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Flying Down to Rio [DVD]

Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Dolores Del Rio
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUOZKMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1933, RKO Pictures had the bright idea of pairing Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond for their new musical blockbuster, Flying Down to Rio. The film was a smash, but not for the reasons anyone expected. The fourth and fifth-billed stars were an RKO bit player and a Broadway man breaking into Hollywood. Their names were Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and their pairing in this and eight subsequent RKO films would help to rewrite cinematic history. Most of Rio's screen time is spent on a humdrum romantic triangle involving Del Rio, Raymond and Raul Roulien, but Fred (as Fred Ayres) and Ginger (as Honey Hayes) are still able to establish many of the trademarks of their later films. Ginger fronts the band (with Fred on accordion) in the saucy "Music Makes Me", and Fred does some solo tap then sings and leads the band for the spectacular airborne finale featuring chorus girls perched on the wings of biplanes. The heart of the film is "The Carioca", a company dance extravaganza that would be imitated by "The Continental" and "The Piccolino" in later films. Here Fred and Ginger take the floor together for the first time; their eyes meet and their foreheads touch. Their dance lasts only a few minutes, but it was the highlight of the film and audiences wanted more. A prophetic moment occurs toward the beginning of the dance, when, after watching for a while, Fred grabs Ginger and tells her, "I want to try this. Come on, Honey". She declares, "We'll show 'em a thing or three". They did indeed. It was magic, and it was only the beginning. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorites 20 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
FLYING DOWN TO RIO is truly a pioneering musical made when such films were in the developmental stage. Many critics say that the movie is camp - but it is SO ENJOYABLE. Camp or not the movie is one of my favorites.
Ginger and Fred look like they have been dancing together for ages. It is hard to tell that this is their debut as a team. Dolores Del Rio is beautiful. Gene Raymond is a real pro.
The film has a huge cast with some great supporting actors such as Franklin Pangborn and Walter Walker.
I recommend FLYING DOWN TO RIO without reservation - especially if you like old musicals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling air spectacular! 2 Oct 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
If you are a fan of Fred and Ginger, then this may not be the film for you. Whilst the divine Ginger Rogers and hot footed Fred Astaire play a small, almost unnecessary role, most of the action is dominated by Gene Raymond and Delore Del Rio, both fine actors in themselves. What makes this movie worth buying is the dazzling air sequence towards the very end of the film. Dozens of beautiful - and probably terrified!- young women, strapped to the wings of various planes, performing a spectacular routine, all to save day!
As a fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers I was disappointed in their role in this film, marginal to say the least. However if you are a fan of this type of 1930's musical then I can highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features included too! 16 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fred and Ginger's first film pairing but they are not the stars, they play supporting roles. The quality of the DVD is excellent, both sound and picture. The story is typical: love, romance, boy meets girl or wrong girl and vice versa, comedy moments and a flying highlight!

The special features are a history of the film and of RKO pictures, recently made and interesting to watch.

Well worth the purchase!
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