That's Entertainment - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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The DVD trilogy set offers all three films with the choice of widescreen anamorphic or full-screen formats (don't worry, the clips are in their original aspect ratio). There's also a two-sided fourth disc with supplemental material, most interestingly the "musical outtakes jukebox," a 16-song, 49-minute collection of numbers that were cut from musicals of the era. None of the selections are Great Songs, but it's hard to discount any musical number from the MGM vaults, for example, three selections by Garland and two by Horne (only one of which, Garland's "Mr. Monotony," appears in TE3, and there in a slightly shorter form). The rest of the content is behind-the-scenes documentaries, the most significant being "That's Entertainment: The Masters Behind the Musical" (37 minutes, profiling the talent behind the films such as Arthur Freed and Michael Kidd), "That's Entertainment III: Behind the Screen" (1994, 53 minutes), and vintage black-and-white footage of MGM's 25th anniversary celebration (10 minutes). Not included in the set: the 1985 compilation That's Dancing, which was released separately in 2007. --David Horiuchi
- 1080p high definition, mixed 1.33, 1.85, 2.40, and 2.55 aspect ratio
- Dolby TrueHD English 5.1, Dolby Digital English 5.1, Dolby Digital French 2.0 (parts 1 and 2 only), Dolby Digital Spanish 1.0
- Bonus documentaries including premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents
- TV specials
- Making-of featurettes
- Extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes from classic films
Top Customer Reviews
Naturally, MGM just had to have a sequel. Two years later "That's Entertainment II" came out. But David Melnick's follow up was decidedly a let down on several levels. First, it removed the star cameos that so poignantly buttressed the original's vintage clips. Second, it presented the footage in a seemingly hap-hazard chronology. And finally, it interrupted the musical performances with a showcase from some of the studio's non-musical performers in a string of disjointed word play that neither enhanced the memory of their original performances or the film experience that was to be had.Read more ›
Each film, besides offering a spectacular array of showstoppers, has a style uniquely it's own; the first, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! (1974), is the glossiest, with an array of 'guest stars' introducing clips (Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Kelly, Astaire, Jimmy Stewart, and more) that is matchless; the second, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART II (1976), provides a last opportunity to see hosts Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly do a bit of singing and dancing together, and expands the 'musical' format to include montages of classic comedy, and tributes to Tracy and Hepburn, and other 'non-musical' MGM stars; the oft-overlooked THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! III (1994) eschews the 'soft-focus' approach of it's predecessors, adding a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the demanding work of creating 'classic' routines, and an unflinching acknowledgement of the prejudices of the era, to the mix of musical highlights.
My only quibble is that the musical output of the other major Hollywood studios tends to be downplayed, particularly in THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!, implying that MGM had the 'corner' on the market.Read more ›
The new 16x9 widescreen transfers are stunning! The colors jump off the screen and the clarity is dazzling.
The 5.1 surround sound is equally amazing. It envelops you!
Best of all is the incredible assemblage of extras Warner has brought forth for the bonus disc TREASURES FROM THE VAULT. You get amazing documentaries (many not seen in years or brand new), vintage TV specials, and 17 additional OUTTAKE MUSICAL NUMBERS that were not included in the original MGM features. What a treat!
It's obvious this package was put together with a great deal of care and passion. Long live the MGM musical, and thanks to this DVD set, that mantra can be a reality!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable watch all the great talent perform during the Golden Age of HollywoodPublished 19 days ago by Gary
I was thrilled to see this come to DVD; I watched it a great deal on TCM a few years ago.
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Very nice to have in my collection.
Nice to have some sentimental journey's
It's great DVD will never ever see like
Those great actors dancers it's a treasure
This didn't get five-out-of-five stars only because the black-and-white clips looked annoyingly grainy. Still great fun overall.Published 3 months ago by Matt Cates
Quality of picture varies on this Blu-Ray transference. Some of the clips are very grainy. Great to see though.Published 3 months ago by Joe Comer
its no fault of blu-ray it's the very early movies with the high grain that now is even higher. M.G.M. could have run through the computers a lot
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