That's Entertainment Trilogy
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That's Entertainment Trilogy

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Director: Bud Friedgen, Gene Kelly, Jack Haley Jr., Fred Astaire

Cast: Bud Friedgen, Gene Kelly, Jack Haley Jr., Fred Astaire

     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In 1974, aiming to capitalize on the nostalgia wave then sweeping the country, producer Jack Haley Jr. persuaded MGM (celebrating its 50th anniversary that year) to let him make a film comprising clips culled from the studio’s classic musicals. Haley assembled most of the survivors of MGM’s Golden Age -- among them Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Donald O’Connor -- and had them introduce memorable musical numbers from Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, The Band Wagon, Show Boat, and others going back as far as 1929’s Broadway Melody. At 132 minutes, the film raced by, leaving critics and audiences breathless for more, and That’s Entertainment! wound up out-grossing most of the studio’s other offerings that year. It remains the best movie of its kind, a bright and bouncy tribute with more highlights than we could possibly list here. The inevitable sequel followed in 1976, this time with Astaire and Kelly hosting. Although the first film had skimmed most of the cream, much delicious material remained to be compiled, and Part II went the extra mile by incorporating previously unseen numbers deleted from various films. This compilation, too, was a resounding hit. The success of the That’s Entertainment films on video encouraged MGM to take a third bite of the nostalgia apple in 1994. Part III -- hosted by June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Esther Williams, and others -- relies even more heavily on outtakes and employs some clever touches, such as showing Charisse and Joan Crawford dancing to the same pre-recorded number in films made nearly 20 years apart. A Fred Astaire dance sequence is shown in split-screen, side by side with another version not used. Judy Garland is represented by “Mr. Monotony,” an Irving Berlin song inexplicably cut from Easter Parade. The third film is perhaps most appealing to film buffs interested in rare material and behind-the-scenes history, but the first two films have the stronger lineups, excerpt-wise. Of course, we’re quibbling: All three movies are sensational, and we encourage fans of classic Hollywood fare to snap up this newly remastered DVD box set with alacrity.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2007
UPC:
0012569798526
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
6:17:00

Special Features

Hours of great documentaries including premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents; TV specials; Making-of featurettes; Extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Actor,Narrator,Host
Fred Astaire Narrator,Actor,Co-narrator
Bing Crosby Narrator,Actor
June Allyson Host
Cyd Charisse Host
Frank Sinatra Narrator
Lena Horne Host
Spencer Tracy Actor
Donald O'Connor Narrator
Howard Keel Host
Katharine Hepburn Actor
Elizabeth Taylor Narrator
John Barrymore Actor
Debbie Reynolds Host,Narrator
Liza Minnelli Narrator
James Stewart Narrator
Mickey Rooney Narrator

