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Easter Parade [VHS]

Judy Garland , Fred Astaire , Charles Walters    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 22 April 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CISX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Few American musicals come close to holding a torch anywhere near the delightful Easter Parade, a film that unites Judy Garland and Fred Astaire for the only time in their careers. Fortunately, both of them are in their usual magnetic form.

Easter Parade is the film that Astaire came out of retirement to make, telling the story of his character's split from his long-time dance partner, instead recruiting Garland's chorus girl. Accompanied by astoundingly good music from Irving Berlin, the test is on to see if Astaire's character can make Garland's a star. And while you may be familiar with the ending, the journey there is something really quite special.

It's lovely, then, that a film as delightful as this has been given such an impressive high definition release. The restoration work is excellent, and what was always a colourful and bright film looks quite brilliant. There's less that can be done with the mono soundtrack, but it's crystal clear and a delight to listen to. And then the package is rounded out with some intriguing supplements, including a rich commentary track, and an extensive modern documentary that charts the making of the film. There's some excellent archive material that's also been gathered today.

It's all a fitting monument for an upbeat, happy film, that's never looked better on a television set. A genuine, enduring classic. --Jon Foster

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Fred Astaire came out of retirement to star in this musical, playing one half of a dance team who is ditched by his partner. Deciding he can make a star out of anyone he wants, he chooses a lowly chorus girl (Judy Garland) as his new partner. Songs include `A Couple of Swells', `Stepping Out With My Baby' and `Shaking the Blues Away'. Also starring Ann Miller and Peter Lawford, with an appearance by a 2-year-old Liza Minelli.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, great restoration 20 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Presented in clear and crisp mono this Blu-ray allows you to see this great film as it originally looked back in 1948 - possibly better than it originally looked! A very good restoration of the only Garland & Astaire musical, flicker and scratch free. Originating in three strip Technicolor the film is inherently a little grainy. I'm glad to report the Blu-ray does not attempt to hide this and faithfully reproduces the film as accurately as possible.

A great addition to any collection, well worth getting.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treat worth waiting for 20 July 2005
Format:DVD
This DVD has restored a film from the MGM period of great musicals to its original state.Ive seen this film on many occaisions but never with such outstanding colour sound and clarity.Full marks!!!!
Also included is a commentary by John Fricke who gives you tons of information in a casual and not preaching manner.A must buy for all who apreciate the musicals of the Golden Age
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only pairing of Judy and Fred 6 Jun 2005
By Miguel M. Santos VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Easter Parade" is one of the most famous of the MGM musicals from the 1940s, combining for the only time the talents of two of the biggest stars in the genre: Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Astaire is Don Hewes, a ballroom dancer abandoned by his parter (Ann Miller), who decides to make a chorus girl (Garland) into his new partner. What follows is a funny and romantic musical with some very good Irving Berlin songs.
This is definitely one of Garland's best films, and shows how good a comedienne and a singer she was - her timing during the scene where she dances with Astaire imitating Miller is a gem. I am not a very big fan of Astaire or his style of musical, but his numbers are quite good.
The DVD presents the newly restored copy along with an audio commentary, a making-of which is focused mostly in the songs, a Judy Garland trailer collection and outtakes for a deleted number, similar to Judy did later with "Get Happy" in "Summer stock".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Easter parade is an excellent film of its era. The plot is constructed cleverly to ensure that your interest is maintained throughout, no doubt to keep you guessing! The dance scenes are choreographed with skill and executed with the brilliance one has come to expect of a Fred Astaire performance. Judy Garland has a role which demands both a cheerful and sombre acting ability and this film is successful in displaying this talent. There is a wonderful moment with the restaurant waiter which creates a lovely humour to the film and gives it an overall well balanced approach to effecting your emotions and ultimately succeeds in leaving you feeling uplifted. I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class 5 Mar 2013
By Janice
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My favourite Judy Garland film. What a great entertainer she was and you will never see the like of her again ever!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred and Judy - who could ask for anything more? 8 April 2008
By still searching TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film is a joy from start to finish and, as has been mentioned elsewhere, the colour and sound reproduction on the DVD are excellent. On this `special edition' there is also an interesting extra in the making of documentary - Easter Parade: On the Avenue - in which you get to learn interesting little snippets such as the fact that Anne Miller had to dance her numbers in a surgical corset due to the fact that, shortly prior to shooting the film, her husband had pushed her down the stairs and broken her back! Also, some might not have known that, but for a similar, though not quite so severe injury, Gene Kelly might have been playing the lead. The aspect ratio also means that you get the full screen image rather than it being cut down.

