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Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts (6 Disc)

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You'll root-toot-toot for this colossal collection of big bands, vaudeville veterans and more all-time greatest performers and ensembles parading your way out of the Warner Bros. vault in an amazing 10+-Hour, 6-Disc Collection of 53 Theatrical Shorts, including two discs worth of eye-popping early three-strip Technicolor.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 614 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H0M2SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Paul Seno on March 26, 2011
Format: DVD
Fantastic collection of Vitaphone shorts from Warner Archives. The Technicolor examples are quite stunning though the subject matter varies in quality. There is something for everyone in this collection. B&W shorts "Nine O'Clock Folks" and "Surprise" with rarely seen Vaudeville headliners the Duncan Sisters I also enjoyed very much.The restoration and reproduction quality of both picture and sound is generally excellent for such old and neglected films.
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Hello,

First of all, the quality of the picture and sound of these short films is astonishing. Most of these look like they were filmed yesterday.

I am almost finished playing through these DVDs for the first time. The first two discs are mostly very interesting, especially the shorts which don't only consist of an orchestra from the early 1930's standing in front of the camera and simply playing. These quickly get boring.

I also enjoyed disc 4, and really found disc 5 and 6 enjoyable with their very vivid Technicolor footage. Of course most of the discs are really very silly indeed, but if you just go with it, they are a lot of fun.

Then we arrive at disc 3. This consists of a series of short after short, which show clips of various early silent films with an extremely mocking commentary. After the first one, I found the disc almost unwatchable and would certainly never play it again. People who buy this set love the history of Hollywood, and really don't want it mocked. Is it possible that the value of the disc is that it sometimes shows films which no longer exist and this is the only way to see at least a fragment of them?

My last and chief objection is the almost complete lack of documentation. This set cries out for some sort of booklet to go with it. I had to surf the net to even get the dates when the shorts were filmed. Thank goodness for "The Vitaphone Project".

I am not sorry I bought the set. It will sit in my collection next to "The Jazz Singer" collection, but beware of the above comments. Even the internet has very little information to supplement these shorts.
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The shorts in this collection are:

Disc One:

Between the Acts at the Opera (1926)
Favorite Orchestra of the Motion Picture Colony (1928)
Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (1929)
Rhythms (1929)
The Opry House (1929)
Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1929)
23...Skidoo (1930)
Fashion's Mirror (1930)
Henry Santrey and His Soldiers of Fortune Orchestra (1931)
Opening Night (1931)
One Way Out (1931)
Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartette (1930)
Bubbles (1930) - odd piece with kids dancing and singing

Disc Two:

The Grand Dame (1931)
Nine O'clock Folks (1931)
Hot News Margie (1931)
The Mild West (1933)
Rooftops of Manhattan (1935)
Surprise (1935)

Disc Three:

Thrills of Yesterday: Serious Moments from Serial Days (1931) Movie Album (#1) (1932)
Inklings (1933)
Movie Album (#2) (1932)
Nickelette (1932)
Movie Memories (#1) (1933)
A Penny a Peep (1934)
The Camera Speaks (1934)
Hollywood Newsreel (1934)
Movie Memories (#2) (1934)
A Trip through a Hollywood Studio (1934)

Disc Four:

Harry Warren, America's Foremost Composer (1933)
Barber Shop Blues (1933)
A Big City Fantasy (1934)
Mirrors (1934)
Phil Spitalny & His Musical Queens (1934)
Don Redman & His Orchestra (1934)
Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Crawford at Home (1939)
Vaudeville Reel (#1) (1934)
Vaudeville Reel (#2) (1934)
Vaudeville Reel (#3) (1935)
Vaudeville Reel (#4) (1935)

Disc Five:

Technicolor -

Service with a Smile
Good Morning Eve
What, No Men?
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By Carl on May 24, 2011
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The title "Vitaphone Cavalcade of Musical Comedy" is really a misnomer! This 6-disc set has very few of what I would call MUSICAL comedies... Most of it is actually early Vitaphone shorts - some of them taken from early silent footage (albeit with a musical background from the Vitaphone studios) and a few are not even comedies! The title should have been "Early Vitaphone Shorts, Volume 1"... Nonetheless, I found it enjoyable, and - yes - I'm hoping they will release more of them!
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Disc 3 only had 2 shorts worth watching.
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