Brigadoon

Brigadoon

4.2 5
Director: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

     
 

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The widescreen (2.35:1) letterbox format DVD version of Brigadoon comes in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (not Surround Sound, however) and English, Spanish, and French subtitles, including closed captions for the hearing-impaired. There are no other special features. The jacket within the DVD case contains only the same chapter index brought up by accessing the filmSee more details below

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The widescreen (2.35:1) letterbox format DVD version of Brigadoon comes in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (not Surround Sound, however) and English, Spanish, and French subtitles, including closed captions for the hearing-impaired. There are no other special features. The jacket within the DVD case contains only the same chapter index brought up by accessing the film's main menu. The sound quality is somewhat flat and monaural, as though playing from an old, non-stereo television rather than a modern, DVD-capable one. The picture, though average in quality, brightness, contrast, and color detail for an older film transferred to DVD, displays very wide with an unusually small vertical area bounded above and below by as much extraneous black space as picture. The case jacket is printed on recycled paper.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By 1954, Hollywood's standard operating procedure toward Broadway musicals -- purchase the property and then discard most of the score -- had changed significantly. The studios had learned to be more respectful of stage musicals in the post-Oklahoma! era. Yet sometimes this respect seemed to stifle a director's creative juices somewhat, as witnessed by Vincente Minnelli and Brigadoon. Not that the film is in any way bad; it just isn't the emotional experience that it was on-stage and should have been on the silver screen. However, beyond the stiffness, there's a great deal to enjoy here. Gene Kelly is in typical fine form; if his self-described "Irish whiskey" voice is occasionally taxed by the fine Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe score, his dancing is as graceful, energetic, and self-assured as ever. Kelly also brings his familiar romantic sensuality to the proceedings, which his role definitely calls for. Cyd Charisse, arguably Kelly's best dancing partner, looks beautiful and moves divinely. When Kelly and Charisse are together for "The Heather on the Hill" and "Almost Like Being in Love," their body language convinces an audience that a man really might give up his entire world for a woman with whom he has spent less than 24 hours. Kelly's choreography, while not groundbreaking as Agnes DeMille's was for the play, is quite effective on its own terms. If Brigadoon is less than perfect, Minnelli, Lerner, and Loewe made up for it with their next joint project -- the classic Gigi.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2000
UPC:
0012569507326
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Tommy Albright
Van Johnson Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charisse Fiona Campbell
Elaine Stewart Jane Ashton
Barry Jones Mr. Lundie
Hugh Laing Harry Beaton
Albert Sharpe Andrew Campbell
Virginia Bosier Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson Charlie Crisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney Angus
Dee Turnell Ann
Dody Heath Meg Brockle
Eddie Quillan Sandy
Madge Blake Mrs. McIntosh
George Chakiris Dancer
Warren MacGregor Tinker
Stuart Whitman New York Club Patron

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Albert Akst Editor
Preston Ames Art Director
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Kelly Choreography
Alan Jay Lerner Songwriter,Screenwriter
Frederick Loewe Score Composer
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Opening Logos. [:18]
2. Main Title. [1:19]
3. Brigadoon. [2:53]
4. Down on MacConnachy Square. [3:18]
5. Two weary hunters who lost their way. [2:50]
6. Discovery. [1:42]
7. Waitin' for My Dearie. [10:34]
8. Tommy and Jeff enter the square. [2:49]
9. I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean. [7:51]
10. Hunting for Fiona. [3:06]
11. The Heather on the Hill. [6:50]
12. This cursed town. [2:10]
13. A mighty strange woman. [3:41]
14. Gathering heather; the bridge. [1:34]
15. Almost like Being in Love. [4:40]
16. May 24th, 1754. [4:08]
17. "Anything is possible." [8:51]
18. Entrance of the Clans. [3:26]
19. The wedding; Wedding Dance. [6:19]
20. The miracle is over; The Chase. [4:07]
21. Harry falls as the gloaming nears. [1:39]
22. Fiona searches for Tommy. [4:43]
23. Jeff confronts Tommy. [2:47]
24. The hardest thing in the world. [2:37]
25. New York. [4:57]
26. Tommy hears strange voices. [3:57]
27. Mists and Stars; Brigadoon. [4:22]
28. End Credits. [:31]

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