There is so much to enjoy in this, yet another variation on a theme of pygmalion: not least, of course, We're a Couple of Swells, in which Judy had to persuade Fred to `dust on' and go very much against the normally suave, sophisticated and elegant grain! It is in this number that she seems almost always to be teetering on the edge of going overboard but just, somehow manages the restraint necessary to achieve a superb piece of vaudevillian pastiche. And then there is Fred's `Steppin' Out With My Baby', in which he ends the number by dancing in slow motion against a backdrop chorus dancing in real time: sheer brilliance.

In an era in which we are often served up garbage and expected to accord it the status of entertainment; of reality TV and Hello magazine and, seemingly, commonplace `mega stars' it isn't often that we get to witness and appreciate true and sublime genius on show.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming musical! 11 Sep 2002
By Irena
Format:VHS Tape
This is a charming musical, one of the best Fred Astaire's
films with delightful songs written by Irving Berling.
Fred Astaire plays a famous dancer(as usually) who is betrayed by
his beloved partner.He decides to make the first chorus
girl he sees(Gudy Garland) his next partner - an act of revenge.
This is of course only beginning of the story.
Astaire and Garland perform many unforgettable dances and songs,
the story is funny and just enough complicated and psychological for musical,supporting actors are also great.
An interesting fact is that Fred Astaire played this part instead of Gene Kelly
because Kelly injured his leg a few days before beginning of the production.
Actually this film was Astaire's comeback after his retirement in 1946.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easter Parade [1948] [Blu-ray] [US Import] 16 July 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Easter Parade [1948] [Blu-ray] [US Import] ONE OF MGM’S BRIGHTEST, CHEERIEST MUSICALS! PLUS THE UPLIFTING IRVIN BERLIN SCORE IS FIRST RATE!

Strolling along 5th Avenue or going with a couple of bums with A Couple of Swells. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire lead a parade of music [17 Irvin Berlin tunes and an Academy Award® winning adaption score arranged by Johnny Green and Roger Edens] and gotta-dance fun [including Fred Astaire’s Drum Crazy] in this never-ending delight and co-starring Ann Miller [performing a knockout Shakin’ the Blues Away] and Peter Lawford [gamely crooning The Fella with the Umbrella] with Judy garland. Don’t let this colourful Easter parade pass you by!

FILM FACTS: The film won the 1948 Academy Award® for Best Original Music Score. The writers of the film also received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical.

Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Clinton Sundberg and Jimmy Bates

Director: Charles Walters

Producer: Arthur Freed

Screenwriters: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich and Sidney Sheldon

Composers: Irving Berlin, Johnny Green and Roger Edens

Cinematography: Harry Stradling Sr.

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

Audio: English: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, German: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono and Portuguese: 1.
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Just brilliant .
Published 7 days ago by Peter Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything with Judy Garland in is always great and this film is no exception.
Published 17 days ago by J. I. White
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite film
my favourite film ever.
Published 24 days ago by bubblesarah
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Published 1 month ago by AM
5.0 out of 5 stars Easter parade
Thankyou works as good as new thanks good musical film enjoyed it very much quick delivery just as expected thanks
Published 1 month ago by LORRAINE RICHARDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite
A present for a musical fan, who adored them!
Travelling to the UK will keep them entertained on those cold winter nights.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn McLaughlin-Burton
4.0 out of 5 stars A classy classic
Was so excited to receive this DVD as I'm such a fan of the old golden greats and it didn't let me down.
Published 1 month ago by lindylou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical film
Really enjoy this film, watched many times before, and the performances are great. Its Nice to have in my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Brian Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Easter treat watching Easter Parade
It gave myself and my friends great pleasure the quality of the DVD is first class, its lovely to be able to enjoy a musical from the 1940 era.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in Blu Ray
I bought this movie in Blu Ray because of many reviews saying it was a wonderful transfer. They were absolutely right.

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