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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 (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00440CX9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By B. Westenra on 7 Jan. 2005
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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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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Kruyer on 10 Feb. 2003
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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 By William Taylor on 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sylvia H. Lawrence on 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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2007
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janey on 14 Dec. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2009
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This black-and-white musical (Paramount, 1942) was the first to pain Bing Crosby with Fred Astaire. They play a song-and-dance duo that split up when Crosby decides that it is time to retire and he opens up a holiday inn in Connecticut - one that will open only on public holidays! Those familiar with White Christmas (Paramount, 1954) will recognize that this is essentially the same theme, except that the inn there is owned by a retired general who is only too happy to have guests the whole year round.

The score for Holiday Inn was provided by Irving Berlin (words and music) and he also created the basic storyline. Many Berlin standards that we have come to know and love from the hit parade were first heard in this film - and sometimes recycled as themes for other films (like White Christmas and Easter Parade). The female leads in the film are played by Marjorie Reynolds (whose singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears) and Virginia Dale and the film was produced and directed by Mark Sandrich.

The New York Post described this as `The best musical drama of the year': 100 minutes of pure joy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2013
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This film has been a favourite of mine since I was a child. Fred Astaire's dancing in this is as good as any film he made and the 'firecracker' solo routine is particularly memorable.

The music, of course, is a collection of Irvine Berlin songs that have become standards over the years. The first outing for 'White Christmas' is here and also Easter Parade: a song for each holiday. With Bing Crosby delivering, they are very good indeed.

There's a bit (not too much) of second world war propaganda (this was made in 1942).

I must confess that the film has dated a bit: there are some scenes that would not be acceptable today in terms of stereotyping, but it is a product of its age and has to be viewed in that light.

Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby work very well together. Although Astaire was no slouch as a singer, this film allows him to major on his dancing whilst Crosby concentrates on the vocals.

On the technical side, the good news is that the prints are high quality. The colouring of the original black and white film is excellent - really very, very good. It is so good that it is easy to forget that the colour is an add-on. I have seen some colourised films where, frankly, it would have been better to leave the print as it was. Not so here, in my opinion: the colour works.

So ... good music, singing and dancing. A thin plot, as always, but not corny like some films of the time. This is still a good evening's entertainment over seventy years after it was made. Slightly dated now, so not a top rating, but still well worth four stars.
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