|Easter Parade (Two Disc Special Edition), New DVD, Doris Kemper, Helene Heigh, R|
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|Easter Parade (DVD, 2005, 2-Disc Set, Special Edition) (DVD, 2005)|
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Fred Astaire is probably the greatest dancer ever. Judy Garland was known as the best talent in Hollywood--and is seen here emerging as the great singer. Vincente Minelli was the greatest director of color musicals. And Anne Miller was the best female tap dancer after Eleanor Powell. When Irving Berlin is writing the score and MGM is producing, you have all the ingredients of a great musical.
The highlight is Judy and Fred as tramps in the "Couple of Swells" number. Judy outdoes Fred in this number with her brilliant comic mime.Probably the only time Fred has ever been upstaged by his dancing partner. She later adopted this routine in her concert and TV performances. The other highlight--for Garland fans--is the Mr Monotony solo number by Judy, which was an unfortunate cut. This shows a slim Judy in sexy black tights and a Sinatra style hat--singing as only she could. She later performed "Get Happy" in the same outfit with a male chorus in the movie Summer Stock. The latter was one of her favorites--and one of mine.
The DVD digitalized video is excellent, especially when watched on a blu ray player, which upgrades the picture to HD quality. Just like watching it in a movie theater. The extras are lengthy--including an American Masters TV tape of Garland's life, a documentary on the making of the film hosted by Liza Minnelli and the Mr Monotony outtake.
Watch the sets in the song and dance numbers. The color and the artwork. Minelli's trademark in his musicals.
A typical MGM Blockbuster Musical. Fred Astaire came out of retirement to work with Judy Garland. A love quadrangle is a dandy subplot in this movie about a Vaudeville adagio dancer who is in need of a new partner after his glamourous parter goes solo. Astaire picks Garland because she can belt a song and has alot of heart, but he is trying to make a sow's ear into a glam-queen and it don't play! Of course all turns out right in the end. Irving Berlin wrote the music; Fred Astaire and Judy Garland were a couple of his favorite musical performers. Fred, because Berlin says He always sings my songs the way I wrote them and Garland because She can sing my songs better than anyone else. Great dancing and singing and the classic -Walk Up the Avenue- baggy pants routine that became a Garland trademark--Buy it and Watch it. We won't blow your cool image by telling anyone you love this wonderful musical !!!
I love judy garland & fred astaire. This is a classic film and should be seen by the next generation. And will be! Sent it to my niece who can't wait to watch it! it's one of garland's best films. has it all--singing, fashion, dancing and romance! nothing to skip over! can't get bored by it! definately worth buying!
One of MGM's finest among many others. Judy Garland was great a Dorthy from the Wizard Of Oz but it doesn't stop they're she grew to be one of the finest entertainers in the world in spite of her many ups and downs. The story is sweet, funny and entertaining it takes place in New York around 1912 on Easter Sunday and Fred Astaire lost his dance partner and, well you'll have to see it for your self. You won't be disappointed trust me.
I bought the DVD to show the movie to my grandgirls who had never seen it. They were delighted. The DVD was new in its wrapper and excellent quality. To anyone who hasn't seen it it is one of the best musicals ever made -a wonderful old movie that's been remade in newer form without losing any of its old charm. There are no problems with it. I am delighted with it.