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An American In Paris [Blu-ray] [1951] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar. 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6UHAF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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American G.I. Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become a painter. There he falls in love with Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron), only to discover that she is engaged to his friend Henri Baurel (Georges Guetary). With music and songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Embraceable You', the film went on to win six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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An American In Paris has always been a feature that looks glorious on the biggest screen possible. However, as a second best to seeing it on a cinema screen, this Blu-ray release is a rather good consolation. The film stars, of course, Gene Kelly, here playing a GI who remains in the French capital once the Second World War is over, wanting to be an artist. But love is in the air, in this case with Leslie Caron's Lise, although as it turns out, she's otherwise engaged.

It's an astounding production, even if its narrative does seem slightly frayed around the edges now. An American In Paris not only boasts world class song and dance sequences, but there's also George and Ira Gershwin's sumptuous songwriting to enjoy, with the peerless 'I Got Rhythm' one of the many highlights. And there's Gene Kelly, a genuine Hollywood great in indomitable form. His performance in this film has been enjoyed for many decades, and will be for many more to come.

The benefits of the high definition upgrade, in the first instance, are twofold. Firstly, the clarity of the picture is quite superb, and there's a real improvement on the early DVD release. Secondly, the audio, while hardly home cinema reference material, is also crystal clear, and a treat for the ears.

The Blu-ray is also rounded out with some interesting and worthwhile supplements, including a diverting audio commentary, and a look behind the scenes of the making of the film. It's a smashing package, for a film that very much deserves it. Recommended. --Jon Foster

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Format: DVD
Jerry Mulligan is a struggling American artist in Paris, he gets coveted by a rich heiress who can help his struggling career. However, a visit to a night club and a meeting with a delicate young, but spoken for, French girl, leads him into a battle with himself.

Winner of seven Academy Awards, An American In Paris is of course a delightful and breezy picture from the MGM vault. Said to be the personal favourite movie of Gene Kelly, it boasts wonderful tunes from George & Ira Gershwin, brilliant art direction from Cedric Gibbons, vivid Technicolor that fills the eyes, and quite stunning choreography from Gene Kelly. The film, all told, is high on production value and entertaining enough from start to finish. Yet the film's plot is showing definite age problems now, and it also lacks the ode to joy sense of purpose that, for example, Singing In The Rain has. I also feel it's a missed opportunity to actually film the picture entirely on location in Paris instead of on the MGM lot, because a bit of earthy core feels missing from the unfolding story. Leslie Caron as the love rival to the smokingly hot older woman played by Nina Foch, is majestic dance wise, but acting she's very staid, and this too is an irritation.

However, I still adore this film very much, just not as much as Gene and the Academy did, apparently! Come the grand finale it's hard to be too critical when so much energy and deftness of feet has been constructed for our entertainment. With such a production it's suffice to say that now, with all the technological advances made in home entertainment, An American in Paris is an High Definition essential. 7/10
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Dukes on 12 July 2009
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I already had a copy of An American in Paris on DVD but without the extras included with this edition. So was I pleased with the extras? Yes, I think it brings out more aspects of Kelly's character which are often hidden - he must have been very difficult to work with part of the time. Stanley Donen's views on "It's Always Fair Weather" emphasises that aspect of Kelly. Turning to the film; it is difficult to disagree with Saul Chaplin on his troubles about re-arranging Gershwin's "American in Paris" suite to suit the film's ballet but surely he exaggerates? Overall, I think it is a great film and worthy of the Awards and Accolades it received. Leslie Caron makes a fine, enticing début in films and if Georges Guetary's voice grates sometimes, it is now difficult to think of anyone else in the part. So what about Kelly's choreography and dancing; surely this is a real pinnacle in his career and has been said we are lucky that he, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Vera-Ellen, the incomparable Judy Garland, Michael Kidd, Howard Keel, etc. were around with Arthur Freed, Jack Cummings, Stanley Donen, Charles Walters, Vincente Minnelli, Roger Edens, Conrad Salinger and Saul Chaplin when MGM had the money to make so many glorious, timeless musicals
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2000
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This was Leslie Caron's screen debut and she clearly benefits from Gene Kelly's guiding hand in the film. It's typical of the great Kelly musicals, with some inventive musical numbers and a colourful dance-fest near the end. An American in Paris is not quite as bright and smiley or as funny as Singing in the Rain, but it's entertaining viewing nevertheless, with a bittersweet storyline enhanced by George Gershwin's fantastic music. A particular favourite number of mine is "I Got Rhythm" - Kelly's genuine rapport with the kids as he teaches them English words is pure magic. Definitely worth buying (when's the DVD out?).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Welford on 10 Jun. 2009
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An American in Paris Blu-ray by David Welford

This at present is an American only release, but the good news is that it is region free. I purchased mine through Amazon/Caiman (£15 approx) and it arrived posted in the UK in six days from ordering. This disc have been given Warner's Ultra-Resolution restoration process with a crystal clear 1.33:1 VC-1 encode from the Technicolor original, that produces a beautiful image on the screen, with appealing saturated colours, with a depth and clarity that is at times almost three dimensional. The flesh tones are a bit on the red side, but I found overall the slight pastel painting appearance of the film appears like you feel a film of this period should look like. The soundtrack is mono, a restored DD mix which sounded clear and good on my system. I am sure you are all familiar with the plot, is very lightweight. Many critics have commented that is not one of the greatest of the MGM musicals and the ballet finale is overlong, but this sequence in this Blu-ray version is to me like an artistic masterpiece come to life. What of course half a century on makes the film a lot more interesting is the backcloth of the streets of Paris in the 1950's.

On this single disc there are plenty of excellent very enjoyable extras, mostly featuring Gene Kelly such as `Anatomy of a Dancer' (90mins), which focuses on, his career, and his undoubted contributions to the film world. I particularly liked `Paris on Parade' (9min) a vintage colour segment from FitzPatrick Traveltalks that focuses on the 1937 Paris exhibition.

These extras were not on the original DVD release, which I have and it does not stand up very well when compared to this release.
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