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Holiday Inn (Colourised and Black and White Versions) [DVD]

Bing Crosby , Fred Astaire    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds
  • Writers: Virginia Dale
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00440CX9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Holiday Inn is a perennial, Christmas-season favourite from 1942 teamed Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers (and rival suitors of Marjorie Reynolds) running an inn that is only open on holidays. It's a great excuse for lots of singing and dancing, seamlessly wrapped in a catchy story, and Astaire's frequent director Mark Sandrich (Top Hat, Shall We Dance?) doesn't let us down. The Irving Berlin numbers (each one connected to a different holiday) are winners. Crosby's warm performance of "White Christmas" is a movie touchstone. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

With music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is one of the most delightful and memorable musicals of all time. Crosby plays Jim Hardy, a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to open a Connecticut Inn. Astaire plays Ted Hanover, Hardy’s former partner and rival in love. And, of course there are girls (Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale), an agent (Walter Abel) and plenty of lavish song and dance routines with spectacular production numbers. It contains all your favourite Irving Berlin hit songs, including the one and only "White Christmas" .

Disc 1: Black & White Version

Special Features:
  • A Couple of Song and Dance Men featurette, containing an interview with Ava Astaire-MacKenzie
  • All Singing, All Dancing: Before & After
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Ken Barnes with archive audio comments by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotte
  • Cast and Crew Profiles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
Disc 2: New Colour Version
Special Features:
  • Colouring a Classic - learn how Holiday Inn was colour-designed using amazing new technology that transformed the black and white classic to colour with the help of Jan Mucklestone, personal sketch artist of famed costume designer

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puttin' On The Ritz 7 Jan 2005
Just thought I ought to point out that one of the extras - the documentary "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" - features Astaire's otherwise unavailable "Puttin' On The Ritz" from Blue Skies, COMPLETE and UNEDITED. Seeing as it is, in my opinion, the greatest dance number he ever did - which is saying a LOT - it makes the DVD worth buying for that alone. Watch it and weep.
...oh, and Holiday Inn is fantastic too.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas 10 Feb 2003
Always thought of as a Christmas film, and seen mostly at Christmas, this film stands watching at any time of the year. Watch it when you need a lift, want to watch something you know will end well, or just want that warm fuzzy feeling inside. On a wet Sunday afternoon, with a bar of chocolate, this films is a must!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Inn (Colourised Version) 6 April 2010
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I bought the special version of this in B&W before I realised there was a colourised copy and bought this. It is SO much better. Can't beat colour in a musical. I'm very happy with this.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of miraculous! 3 Dec 2010
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If as a purist you have been discouraged from watching colourized versions of black and white films, I urge you to buy this! The colourization effects in "Holiday Inn" are quite simply breathtaking, the range of colours employed is consisitently impressive and of 100% realistic nature. The quality of the image is crystal clear, there is no colour "bleed" and in each frame everything is perfect. The early attempts at colourization were quite frankly pretty appalling, but this is something else.
So - do buy this - you won't be sorry - and if on occasion you prefer to watch it in b&w, you can still do so - this is a two disc set.
I've no idea how much it costs to colourize a film to this standard, but it makes you wish more could be done! Not film noirs obviously, but some 30s/40s films that screamed for technicolour and were yet filmed in b&w - The Sea Hawk with Errol Flynn, Betty Grable and Alice Faye in Tin Pan Alley, even King's Row possibly - we could all suggest our favourites. Not all of these are even available on DVD. Imagining them coloured to this standard would be truly marvellous.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Few things are as enjoyable as watching the two old smoothies, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, at the top of their game doing what they do best, and doing it better than anyone else. With Holiday Inn, make it three old smoothies: Crosby, Astaire and Irving Berlin. In fact, the only thing to get in the way of the movie is the plot. It's boy meets girl, boy loses girl to his best friend and partner. Repeat with another girl. Then bring back the first girl. Do another roundelay until boy and second girl and partner and first girl all have a happy ending.

