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Top Hat (2005)

Edward Everett Horton , Fred Astaire , Mark Sandrich  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Everett Horton, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
  • Directors: Mark Sandrich
  • Writers: Allan Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, 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: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NSCQW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Hat" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New featurette: On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat
  • Comedy short: Watch the Birdie with Bob Hope
  • Classic cartoon: Page Miss Glory
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Perhaps the best remembered of the 10 Astaire/Rogers musicals, Top Hat has it all: Art Deco elegance, a wonderfully addled storyline, loopy support from skilled farceurs and the incomparable chemistry of the two leads cheek-to-cheeking to Irving Berlin's finest film score. It's a wake-up call for romance when Fred's exuberant No Strings dance in his hotel suite disturbs the sleeping beauty (Ginger) in the room below. They meet cute, Fred decides he'd like a few strings (preferably a tied knot) after all and love beckons until Ginger mistakenly gets the idea that Fred is a married playboy. But mistakes can be wonderfully, wackily resolved. Among the highlights: Fred mows down the chorus line in his signature Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, the shimmeringly dreamy Isn't It a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)? and the rhapsodically tender Cheek to Cheek. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Top Hat is top-drawer entertainment magic.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Fred Astaire?s Daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Film Dance Historian Larry Billman
Featurette:On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat
Other:Comedy Short Watch the Birdie with Bob Hope, Classic Cartoon Page Miss Glory

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Fred & Ginger (a DVD Review) August 20, 2005
By N. Lim
The fourth Fred & Ginger (F&G) movie, Top Hat is considered by many to be the quintessential one and is my personal favorite. In the Top Hat musical number, Fred cleverly uses his gentleman's cane as a "machine gun." And the ever-so-tender cheek to cheek number where he is singing and dancing with Ginger makes me feel like I am dancing in heaven as well. A deleted scene in some prints in which Bates (Eric Blore) insults a policeman, is present in this DVD.

A running commentary with Ava Astaire McKenzie (daughter) includes background information about the supporting actors and trivia, such as the significance of the ring Fred wears in the film. And even though Ginger rides the horse in this movie, we learn that Fred is the real horse lover. Ava admits she does not know everything about her dad and his career, which adds to the authenticity of what she does know and contributes.

A behind-the-scenes look, the featurette, "On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat" explains many intricacies and attention to detail in the making of the movie. Nothing is left to chance. You will appreciate all the names in the opening credits. It includes interviews with Ava Astaire McKenzie, archivists, and biographers with a mix of F&G photographs and film clips. (Run time 18:20)

"Watch the Birdie" is a comedy short with a young Bob Hope playing a prankster on a cruise ship who himself gets "pranked." It's sort of a let down after Top Hat, so I am not sure why it's included on the same DVD. (B&W, Run time 18:16)

"Page Miss Glory" (1936) is an old Merrie Melodies cartoon about the exploits around a bell boy in an upscale hotel. It has a touch of Busby Berkeley near the end. (Run time 7:43)

Theatrical Trailer (Run time 1:02)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm in Heaven, I'm in Heaven..." August 19, 2005
Many times when the subject of old-time, classic movies comes up, my father inevitably brings up the story of how as a child he was given a quater on his ninth birthday and sent off to a local Baltimore, movie theatre with his friends to see the now classic movie musical, "Top Hat". Just recently I purchased the DVD box set, "Astaire & Rogers Collection, Volume 1". Naturally, the first disc I viewed was "Top Hat". Well after seeing this disc, I now know, why my Dad over seventy years later, is still talking about this wonderful piece of cinematic, movie magic. To paraphrase an old Humphrey Bogart line, "this is the stuff that dreams are made of". Where do you start with what makes this movie great? You have to start with the pure magic of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers working together. This film is pretty much this duo's creative peak. You have Fred Astaire acting, cracking jokes, singing and best of all DANCING! If you wish to ever to see pure creative genuis at work, before your very eyes, then just watch this man's feet and body language. Astaire shows such elegance and grace, that he has now become the very definition of those words. As for Miss Rogers, her skills have been quite underrated in the past. You know the old cliche saying, "she could do anything he could do...but she could do it backwords (and in heels)". It's true! This pair's artistry and creative gifts perfectly match each other. My personal favorite moment in the movie is the extended dance sequence between the two during the song, "Cheek to Cheek". In the begining of the scene, when Astaire sings "I'm in heaven..." and then repeats the phrase, you really do believe him! The two dancers glide along the dance floor as though they are in a dream. Read more ›
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I generally can't stand musicals, but... September 5, 2006
This is a musical for those people who hate musicals...
I think you would have to be the biggest curmudgeon in the world not to find this movie fun and joyful. If this movie does not improve your mood, there is probably something seriously wrong with you.

I'm not kidding.

Not only am I not a fan of musicals, but I also am not a fan of dancing. I mean, watching dancing is okay, but I don't go out of my way to watch it.

But the dancing that Fred and Ginger do, here, is nothing short of brilliant. Not only that, it is so joyous. You can just tell that they (Fred, especially) just LOVES dancing! You feel it, and it makes YOU love dancing, too; you just can't help but love what they do, it is infectious.

Also, the story is very funny, full of improbably twists and turns, and very good comedic timing and jokes.

And of course, Ginger... Oh, to have been Fred, with those gorgeous eyes, that gorgeous face looking at me like that... She was way before my time, and is not "Playboy" beautiful. She's just so damned cute. How could anyone not find her irresistable?

I don't usually gush like this, you can check my other reviews. I guess this movie brings out the sap in me. What can I say?

I love this movie.

By the way, there seem to be 2 major camps: those who think this is the best of the Ginger and Fred movies, and those who think that honor goes to "Swing Time". My wife and I both found "Swing Time" to be far less satisfying than "Top Hat". Basically, the dancing and singing are about equally great; but the story of "Top Hat" is much better and the jokes much funnier in "Top Hat".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Film
I loved this film. It is one of my favorite Fred Astaire films. I wanted to dance and sing along. See more at dovegroup dot weebly dot com.
Published 1 month ago by Vyctorya
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this for fun, dancing, great music, classic lines!
Classic music, dancing and humor... Totally stays with you!
Published 1 month ago by msynergy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought for a friends birthday
Published 1 month ago by Fern Washington
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat this dancing duo!
I had just seen the stage play and wanted to view the original. I made comparisons all along and I think I'd have enjoyed this more if I had not been comparing it to the stage... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good deal! Thanks
Published 2 months ago by David Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel young again!
Great dancing and a charmingly light story line. I'd forgotten how young Fred Astaire was when his career took off. And this wasn't his first film.
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Drioane
4.0 out of 5 stars a look at an old movie
I originally just wanted to see ginger rodgers and fred astaire dance together . Unfortunately they only had one dance but it was very good and he is an absolute marvel to watch... Read more
Published 7 months ago by eve
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
the movie is fantastic so is the color format plus i wanted this one to add to my collection. i have no dislikes at this time i really have enjoyed my movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Demetrius
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie
Fred has an interest in the young lady he disturbed while sleeping by dancing in the hotel room above hers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joyce E. Green
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