Warner Bros. Press Release-april Judy Garland Classics

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  1. Roger Rollins

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    This came through earlier this evening on one of the mailing lists I subscribe to.....

    All I can say is WOW!!!!



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    THE GLORY OF GARLAND!!!

    Five Judy Garland Classics Debuting April 6 on DVD
    Highlighted by the 60th Anniversary of
    MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
    Nominated for Four Academy Awards®
    Two-Disc Special Edition Remastered with “Ultra-Resolution”
    Process and New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack

    Featuring All New Introduction by Liza Minnelli
    And Celebrated with Scores of Bonus Materials


    Other Garland Titles Available For the First Time on DVD Include:
    FOR ME AND MY GAL
    IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
    LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY
    ZIEGFELD GIRL

    Burbank, CA., January 9, 2004 – Five Hollywood classics starring the incomparable Judy Garland – one of the most talented and beloved stars of the 20th century - will become available on DVD for the very first time April 6 from Warner Home Video (WHV).

    In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, the fan-favorite Meet Me in St. Louis, nominated for four Academy Awards®, is the main attraction in this collection of wonderful titles. This Two-Disc Special Edition is the third release to undergo Warner Bros. Pictures’ proprietary “Ultra-Resolution” process, giving today’s viewers the most extraordinary presentation possible for this classic musical. Meet Me in St. Louis, directed by the great Vincente Minnelli (especially known for his unique use of Technicolor), has benefited greatly with an improved fully remastered picture derived from newly-restored film elements. In addition, the release features a new digital audio track that has been remixed to Dolby Digital 5.1 from original multi-channel pre-production music source elements. The DVD contains the original mono track as well. Also featured is an all-new introduction by Liza Minnelli, daughter of star Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli.

    The four other Garland classics, all digitally remastered, include For Me and My Gal with Gene Kelly, In the Good Old Summertime with Van Johnson, Love Finds Andy Hardy with Mickey Rooney, and Ziegfeld Girl with Jimmy Stewart, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr. All five titles are brimming with extra features such as extensive commentaries, vintage shorts, “making of” documentaries, radio programs, original trailers and more. Meet Me in St. Louis Two-Disc Special Edition is priced at $26.99 SRP, while the others are priced at $19.98 SRP. Pre-order date is March 9.

    The Ultra-Resolution Process
    The popular Meet Me in St. Louis is presented in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dazzling “Ultra-Resolution,” which allows today’s viewers to see parts of the images that were not visible previously and in sharper detail than conventional Technicolor release prints. Warner Bros. introduced this process with the release of Singin’ in the Rain in the fall of 2002 followed by The Adventures of Robin Hood this past summer. According to Rob Hummel, Warner Bros. Studios Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, “‘Ultra-Resolution’ continues to be improved each time out and Meet Me in St. Louis is just spectacular.”

    More than seventy years after the introduction of Technicolor, Warner Bros. Studios is employing the “Ultra-Resolution” process that begins with scanning the original Technicolor 3-strip black and white ‘records’ at extremely high (2k) resolution. The black and white records are then combined electronically to create the color images, which are also electronically re-registered, steadied and cleaned before the final DVDs are produced.

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    In a role that was one of her favorites, a 22-year-old Judy Garland headlines this warm turn-of-the-century delight presented for the first time on DVD. Set in 1903, this captivating musical is a slice of Americana about the Smith family’s experiences during the year of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Directed by Vincente Minnelli (whom Garland married soon after filming, later becoming parents to daughter Liza), Judy Garland has perhaps never been more winning as she pines for “The Boy Next Door,” comforts seven-year-old Margaret O’Brien (awarded a special Oscar® as 1944’s outstanding child actress) with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and whisks along to the clang-clang-clang of “The Trolley Song.”

