Virtually everyone will have seen "That's Entertainment" Part One made in 1974 and has appeared regularly on TV over the years, but the other two parts have passed at least this viewer by.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT 1 (1974) - Set the standard with great set pieces from the incomparable MGM musicals introduced by a series of greats, Sinatra, Astaire, Rooney, O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, etc. Introductions often set in the crumbling back lot of MGM which was demolished for property development immediately following filming.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT II (1976) - This time all the introductions are by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley including some extended scenes between them and dance routines. This part does not work as well for me as Part 1, concentrating rather too much on Kelly and Astaire musicals, but even so there is a great deal to enjoy.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III (1985) - With Part Three we are right back to form, in fact the whole thing rattles along in even finer style than Part 1. However there is a different emphasis, there is more cutting from one film to another to build up a better picture of the star. Also some great out takes that never saw the light of day, particularly Judy Garland in "Annie get your Gun" (yes I mean Judy Garland, she started filming but had a breakdown) singing "I am an Indian too" also Judy in a show stopping "March of the Doagies" that was cut from "The Harvey Girls". Two other outstanding highlights are stage hands moving scenery in real time ahead of Eleanor Powell tapping her way through "Fascinatin' Rhythm"; also two takes of Fred Astaire performing the same dance in difference costumes and settings the performances shown side by side on the screen and Fred is in perfect sync throughout, proving he did rehearse as hard as they say.
Once again a great series of introducers, Kelley, Keel, Charisse, Allyson, Horne, Miller and the swimming wonder Esther Williams.
FINALLY - Strangely these compilations do not have any scene selections, so if you want to regularly access any particular item you will have to make your own list of favourite chapter numbers.
A wonderful DVD set and a never ending treat for all lovers of MGM musicals.