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#1 of 80 OFFLINE   benbess

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Posted May 16 2010 - 01:08 AM

I'm really looking forward to this on blu. The DVD that I rented a couple of years ago looked terrific, but as RAH told us recently they are pulling out all the stops at Warner to give us the best possible experience of this treasure. My daughter loves this film so much she's having trouble waiting for the blu-ray.


I've recently been reading quite a good book on the film by Earl Hess and Pratibha Dabhokkar that was published by the University of Press of Kansas in 2009. It gives a very thorough description of the making of this film, as well as its reception. It's a very rich looking production, as we all know, but the budget on it was actually quite disciplined--c. $2 million, which wasn't that much for a such a Technicolor musical extravaganza in 1951-52. Gene Kelly, who was not just in front of the camera but helping to manage the production, saved some money by doing his famous singin' in the rain number in one of MGM existing street lots which they rigged for rain. They even created some depressions in the streets to create some truly large puddles for him to dance in. He smiled his way through the two day shoot for this song (quite fast, imho) even though he was recovering from a flu and a sinus infection.  Kelly and the crew thought they'd done well with the number, but they didn't know at the time that it was going to become perhaps one of the top 3 or so most famous and loved songs in the history of the movie musical.


Many of the old fashioned cameras and microphones for the scenes about early sound film were simply dragged out of MGM's truly massive prop department. They were mostly the real things from c. 1928....


Anyway, I recommend the book, which is probably available in better libraries (or at amazon).


And we all can look forward to the film on blu-ray. I love the Warner Bros. releases on blu of these classic films. They do such an amazing job.



#2 of 80 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted May 17 2010 - 02:07 PM

This and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS are the two MGM musical classics I most desire on Blu.



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Posted May 17 2010 - 09:20 PM

Given how nice Bandwagon looked on the last DVD, I'm looking forward to that showing up on Blu as well.



#4 of 80 OFFLINE   Edward Weinman

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Posted May 18 2010 - 10:51 AM



Originally Posted by Paul_Scott 

Given how nice Bandwagon looked on the last DVD, I'm looking forward to that showing up on Blu as well.


I'd love to have The Band Wagon on Blu.  All the time and effort that went in re: the restoration for SD DVD should now go towards the Blu version.



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Posted March 26 2012 - 10:09 PM

Singin' in the Rain is slotted for July 16 2012 release in UK as a Blu/DVD combo. No other details to hand, only the familiar cover art.



#6 of 80 OFFLINE   benbess

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Posted March 26 2012 - 11:09 PM

Thanks for the news. It's been so long I almost forgot I started this thread 2 years ago...

#7 of 80 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 27 2012 - 12:04 AM

Yes, I keep waiting for announcements about this release. Warners promised it two years ago as a 2012 release, so I'm holding them to their word!



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Posted March 27 2012 - 10:31 AM

TCM is promoting the World Premiere of the 60th anniversary restoration of SITR at next month's TCM Classic Film Festival; my guess is a Blu-Ray announcement is on the horizon.

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Posted March 27 2012 - 12:11 PM



Originally Posted by Rob W 

TCM is promoting the World Premiere of the 60th anniversary restoration of SITR at next month's TCM Classic Film Festival; my guess is a Blu-Ray announcement is on the horizon.


Yep, I bet it is this years Holiday release.


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Posted March 28 2012 - 07:23 PM

Up for pre-order on Amazon UK £11.99 16th July 2012 buy date.

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Posted March 30 2012 - 06:51 AM

Up for pre-order on Amazon UK £11.99 16th July 2012 buy date.

Many thanks. I have placed my order. (For those interested, this BRD is zone free)

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Posted March 30 2012 - 03:19 PM

I'd love to have The Band Wagon on Blu.  All the time and effort that went in re: the restoration for SD DVD should now go towards the Blu version.  

Yeah that one still looks good. I wish for that one and Silk Stockings; maybe if they ever do two-packs of the musicals? I think those two films would go well together. Seems like we're now getting one MGM musical every six months--whereas before we got one every two years!
 

 


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Posted March 30 2012 - 04:45 PM

Can't wait for Singin' in the Rain...not a big fan of The Band Wagon.



#14 of 80 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted March 30 2012 - 06:27 PM

One can only hope that the too brown color of the Singin DVD has been fixed - it was nothing like the IB prints I've owned over the years.

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Posted March 31 2012 - 12:48 AM

Gene Kelly's 100th birthday is in August of this year, so hopefully more of his films will be released on blu-ray.

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Posted April 05 2012 - 02:32 PM

If WB can purchase the rights to the Samual Goldwyn library for release on disc, why can't they take time to release the treasures that they already control...meaning the MGM musical library. The years go by and...

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Posted April 05 2012 - 04:19 PM

Seeing the foreign release in the old' blu cheapcase lessens my hope that we'd get at least a proper digibook. How did the Blu of MMISL compare to the 2 disc SE DVD? I suppose we can hope for at least whatever that got. I saw the premiere of the Ultra-Res digi-restoration (RAH, does that qualify for it word?) let's say remastering - at the AMPAS Goldwyn Theatre a few years back. Every surviving participant who could be there was there. Looked so good you could see details like Kelly's scar and other things we weren't expected to notice. Wonderful evening. Panel afterward. Someone should've taped it. Not sure how they'll better that unless they went back to the seps and did the ultra-res again in 6k or higher.

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Posted April 05 2012 - 04:21 PM

If WB can purchase the rights to the Samual Goldwyn library for release on disc, why can't they take time to release the treasures that they already control...meaning the MGM musical library. The years go by and...

I think it's time for WB to lose some it's distribution rights, mostly the MGM libary from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Shout Factory or Fox could do a better job then what WB been doing. Warner Archives MOD was good in the begining, but now it's become the norm and shows there too lazy to put any effort into the releases.

#19 of 80 OFFLINE   Edward Weinman

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Posted April 05 2012 - 04:43 PM

[ I saw the premiere of the Ultra-Res digi-restoration (RAH, does that qualify for it word?) let's say remastering - at the AMPAS Goldwyn Theatre a few years back. Every surviving participant who could be there was there. Looked so good you could see details like Kelly's scar and other things we weren't expected to notice. Wonderful evening. Panel afterward. Someone should've taped it. Not sure how they'll better that unless they went back to the seps and did the ultra-res again in 6k or higher. [/quote] ...you know...I believe I was also at that AMPAS Goldwyn Theatre showing and, for some reason, the digital "Singin' In The Rain" showing did not look like Technicolor...it did not look like film to me...but, yes, it was a wonderful evening...the panel consisting of Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Camden and Greene, Rita Moreno...(parden spelling errors)...sitting two rows in front of me was Ann Miller...(I believe we are speaking of the same evening)...

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Posted April 05 2012 - 05:07 PM

...you know...I believe I was also at that AMPAS Goldwyn Theatre showing and, for some reason, the digital "Singin' In The Rain" showing did not look like Technicolor...it did not look like film to me...but, yes, it was a wonderful evening...the panel consisting of Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Camden and Greene, Rita Moreno...(parden spelling errors)...sitting two rows in front of me was Ann Miller...(I believe we are speaking of the same evening)...

Yes they ranged from ambulatory to ambulance story... I recall O'Connor got a hand for making it up onto the stage unattended, Comden and Greene were in matching wheelchairs. I heard Ann Miller fell down and broke her hair. (rimshot!) Bless 'em all... great to have them there, you got the feeling this wasn't gonna happen again. On the way home we passed "Sunset and Camden-nn."