    Meet Me in St. Louis DVD extra content features include:

    Disc One:
    •New Introduction by Liza Minnelli
    •New Commentary by Garland biographer John Fricke with Margaret O’Brien, screenwriter Irving Brecher, songwriter Hugh Martin and daughter of producer Arthur Freed, Barbara Freed-Saltzman
    •Music-only track (without vocals)
    •Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery with trailers from eight of his most treasured films including Meet Me in St. Louis, Father of the Bride, An American in Paris, The Bad and the Beautiful, Brigadoon, Designing Woman, Gigi, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

    Disc Two:
    •Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic (Narrated by Roddy McDowall)
    •Hollywood: The Dream Factory (Emmy-Award winning 1972 MGM-TV special, narrated by Dick Cavett-- First time on home video)
    •Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland (1996 TCM special)
    •Meet Me in St. Louis (1966 TV pilot with Shelley Fabares and Celeste Holm)
    •Bubbles (1930 Warner Bros. short featuring Judy Garland at age 7)
    •Skip To My Lou (Rare 1941 musical short with Meet Me in St. Louis composers Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane)
    •Audio Vault
    oBoys and Girls Like You and Me outtake (re-construction using still photographs)
    oLux Radio Theater Broadcast from December 2, 1946
    •Stills Gallery

    For Me and My Gal

    Directed by the legendary Busby Berkeley, For Me and My Gal features a trunkful of tunes in this story about a Vaudeville couple determined to play The Palace in New York. Gene Kelly made his film debut and teamed with Judy Garland for the first time in this romantic tale that bucks tough times and World War I on the way to show biz success. The two stars make their way through a hit parade of nostalgic gems including the title track “For Me and My Gal,” “Smiles,” “After You’ve Gone,” “ Ballin’ the Jack” and more than a dozen more.

    For Me and My Gal DVD extra content features include:
    •New Commentary by Garland biographer John Fricke
    •La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935 MGM short featuring “The Garland Sisters”)
    •Every Sunday (1936 MGM short featuring Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin)
    •For Me and My Gal Deleted Finale (with stills montage)
    •Audio Vault
    oThree Cheers for the Yanks outtake
    oLady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Show from March 22, 1943
    oLeo Is on the Air Radio Promo
    •Theatrical Trailer

    Love Finds Andy Hardy

    Love Finds Andy Hardy is the fourth film in the series and finds Andy (Mickey Rooney) frantically trying to juggle two girlfriends (Ann Rutherford and Lana Turner) at the same time. It’s the new kid next-door (Judy Garland in the first of three fondly remembered Andy Hardy appearances) who helps Andy out of his jam and sings such delightful songs as “In Between,” “It Never Rains But What It Pours” and “Meet the Beat of My Heart.”

    Love Finds Andy Hardy DVD extra content features include:
    •New Introduction by Garland biographer John Fricke and Ann Rutherford
    •Leo Is on the Air radio promo
    •Andy Hardy trailer gallery with trailers from this and two other films in the series including Hardy Family Christmas promotional trailer and Life Begins for Andy Hardy

    In the Good Old Summertime

    Starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson, this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, set in a Chicago music store, finds a salesgirl (Garland) corresponding through a dating service with a man (Johnson) who turns out to be the manager she detests.

    In the Good Old Summertime DVD extra content features include:
    •New Introduction by Garland biographer John Fricke
    •Chicago Shorts
    oChicago the Beautiful (1948 MGM short)
    oNight Life in Chicago (1948 MGM short)

    •Theatrical trailers for this film, plus The Shop Around the Corner on which the film is based and You’ve Got Mail (the 1998 version with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan)

    Ziegfeld Girl

    James Stewart and Judy Garland head an all-star cast including Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Tony Martin and Jackie Cooper in this 1941 musical drama about the professional and romantic problems of three Ziegfeld chorus girls.

    Ziegfeld Girl DVD extra content features include:
    •New Introduction by Garland biographer John Fricke
    •A New Romance of Celluloid: We Must Have Music (1942 MGM short)
    •Melodies Old and New (1942 Our Gang short)
    •Audio Vault
    oToo Beautiful to Last Outtake (audio only)
    oWe Must Have Music Deleted Finale (audio only)
    •Theatrical Trailers of several Ziegfeld films including The Great Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Girl, and Ziegfeld Follies.
     
  2. Andrew Budgell

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    Let's just say I am estatic, which doesn't even begin to express how I feel! I can not wait, and will be there when the store opens to pick these up! I hope they come out in a great box set! They will look great along side the WIDESCREEN version of ICGOS. The countdown begins!

