Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 1

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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...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 8/16/2005
  • UPC: 053939725926
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Language: English, English
  • Time: 8:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Top Hat
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary: Ava Astaire McKenzie and Larry Billman
      On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat
      Watch: The Birdie
      Page Miss Glory
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Swing Time
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by John Mueller
      The Swing of Things: "Swing Time" Step by Step
      Hotel á La Swing
      Bingo Crosbyana
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Françis
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #3 -- The Barkleys of Broadway
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Reunited; Astaire and Rogers Together Again
      Annie Was a Wonder
      Wags to Riches
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #4 --Follow the Fleet
   Play Movie
   Scene Selectitons
   Special Features
      Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
      Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra
      Let It Be Me
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #5 --Shall We Dance
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Kevin Cole and Hugh Martin
      The Music of Shall We Dance
      Sheik to Sheik
      Toy Town Hall
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

    I've been hoping for a boxed set of Astaire/Rogers forever! I was excited to see some individual movies were going to be released, but at first they were not listed as being available as a boxed set. I'm so glad I saw they will be. Nothing beats a good Fred and Ginger movie. They're fun, entertaining, romantic, I could go on and on. Best of all I see it's called 'Volume 1'. Hopefully Volume 2 won't be far behind. I'll definitely be watching for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Family Entertainment!!

    These movies were bought for my son, who is eleven. He loved these movies so much that we also bought Volume 2 for him. He loves Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. He likes to dance and takes dance.

    We would buy these movies again. They were GREAT!!! You would need to like old movies and probably dance and music to really like these.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Such a great collection. I always cry when I watch Follow The Fleet! The "Let's Face The Music And Dance" number is one of my all-time favorite scenes in a picture. There are very few words that come close to describing what it's like watching those two dance together, but if I had to pick one, magic might be the tip of the Astaire/Rogers Iceberg.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Five star films fall victim to three star selection process

    "Swingtime" and "Shall We Dance", are cinematically speaking, kissing cousins, as are "Top Hat" and "The Gay Divorcee", why the latter was replaced, in this set by, "Follow the Fleet" is odd. In fact, why "Top Hat" wasn't paired with "Gay Divorcee" to headline Volume 2 of the collection makes you wonder if the folks responsible for the package knew anything about the productions' histories. That said, prior to watching the black and white films, I reread Arlene Croce's "The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book", (out-of-print, but available used) there is no better companion to these movies, a "must have" for novice viewers and diehard fans alike. My complaint(s) are strictly with the package, not the contents although Volume 2 will find these selections a hard act to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only the Tops!

    I loved them as a little girl watching Million Dollar Movie, and I still adore them. There is nothing like these movies and they are endlessly watchable. Where is Volume 2??? I cannot recommend them highly enough! Style, class, not soemthing you see alot of nowadays.

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