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Pirate, The (DVD)

It's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born," "Meet Me in St. Louis") mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly ("An American in Paris," "Singin' In the Rain") for a famed Caribbean pirate. With songs by the great Cole Porter, Oscar-winners Garland and Kelly light up the screen. Nominated for Best Score. Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris"). With Tony-winner Walter Slezak ("The Inspector General" and father of soap-queen, Erika Slezak).

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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

Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNA9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pirate" on IMDb

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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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 A Kid's Review on August 23, 2005
Format: DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pope on January 1, 2003
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 By A. J. Jewler on June 13, 2005
Format: DVD
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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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas on 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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