Yes, there are scratches and flaws, but on the other hand, there don't seem much, if any, digital artifacts or jagged edges. Some scenes, like the ones from High Society, look great. It's simply impossible to take most of these over-the-top scenes seriously, especially the Esther Williams movies, which may have been the gaudiest material ever recorded on film. The Complete Collection is an amazing set that should be in everyones movie library. You'll see scenes from around the studio and the back lot, which was demolished and sold for housing immediately after this film was made. You don't have to be a showbiz junkie to appreciate them.
If you really enjoy the films, go ahead, just don't be expecting to be wowed in any way. I have to think that Gene Kelly might have inspired the original idea, as he sometimes put on a clip show of his own work, which I saw at the Academy when it was in a bitty theater on Melrose back in 1972. Unlike other genres, a bad musical could hide a musical number of great quality. Picture a bunch of actors and actresses being introduced and then eating lunch, with no dialogue recorded other than a few snippets of the studio chief's speech. The range of faces is thrilling - besides the many greats paying homage to big boss Mayer, there are a number of fresh faces like Janet Leigh and Claude Jarman Jr.
Astaire makes it look deceptively easy. All that can be said is that few things are less consequential than a documentary about a press-kit documentary. And if you are a fan of those classics, you're better off getting them individually. This results in part of the top and bottom of the picture being cut off. The film highlights the early dance extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley to performances by John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever and Michael Jackson and the popular 1980's dance films Fame 1980 and Flashdance 1983. He does so anyway and purposely gums up the entrance lineup.
The Masters Behind the Musical includes interviews with stars conducted on the night of the premiere of the first film, along with a brief look at how producers chose the excerpts for That's Entertainment and filmed its narrative pieces. I have been a movie goer for many, many years. Synopsis: A musical retrospective that looks back at the history of dancing in film. The audience went nuts, to put it politely. Who knew Ukelele Ike, Jimmy Durante, and Judy Garland gave their renditions before Gene Kelly ever picked up an umbrella? Mayer has his last hurrah, addressing the crowd from a dais filled with executives who look like they wish some eager Brutus would stand up and start stabbing. That's Entertainment, Part 2 Synopsis: continues the dazzling tradition of That's Entertainment!. The cover art and liner notes are included.
The Complete Collection rates: Movies: Very good Video: Excellent Sound: Excellent Supplements: Stupendous! I love the old Hollywood musicals and this trilogy is non stop entertainment bringing back many memories. Ageless entertainment with irreplaceable talented stars. The price may be the seller's own price elsewhere or another seller's price. Some stars cooperate and others don't, and we're given the full set of takes that's usually only excerpted in docus like When the Lion Roared. Since seeing That's Entertainment, I've watched more movie musicals than I can count. I also don't like the fact that the blu-ray appears to be struck from a theatrical print, so in some scenes the picture is expanded, and thus cropped, from the original composition.
Kelly - whose athletic approach was the opposite of Astaire's gliding style -- seems to have boundless energy. Louis would do the rest. Taking up where the other one left off, presenting fabulous sequences from movie musicals and highlighting such non-singing stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers. Some people like to skim the cream off the top. Given the constraints, the sound on the documentaries themselves is about as good as it's going to get.
Although not always credited, the initial creative force behind the That's Entertainment! Score: 5 of 10 Audio and Languages The box says there's a 5. They're similar to the same kind of information tidbits that he offers in his jobs as the host of Turner Classic Movies on cable. Minimal wear on the exterior of item. It was the first time I saw pieces of pictures like The Pirate or the dynamic Slaughter on Tenth Avenue number from Words and Music. That's Entertainment, part 2 was the inevitable followup. Released in 1974, That's Entertainment was shot on the M-G-M now Sony lot in Culver City, California much of which still looks the same today! There is also a full selection of outtake musical numbers, some found intact and others pieced together from dailies and rehearsal tracks. I helped Peter now an accomplished editor himself put some of those together.
In many cases, producers probably were limited in what they could do - stuff from the 1920s and '30s looks like, well, stuff from the '20s and '30s. Without context, a first-time viewer could be forgiven for thinking that the video was hardly touched at all. The video game instructions and box are included. Every minute of the three That's Entertainment films that make up the screams for love and adoration. And the topics discussed are fairly candid, with one big producer being described as courting safe mediocrity. The only real venue for these pictures were bleary 1970s color television broadcasts that chopped them up and whittled them down. The film highlights the early dance extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley to performances by John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever and Michael Jackson and the popular 1980's dance films Fame 1980 and Flashdance 1983.
Three of the lost scenes featured Judy Garland. The dynamite production numbers from titles like Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris and Meet Me in St. Thanks, and enjoy this great That's Entertainment boxed set. In this third instalment, Friedgen and Sheridan assembled a clip selection along archival lines instead of featuring showstopping numbers exclusively. But while there was no Star Wars-style clean-up job, the transfer of the original documentaries starts to look pretty good once you get into the extras on the fourth disc. Carroll Naish and Thomas Gomez filming Force of Evil, perhaps? This set includes English and French subtitles. Even Sinatra flashes a few moves, although ill-advised - it makes the supposedly tough ol' Blue Eyes seem a bit poofy.
Watching this movie made me get interested in the genre of movie musicals. Not all of these pictures are Singin' in the Rain or The Band Wagon, but even the average Esther Williams picture usually had at least one socko dance number or splashy aqua pageant. Score: 4 of 10 Video Each film has a widescreen and fullscreen version, with the latter on the other side of the disc. The original 1974 That's Entertainment! On ther other hand, there is something to be said for watching a 76-year-old Astaire introduce a segment by dancing with more flair and style than youngsters a third his age. Many of the classic musicals are remarkably uplifting. Very Good: An item that is used but still in very good condition.