off the TV, and when the DVD version was available, I decided to purchase it.
So....what can I say? The DVD is less then $10, and the film is great fun. Fred and Jane play a brother-sister vaudeville act, probably based on the real-life Fred and Astele Astaire act of the 1920s. They go to England for their new show and find new love, all during the time of Queen Elizabeth's wedding (hence the title). Along the way, we get those wonderful dances and songs (Jane Powell's "Too Late Now" won the Oscar for best song, I believe).
However....the DVD transfer is, to be polite, poor. The color looks faded in some spots and there is horrible pixelation or blockiness in other spots (especially at night). The sound quality isn't that great either, (but at least it sounds better than my TV recording). That's not saying too much, though, given the potential for DVDs. This film looks like a straight transfer from a poor VHS copy to DVD with no attempt at clean-up or restoration. This trait, however, is common to all Madacy DVDs, so I wasn't expecting any surprises there. One reviewer mentioned a widescreen version - I don't think this film was made in widescreen but rather in full-frame, so what you see on the screen is all there is to the film, I believe.
At any rate, bottom line...the movie itself gets 5 stars but due to a rather lazy DVD transfer, I can only give the DVD 2 stars. However, it *is* less than $10, so decide for yourself if it is still worth purchasing.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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I love this movie. Good acting by Powell, Astaire, and one of my favorites - Peter Lawford. Unfortunately the transfer to DVD is very poor. I think the film is badly in need of restoring. Even the colour (such as the skin on Jane Powell's face) is not constant in the film while watching. I bought it because I felt I had nothing to lose. It was a good price and is better than my EP copy that jumps, if that gives you any idea of the quality. It's probably better if you get a chance to get a hold of a SP version of the video. Of course the DVD is nice as you can skip to your favourite scenes, but there are no extra features with this one. Fred Astaire's dancing on the ceiling routine is a real classic though, and the movie is definitely worth seeing! If you buy the DVD just be prepared to overlook the flaws. Also, just a warning that there are two DVD versions, one in colour and the other is advertized as B & W.

*Note: Thanks to another reviewer, I found out that the best version of this movie was released by GOODTIMES DVD as it was digitally remastered. It is also sold by amazon, but be careful when ordering because there are quite a few different dvd releases of this movie. The picture in the Goodtimes version is much better than the other releases (and believe me I practically bought all of them before finding the best one, lol).*
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
This is the second volume of MGM Dream Factory musicals. Only "That's Dancing" and "Royal Wedding" are on DVD already, and those are generally poor public domain copies. The other five features have only been on VHS up to now. I'd put all of these movies except "Belle of New York" at between four and five stars if you are a fan of the MGM musicals of the 40's and 50's. "Belle of New York" I'd put at between three and four stars mainly because the campiness of the entire production gets in the way most of the time. Considering you expect some gimmicks in MGM musicals of this era, that is saying a lot. The extra features, which I got from a press release from Warner Home Video, do look good. This package probably rates 4.5 stars taken as a whole, and I round it up to five. The following are brief descriptions of the films and the special features for each one.

The Pirate (1948) Starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Features music by Cole Porter. A swashbuckling tale is largely just a framework for the music and dancing, which is excellent. Judy Garland plays a girl obsessed with a legendary pirate. Gene Kelly pretends to be that pirate in order to get the girl. This film actually lost money for MGM in its initial release. Today it is interesting because it showcases the talents of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland so well.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie, hated the DVD May 26, 1999
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
By an odd coincidence, the same evening I watched this DVD one of the cable stations was broadcasting the same movie. The DVD image was horrible--it looked like a third-generation tape dupe. Bad resolution, bad color, poor video and sound. The movie on TV was crisp and clear. What a contrast! This is undoubtedly the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. What a disappointment for fans of this movie to receive an absolutely terrible copy. Makes me want to cry every time I try to look at it. The publishers should be ashamed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie musicals
Good to have in my library. Excellent choreography and acting. Too bad others from this generation are not interested in good, family movies that depict the "better" years... Read more
Published 27 days ago by T C
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a wedding and fashion-loving Mom!
I only gave 4 stars because the item was as told, but I don't watch these type of movies. I am going by other reviews and really have nothing to add. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rad
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible.
This DVD doesn't even deserve one star. This is the poorest quality I have ever seen. It looks like someone recorded the movie off their TV with a bad camera. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara w
5.0 out of 5 stars The Double Feature Was Very Entertaining.
The songs, music, and dance numbers were delightful. The color, costumes, settings, and acting were great.
Both movies were very entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leon Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD arrived in perfect condition
This is a fun and musical delight from that time period of dancing and Astaire was so great at acting and the Movie showed his sense of humor.
Published 1 month ago by G Marjaniemi
3.0 out of 5 stars Royal Wedding
I had a VHS version of this tape that was so bad I decided to buy a DVD version that was listed as new. It is maybe slightly better in the color but not much. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pat A
4.0 out of 5 stars Royal Wedding
Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling in this one, and oh, a hatrack too. Not a bad film. Usually anything with Astaire in it is watchable and this is no exception. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it should be
Uplifting, foot loose, and fancy free soft shoe and tap with upbeat singing is always a must see, must have video.
Published 2 months ago by John Younker
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Wedding HD (1951) Fred Astaire & Jane Powell
Another Favorite, in HD, which should be on Blu Ray! Excellent Video & Audio Quality! Prefer watching through ROKU3 instead of direct on Sony Smart TV. Thanks Prime!
Published 2 months ago by BuildOrBuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good timing
Videos sent and received within ten days. Typical Astaire movies. Silly plot, good dancing. Vera-Ellen was had superb skills. Too bad she passed away so young.
Published 2 months ago by M. Wright
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