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#1 of 42 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted May 03 2005 - 06:51 AM

Slightly unusual; we were told by Warners that it was coming and www.davisdvd.com has the box set art...

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...but no further details on the site. No release date, nothing, but you can see from the art that the titles are:

Top Hat
Swing Time
The Barkleys of Broadway
Follow the Fleet
Shall we Dance

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Posted May 03 2005 - 07:18 AM

Hmmm, can anyone comment on the quality of said titles? I still haven't watched the Broadway To Hollywood set, but I'm leaning that that set and the "That's Entertainment" box well be good enough for me and movie musicals that up until Warner put out "Singing In The Rain SE" was a genre I didn't even watch.

Of course, Warner well put on some extra features that well make me pre-order this blind anyway (like Broadway, Classic Comedy, Errol Flynn, Controversial Classics, Tarza, etc..) Damn you Warners! Why do you have to be so good at putting out classic movie boxsets!!Posted Image

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Posted May 03 2005 - 07:27 AM

Hmmm, can anyone comment on the quality of said titles?

Warner knows what they're doing, especially George Feltenstein, when it comes to musicals. Without question, this is a great start as far as the first of two boxsets.





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#4 of 42 OFFLINE   DeeF

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Posted May 03 2005 - 07:32 AM

Interesting... except for Barkleys (which was a later MGM, the only one of these in color), I would say the other four here are the four best.

Which means, perhaps, that Warners intends to see how this set sells before committing to the second set, which would have:

Flying Down to Rio
Roberta
The Gay Divorcee
Carefree (this is the worst one)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

#5 of 42 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted May 03 2005 - 07:34 AM

...and movie musicals that up until Warner put out "Singing In The Rain SE" was a genre I didn't even watch.


Then this is a great place to start; my idea of heaven is a cloud, a pair of wings, and Fred 'n Ginger...
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Posted May 03 2005 - 07:39 AM

Good God!! Top Hat, Swing Time, and Follow the Fleet are 4-star films, and Shall we Dance is a 3.5 film, at least according to Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide. Yet another Warners set I will buy. THANK YOU WB!
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Posted May 03 2005 - 10:11 AM

This just made my day! I won't be picking up the boxset but I will definetly pick up Top Hat and Swing Time. They have been on my wish list for way too long.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 10:19 AM

yeah, i think i'll be skipping this set as well, however i will be anxiously looking forward to getting Swing Time.

although it has some great tunes, i've never been able to warm up to Top Hat, and the others in the set just leave me indifferent.

out of all of them, i suspect The Gay Divorcee is the only other one i'll be picking up.

still, this is great news.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 10:33 AM

For anyone wanting Swing Time and Top Hat, pick up the box anyway. If this is priced like the Film Noir Warner Box, two individual titles will be $35, and the box will be $40.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 01:39 PM

Nice, it seems like 4 of these movies are considered some of Astairs best. This is starting to get that "Warners Boxset Blind Buy" smell. And Brandon is right, the price of 2 is prety much worth the price of the box. This is what resulted in my blind buys of Errol Flynn (Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk), Broadway to holywood (Easter Parade adn The Band Wagon), Classic Comedies (Bringing Up BAby, Phillidelphia Story). And I odn't regret any of them! Well, maybe Broadway beause I haven't actually watched any of it yet (waiting for the 2 disc EAster PArade Canada got boned on) and CLassic Comedies which is on it's way with the EP disc.

Warners is repeatedly kicking my wallets ass with quality releases, it's a good thing the other studios haven't caught on, I'd have to get a second job!

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Posted May 03 2005 - 03:07 PM

This is really great news. It is interesting that they are releasing all the best Astaire/Rogers films in volume 1.
Barkleys is not really a good film but the others are WOW.
Barkleys was to star Judy Garland and Astaire as a following up to Easter Parade. It is almost a sequel with
the characters married and the wife wanting to branch out on her own as a serious actress instead of a musical comedy star. Rogers replaced Garland when Garland was too ill to continue.
My guess is that Barkleys was included because it is in color.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 04:18 PM

This is greawt news! I can't wait. By the Way I haven't heard anything recently regarding the Busby Berkeley Boxed Set that Warners was planning on releasing this year, But if that does come soon I will be in a flood of several of the greatest musicals ever in a few months! I would recomend this set to anyone on the fence. Truly Classic!
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Posted May 03 2005 - 04:42 PM

Yes!!!
My most anticipated box set of 2005. Can't wait for the offical news. Loved the art work.
And looking for the 2nd volume on 2006.
Thanks one more time, WB!!!

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Posted May 03 2005 - 05:38 PM

I bought the SWING TIME and TOP HAT DVDs from France a couple of years ago, and if it were possible to wear out DVDs, I would have. I'm on this new set like foam on beer.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 08:03 PM

Great, great news. Despite the tremendous popularity of later musicals (and the inevitable mentions of Singin' in the Rain), to me, Astaire and Rogers are the foremost essentials in the genre (and of course, the drop dead awesome Broadway Melody of 1940).

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Posted May 03 2005 - 08:56 PM

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Carefree (this is the worst one)

I think CAREFREE is more of a good screwball comedy than a typical Astaire-Rogers picture. I thought the script was pretty sharp and funny.

I'm surprised they didn't release these films in chronological order in the box sets; that way they'd split up the higher-demand titles. I bet they won't sell nearly as many of the second box as the first box. But I'll be buying both, as I'm a huge fan. Unfortunately, it seems as if the Rogers-less A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS is going to be left out in the cold. A pity, because, while Joan Fontaine is no substitute for Ginger Rogers, Burns & Allen take up the slack wonderfully. They're fantastic in this picture.

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Posted May 03 2005 - 09:47 PM

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Unfortunately, it seems as if the Rogers-less A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS is going to be left out in the cold.

This would be a great choice for a Fred Astaire Signature Collection, if one ever comes to pass.

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Posted May 04 2005 - 12:04 AM

FYI...

Street Date: 8/16/05
MSRP: $59.92

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Posted May 04 2005 - 01:48 AM

I am just wondering about what the extras will be - as in commentary, trailers, etc. And will any of them be 2-disc special editions? Top Hat and Swing Time are certainly considered to be not just the best films the pair made, but they easily rank among the best films of the 1930s.

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Posted May 04 2005 - 02:17 AM

I am just wondering about what the extras will be - as in commentary, trailers, etc.


Word from the Astaire group is that Fred's daughter Ava participated in some of the special features, perhaps commentary.

I have been waiting for these two sets since I got my first DVD player. I can't wait to get my hands on them.

As for DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, I watched it again recently on TCM. It has some interesting dance routines, and Burns and Allen are good, but there's just not enough "Fred doing Fred" in it, IMHO.

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