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Sing Brother Sing: The Mills Brothers & The Delta Rhythm Boys

Delta Rhythm Boys , The Mills Brothers  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Delta Rhythm Boys, The Mills Brothers, Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills
  • Producers: Dante J. Pugliese, Eduardo Eguia Dibildox
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000199JMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sing Brother Sing: The Mills Brothers & The Delta Rhythm Boys" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The rich tradition of four-part harmony reached its peak in the late 1930s and 40s. What had been a gospel and vaudeville vocal style was adapted to popular songs, and the Mills Brothers, along with the Delta Rhythm Boys were the premier groups that captured America's attention. Their vocal stylings laid the groundwork for generations of Pop and Soul groups to follow! Here are rare, early appearances by all three of these landmark groups - all on one sensational DVD. No fan of pop or rhythm and blues should miss out on this extraordinary collection! Songs Include: 1 Do Nothin' Till You Here From Me 2 Undecided 3 St. Louis Blues 4 Jersey Bounce 5 Dry Bones 6 Jack You're Playing The Game 7 Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' 8 Snoqualomie Jo Jo 9 Take The "A" Train 10 Opus One 11 Lazy River 12 Till Then 13 Cielito Lindo 14 You Always Hurt The One You Love 15 Paper Doll 16 Old Rocking Chair 17 Caravan 18 Swing Brother (Performed by the Britt Band)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable with a flawed presentation. August 8, 2006
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I bought this because I'm a fan of the Mills Brothers (the Delta Rhythm Boys are okay too). Many years ago, I saw most of these original soundies at a film festival from a collector who had the original reels shown on a good old fashion projector. Well, the remastered DVD versions look and sound far superior over most of the ones I saw before. Frankly, I'm grateful that they were digitally remastered and preserved on DVD at all, and that they're now available for purchase.

I bought my copy brand new from a reseller for $5.50 plus shipping, which was a fair price for what I got. My biggest complaint is that the producers cut the very beginnings and very ends from each movie, and then faded them from one to the next. Usually it seems like only a second or two, but on one particular film, "Caravan", there's some corny dialog between Harry Mills and an actress that appears to be partially cut from the beginning of the reel.

A little annoying also is that the shorts are presented like MTV videos, with info in the bottom left corner at the beginning and end of each film. Also, the DVD producers put a "Sing Brothers Sing" watermark on (at least) some of the films. Not very distracting, hardly noticeable and notable, but still- why put it there in the first place?

Maybe the producers were concerned with making sure that the value is limited to this presentation (thus discouraging illegal distribution). I simply wish the films were left alone, shown as they were originally. But maybe that's just me.

Again, as the last person mentioned, it's very short- about 40 minutes, but what can you do? They're fun to watch at least once or twice anyway (I personally can't imagine much more than that). Anyway, I'm happy for the most part with my purchase. As I said, I'm such a fan of the Mills Bros, and where else will I see these unique film performances (not the same commercially sold versions)?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harmony at It's Apex March 23, 2006
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Short but sweet (48 Min.), this compilation is mostly made up from Soundies (precursor to music videos) from the 30's & 40's. The one exception is the Mills Brothers joined by Nat King Cole on "Opus One" gleened from "The Nat King Cole Show". The sound and picture rank in the acceptable range, due to technology of the day, and the march of time. Fun & highly entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Mills Brothers November 29, 2012
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Too much Delta Rhythm boys Too much dancing around the Mills Brothers. What I wanted was a full DVD of faces and better songs
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality! April 26, 2007
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Some fun music vidios from before there were music vidios. Very fun clips, with very good quality, to go with performances by these too groups. It's definitely a fun part of my collection!
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