Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 3

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 3

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For this 9-disc set, Warner Home Video -- which controls the former MGM library -- seems to have thrown together a few secondary 50's and late 1940's examples of the musical genre, with some highly recognizable names attached, and grouped them with a few important titles from the 1930's and early 1940's that hadn't previously made the cut for DVD -- the latter make up… See more details below

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For this 9-disc set, Warner Home Video -- which controls the former MGM library -- seems to have thrown together a few secondary 50's and late 1940's examples of the musical genre, with some highly recognizable names attached, and grouped them with a few important titles from the 1930's and early 1940's that hadn't previously made the cut for DVD -- the latter make up most of the obvious substance of this set, though the later titles, especially those from the 1950's, are not without their virtues. What else would one do with titles such as Nancy Goes To Rio or Two Weeks With Love, nice little "B" musicals that simply don't interest mass audiences today? Or with Deep In My Heart (1954), an offbeat musical biopic about Sigmund Romberg, a figure who is hardly compelling to (and, indeed, scarcely remembered by) modern audiences? Every movie here has been given a state-of-the-art digital video transfer, which for most viewers will be sufficient to justify the purchase -- and that goes double for anyone with a big-screen monitor where the two CinemaScope pictures in this package, Kismet and Hit The Deck, are concerned; the former letterboxed to 2.55-to-1 and the latter 2.35-to-1. Ironically, Kismet has the most impressive credits of any picture here, as a Vincente Minnelli film -- but it's well-known as a second-rate work in the director's output, filmed in a huge hurry by Minnelli, who could be a notoriously slow-shooting director (with uncredited help in one key scene from Stanley Donen); the score and the cast are better than the resulting picture, despite some great scenes. Hit The Deck, directed by Roy Rowland, actually comes off a bit more beguiling, ironically enough because of its unambitious plot, and attractive cast and score, and the fact that it is unexpectedly better than its credits would lead one to expect. The oldest films in this set, Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1938, Born To Dance and Lady Be Good, are paired up, respectively, in two slim double-disc cases. All have similar bonus features, a mix of pre-World War II cartoons and comedy shorts, each one's original trailer, and surviving audio-only outtakes plus MGM promotional pieces relating to the underlying movies. Oddly enough, the audio for the complete film Broadway Melody of 1936 has been mastered with significantly less sharpness and punch than the sound for its trailer, a problem that also afflicts Kismet to some extent -- it's possible to fix both with a volume adjustment, but one wonders how closely the quality control people were listening. All of the black-and-white titles look very good, particularly given their age, with no scratches or blemishes once one gets past the opening credits (and that caveat is only relevant to Broadway Melody of 1936) -- and all are, of course, shown full-screen (1.33-to-1). The chaptering is generous, between 27 and 34 markers keyed mostly to songs and production numbers with a few plot-points named as well; but one heartily wishes for a commentary track on which the relevant scores, by Cole Porter et al could have been discussed at length. We then jump a decade ahead, to a pair of Technicolor B-musicals, Nancy Goes To Rio (with a screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, no less), both starring Jane Powell, with Carmen Miranda in the former and Ricardo Montalban in the latter. These are very pretty full-screen transfers, generously chaptered but with minimal bonus features, just a short, a cartoon, and a trailer each, It's a pity that they couldn't have gotten Powell and Montalban to do commentary; but for Two Weeks With Love the makers have appended Powell's appearance on Turner Classic Movies' Reel Memories -- she's a lot of fun and prettier than ever. Stanley Donen's Deep In My Heart has been letterboxed non-anamorphically at 1.85-to-1, in a gorgeous video transfer for this set. The film, starring Jose Ferrer as composer Sigmund Romberg in a highly fictionalized account of the latter's life, features a star-laden cast that includes Helen Traubel, Rosemary Clooney (who was then married to Ferrer), and Merle Oberon. It's a pity here that the makers couldn't have gotten Donen to do a commentary track for this disc, which also contains a brace of video and audio outtakes from the picture. As far as it goes, the set is a pleasure and, indeed, contains more than its share of unexpected pleasures -- the latter include the brace of Tex Avery cartoons as supplements to the post-war movies, the Harman-Ising cartoons that augment the pre-war titles, and the Oscar-nominated 30-minute short The Battle of Gettysburg, narrated by Leslie Nielsen. Each disc opens automatically to a simple two-layer menu that's easy to maneuver around, with Kismet containing some extra bonus features as well, including the trailer to the 1944 non-musical version of the story, starring Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich (and we'd love to see that out on DVD, in all of its Technicolor glory).