Technical Credits
Bud Friedgen Director
Jack Haley Director,Producer
Gene Kelly Director
Michael J. Sheridan Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- That's Entertainment!
1. Overture
2. Singin' in the Rain; Main Title
3. The Broadway Melody; Rosalie
4. Indian Love Call; A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
5. Begin the Beguine; The Song's Gotta Come From the Heart
6. The Melody of Spring; Honeysuckle Rose; Take Me Out to the Ball Game
7. Though Swell; The Varsity Drag
8. Abba Dabba Honeymoon; It's a Most Unusual Day; On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
9. Transition to Sound; It Must Be You; Got a Feelin' for You
10. Reckelss; Did I Remember; Easy to Love; Puttin' on the Ritz
11. Dear Mr. Gable
12. Mickey and Judy by Any Name
13. Babes in Arms; Hoe Down; La Conga; Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee; Babes on Broadway; Strike Up the Band
14. The Babbitt and the Bromide; They Can't Take That Away From Me
15. Heigh Ho, the Gang's All Here; I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan; Sunday Jumps; Shoes With Wings On
16. You're All the World to Me; Dancing in the Dark
17. Esther Williams (Aqua-Ballet, The Smoke Number)
18. I Wanna Be Loved By You; 25th-Anniversary Luncheon
19. I Gotta Hear That Beat; Be My Love; Make 'Em Laugh
20. Cotton Blossom; Make Believe; Ol' Man River
21. By Myself; Be a Clown; The Children's Dance; The Pirate Ballet; Anchors Aweigh Fantasy Sequence
22. New York, New York; The Worry Song
23. Singin' in the Rain; The Broadway Melody Ballet
24. La Cucaracha; Swing/Americana; Your Broadway and My Broadway
25. You're Off to See the Wizard; If I Only Had the Nerve; Over the Rainbow; But Not for Me
26. The Trolley Song; Under the Bamboo Tree; The Boy Next Door; Get Happy
27. Going Hollywood; Well, Did You Evah; True Love
28. Hallelujah!; Bless Yore Beautiful Hide/Barnraising Dance
29. Gigi; Thank Heaven for Little Girls
30. An American in Paris Ballet
31. End Credits
32. Exit Music
Disc #2 -- That's Entertainment!, Part 2
1. Overture
2. Credits
3. That's Entertainment!
4. For Me and My Gal; Fascinatin' Rhythm; I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'; La Chica Chica
5. I Wanna Be Dancin' Man; Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo; Be a Clown
6. A Night at the Opera: Stateroom Scene
7. From This Moment On
8. All of You
9. The Lady Is a Tramp; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
10. Easter Parade
11. Temptatin; Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart; Taking a Chance on Love
12. Swingin' the Jinx Away; Stout Hearted Men; Lover, Come Back to Me
13. Inka Dinka Doo; I Got Rhythm
14. Laurel and Hardy; Abbott and Costello; Jack Benny
15. The Wedding of the Painted Doll; Sammy Cahn; Lady Be Good; Broadway Serenade
16. Manhattan; Three Little Words; Tales of the Vienna Woods
17. Good Morning; Triplets
18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Steppin' Out With My Baby; Ten Cents a Dance; I Got Rhythm
19. The Tender Trap; I'll Walk Alone; Ol' Man River; I Fall in Love Too Easily; I Believe
20. You're Sensational; I Begged Her; Sinatra Montage
21. Immortal Stars and Lines
22. Paris: Maxim's; Girls, Girls, Girls; The Last Time I Saw Paris; Love Is Here to Stay
23. Ill Build a Stairway to Paradise; Can-Can; The Merry Widow Waltz
24. Sinbad the Sailor
25. Now You Has Jazz; A Couple of Swells
26. Take Me to Broadway; Broadway Rhythm
27. There's No Business Like Show Business
28. Tracy and Hepburn
29. I Like Myself; I Remember It Well
30. Bouncin' the Blues; Cypress Gardens Water Ski Spectacular
31. That's Entertainment!
32. End Credits
Disc #3 -- That's Entertainment! III
1. Overture
2. Here's to the Girls; Credits
3. Gene Kelly: My Pet; Singin' in the Rain
4. The Lock Step; Clean As a Whistle
5. Ah Sweet Mystery of Life; Hollywood Party/Feelin' High
6. Follow in My Footsteps/Your Broadway and My Broadway/Broadway Rhythm
7. Fascinatin' Rhythm
8. Good Morning/God's Country
9. Esther Williams; Ten Percent Off
10. Water Pageantry Montage
11. June Allyson; Cleopatterer; The Three Bs
12. Waltz Serenade; Shakin' the Blues Away
13. Pass That Peace Pipe; Solid Potato Salad/Manhattan Serenade
14. On the Town; Baby, You Knock Me Out
15. Cyd Charisse; Ballin' the Jack; You Wonderful You
16. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; An American in Paris Ballet
17. Fit As a Fiddle; The Heather on the Hill
18. Debbie Reynolds; You Are My Lucky Star; You Stepped Out of a Dream
19. A Lady Loves; Thanks a Lot But No Thanks
20. Two-Faced Woman
21. Jungle Rhumba; The Dance of Fury; Cha Bomm Pa Pa; Mama You Quiero
22. Lena Horne; Where or When; Just One of Those Things
23. Ain't It the Truth; Cotton Blossom; Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
24. I'm an Indian Too; Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
25. Mickey Rooney; I Wish I Were in Love Again; Swing Mr. Mendelssohn; In Between
26. You're Off to See the Wizard; Over the Rainbow; How About You?
27. Minnie From Trinidad; Who?
28. March of the Doagies
29. Mr. Monotony
30. Ann Miller; It Only Happens When I Dance With You; Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here; Jukebox Dance
31. Coffee Time; Drum Crazy
32. The Girl Hunt Ballet; The Swing Trot
33. I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man
34. Anything You Can Do
35. Howard Keel; Stereophonic Sound; Shakin' the Blues Away
36. Jailhouse Rock; Gigi
37. Coda (That's Entertainment!)
38. End Credits

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When it came to movie musicals, no one could top MGM. That's why Jack Haley Jr,'s 1974 tribute THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! took the world by surprise by becoming a huge box office hit and renewing interest in these great films. That opus and the two sequels that followed (with the third entry from 1994 decidedly superior to the 2nd, equally as good as the first) have been gloriously mastered for DVD, with a huge 5+ hours of unreal extras on a bonus disc to make this collection a must-have for movie fans...and what a great gift for Xmas. I've already bought several just for that purpose. Ironically, these MGM films are now owned by Warner Bros., but that hasn't stopped the new owner from welcoming that MGM legacy into its family by preparing a DVD that's miles ahead of almost everything else ever released. A true winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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