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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2 (The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans)

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Classic Musicals Collection:Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory Vol. 2 (DVD)

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From the Back Cover

Judy. Fred. Gene. Songs. Dance. Romance. Let the musical magic move you. Extra razzle dazzle! New Mario Lanza tribute documentary and Stanley Donen interview. New featurettes, musical number outtakes, expert commentaries, classic cartoons, vintage shorts, and more.

The Pirate (1948): Cole Porter's tunes, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland's star power, and the astonishing Kelly/Nicholas Brothers' "Be a Clown" number spark an uproarious tale of a would-be seafaring scoundrel. Words and Music (1948): The glossy biopic of songwriting sophisticates Rodgers and Hart. With Gene Kelly's famed "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" ballet, irresistible Judy Garland, and fireball Mickey Rooney. That's Dancing! (1985): "No shortage of showstoppers" (Entertainment Weekly). Gene Kelly hosts the spirit-lifting celebration of decades of dance and fun--including a Ray Bolger dazzler cut from The Wizard of Oz. That Midnight Kiss/The Toast of New Orleans (1949, 1950): Starring Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson! A singing truck driver (Lanza in his film debut) travels the road to success. Next, the big voices conquer the Big Easy in a tale of a diva and Cajun Caruso. Royal Wedding/The Belle of New York (1951, 1952): Two from Fred Astaire! Love can make you dance on the ceiling... if you're Fred Astaire! The legend shines in a tale of royal--and other--romance, co-starring Jane Powell. Playboy Fred says "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" but prim Vera-Ellen wants a fellow with his feet on the ground.


Special Features

  • Includes:
  • The Pirate (1948)
  • 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
  • Color, 1.33
  • Words and Music (1948)
  • Commentary by historian Richard Barrios
  • New featurette
  • Extensive audio outtakes
  • Vintage short
  • Classic cartoon
  • Outtakes: "Lover" and "You're Nearer"
  • That's Dancing! (1985)
  • Introduction by Gene Kelly and Jack Haley Jr.
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Four vintage making-of featurettes: Invitation to Dance, The Search, The Cameras Roll, and The Gathering
  • Color, 1.33/2.35
  • The Belle of New York (1952)
  • Comedy short
  • "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" alternate version
  • Royal Wedding (1951)
  • Robert Osborne hosts TCM's Private Screenings with Stanley Donen
  • Song outtake
  • Promotional radio interview with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
  • That Midnight Kiss (1949)
  • "One Love of Mine" outtake
  • Pete Smith Specialty comedy short "Sports Oddities"
  • Classic cartoon "Senor Droopy"
  • The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
  • New documentary profile: Mario Lanza--Singing to the Gods
  • Vintage FitzPatrick Traveltalk shorts: Modern New Orleans and Old New Orleans

Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • 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: 7
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PAAK5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2 (The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans)" on IMDb

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 25, 2007
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This is the second volume of MGM Dream Factory musicals. Only "That's Dancing" and "Royal Wedding" are on DVD already, and those are generally poor public domain copies. The other five features have only been on VHS up to now. I'd put all of these movies except "Belle of New York" at between four and five stars if you are a fan of the MGM musicals of the 40's and 50's. "Belle of New York" I'd put at between three and four stars mainly because the campiness of the entire production gets in the way most of the time. Considering you expect some gimmicks in MGM musicals of this era, that is saying a lot. The extra features, which I got from a press release from Warner Home Video, do look good. This package probably rates 4.5 stars taken as a whole, and I round it up to five. The following are brief descriptions of the films and the special features for each one.

The Pirate (1948) Starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Features music by Cole Porter. A swashbuckling tale is largely just a framework for the music and dancing, which is excellent. Judy Garland plays a girl obsessed with a legendary pirate. Gene Kelly pretends to be that pirate in order to get the girl. This film actually lost money for MGM in its initial release. Today it is interesting because it showcases the talents of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland so well.
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Another fine product from Warners, this time including material considered excellent examples of MGM at its peak and some not so excellent. Although Words and Music may not be a true representation of Rodgers and Hart's life, the musical numbers are top notch and the movie is entertaining. The Pirate, with its stigma for being a failure upon initial release, is a pleasure to watch and to hear as well. The stars are excellent, although Judy Garland looks a bit nervous in several scenes. Royal Wedding is very entertaining and while not a great film is an example of movie-making that makes you feel good. The Belle of New York is difficult to watch. It has to be the worst of the Fred Astaire films, and the problems include the story, the musical numbers, and,unfortunately, his co-star. I had never seen That's Dancing and was surprised at how few clips from musical films were used and how dated the movie itself was. The That's Entertainment films hold up much better and seem to be more professionaly produced. All said, the packaging and the extras are nice, as with most of the wonderful products from Warners. Actually it's difficult to be negative about the level of craftsmanship from MGM and its stars back in the day, but some musicals are just better than others.
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If for no other reason, THE PIRATE is reason enough to buy this classic set of musicals. Nothing else in the collection measures up to the brilliance of this Cole Porter gem. The direction by Vincent Minnelli is witty. Both Judy Garland and Gene Kelly are at their most sophisticated and charming. Judy was never better on sceen than when she co-starred with Gene, and this magical film is proof of that. When it was released it wasn't the hit it should have been, but now contemporary audiences can enjoy the film in all its brilliance.
The other movies in the collection aren't up to THE PIRATE, but they all have moments of great MGM magic. Anyone who loves musicals from the Golden Age should get this collection. THAT'S DANCING is a nice bonus to highlight the importance of dance in MGM musicals.
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These films are treasures worth seeing and sharing with the younger generations who have not had the privilege I did of enjoying them in the past. They certainly don't make movies like these any more! They are beautifully done, entertaining and exciting - the kind that make you believe in the good things of life, love and beauty.
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I honestly bought this dvd collection because it had 2 Judy Garland movies that were missing from my collection... but i must say that this pack has more than that!!!! Not only do we get to have THE PIRATE which is one of my favorite musicals with JUDY GARLAND AND GENE KELLY but it also has WORDS AND MUSIC which is the last movie were JUDY GARLAND AND MICKEY ROONEY did a musical number together... but aside of those JUDY GARLAND movies... it has a great documentary THATS DANCING plus 4 other movies including FRED ASTAIRE!!! so basically if you buy THEM separately you end up paying way more than if you buy this great Warner Bros collection... thrust me you will love it!!!!
PS. all the movies have great extra features!!!
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This review is only for "Royal Wedding" included in this set...or sometimes sold separately from an outside seller. The movie is great and includes excellent musical numbers. But the audio on this movie is horrible and unacceptable. I literally had to raise the audio of my TV to 95 to be able to hear what the actors were saying. I had to leave the subtitles on to help me get through the movie. Just a note of warning for future buyers who are interested in this title.
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