The Classic Musicals Collection Broadway to Hollywood
Fred Astaire (Actor), Dean Martin (Actor)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Fred Astaire (Actor), Dean Martin (Actor) - The Classic Musicals Collection Broadway to Hollywood - Broadway Musicals DVD - 7 disc set. Easter Parade Two Disc Special Edition - The Band Wagon Two Disc Special Edition - Bells Are Ringing - Finian's Rainbow - Brigadoon. Includes: The Band Wagon (Two Disc Special Edition). Commentary by Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein. New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements. New making-of documentary: Get Aboard. The Band Wagon. Vintage documentary: The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli. Outtake musical number: Two Faced Woman, plus dailies. Musical short: Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet. Astaire trailer gallery. Easter Parade (Two Disc Special Edition). Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke. New making-of documentary: Easter Parade: Beyond the Avenue. American Masters documentary profile: Judy Garland: By Myself. Outtake musical number: Mr. Monotony. Audio-only bonuses: radio production with the film's stars. Radio promo. Garland trailer gallery. Bells Are Ringing. New featurette: Bells Are Ringing: Just in Time. Outtake musical numbers: Is It a Crime? and My Guiding Star. Alternate take of The Midas Touch. Theatrical trailer. Finian's Rainbow. New introduction and commentary by Francis Ford Coppoloa. Featurette: The World Premiere of Finian's Rainbow. Brigadoon. New 16x9 digital transfer (2.55). Three outtake musical numbers: Come to Me Bend to Me, From This Day On, Sword Dance. Audio outtake: There But for You Go I. Broadway to Hollywood: The Classic Musicals Collection is a five-film set of fondly remembered, mostly MGM musicals: Easter Parade (1948), The Band Wagon (1953), Bells Are Ringing (1960), Finian's Rainbow (Warner, 1968), and Brigadoon (1954). Four of the films are making their DVD debut, all are available separately (for a higher price), and the two best films, Easter Parade and The Band Wagon, come in two-disc special editions complete with commentary tracks, new and vintage documentaries, and musical outtakes. Both of those films star Fred Astaire following his return from premature retirement. Easter Parade is a Pygmalion-like tale of a Vaudeville veteran (Astaire) who attempts to develop an act with a small-timer (Judy Garland) after his partner (Ann Miller) leaves him. Favorite songs include the title tune, Steppin' Out with My Baby, and We're a Couple of Swells. The Band Wagon was a sort of career retrospective for Astaire, as he plays an aging film star trying to resurrect his career by returning to the Broadway stage. Costars include Cyd Charisse, Jack Buchanan, Oscar Levant, and Nanette Fabray, and favorite numbers include Dancing in the Dark, By Myself, Triplets, and A Shine on Your Shoes. Bells Are Ringing is a charmingly dated Vincente Minnelli film starring Judy Holliday, in a reprise of her Tony-winning Broadway role as an employee at an answering service who finds herself falling for a client (Dean Martin). Favorite songs include Just in Time and The Party's Over. Finian's Rainbow is a bloated oddity directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola and starring Astaire as a leprechaun and '60s pop icon Petula Clark as his daughter. It does have some great songs, however, including How Are Things in Glocca Mora, When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love, and Old Devil Moon. Brigadoon has been out on DVD twice before, but appears now in its best version yet, remastered, anamorphically enhanced, and with musical outtakes. It stars Gene Kelly and Van Johnson as Americans who stumble across a Scottish village that only appears on Earth one day every 100 years, which is a problem when Kelly falls in love with one of its residents (Cyd Charisse). Favorite songs include Almost Like Being in Love, The Heather on the Hill, and I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean. While none of the films in the Broadway to Hollywood collection are absolutely top-tier MGM (and Astaire, Garland, and Kelly all made better films in their careers), all have their charms and are welcome additions to the DVD catalog. Trivia note: The title of the set isn't 100% correct. Easter Parade did not originate as a Broadway musical, but Tommy Tune made an unsuccessful attempt to adapt the movie into a Broadway show in the late 1990s. Easter Parade Two-Disc Special Edition Academy Award Winner. 17 Irving Berlin tunes, 2 legends (Fred Astaire and Judy Garland), 1 forever classic. The Band Wagon Two-disc Special Edition The buoyant backstager that skewers Broadway. Fred Astaire stars; Vincente Minelli directs. Finian's Rainbow How Are Things in Glocca Morra? Find out as Francis Ford Coppola directs Fred Astaire. Bells Are Ringing A phone service dials romance for Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. Vincente Minnelli directs. Brigadoon Pure magic: Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in Lerner and Loewe's musical about a magical village.
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