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Warner Bros. MGM musicals on Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by GMpasqua, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. ahollis

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    "IT'S THE DEADWOOD STAGE!" Yep I would turn a back flip for: CALAMITY JANE PAJAMA GAME DAMN YANKEES FINIAN'S RAINBOW LUCKY ME YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
     
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    Considering we're practically neighbors (her hotel for pets is only a few miles from my apartment), how could I ever forget Doris Day's musicals? The "Once-a-Year Day" number from The Pajama Game is magnificent, and that's one I'd definitely be up for an upgrade for. Damn Yankees as well (1958 was a pretty good year to be Ray Walston).
    And since we're talking about Calamity Jane, how about some Annie Get Your Gun (yes, I know it was MGM)?
    And I may be tempted to re-open the Mame question at some point (like it or hate it, it's Lucy, so it'll sell like hotcakes).
     
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    One musical which is below the radar is Gentlemen Marry Brunettes starring Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain. I have a copy recorded from television many years ago, I think it was released by United Artists. It hasn't been released on DVD to my knowledge.
     
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    I've never seen this film and have always wanted to. I'd love to know why it has gone missing.
     
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    20th Century Fox produced GENTLEMAN MARRY BRUNETTES. I'm pretty sure it was in Cinemascope. The film was originally supposed to co-star Marylin Monroe with Ms. Russell, but Ms. Monroe declined.
     
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    Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was actually from United Artists. It is on amazon streaming but the rights expire today, March 11! If you are quick you might get a viewing in. It looks good, very wide maybe 2.55 with decent color. Hopefully the streaming rights expiring indicates it is coming out on DVD or preferably blu-ray. http://www.amazon.com/Gentlemen-Marry-Brunettes/dp/B0097E5OO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1363029139&sr=1-1&keywords=Gentlemen+Marry+Brunettes
     
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    Guess I was wrong about the distributor. I recall seeing the Fox Cinemascope logo at the head of GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES when I was a child. According to IMBD, GENTLEMAN MARRY BRUNETTES was released by United Artists, though I'm pretty sure the film originated at 20th Century Fox, as I recall reading that Marilyn Monroe was asked to appear in the film as part of her Fox contract. Possibly those with a better memory than mine can help out here.
     
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    Thanks Bryan, for the heads up and also the correction.
     
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    I'll champion just about every choice recommended so far. But I'd also like to see more MGM musicals get to hi def, like The Great Ziegfeld Maytime Rosalie Born to Dance Broadway Melody of 1936/38 and 40 The Merry Widow (MacDonald/Chevalier ver.) For me and My Gal Cabin in the Sky Holiday in Mexico Anchors Aweigh Of the other Warner holdings, please let's get some Fred Astaire and Ginger - like ALL of them!!! I'm also going to throw my hat in the ring for Mario Lanza: The Student Prince The Toast of New Orleans The Great Caruso That Midnight Kiss tops on my list. I don't think anyone's mentioned Doris Day in Romance on the High Seas so I'll plug that one too. The obvious one's have already been listed but I'll back you all in seeing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, High Society and Silk Stockings - particularly High Society. The DVD doesn't look anything like VistaVision should. In fact, the rear projection and cutaways are horrifically marred by some digitized grit. Yuck! Oh, and finally, Victor/Victoria. Come on!!! Isn't it about time?!?
     
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    I am only going what I saw on the streaming version, which had United Artists at the beginning, so perhaps 20th-Fox distruibuted it originally; I never saw it theatrically so you may be entirely correct.
     
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    I thought Victor/Victoria would be a cinch for Warner Archives' new Blu-ray division. Ditto The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
     
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    Just for fun, I took a few screen caps from Gentlemen Marry Brunettes. Although the color is decent, it may be not as good as could be expected from Technicolor. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Keith, as much as I love Ginger I have to admit that Vera Ellen is my favorite as well. Such beautiful long legs and I've never seen a woman with a tinier waist! However, I do think Fred and Ginger had the best chemistry together.
     
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    "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" was most certainly a United Artist production and release. I worked at United Artists when it first came out and still remember our private pre-release screening. I was in charge of the Cinema distribution of the trailers and promotional material at the time. Below is a scan of an actual 35mm Scope film frame that I still have after all these years.(courtesy of the kind ladies in the film repair room at UA) The other title card is from a 35mm flat, matted trailer of mine. Can someone please solve a mystery regarding this film. When I saw it in the 50s the title song was sung over the main and end titles by vocalist Johnny Desmond. Yet every time i've seen it since, Johnny Desmond is not heard, but has been replaced by a chorus. The soundtrack LP features Desmond and curiously his name remains on the movie's own credits. (see photo below from a TV Print) Where has he gone and why is he still credited? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Doug.
     
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    MGM HD ran a beautiful Technicolor print of GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES maybe a year or so ago. The film has some classic tunes and great Paris locations. Johnny Desmond is heard singing the main title and end title song only on the Coral soundtrack LP. I think it might be some payment rights issue and that is why the chorus is substiuted for Demond's voical .But I am guessing. They did not even attempt to remove his name from the credits.. I could swear that years ago when the film first played TV in pan and scan the Desmond voice was there but I can't confirm this.
     
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    I think that the 20th CENTURY FOX movie you're thinking of that Marilyn declined to make was HOW TO BE VERY VERY POPULAR. She was replaced by Sheree North.
     
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    "The Great Ziegfeld" is on it's way, as is "Maytime" or "Rosalie" . Can't remember where I read this. "Ziegfeld is up on VUDU!:D
     
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    Doug & Allan: Thanks so much for refreshing my memory about GENTLEMEN PREFER BRUNETTES. I'd also forgotten that Johnny Desmond sang the title song over the credits. Doug: those frames are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them. I second Matt's recommendation of DBs for VICTOR/VICTORIA & THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. I'm also dying to get a DB of THE GREAT RACE, though I'm not sure this qualifies as a musical.
     
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    "The Great Race" is Not a musical
     
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    But Natalie Wood sings in it! :D
     

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