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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Swing Time -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, May 29, 2019.

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    Robert Harris

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    Back in 1933, after appearing in Dancing Lady for M-G-M, Fred Astaire, who received 6th billing, just beneath Winnie Lightner, made a move to RKO, and so began a series of classic musicals that fans have been waiting to appear on Blu-ray.

    There were ten films in the series, and the first to appear on Blu, via Criterion and their license with WB, is number six, Swing Time.

    The great George Stevens directed, which was unusual. He only did one other musical, Damsel in Distress, a few year later.

    As a film, it's still charming, especially in its innocent ways - it was the '30s, after all. It beautifully stands the test of time, in all its black & white glory, as captured by David Abel.

    Time has not been especially kind to the film's elements - the OCN does not survive - but Criterion's offering has been nicely cleaned, and not overly so. A bit of wear and tear is still obvious, especially in projection.

    The score is by someone named Kern.

    Swing Time is an auspicious beginning for the Astarie/Rogers films on Blu-ray.

    One down, nine to go.

    Image - 4

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from DVD - You bet'cha

    Highly Recommended

    RAH

     
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    Sounds like a release to look forward to! Any word on whether any of the other films in the series are being worked on?
     
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    This is my favourite of their films together so looking forward to the blu ray.
     
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    Oh please tell me this is a joke and you know who Jerome Kern was.
     
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    My favorite is Top Hat but this is just as good. Last week I was watching the Fellini film Ginger & Fred and did read that Ginger Rogers sued the production and the distributors for 'misappropriation and infringement of her public personality'. The case was dismissed.
     
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    Mr. Harris certainly knows the work of Jerome Kern, but he implies that not many recognize the name in 2019, even if they should.
     
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    Well, Winnie Lightner was a big star back then.
     
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    Oh, dear. The fact that you would NEED to be told this is a joke is the problem.
     
  9. Robert Harris

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    Joke?

    I loved his scores for the Flynn films. I believe he used two variants of the name, lengthening it for adventure yarns, but his Hart was in the musical genre.
     
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    I don't know if this story is true, but I heard that the someone named Kern was originally hired as a gopher, but early on in the production Mr. Astaire heard him humming a tune.
     
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    Rodger.
     
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    Mr. Harris, I don't know where you get your information from, but I believe a Stein is larger than a Kern.
     
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    I am hoping that Top Hat gets the Criterion treatment because:
    1. It's wonderful; and,
    2. The AFWA review will have the opportunity to say the music is by some guys named Irving and Max. :laugh:
     
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    Fish meets barrel (both of them)
     
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    I enjoy the music of Leonard Kernstein.
     
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    And I love those Errol Flynn films scored by Erich Wolfgang Kerngold too!
     
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    Well, I'd heard that a lot of Americans don't understand irony. So, can I presume that... <_<
     
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    Not for humor purposes.
     
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    Only say Rodgers if your Hart is in the right place.
     

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