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Cabin in the Sky [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ethel Waters , Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson , Busby Berkeley , Vincente Minnelli    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram
  • Directors: Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Joseph Schrank, Lynn Root, Marc Connelly
  • Producers: Albert Lewis, Arthur Freed, Pete Smith
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNTMAA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first film directed by Vincente Minnelli (who directed the original Broadway version), this musical offers its pleasures but also may make you squirm at the racial stereotypes that were considered both acceptable and entertaining in 1943. A story of the struggle between good and evil for the soul of a man named Little Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson), the film plays with the same kind of racial notions that made Stepin Fetchit a star. Still, there's much to recommend it, particularly performances by some of the greatest musical stars of the day: Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, among others. The film also includes a terrific score, a combination effort by Ellington, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke and E Y Harburg that includes the song "Taking a Chance on Love." --Marshall Fine

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOUR-DE-FORCE OF TALENT FROM AN AMAZING CAST 27 Aug 2005
Format:VHS Tape
In these enlightened times, a movie such as Cabin in the Sky - which is heavily laden with racial stereotypes - seems awkwardly out of place. However, before we all jump on the political correctness bandwagon, it's worth remembering that the movie was made during WW2, and that Civil Rights Movements were some 20 or so years in the future.
Much has been written about the plot, so I won't focus on that. I will say, however, that this movie is a tour-de-force of talent. It marked Vincente Minelli's directorial debut, and he did a fine job. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters all play their parts brilliantly. If there was any animosity between Lena and Ethel, it was probably down to the following fact: Ethel fought tooth and nail to climb the showbiz ladder, whereas Lena was the first African-American actress to be groomed specially for Hollywood. Ms Horne had specially designed gowns and mingled with the upper echelons of MGM. The moviemakers even created a special make up range for her in an effort to pass her off as an exotic Latin American belle. Lena refused to disrespect her race by denying her heritage.
Anyway, back to the film. It's Ethel Water's character, Petunia, that I warm to the most. She may have been downtrodden, and reduced to scrubbing floors. However, there's a down-to-earth warmth that radiates from her. Her rendition of "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" is superb. The late Waters was a remarkable, versatile performer, and it's a shame that she's not as well known among the masses as Lena.
As for Lena's Georgia Brown, she's nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. Ms Horne was something of a WW2 pin-up. She tempts the viewers (and the censors, no doubt!) with her sexy lingerie, and isn't shy to show off a good bit of thigh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars woderful 27 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
This great all black musical with a fantastic cast and great director and a great quality print
sit back and enjoy..a timeless classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 5 Mar 2014
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This DVD was fantastic! It's the first film ever directed by Minnelli, Judy Garland's husband and Lisa's father. Lorna Horn is fantastic and has a great voice!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first of Minelli in MGM 15 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
This is a film with a cast that is entirely composed of Afroamericans. I do not know the reason for this decision despite how much I've read about it. But this has absolutely no relevance. The fact is that it is a movie Minelli-Freed team that gave us the best musicals in the history of cinema. All participants in this film are stars. Ethel Waters, a really underrated singer, somewhat increased weight. Lena Horne, Ellington, Armstrong, MacQueen and, of course, Rochester, all are fine. On the plot others had commented. The copy looks great, good job of restoration. It is a milestone in the history of American musical film and should see it.

Esta es una película con un reparto que en su totalidad está compuesto por afroamericanos. No conozco la razón de esta decisión a pesar de lo mucho que he leído al respecto. Pero esto no tiene absolutamente ninguna importancia. El hecho es que es una película del equipo Minelli-Freed que nos dió los mejores musicales en la historia del cine. Todos los participantes de esta película son estrellas. Ethel Waters, una muy subvalorada cantante, algo aumentada de peso. Lena Horne, Ellington, Armstrong, MacQueen y, por supuesto, Rochester, todos están muy bien. Sobre la trama otros han comentado. La copia se ve muy bien, buen trabajo de restauración. Es un hito en la historia del cine musical americano y debe verla.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK ON ROCHESTER! 19 Sep 2013
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EXCELLENT VINTAGE ALL BLACK MUSICAL. ETHEL WATERS BRILLIANT VOICE. EDDIE(ROCHESTER) ANDERSON NOT BRILLIANT SINGER BUT HE CARRIES HIS ROLE SUPERBLY. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS FILM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic 24 July 2013
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I remembered seeing this film a long time ago and worried that it might not live up to expectations but it went way beyond them. There is a note at the beginning of the film about the presentation of racial stereotypes which puts forward the view that to alter the film now would be to deny that such prejudices did not exist. It would indeed be a pity if that puts people off watching this film. If you love musicals, there is a vast array of talent on screen - from the always sublime Ethel Waters to the unexpected pleasure of John William Sublett distinctive dancing. This film is packed with stand out songs and terrific perfomances all round. A rare treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cabin in the Sky - DVD 18 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent production of a classic music film. While the story might seem a little quaint today there can be no doubt that it was well inteneded at the time. The musical performances are first calss
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good 'un 15 July 2010
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Thank god we've (hopefully) come along way since this movie was made.the awful stereotyping that was the norm in those days makes you wonder whether you should watch it or not. Watch it and after a while you can laugh WITH the actors at the crassness of the way they are expected to portray their race,then you can relax and just take in the incredible talent thats on show here.lene horne,ethel waters,louis armstrong,duke ellington and all directed by vincente minnelli!a goody with a few ,understandable,reservations.nb although this is a zone 1 if you dont have a multi regional player there ARE sites on the internet that show you how to convert very easily.funnily enough the cheaper the dvd player the easier to do
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cabin in the Sky DVD
Another unplayable DVD even though my Panasonic machine will play NTSC discs, it could not play this one.
A complete waste of money
Published 25 days ago by davedee
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect !
Very well sent ! I even had the pleasure to have a postard from where the DVD was sent !
Thanks !
Published 1 month ago by Misha
4.0 out of 5 stars All cast Afro American movie
Really enjoy this movie and the fact the the movie was cast with all afro Americans. Is a bonus. It's a treat to watch
Published 3 months ago by Makeda
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre film
I tried watching this film perhaps half a dozen times but have never got further than about 30 minutes, so still have'nt saw film to the end.
Published 14 months ago by stephen jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
I love this film, but, Too bad ! Just in english ! my english is not good enough that I understand everything .
Published 16 months ago by C. Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Black Brilliance!
If you love comedy musicals, this is definitely one to catch. Exceptional acting, wonderful settings, and good old southern music, make this movie a must have. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jacoby
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, very different
Was not sure when bought this, turned out very interesting, very different from what I expected. Had hoped it would contain Ethel Waters singing "am I blue". Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Cabin in the sky film
This is a great film and is as good as the day it was first made ..I cant understand why LOVEFILMS could not source it ..I found it and purchased it , no problem.. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by joe
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