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Astaire & Rogers Collection Volume 2 (Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Carefree, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, The Barkleys of Broadway) [VHS]

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore
  • Directors: Charles Walters, George Stevens, H.C. Potter, Mark Sandrich
  • Writers: Adolph Green, Allan Scott, Anne Morrison Chapin, Anthony Veiller
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
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  • Number of tapes: 5
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790749629
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This five-tape set includes Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Carefree, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, and The Barkleys of Broadway.

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Fans of classic movie musicals will be in heaven with two five-video sets of the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the quintessential dancing duo. In this second set, the pair is no longer restricted to frothy comedy revolving around mistaken identities; they occasionally explore deeper emotional threads with a bit of heartbreak. The first film is one many consider their most enjoyable, Swing Time, a dashing combination of great music, dance, and comedy. Favorite musical moments include the spectacular dance-studio number "Pick Yourself Up," the farewell ode "Never Gonna Dance," and the Oscar-winning "Just the Way You Look Tonight," from the team of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. Shall We Dance features brilliant songs by George and Ira Gershwin ("They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" performed on roller skates) and a complex plot that has Fred and Ginger actually getting married before the final credits roll. The eighth and ninth entries in the series tried some different approaches, with Carefree more of a comedy vehicle for Ginger (yet still including some fine dances and Irving Berlin songs as well as their first onscreen kiss) and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle portraying the pair as historical dancing stars and using a score of turn-of-the-century standards. This set also includes their 10th film, their 1949 reunion at MGM 10 years after their final film at RKO. While The Barkleys of Broadway falls short of their best work, it's a fond remembrance of the most glorious partnership in film history. --David Horiuchi

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By A Customer on June 4, 2000
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This boxed set represents the second half of the Astaire/Rogers series, and in these five films the two stars have shed their early gauchness and uncertainty and become a real team capable of anything from high comedy to moments of tragedy. The set begins with what many (including Ginger) have regarded as their best film, "Swing Time," featuring exhilirating dances and maybe the best score in musical history. "Carefree" and "The Castles" are attempts to change the formula of the series that both have lovely moments. "Shall We Dance," the weakest movie here, still has stunning art deco sets and a classic Gershwin score. "The Barkleys of Broadway," the final film (a reunion at MGM) has a witty script, gorgeous color, and Rogers returning to musicals in brilliant form. And if you want to know how this professional partnership actually ended, there's this nice little postscript: 20 years after "The Barkleys," the two stars danced onto the stage of the Oscar ceremony and received an ovation so overwhelming they forgot to stop holding hands while they presented the awards.
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If you are an Astaire and Rogers fan you must buy this collection! I have both volume 1 and 2 and now can watch them over and over instead of channel surfing hoping for a festival on Turner Classics. Definately lifts your spirits in these simple boy meets girl movie era. Their dancing is innovative and flawless even for this day and age. My 17 year old daughter gets a kick out of watching these as well. Good family fun!
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This set of movies shows the magic and excitement in Fred Astaire's and Ginger Rogers' dancing careers together. The best of it is The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, this truly shows their talent. They made great movies together and this is something everyone should own.
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It was the touch of finger tips, a hand on the waist, a longing look and a smile, and a graceful spin; it was Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, making love while they danced into our hearts and stayed there. It was elegance and charm, a romantic screen teaming like no other. Fred and Ginger gave the country a boost and a bit of hope in dire times, and made a collection of funny and romantically elegant dance musicals that have never been surpassed as film entertainment. There was magic when they danced, and charm when the talked to each other.

Here, in this wonderful boxed set, are some of their finest films. It is a bit of heaven you can slide into your vcr any time you need a lift, and never be let down. Even the wonderful "Carefree" is included, a film less like the others in that the emphasis was on the screwball humor rather than the routines, which were less in abundance but still as enchanting. Also included in this set is their bittersweet farewell picture, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle."

Fred and Ginger fans will be glad "The Barkley's of Broadway" has been included in this set as well. It was made as a "reunion" picture, ten years after the couple had said goodbye. It is an enjoyable film on its own, but a notch below the other four. Nevertheless, every fan of Fred and Ginger needs to own that one also.

Here is an overview of this lovely collection of fun and romantic films we all took to our hearts long ago------

SWING TIME

The easy elegance and fluid grace of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers blend perfectly with the romantic music of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields in this most charming of stories, produced by Pandro S. Berman and directed by George Stevens.
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