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
UPC:
0012569648456
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Sales rank:
29,756

Special Features

Fascinating vintage shorts; Deledted/alternate musical numbers; Classic cartoons; Audio rediscoveries from the vault

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hit the Deck
1. Credits [1:58]
2. Hallelujah! [6:07]
3. Up in Flames [2:56]
4. Keepin' Myself For You [4:08]
5. Hellos and Goodbyes [6:14]
6. Lucky Bird [4:53]
7. A Kiss or Two [5:32]
8. Changes of Plans [3:03]
9. Why Oh Why (1) [3:18]
10. Sometimes I'm Happy [4:34]
11. Rescue Party [3:12]
12. I KNow That You Know [4:23]
13. Broad-Minded [2:17]
14. The Lady From the Bayou [:21]
15. Ciribiribin [4:15]
16. Everybody Gets Mad [5:19]
17. Why Oh Why (2) [4:40]
18. Serious Trouble [2:24]
19. Crazy For Sailors [4:49]
20. More Than You Know [5:55]
21. Devil's Funhouse Dance [5:23]
22. Backstage Naval Maneuvers [5:20]
23. Join the Navy, Loo Loo [3:03]
24. No Laughing Matter [4:49]
25. Nothing Happened [3:05]
26. Finale: Hallelujah! [5:42]
27. Cast List [3:37]
Disc #2 -- Deep in My Heart
1. Overture and Credits [4:53]
2. You Will Remember Vienna [5:21]
3. The Leg of Mutton Rag [5:46]
4. Shubert's Ladies [4:53]
5. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (1) [2:34]
6. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (2) [3:57]
7. Means to an End [3:14]
8. Mr. and Mrs. [2:04]
9. Lunch is For Conniving [2:07]
10. I Love to Go Swimmin' With Wimmen [5:02]
11. The Road to Paradise, Will You Remember? [5:55]
12. Downturn [3:45]
13. Roadside Assistance [3:47]
14. Dancing to Maytime [2:55]
15. Sudden Afternoon Tea [4:11]
16. Jazzadadadoo Medley [4:33]
17. His Leading Lady [4:45]
18. Unsuitable [2:47]
19. Crazy Kind of Love [3:36]
20. It [5:55]
21. Not Enough [4:41]
22. Serenade [3:03]
23. Stage Set For Marriage [4:56]
24. One Alone (Song) [3:25]
25. One Alone (Dance) [2:56]
26. Your Land and My Land [4:14]
27. Auf Widersehen [2:55]
28. Lover Come Back to Me [4:23]
29. Not in Carnegie Hall [5:11]
30. Stout-Hearted Man [4:35]
31. Middlebrow [3:24]
32. When I Grow too Old to Dream [2:35]
Disc #3 -- Kismet
1. Credits [1:39]
2. Rhymes For Sale [5:49]
3. Fate (1) [3:15]
4. Jawan [3:26]
5. Fate (2) [1:37]
6. Bartered Brides [4:22]
7. Not Since Nineveh (Song) [3:19]
8. Not Since Nineveh (Dance) [2:25]
9. Caliph Incognito [3:11]
10. Only the Best [2:08]
11. Baubles, Bangles and Beads [4:30]
12. Lady and the Gardener [4:36]
13. Stranger in Paradise [5:14]
14. Wazir's Sentence [2:51]
15. Gesticulate [4:34]
16. Touching Reconciliation [4:10]
17. Marriage Plans [3:16]
18. Bored [4:17]
19. Fate (3) [5:41]
20. Night of My Nights [2:40]
21. Missing Person [2:15]
22. The Olive Tree [3:34]
23. Rahadlakum [6:40]
24. Far-From-Ordinary Man [2:54]
25. And This is My Beloved [5:34]
26. Wife of the Seventh Rank [5:04]
