Yeah, it may have been made at MGM's third musical unit (Jack Cummings' unit), but it contains some of Astaire's best dancing of the MGM era especially since Vera-Ellen's diminutive size and mammoth talent were perfect matches for him.
Crawdaddy is right: the iTunes digitals I have, while looking more than acceptable, pale in comparison to the quality of the Blu-ray transfers. I mostly have musicals like Summer Stock, Ziegfeld Follies, My Dream Is Yours. Holiday is also leagues inferior to the Criterion Blu-ray release.
While I can't speak directly for him, I was following his logic in that he was ONLY speaking of the Best Picture nomination which Ivanhoe received and which was denied both The Bad and the Beautiful and Viva Zapata!
If that's true about In the Good Old Summertime, I will be thrilled because the print that TCM has been showing for years and years is only okay, and you know Warner Archive will do a stunning job with the Technicolor.
It's my favorite of the Garland-Rooney films, mainly because of that stylish "Ghost Theater" sequence and the great Oscar-nominated song "How About You?" And Judy sings her heart out in "F.D.R. Jones" and "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee."
Oh, please. I had it on laserdisc and watched it many times before it came out on DVD. Yes, Miranda is more entertaining here than in her other big MGM musical A Date with Judy. However, I'd rather have Jane Powell in Two Weeks with Love than either of those other two.
I bought the HD streaming version of Ziegfeld Follies months ago and was underwhelmed with it. However, every Warner Archive Blu-ray that I had an accompanying iTunes stream for has been noticeably and enthusiastically improved from the streaming master. (The first one that comes to mind was...
Absolutely. Streaming is very convenient, and I wouldn't want to be without it, but it's very comforting to know that I have almost every favorite movie of my life's viewing within easy access either on disc or on a service.
I would say Fred Astaire is the star of the film since he's in four segments (three of them classic for-the-ages musical moments), far more than any other MGM star, and he's also mentioned by "Ziegfeld" in his opening sequence as the one of the stars from his era that was still shining brightly...