- Feb 19, 2002
Had the opportunity to pick this up yesterday but only managed to watch the special features and most of the included hard matted 1.77 version that was filmed along with the officialy released 2.55 CinemaScope. It ( the 1.77 )looked pretty good overall although the color seemed a bit washed out in some scenes ( viewed on a 26" tv ) - perhaps due to the fact that it was filmed with Ansco - I definitley would prefer the CinemaScope and will watch it sometime soon with a front projector. I really enjoyed an included Vintage Featurette that was made for MGM's 30th anniversary in 1954. It was filmed in CinemaScope as well and showcased the MGM Orchestra performing melodies such as Singin In The Rain,Trolley Song,Atchison, Topeka,and Santa Fe and a few others - just portions as the entire featurette was around 10 min. long. It was in DD 5.1 but I only had it on 2 channel at the time but it still sounded very good so I think it would be safe to say the 5.1 mix is well done - I also hope it was 16x9 enhanced but will have to find out later. Also a "making of " feature called Sobbin' Women - hosted by Howard Keel which featured some of the stars - Jane Powell and Russ Tamblyn as well as Stanley Donen and Michael Kidd and others. I did not check the total time but it was at least 30 min. Pretty good overall but somehow I wish there had been more!