27. Diwan Dances [4:12]
28. What Have I Done? [1:59]
29. Part of the Illusion [3:29]
30. Condemned For Life [2:04]
31. Finale: Sands of Time [2:00]
Disc #4 -- Nancy Goes to Rio
1. Credits [1:17]
2. Time and Time Again [3:27]
3. Double Entrance [4:24]
4. Write Me a Part [4:46]
5. Shine on, Harvest Moon [5:00]
6. Magic is the Moonlight (1) [4:58]
7. Landing the Lead [3:26]
8. Nancy's Goin' to Rio [3:10]
9. Girl in Trouble [5:29]
10. I'd Rather Have Scurvy [2:01]
11. Yipsee-I-O [3:30]
12. Terrible Touched [3:07]
13. Not Quite a Surprise [3:41]
14. Sure This is Funny? [3:46]
15. Magic in the Moonlight (2) [3:42]
16. Destined For Each Other [3:54]
17. Poor Baby's...Baby? [:31]
18. Nancy Needs Me [4:32]
19. Happy Times Ahead [1:51]
20. Familiar Dialogue [4:55]
21. Embraceable You [3:56]
22. Not Really 17 [3:34]
23. Ca-Room' Pa Pa [3:14]
24. Yes I Can't [4:19]
25. Musetta's Waltz [2:42]
26. Big Third Act Scene [2:44]
27. Love is Like This [3:12]
28. Cast List [3:39]
Disc #5 -- Two Weeks With Love
1. Credits [1:47]
2. A Heart That's Free [5:25]
3. Kissamee-in-the-Catskills [2:50]
4. The Older Set [3:19]
5. Toppling Tapioca [2:20]
6. That's How I Need You [1:32]
7. The Oceana Roll [2:37]
8. Inconvenient Bedtime [3:50]
9. Sand Hassle [5:05]
10. Aba Daba Honeymoon [3:24]
11. Canoe She Can't [3:45]
12. By the Light of the Silvery Moon [2:20]
13. Man of Her Dreams [3:01]
14. Beast! [2:35]
15. A Pip Named Beulah [2:50]
16. Beautiful Legs [3:35]
17. I Can Be Very Dippy [4:20]
18. Cradle-Robbing Libertine [4:28]
19. Hands-on Parenting [4:49]
20. Grand and Glorious 3rd [3:40]
21. People Our Age [3:02]
22. Beautiful Lady [3:03]
23. My Hero [4:27]
24. Row Row Row [3:16]
25. Amateur Theatricals [4:53]
26. Dance: a Media Luz [2:24]
27. Who Gives This Woman? [2:43]
28. Cast List [:33]
Disc #6 -- Broadway Melody of 1936
1. Credits [1:11]
2. Broadway Melody, You Are My Lucky Star [2:36]
3. Give That Stork a Rest [4:16]
4. I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin [6:44]
5. Albany Connection [2:27]
6. The Snorer (1) [4:28]
7. Sing Before Breakfast (1) [3:26]
8. Sing Before Breakfast (2) [3:27]
9. Payment For Publicity [3:41]
10. The Snorer (2) [4:27]
11. Other Talents [3:04]
12. I Want to Make Good [4:09]
13. You Are My Lucky Star [6:17]
14. Ficitious Femme [5:50]
15. Elusive Arlette [3:22]
16. Homeward Bound [6:08]
17. Kitty Drops In [2:06]
18. Round Trip [1:21]
19. On a Saturday Afternoon [2:51]
20. Everybody Hates Me [2:08]
21. Getting Arlette [4:44]
22. Arlette Shows Her Stuff [4:56]
23. Keelhauling Keeler [4:42]
24. Broadway Rhythm: Langford [4:50]
25. Broadway Rhythm: Duets [3:21]
26. Broadway Rhythm: Powell [2:43]
27. Finale and Cast List [1:27]
Disc #7 -- Broadway Melody of 1938
1. Credits [1:47]
2. The Toreador Song [5:01]
3. Enthusiastic Backers [3:18]
4. Horse Sense [3:36]
5. Stowaway [2:25]
6. Follow in My Footsteps [5:20]
