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The Band Wagon -2-Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1953]

Fred Astaire , Cyd Charisse , Vincente Minnelli    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Ava Gardner
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006YW6L3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


SPECIAL 2-DISC LIMITED EDITION! Brand New & Factory Sealed. Region 2 PAL (UK & Europe) > > > > > Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire), a famous singer/dancer movie star, is feeling washed up and old hat (old top hat, tie and tails to be exact). The reporters are out for Ava Gardner, not him. But his old friends Lily and Les Martin have an idea for a funny little Broadway show and he agrees to do it. However, things begin go awry when bigshot "artistic" Director Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan) joins the production, proclaims it a modernistic Faust, and insists on hiring a prima ballerina Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse) to star opposite Tony. It's hate at first sight, and her jealous choreographer isn't helping to ease the tension. The show is doomed by pretentiousness. Yet budding romance, a "let's put on a show" epiphany, and a triumphant opening are all waiting in the wings. After all, as the film's hallmark song says - "That's Entertainment!"... Directed by the legendary Vincente Minnelli and starring the incomparable duo Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse "The Band Wagon" remains one of the greatest shows from the golden age of Hollywood musicals...

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Fred Astaire 13 Nov 2005
Hey, you're 54 and you have to dance round the screen! WOW Could this guy dance or not? Astaire was the very best exponent of screen dancing (sorry Kelly fans) and this is his best film by a long chalk. Cyd Charisse is, well, fantastic. Beautiful, elegant, and a great partner. Different, very different, from Ginger but then the dancing is different proving that Fred did move with the times. There isnt a bad song in the show nor a bad dance. It is quite simply, along with Silk Stockings, the best of Astaire.
If you like good music, good dancing, a happy ending, and a 'put on a show' story, then this will do.
Buy it, buy it now and enjoy!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the ride! 1 Mar 2009
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The Band Wagon is an old-fashioned Hollywood musical. Sadly, they don't make them like this any more. It's worth the money just for Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan's duet "I guess I'll have to change my plan". It's all great fun.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total escapism 25 July 2009
For some reason I never saw this film until an advanced age, though I was familiar with all the b/w Astaire films of the 30s, and other musicals of the 50s (Singin' in the...well you get the picture). For some reason I thought this one might be a bit limp and hammy, but it's absolutely terrific. Astaire dances as well as ever, all the numbers are great and surely Cyd C. is one of the most desirable women ever invented. And a special word for Jack Buchanan, whom I had never seen properly in action. My Mother always said how great he was, and here he is in action, a consummate if rather camp actor giving a great performance. And the design! America (well, Hollywood anyway) in the 50's in all its opulent glory. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's entertainment! 16 May 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Band Wagon was one of those films I'd always managed to miss but which turned out to be a lot of fun. There are minor flaws - Cyd Charisse is unflatteringly shot for much of the picture and is nobody's idea of a prima ballerina, Oscar Levant is clearly well lubricated and sadly well past his prime, while there are quite a few technical fluffs, be it the shadow of the camera making yet another appearance or the stagehand strolling casually across the background in the Louisiana Hayride number, and the Girl Hunt ballet finale goes on far too long as per many post-American in Paris MGM musicals - but Comden and Green's script is so sharp and the numbers so good that none of that really matters. Great fun, and glorious Technicolor too - and the extras package on the two-disc set is particularly impressive: a deleted musical number Two Faced Woman and unused dailies, documentaries about the making of the film and Vincente Minnelli (with daughter Liza and Michael Feinstein providing an audio commentary on the feature), a musical short Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet, and a slew of Astaire trailers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Band Wagon"; THAT'S Entertainment! 22 Mar 2013
By NormaE
Dating from 1953, "The Band Wagon" stands as one of the finest productions from that purple patch of great MGM musicals. The story revolves around a jaded Hollywood star (the far from jaded Fred Astaire!) who returns to Broadway in the hope that a new musical written by his former collaborators (played in great style by Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray) will relaunch his fading career. Unfortunately, the trouble (and the fun!) starts when the project is hijacked by the pretensions of a egomanic director (Jack Buchanan)...
For fans of screen musicals, "The Band Wagon" ticks all the boxes. It's got a sharp, witty script, a super set of songs from Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwarz, excellent performances from the cast (inc Cyd Charisse, a rather limited actress, but a first rate dance partner for Astaire), and excellent, imaginative choreography. Most of all, however, it has the peerless singing and dancing of the legendary Astaire, by now in his 50s, but still displaying all that effortless elegance and charm that was his so much his trademark.
Now 60 years old, "The Band Wagon" may be deemed vintage, but that is purely in terms of age; in terms of style and appeal, it remains a timeless treasure. As the film's trademark song puts it, "That's Entertainment!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the magic of Astaire and Charisse together, 17 Jun 2012
The Band Wagon
-Get Aboard!

