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It's Always Fair Weather [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bill Thompson , Gene Kelly , Gene Kelly , Joseph Barbera    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Bill Thompson, Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray
  • Directors: Gene Kelly, Joseph Barbera, Michael Lah, Stanley Donen, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBD9RG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you like superior dancing, It's Always Fair Weather is worth watching and, perhaps, worth owning. Some people say that its relative failure with the public is because the story was too cynical. I think it's more than that. There is a sourness and self-pity about the film that is exemplified by Gene Kelly's performance. He plays Ted Reilly, a small-time New York boxing promoter and gambler who, after World War II, never achieved the success he and his two buddies expected of him. The movie is about the three of them, bonded "forever" in friendship by their experiences in the war who agree to meet ten years later. But Ted has become a failure. Aspiring painter Doug Halloran (Dan Dailey) has become a successful but snobbish ad executive. Angie Valentine (Michael Kidd) has remained a small-town hick who owns a diner and embarrasses the other two. Within 15 minutes of their reunion at Tim's Bar & Grill they're uncomfortable together. Within an hour they heartily detest each other.

The premise of the film has great potential. The opening sequences are exuberant and stylish, with a terrific three-man dance routine. The ending has genuine poignance and satisfaction, showing that people can learn from each other and reestablish themselves as friends. But the in-between, for me, is a long slog redeemed by the dancing. Kelly, Dailey and Kidd were outstanding dancers; they do some great work together and individually in the film. Keep an eye out for:

--The Binge Dance. The three of them, just discharged, get drunk and start a raucous dance that takes them into the streets of New York, in and out of a taxi and, spectacularly, with their left feet stuck on trash can lids. It's loud, funny and something only three skilled professionals could have pulled off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
I love the film, the dancing is excellent especially in the roller skate scene & bin lid - I wonder where Stomp got their ideas from??
Just a little bit miffed I had to pay extra for region 1 dvd from US & thankfully it does play but the quality is not too good even played on multiregion player, why can't it be available as a region 2 dvd?
Before buying from an independent seller online, I searched for ages for this as a region 2 & finally asked in Borders & HMV and both said they didn't have it and sorry can't get it either, HMV went a little bit further and spent a while checking on their system entering both title & gene kelly and told me that this film is not showing up on their system and so it cannot be available as a region 2 dvd but may be available on other regions.
So please be careful if considering purchasing this dvd online from a seller who says it is a genuine region 2 release from Warner as I nearly did (thankfully the transaction was cancelled & seller removed before it could be sent), as I very much doubt it is genuine.
Please Warner, can't you release this film as region 2 as other Gene Kelly films have been?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Its Reputation 22 Sep 2010
At last, It's Always Fair Weather is available in proper widescreen in a beautifully remastered DVD. It was worth waiting for. I've always had a lot of affection for this under-rated MGM musical. While recognising its faults, there is quite a lot to recommend this end-of-an-era production from the great Arthur Freed MGM musical unit.

By all accounts, making the film was not a happy experience for most of the participants and some of this tension shows. But, given the fairly cynical premise of the storyline, this does not always work against the finished product. It is certainly different from the frothy concoctions of An American In Paris and Singin' In The Rain, but being different is never necessarily a bad thing. And the film seems to capture the changing mood of the times when musicals were quickly falling out of favour and television was just beginning to be a major presence in everyone's lives.

This is a Gene Kelly film and everyone else is strictly support. Being a huge Gene Kelly fan, this is not a problem for me. But even in supporting roles, the rest of the cast is pretty impressive. Cyd Charisse was seldom more gorgeous or slinky but she gets a good run for her money by the incredible Delores Gray who is both comic and sexy. Kelly has two dancing partners who have no trouble keeping up with him - tall, lanky and immensely likeable Dan Dailey and short, intense and extremely talented Michael Kidd. The numbers where the three of them dance together - particularly the famous dustbin lid routine - are among the best performances by male dancers in an MGM musical. Cyd Charisse gets a fabulous solo in a boxers' gym. But, like everyone else, I really regret the lack of a Kelly/Charisse dance duet. There was really no need for that omission.
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