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The Pirate (2007)

Gene Kelly , Judy Garland , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Walter Slezak
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNA9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pirate" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by historian John Fricke
  • New making-of featurette
  • Vintage comedy short
  • Cartoon
  • "Mack the Black" stereo remix version
  • Audio-only bonuses: Song outtakes and Roger Edens guide track versions
  • Promotional radio interviews with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
  • Theatrical trailer

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Jewel In The Crown November 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
One of Hollywood's most entertaining yet most frequently overlooked "golden age" musicals, The Pirate is the story of a naive young woman (Garland) who fantasizes about being kidnapped and ravished by a dashing pirate--and who is duped by a traveling player (Kelly) into believing that he is himself the pirate of her dreams.

The complex script is extremely witty, and both Garland and Kelly play their roles with sly and often truly neurotic humor. While the script would hold up on its own, Cole Porter's score adds considerable excitement with such standards as "Be A Clown" and "You Can Do No Wrong," as well as number of lesser-known but no less entrancing songs. The choreography, largely created by Kelly, is remarkably inventive, and director Vincent Minnelli's visuals are fascinating, rich, and often startling in their unexpected beauty.

At present The Pirate is out of print--find it if you can, for if you're a fan of "golden age" musicals, you'll call it a keeper.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Gene Kelly and Judy Garland mix music by Cole Porter and romance in a lush Carribbean setting in this lavish MGM fantasy. Director Vincente Minnelli's color pallette is the most vibrant and bold use of Technicolor since "THE WIZARD OF OZ." Sounds like this had all the ingredients for success. But "THE PIRATE" was plagued with difficulties from conception to completion. This romantic fantasy has always existed in a cloud of controversies;
having equally fierce detractors and admirers. I'm so glad it has finally been released on DVD. It seems like I have waited forever!! I have always enjoyed this film tremendously. It is, simply, a tremendously enjoyable film. The participants in the DVD, including Liza Minnelli and John Fricke, fall all over themselves explaining why "THE PIRATE" was too stylized and too special to appeal to a mass audience in 1948. Fear not, current-day viewers, "THE PIRATE" is not a celluloid disaster-- and not nearly as inaccessable as history would lead us to believe. Gene Kelly's widow, for instance, thinks "THE PIRATE" is deserving of a deeper appreciation, and she is right on the money. When the dust from all the controversies has finally vanished, it turns out that this is one of the best films in the careers of both Kelly and Garland.
Gene Kelly actually plays two roles. He plays egotistical, womanizing actor Serafin in the style of John Barrymore. Serafin calls all woman "Nina." But his womanizing ways abruptly end when he sets eyes on Manuella Alva (Judy). Manuella despises Sarafin because he is a "common actor." She is positively obsessed however, with legendary pirate Mack The Black Macoco, famous throughout the Carribbean for his daring and adventurous exploits.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pirate Should Be On DVD! August 23, 2005
A Kid's Review
The Pirate starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly is a wonderful musical and the singing and dancing by the two leads is excellent and I wonder why this movie hasn't been put on DVD yet and I think it's about time it got the DVD treatment! I have this movie on video but the tape is in really bad condition with several scenes that are so worn out they are unwatchable so a DVD would be very appreciated!
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pirate(ed) September 19, 2005
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Have been a keen purchaser of all remastered MGM releases, I was eager to obtain a copy of this film. Alas I should have saved my money. The picture quality is poorer than my 20 year old video verson (it looks even more dreadful when screened through a home projector), sound quality is not much better. Unfortunatly no effort has been made to clean this classic up. There are no menus, and about 5 or so chapters inserted without any prior thought. Would suggest you wait until Warners get around to releasing this one and have been given the proper attention this Judy and Gene musical deserves. Can only face watching after a bottle or two of chardonney and a case of retinal!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous musical made during the prime of MGM January 1, 2003
By Pope
Format:VHS Tape
This 1948 film starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly was not hailed by the critics or movie-going public with the same acclaim as "Meet Me In St. Louis," "The Harvey Girls," or "Summer Stock." In fact, it was the only Garland film to *lose* money during her 15 year tenure at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But this movie is still fabulous. Garland and Kelly cannot disappoint. It's 55 years later and they're still a treat to watch. And what a great Cole Porter score! Although Garland was not in the greatest health at this time, just listening to her sing "Mack the Black" proves she's still got it. DO see this movie if you get a chance. Although it may not be up to par with other Garland works such as "St. Louis" and "Easter Parade," its worth a watch.

Currently out of print on VHS and yet to be released on DVD. It is airing on TCM as I write this review (1/1/03). The original soundtrack was released on CD years ago (now out of print), and several songs are available on a few Garland compilation albums from Turner/Rhino.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirate's Brilliance Stolen by Critics and Skeptics June 13, 2005
After reading more than 20 A+ reviews of this 56-year-old film, I wonder why WB Home Video is taking so long to bring it to DVD. They have released a bevy of inferior MGM musicals, but the best of the best is still on their wait list. I have a tape copied off TCM, but I long for the crisp beauty and color of a DVD version of this masterpiece. I just celebrated my 70th birthday. Wonder if I'll live to own the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tamara barnett
Gene Kelly and Judy Garland are perfect together. I've seen them in other movies but I think this one is their funniest yet!
Published 9 days ago by tamarabarnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Princess Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was the first Gene Kelly movie I ever saw. I really enjoyed. It really opened my eyes to Gene Kelly and his amazing dancing. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ash
2.0 out of 5 stars Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli I was disappointed. There was only...
Being a fan of Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli I was disappointed. There was only one dance routine I considered worthy of Gene Kelly ability, The songs fell short... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deb Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars The PirateNumber one
Always one of our favorites
Published 2 months ago by Dorayne Lombardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical comedy
It's a classical comedy, I loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Ramon Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by bitx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
It was a great viewing. I stopped it when I wanted and watched it as many times as I wanted.
5 stars it was good.
Published 4 months ago by Wanda Ufret
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wholesome Pirate Story
I love how this older movie wakes up the dreamer in me without any violence or sexual situations. The show is funny, and sparks that sense of adventure, as well as conveys a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara
2.0 out of 5 stars too bad it's bad
I looked fwd to this on TCM. But the plot kept getting more ridiculous. I don't expect great scripts from musicals, but this was too cartoonish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dana m
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