MGM Classic Musicals (West Side Story/Guys and Dolls/Fiddler on the Roof/A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
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Guys and Dolls (1955) 7.2/10 - Marlon Brando is Sky Masterson, and Frank Sinatra is Nathan Detroit. Both are rival small-time hoods, and Masterson bets Detroit one thousand dollars that he can get any woman Detroit picks to go to Havana with him. Detroit picks a prim missionary woman played by Jean Simmons. Of all six films this one has the most classic musical feel to it.
West Side Story (1961) 7.7/10 - Won 10 of the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated including Best Picture of 1961, and unlike so many other Oscar decisions I think it still holds up as the best picture made that year. Many feel that is too dated to be appreciated today, but its purpose was never to be a time-transcending view of urban violence set to music. Instead it is an urban American Romeo and Juliet story, and the music, the romance, and the tragedy are still moving. This is the only way to see this film in widescreen unless you buy the two disc special edition.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) 6.8/10 - Movie musicals were losing popularity by the time this movie was made, so this film is less musical and more comedy.Read more ›
This box does the smaller flat cases, but uses the previous DVD issue of Guys and Dolls that is anomorphic widescreen, but 5.1, though the Deluxe Edition had 5.1 and 16:9 capability besides anomorphic. West Side Story is Disc 1 of the 2-disc set, as is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (double-sided DVD with a widescreen and pan-scan version, but no bonus features), and Fiddler Disc 1. Since I have the better versions on the double-disc releases, this was a slight waste. Though the new flat boxes have updated artwork and indicate they are MGM-UA with 20th Century Fox reissue logos, what you get is the new artwork only. I was hoping that "Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" would be an updated DVD with widescreen and/or 16:9 and 5.1 or better surround. The old MGM-UA disc is in the box from the older issue. Same with "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", one of my personal favorites from the 60s. It's the same version I bought years ago in the single MGM-UA DVD snap box, anomorphic widescreen and mono sound. I saw this at Radio City when it first came out, and thought it was in stereo. Again, no update to 16:9, any kind of surround, and the old MGM-UA issued disc in a new artworked box from Fox. This is frustrating, since Fox didn't produce these DVDs (except for the updates), but are now releasing them. I feel a little cheated about no updated versions of the films, plus not using the deluxe Guys and Dolls over the previously issued version.
I liked that this had 6 different movies, enough to keep a person occupied for awhile. He raved about this boxed set for quite awhile.
This was a big hit with my dad, and a great purchase for me. I love making the people I care about and love happy. Finding the right gift for the right person makes me very happy!
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A lot of fun musicals for a great price. Gets everybody singing! A must have set to own for the whole family.Published on December 24, 2013 by Sara Hooker
I bought these DVD's for my mother and she said they're great. The quality is the DVD's is also very goodPublished on February 3, 2013 by Chris Butcher
I was very pleased to find this hard to find item. I gave it to my wife as a gift.Published on January 3, 2013 by Ralph M Wright
great selection of well known and less well known musicals. Great family fun--so far we have had two movie nights with the family and enjoyed West Side Story and Fiddler. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Jennifer
This was actually a present for a musical lover (my dad) and he loves that he can take one out when he's bored or feels like a musicalPublished on July 30, 2010 by S. Hughes
All those movies for the price of two theater tickets and popcorn. Great value! Every one a gem.Published on October 19, 2009 by Duane A. High
This was such a Great Buy,and everyone of the Musicals were a Joy to watch with the Family!!!! I bought season tickets this year with my niece, so I purchased these DVD'S so she... Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Paturb
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