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Easter Parade [VHS]

Judy Garland , Fred Astaire , Charles Walters    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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Product details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • Format: VHS
  • 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 (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CISX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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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
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
"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
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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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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
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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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Garland's biggest money-maker for MGM and one of her greatest performances comes in the lovely musical 'Easter Parade'.

The storyline focuses on a Broadway dance star (Astaire) who has to find a dance partner to replace his former partner Ann Miller who's left him to join the Ziegfeld Follies. He just happens to stumble upon Judy Garland and from the then on the result is pure musical entertainment!

With a vast array of some old + some new Irving Berlin hit tunes in the score, it guarrantees a brilliant film in all aspects.

So get onto 5th Avenue + join the Easter Parade!
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