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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Special Edition

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4.7 out of 5 stars 767 customer reviews

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Product Description

Yankee Doodle Dandy: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)

A nostalgic view of the golden era of show business and the man who made it glitter--George M. Cohan. His early days, triumphs, songs, musicals and romances.

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Additional Features

Two 45-minute documentaries highlight the Yankee Doodle Dandy two-DVD set. Michael J. Fox hosts James Cagney: Top of the World, a 1992 biography of the film's star that incorporates a rare audio interview with footage and photos from his film and stage career. Let Freedom Sing! The Story of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is a 2003 exploration of the film itself, including George M. Cohan's tight control over the project (he wanted Fred Astaire to play him) and profiles of the cast and crew (Joan Leslie, who played Cohan's wife, is interviewed and still looks lovely over 60 years later). Of course some material overlaps both documentaries, such as how a Communist accusation compelled Cagney to pursue this ultra-patriotic project, and how news of Pearl Harbor arrived during filming. Other significant features are historian Rudy Behlmer's trivia-laden commentary track and the nightmarish 1943 short "You, John Jones," in which Cagney is forced to envision his daughter (a pre-Meet Me in St. Louis Margaret O'Brien) suffering in wartime conditions around the world. The transfer isn't as eye-popping as on some of Warner's classics, but of course the chief reason to celebrate is that a great musical is finally available on DVD with plenty of interesting features. --David Horiuchi


Special features

  • All-new transfer from restored picture and audio elements
  • Warner Night at the Movies, 1942 introduced by Leonard Maltin including trailers, newsreel, musical short subject and cartoon "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid"
  • James Cagney trailer gallery
  • "James Cagney: Top of the World" documentary (1992)
  • "Let Freedom Sing! The Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy" documentary (2003)
  • John Travolta Remembers Jimmy Cagney
  • "You, John Jones" short (1943)
  • Audio vault: outtakes and rehearsals, 10/19/42 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Show
  • Waving the Flag galleries: George M. Cohan sheet music, dressed set stills, scene concept stills, publicity and posters
  • Looney Tunes: "Yankee Doodle Daffy," "Yankee Doodle Bugs"

Product details

  • Actors: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: WarnerBrothers
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 767 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JKS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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