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  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Q9WE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Ziegfeld Girl: An elevator operator, a wife of a struggling concert violinist, a born-in-a-trunk vaudevillian: they're three different women on three different paths of life, yet they soon share one dream--to become a Ziegfeld Girl. Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Judy Garland play the respect three trying for stardom in this sumptuous extravaganza. James Stewart adds to the star wattage, playing the jilted truck-driving beau of Turner's footlight diva and legendary innovator. Busby Berkeley brings his imaginative camerawork and toe-tapping numbers that include Garland's massively scaled and calypso-infused MINNIE FROM TRINIDAD. Add a lavish, show-girl revue finale that reprises the rhapsodic YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, and you get the perfect recipe for entertainment. BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940: The job--a career breakthrough--is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire), but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by the debonair Astaire. Sparkling Cole Porter tunes, clever comedy and dance legends Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire make Broadway Melody a musical to remember. A strong supporting cast of George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter and Florence Rice along with the stunning dance BEGIN the BEGUINE will satisfy any movie fan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Sorgea on December 18, 2004
Zigfield Girl: This is a enjoyable movie about three girls who share the same dream about becoming a Zigfield Girl. Heddy Lamar, Lana Turner, and Judy Garland. They have some wonderful songs, and dances, and I especially love Minnie from Trinidad, but there is one severe problem with this movie: It is sooooo long!! Yes, some parts seem to just DRAG!!! And others are fun. But still, it is long. James Stewart is in bringing his talent onto the screen. And other actors also make the film enjoyable. And when I think back, I really do like the movie, it is just very long. And I know I gave this review 5 stars, but that is because most of them, belong to Broadway.

Broadway Melody of 1940: This is WONDERFUL!!! Eleanor Powell!! Yeah!! She makes her first appearence in this film, in 'The Captain of this Boat.' She's lovely, graceful, and the Queen of Tap. Fred of course, also makes this film, a 5 star film. He plays Johnny Brett, a loyal, true, and honest best friend to his partner who is chosen to play Claire Bennets (Powell) leading man. But all by mistake. For it was really him, who was supposed to have the audition. And even when he finds out, he keeps quiet, and helps his friend. Also, his partner begins to fall for Claire, Johnny has also, secretly. And when on opening night his partner (George Murphy) becomes drunk, a new star was born to broadway, Johnny Brett!

A wonderful movie, and I reccomend it highly. This is a great film to add to your collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2004
This movie was really just - okay. It has so many twists, and turns I don't even think I could explain it. The songs were good and Lana Turner was perfect for 'Red,' but the movie dragged in some places and it seems very, very long. Judy Garland does a splendid job singing (of course), and I really loved the song 'Laugh.' Heddy Lamar is just breathtakingly beautiful and her accent is delightful. Overall, it was a good movie, just a little boring. Jimmy Stewart also plays Lana Turner's boyfriend, and he's always a joy to watch! Something else that was disappointing was the false advertising: Color. It's not. As plain as day it's in black and white. But everybody of course has different opinions. This movie while a little dull to me, may be highly entertaining to someone else. So, don't take my word for it. See it for yourself and form your own opinion!!
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A Kid's Review on October 7, 2004
Both of these movies are wonderful. However, Zigfield Girl does seem very long, and Broadway Melody is a little slow in some parts. But Fred Astaire dances (as usual), well, and Eleanor's tap and ballet numbers simply take my breath away!! Zigfield Girl with: Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, and the goregeous Heddy Lamar. A wonderful cast with wonderful songs, but maybe a little slow.

But go ahead and see them, overall they are highly entertaining, and wonderfully refreshing!!!!
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