Fading movie musical star Tony Hunter, down and out in Hollywood, decides to try his luck on the Broadway stage. Unfortunately, the simple hoofer discovers that a pretentious director has control of the project, and that instead of good humor, happy songs and a tapping chorus line, there'll be lengthy speeches, heavy drama and lots of deep soul-searching. Even worse, Tony's expected to dance with a classical ballerina!
Thanks to the massive egos of everyone involved, the play, to no one's surprise, lays an egg. But now Tony takes charge, and he's out to prove the show must go on - his way!
Some of the amazing Astaire dance numbers include "Triplets," "Girl Hunt," "Dancing in the Dark" and "That's Entertainment."
What a show! This is unquestionably the last of the great line of MGM and one of the last Hollywood musicals . the finest hour of Fred Astaire also the utterly wonderful Cyd Charisse comes into her this most sophisticated musical ever made the scene in the ballet in which she appears on a bar stool and slips off her coat to reveal a dramatic red dress oozes with as much sex appeal.
This was a very smart musical comedy of the 50s, an era when New York adults still set pop trends there is Not a dull spot in the entire movie and tremendous style in Minnelli's direction.,After almost 60 years, The Band Wagon, like the MGM musicals before it, rings beautifully. A great cast, fine musical numbers, and a song that says it all...THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! And almost 60 years, it still is. it does it so brilliantly, thanks to the crackling top script.
it is One of MGM's best musical efforts one thing left to say?
When there's a shine on your shoes, there's a melody in your heart..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syd Charisse is something special in this film
I bought this film after looking at a BBC documentary on Darcy Bussell doing a Fred Astaire number.They played a clip of Fred and Syd sinuously dancing in a night club- it was the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruby Rocket
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as complete an edition as I hoped
I had bought this 2-DVD set mainly for the out-takes from the film but to my disappointment they weren't there. And there was no accompanying booklet either.
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic
The film is brilliant - tuneful, amusing with outstanding dance numbers. This 2 disc set is also excellent with some interesting support recordings
Published 6 months ago by Blobsie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film and DVD
It is one of my favourite musicals, and I was really happy with this 2 disc DVD copy of it
Published 17 months ago by Jackson Booth-Millard
5.0 out of 5 stars That's certainly Entertainment
I fail to understand why reviewers are producing rave notices about the wrong movie. The film is 'Bandwagon', not 'Singin' in the rain'. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lycidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Band Wagon
Band wagon just great ;love the whole thing why does nobody make great musicals anymore jusy cant get enough splendid
Published 17 months ago by Kenneth R Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars That's entertainment
One of the most awesome, spectaculair Technicolor movies ever.
A musical in a musical becoming a big inspiration for the clips, dances and movements of the late Mikael... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ewout Franse
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This is a wonderful film throughly enjoyed watching this film colour is vibrant picture quallity is great. I would reccomend this as a joyful family film.
Published on 3 July 2012 by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars band wagon
I was interested to see Fred Astaire perform as I had never seen any of his films. Darcy Bussell started me off at Christmas with her show about his dancing. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Gray Mage
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Wagon.
The Band Wagon is directed by Vincente Minnelli and written by Alan Jay Lerner, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Songs are written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by Spike Owen
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