Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 1

Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 1

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Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
During the bleak years of the Great Depression, American moviegoers found themselves cheered by the periodic screen pairings of former Broadway hoofer Fred Astaire and Hollywood glamour girl Ginger Rogers. Their star vehicles employed airy plots and stereotyped characters, but they were lavishly mounted in the best Art Deco tradition and peopled with first-rate supporting players. Ultimately, it was the music, dancing, and singing that so entranced ‘30s audiences. A who’s who of popular music supplied the scores for these films, including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Dorothy Fields. And those songs! Instant hits back then, for the most part they remain standards today. “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” and countless others -- all of them were introduced in the films collected in this triumphant box set. Remastered for high definition and outfitted with terrific supplemental features, these five movies represent the cream of the Astaire-Rogers crop. Depending upon whom you believe, either Top Hat (1935) or Swing Time (1936) is the best film Fred and Ginger made together. The former has the edge, with its sensational Irving Berlin score and its goofy mistaken-identity plot. But Swing Time, with its beautiful songs by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, isn’t far behind. For that matter, neither are Follow the Fleet (1936) and Shall We Dance (1937). The duo’s final film, The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), made ten years after the last entry of the original series, doesn’t quite measure up to the earlier ones but is still enjoyable. These movies were intended to provide escapist entertainment, so they were deliberately crammed with absurd and implausible situations. Once the dancing began, however, the contrivances were all forgotten, and theater screens radiated a magic glow on transfixed audiences. The magic is still there, and Harry Potter himself would envy the effect that Astaire and Rogers continue to have on people who love movie musicals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0053939725926
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Time:
8:52:00

Special Features

All five films are newly remastered and include extensive bonus features such as documentaries, featurettes and commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie.

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Top Hat
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Silence [3:36]
3. We Are Bates [2:44]
4. No Strings [3:29]
5. The Lady Below [3:09]
6. Her Sandman [1:43]
7. In the Driver's Seat [4:27]
8. Cloudburst [2:31]
9. Isn't This a Lovely Day [4:34]
10. All Business With Beddini [2:34]
11. Slap in the Face [3:40]
12. Scandalous [4:06]
13. Get Me a Plane [2:44]
14. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails [4:51]
15. Good for Horace! [4:05]
16. Displeased to Meet You [3:54]
17. Remember When [6:07]
18. Seeing Something in Horace [1:56]
19. Matchmaker Madce [1:44]
20. Cheek to Cheek [5:27]
21. Love Slap [1:28]
22. Steak Not Well Done [3:12]
23. Just Married [5:16]
24. Bridal Suite Bridling [4:12]
25. Not Before a Lady [3:17]
26. Grazie Signore [2:26]
27. The Piccolino [6:52]
28. Just Married [3:48]
Side #2 -- Swing Time
1. Credits [1:19]
2. It's Not In the Cards [1:37]
3. No Cuffs [3:18]
4. No Wedding [3:01]
5. Marital Money Matter [3:04]
6. Catching a Train [1:55]
7. Change Exchange [4:08]
8. Interested in the Dance [3:13]
9. Trial Lesson [2:42]
10. Pick Yourself Up [7:23]
11. Clothes Unmake the Man [5:04]
12. Picket Line [3:03]
13. The Way You Look Tonight [2:10]
14. Interrupted Music [4:30]
15. Ace of Spades [4:26]
16. Waltz in Swing Time [3:15]
17. On the Safe Side [3:09]
18. Snowy and Secluded [3:27]
19. A Fine Romance [6:17]
20. It's Nice [5:38]
21. Bojangles of Harlem [8:16]
22. Bad Luck of the Draw [4:38]
23. Otherwise Engaged [2:20]
24. Never Gonna Dance [6:03]
25. Goofy Trouble [3:40]
26. Missing Pants [3:39]
27. A Fine Romance [2:04]
Side #3 -- The Barkleys of Broadway
1. The Swing Trot Credits [2:04]
2. Where Credit Is Due [4:23]
3. Out in the Cold [4:55]
4. Sabre Dance [3:20]
5. Love and Thrown Objects [4:46]
6. You'd Be Hard to Replace [2:06]
7. The Understudy [3:24]
8. Bouncin' the Blues [2:13]
9. Pancake Portrait [3:31]
10. My One and Only Highland Fling [7:41]
11. A Weekend in the Country [2:51]
12. Not Right for the Part [4:49]
13. The Wet and the Unwell [4:45]
14. Battling Barkleys [3:46]
15. Shoes With Wings On [7:52]
16. Completely Resistible [2:38]
17. Misunderstood [1:27]
18. Redirected [2:05]
19. Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 [4:41]
20. They Can't Take That Away From Me [7:36]
21. Thanks for the Dance [5:05]
22. Vive Le Dinah [3:03]
23. Too Late? [5:22]
24. Hold the Phone [2:53]
25. You'd Be Hard to Replace Reprise [3:18]
26. A Little Torture [2:22]
27. Manhattan Downbeat [2:16]
28. Cast List [2:54]
Side #4 --Follow the Fleet
1. Credits [1:22]
2. We Saw the Sea [2:34]
3. Liberty Party [2:33]
4. Her Escort [3:30]
5. Sister's Advice [2:49]
6. Let Yourself Go [2:02]
7. Glad to See Me [3:44]
8. Naval Maneuver [2:28]
9. Get Thee Behind Me Satan [1:56]
10. Let Yourself Go Dance [5:14]
11. Letting Sherry Go [3:07]
12. Jumping Ship [3:08]
13. There Goes the Fleet [3:51]
14. Cutting in on Their Dance [4:15]
15. Out of Tune [3:57]
16. I'd Rather Lead a Band [5:54]
17. Heavy Dates [3:44]
18. Singing Sabotage [6:32]
19. Finer Instincts [4:24]
20. But Where Are You? [2:39]
21. Wrong Partners [3:34]
22. Something to Manage [4:41]
23. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Piano) [3:32]
24. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Song) [5:20]
25. Playing Their Parts [6:24]
26. Taking Liberty [3:29]
27. On With the Show [3:42]
28. Let's Face the Music and Dance [7:58]
29. Propositions [1:20]
Side #5 --Shall We Dance
1. Credits [1:38]
2. The Loves of Petrov [4:57]
3. Too Many Admires [3:38]
4. Petrov With a Twist [2:20]
5. Stuck on His Idea [2:31]
6. American Boy's Game [3:09]
7. Slap that Bass [5:46]
8. Getting Choppy [4:35]
9. Walking the Dog [3:25]
10. Saving a Trip [1:59]
11. Waking the Dog Reprise [1:36]
12. Beginner's Luck [1:37]
13. Rumor Has It [3:59]
14. Abandon Ship [4:04]
15. Neighbors [4:39]
16. Farewell Dinner [2:48]
17. They All Laughed (Song) [2:03]
18. They All Laughed (Dance) [4:35]
19. Shots in the Dark [2:37]
20. Management's Compliments [2:48]
21. How About Those Pictures? [3:55]
22. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off [6:01]
23. Grounds for Divorce [2:39]
24. Lady Denise Arrives [1:53]
25. They Can't Take That Away From Me [3:41]
26. Key to Happiness [3:28]
27. Ladies out the Door [3:28]
28. A Merger [2:28]
29. Cecil's Jail Spell [4:10]
30. Shall We Dance (Ballet) [7:47]
31. Shall We Dance (Song) [3:09]
32. Finale and Cast List [1:09]

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