    Andy
     
  3. george kaplan

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    I'll be getting Meet Me In St. Louis and In the Good Old Summertime. Here's hoping Easter Parade makes it before too long.
     
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    omg....well, I'm getting at least 3 of those.

    Unbelievable.
     
  5. Brook K

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    Great package for Meet Me In St. Louis. Warner continues their great, great catalogue work. I'll also probably pick up For Me And My Gal.
     
  6. Jon Robertson

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    Meet Me in St Louis looks absolutely breathtaking. 'Tis mine.
     
  7. Derek_McL

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    Wonderful stuff particularly Meet Me In St Louis,being a big Garland fan I'll probably get all of these !
     
  8. Jeff_HR

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    Likewise with me, since these are the only two Garland films that interest me in that bunch. I'll be able to retire my LDs finally. [​IMG]
     
  9. Thomas T

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    I'll be picking up Meet Me In St. Louis, In The Good Old Summertime and Ziegfeld Girl for sure! I wish they would have released The Pirate and Summer Stock instead of For Me And My Gal and Love Finds Andy Hardy. Both are better Garland vehicles than Gal and Andy.
     
  10. Joe Caps

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    Great package and bunch of features.
    there is one goodie conspicusously missing.
    On twoother laserdisc releases, turner released a filmed outtake from In the Good Old Summertime - the song "Last Night When We Were Young."
    Sadly, this seems nowhere to be found on the new disc.
    Maybe its just not listed?
     
  11. Robert Crawford

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    Grant you that both might be better Garland vehicles, but I can understand why Warner is releasing "Love Finds Andy Hardy" due to the Rooney/Hardy series and having Lana Turner and Garland as love interest rivals to Rooney.





    Crawdaddy
     
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    Easter Parade is coming in 2005, and John Fricke is involved in the project, as well.
     
  13. Larry Sutliff

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    The MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS set sounds awesome!It's nice to see a studio do right by their classic titles(are you listening, MGM?).
     
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    OH YEAH!!!!PLEASED AS PUNCH!
    .....AND I AM STILL WISHING!!! BECAUSE..
    TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
     
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    I will be getting all of these [​IMG] and think For Me and My Gal is an excellent movie - one of my favorites.
     
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    wow what a fantastic presentation of Meet Me in St Louis

    This one is mine
     
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    Well, I guess I can wait 'til '05 to get Easter Parade. I know it takes a while to get these through the "pipeline" as they say. But I just turned 41 wednesday and I'm not getting any younger. I guess I can trust a fellow naptowner with this info, eh Scott?? [​IMG]

    Thanks for the heads up Roger. I'll probably get most if not all of those eventually. But initially I'll just get MMISL. There's lots of good stuff coming out this year and I can't buy them all. At least not all at once anyway.....
     
  18. Andrew Budgell

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    I love Easter Parade and can't wait until it's released on DVD. If Mr. Fricke is involved, it's sure to be top notch!

    Andy
     
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    What splendid news! This is further proof why Warner leaves most everyone else in the dust when it comes to classic films on DVD.

    The extras on MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS sound amazing, and really all of the releases seem to have been given a deluxe treatment. I'm particularly enthused to see that Warner engaged John Fricke (a truly respected Garland biographer/expert) to do commentaries. All these titles are must-buys for me!

    I also share Thomas T.'s enthusiasm for THE PIRATE and SUMMER STOCK, but assume that they will be given the appropriate lavish treatment to their Technicolor at some future date.

    However, I must also stand in support of FOR ME AND MY GAL, which was a box-office smash in its day, and contains really stellar work by Garland and Gene Kelly (in his impressive film debut). THE PIRATE, incidentally, was the only M-G-M Garland film to have lost money at the box-office. Fortunately, it has gained somewhat of a cult following in the intervening years, and I'm sure it will eventually make for a luscious DVD.

    Meanwhile, I can't wait until April so that I may once and for all retire my laserdiscs of these titles...
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    The specs for Meet me In St Louis have basically excelled all expectations I have ever had for it on DVD over the past few years. I'm absolutely thrilled!

    Dan (UK)
     

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