7. She's My Sister [2:10]
8. Yours and Mine [4:00]
9. An Unknown in the Lead [4:08]
10. Everybody Sing [5:18]
11. Show Business Luck [2:46]
12. To the Docs [1:37]
13. The Sneezer [5:21]
14. Rules For the New Star [3:24]
15. Some of Those Days [3:17]
16. Horse Auction [3:07]
17. Working For Sally [3:28]
18. I'm Feelin' Like a Million [5:48]
19. The Papaloopas Problem [3:29]
20. Largo at Factotum [2:09]
21. Consulting Emma Snipe [1:33]
22. Dear Mr. Gable [5:17]
23. The Backer Backs Out [4:11]
24. The Star Backs Out [2:14]
25. No For an Answer [2:57]
26. Feedbagged [1:40]
27. Bad Breaks [3:17]
28. Saratoga Success [3:28]
29. Your Broadway and My Broadway: Powell/Murphy [3:23]
30. Your Broadway and My Broadway: Garland/Ebsen [1:08]
31. Your Broadway and My Broadway [3:06]
32. Follow in My Footsteps (2) [2:45]
33. Broadway Rhythm and Finale [2:57]
34. Cast List [:46]
Disc #8 -- Born to Dance
1. Credits [1:31]
2. Rolling Home [3:59]
3. Rear Admiral's Location [2:00]
4. Lonely Hearts Club [3:00]
5. Rap-Tap on Wood [3:40]
6. Surprise Reunion [3:05]
7. Boy Meets Girl [3:36]
8. Hey, Babe, Hey [6:16]
9. Two For the Brig [2:16]
10. Designs For Married Living [6:07]
11. Entrance of Lucy James [2:56]
12. Love Me, Love My Pekinese [3:03]
13. Future Plans [3:17]
14. Easy to Love (1) [4:17]
15. Lawful Conduct [3:53]
16. Kiss Her For Me [2:04]
17. I've Got You Under My Skin: Dance [4:20]
18. No Part of Ted Barker [2:54]
19. World's Greatest Dancer [4:09]
20. Whose Little Girl? [5:54]
21. Making a Go of Gunny [1:31]
22. Serious About Publicity [2:56]
23. I've Got You Under My Skin: Song [2:52]
24. Easy to Love (2) [4:09]
25. Swingin' the Jinx Away [4:11]
26. Hot Tip [3:05]
27. Swingin' the Jinx Away: Langford [2:37]
28. Swingin' the Jinx Away: Ebsen [3:40]
29. Swingin' the Jinx Away: Powell [6:33]
30. Finale and Cast List [:56]
Disc #9 -- Lady Be Good
1. Title Song Credits [1:49]
2. Divorce Court [2:17]
3. Gotta Have a Hookup [3:02]
4. You'll Never Know (1) [3:51]
5. Gone Park Avenue [5:04]
6. Calling it Quits [4:48]
7. Calling the Ex [4:23]
8. Bad Housekeeping [3:49]
9. Your Words and My Music (1) [4:55]
10. My Mistake [2:11]
11. New Song-Plugging Angle [3:40]
12. Your Words and My Music (2) [3:23]
13. Your Words and My Music (3) [3:49]
14. You'll Never Know (2) [3:30]
15. Oh, Lady Be Good: Song [6:09]
16. Oh, Lady Be Good: Montage [6:11]
17. The Last Time I Saw Paris [5:22]
18. Tired of This Setup [2:09]
19. Proposal Proposal [2:43]
20. Oh, Lady Be Good: Dance [3:58]
21. Ring Gone Wrong [3:45]
22. Taken Advantage Of [4:46]
23. Unhappily Remarried [5:00]
24. Symphonic Dreams [3:44]
25. Fascinating Rhythm: Song [3:04]
26. Fascinating Rhythm: Berrys [1:45]
27. Fascinating Rhythm: Powell [4:22]
28. Go Home and Behave [3:58]
29. Keep on Thinking We're Not [2:24]
30. Finale and Cast List [1:28]

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