What makes the movie work so well and is such a pleasure to watch, of course, is Crosby singing, Astaire dancing, and both doing their charming best with songs, some new, some old, by Irving Berlin. Berlin was one of the great American song writers who hit their peak from the late Twenties through the late Forties. Many of the cognoscenti sniff their noses at him as corny or just too popular. Berlin was, in fact, a highly skilled and immensely talented song writer. He wrote songs which were original, catchy, varied and inevitable...that rare quality in a song that hits a listener with a melody never heard before yet which seems as if each note could never have been placed in any other way. He also was a shrewd businessman. Holiday Inn is one of several movies Berlin personally pitched to Hollywood. The stories were never much, but Berlin would mix hits from his catalogue and write new songs. In addition to Holiday Inn, think of There's No Business Like Show Business, Blue Skies, Alexander's Ragtime Band, This Is the Army and White Christmas. The genesis in each case was Berlin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buy 14 Dec 2010
By Janey
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Oh what a joy to see such a classic film in colour, very tastefully done in tune with 1930's film wonderful job and well worth the money, I definitely would recommend that you buy it.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Paramount Pictures presents "HOLIDAY INN" (4 August 1942) (100 mins/B&W/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire were the stars of Holiday Inn with support from Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale --- Produced and directed by Mark Sandrich, filming took place between November 1941 and February 1942. Holiday Inn had its premiere at the New York Paramount Theatre in August 1942. It was a runaway success both in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, proving to be the highest grossing film musical up to that time --- The big song had been expected to be "BE CAREFUL, IT'S MY HEART" --- While that song did very well, it was "WHITE CHRISTMAS" that topped the charts in October 1942 and stayed there for eleven weeks.

Story line and plot, In the first of two films the other being "Blue Skies" (1946), Astaire and Crosby did together the characters are remarkably the same --- Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire) is the elegant and charming show business professional who's ambitious for success --- Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) is the talented, but lazy partner who just wants a life of ease and comfort and not to work more than he has to --- Small wonder that their double act broke up --- But now enter a complication --- They both get interested in the same girl who in this film is Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) --- Plus Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale, who becomes Fred's dancing partner with some wonderful routines in fine fashion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Inn
This is another film that I just had to have. It is a lovely film and gets me ready for the spirit of Christmas
Published 4 months ago by Mrs K Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream of a White Christmas
Bought to replace a missing DVD as lent out and person never returned it
Okay may be old film but one of the classics
Item cheaper than others and would recommend them
Published 4 months ago by Mr. R. Filimon
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true film
It was a dream for the fans of old movies which can be seen again again. A real classic! Thanks
Published 5 months ago by Andrie Papadopoulou
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colourised Christmas
It's always been one of my favourite films as I'm a big fan of Fred & Bing and this is watched in our house every Christmas and a few times in between as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard Wallbank
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item AAA+++
Great Item A+ A+ A+ I have recommended the the great service I will buy again I am delighed to recommend this product to others.
Published 5 months ago by silverfoxes34
4.0 out of 5 stars Origin of White Christmas
It was worth seeing Holiday Inn, just to see how the idea developed ultimately into the much better White Christmas.
Published 5 months ago by MACAVITY
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiliday inn
Brilliant love it, obviously I have the black and white version but this adds a little extra to a good film.
Published 6 months ago by dejawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Inn & White Christmas
I didn't know this film existed. We watched White Christmas over Christmas and my parents mentioned Holiday Inn as they remember seeing it when it was released. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aruna McD
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Holiday experience
Always loved this movie, but the coloured version is absolutely riveting. The dance routines, the iconic singing of Crosby in 'Be Careful its my Heart' and of course 'White... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. E H. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful!
A truly delightful movie truly enhanced by the modern colorisation process.The film boasts a fine cast and the first rendition of Irving Berlin's White Christmas on film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Outerlimit
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