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Sun Valley Serenade [DVD] [1941]

Sonja Henie , John Payne , H. Bruce Humberstone    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari
  • Directors: H. Bruce Humberstone
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O9D7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort, its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A publicity stunt for the Dartmouth Troubadours band gets complicated when the Norwegian refugee their pianist Ted Scott has announced he will be taking in turns out to be fully grown Karen Benson. When his girlfriend realises that Karen and Ted are spending an awful lot of time together on the ski slopes at the band's venue, things start to turn very frosty. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Sun Valley Serenade

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Black & White 8 Dec 2007
Wonderful example of classic Hollywood during the early 1940s. A rare and probably the finest example of the real Glenn Miller and his band and music nicely integrated into a PG romantic story. Period cars, trains, attire and towns including art deco decor.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
In 1941 the Glen Miller Orchestra (swing style big band really) was reaching it's top of the American pops position. This was partly due to the fact that it could swing as well as Goodman and Shaw and the many other big bands whose names and popularity still echoes down the 70 years since swing became the American way of music and lingers there especially through the high school bands of today, and partly due to its ability to be excessively sickeningly sentimental...So what has this to do with the movie, well as the other reviewer suggests not only do you get the Miller band in superb sound but you get to see how the "well off American" spent a week skiing in New York State (I think that's where Sun Valley is or supposed to be) as well as Sonja Henie, John Payne, oh and Milton Berle and some lovely tweed overcoats straight out of Hollywood's wardrobe department, never been near a snow field nor a grubby city like I assume '40's New York was!.

The story is light weight but in fact very enjoyable and although the comedy is not laugh out loud its certainly a timely upbeat when clearly America either was just in or about to be in WWII. The songs are good, the band never played better and SH skates like a dream. You also get Dorothy Dandridge and the dancing Nicholas Brothers were a head line act of the time in Chattanooga Choo Choo.

If you are getting this just for the Miller band you'll be more than happy and no doubt also have Orchestra Wives, somewhat more about the band but still with bus and train (internal only) appearances of the time and again with excellent sound and whilst I am at it you should also get the Fred Astaire movie with Artie Shaw; Second Chorus.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy hour 3 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
In this troubled world it is neccessary every now and then to escape-ok-then the escape valve comes in the form of the movie "Sunvalley Serenade" appearing are some great entertainers
-The Glen Miller Band-- the lovely ice skating former olympic
champion-sonja henie-John Payne-Ceaser Romero-and some very clever ski-ing shots all wrapped up in a visit to Sunvalley
and music wise it is a treat- watch out for the trains arrival
and the subsequent sleigh ride to the accompaniement of the Glen Miller number "It happened in sun valley" a perfect song
for the occasion-makes you wish you were right their with them-
well the next best thing is- when you have seen the movie for the first time-make your self a coffee and settle in and watch it
again- the "feel good" glow will last for quite a while- L Collins
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skating in Swingtime 31 Oct 2008
This is the first of only two Glenn Miller films (the other one being "Orchestra Wives") and as a result probably suffers from the studios reluctance to allow the Miller band to carry the film alone, without the "added attraction" of olympic skater, Sonia Henie. Despite the oil and water mix the resuling film is probably better than you might expect. Henie gives an engagingly naive performance in a simple story line, with some wonderful skating pyrotechnics thrown in for good measure, while the Miller band sequences are just about as good as it gets. The band started work on the picture on 24th March 1941 and finished on 3rd of May. Personel was unchanged from the previous November and this shows in the performance. The "togetherness" is breathtaking. Many of the sidemen would go on to form their own bands later, (Billy May; Ray Anthony; Tex Beneke; Hal McIntyre), or move into the "studios" when the big bands lost their appeal and the singers took over in the late forties early fifties. It has been said that Glenn Miller never hired a "dud" musician and his work for the Fox Studios in 1941 and 1942 certainly prove this point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sun Valley fun . 7 Sep 2008
Like all Sonja Heine films , this is a perfect way to spend some time enjoying her talents . Throw in Glenn Miller and his orchestra , some great music , and an entertaining story . What more could you ask for ? .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Wallow 29 Jan 2009
SUN VALLEY SERENADE - Don't take the storyline too seriously, just enjoy the Glen Miller music for itself. In war-torn England 1941 this was the sort of film that made us forget, for an hour or so, all the privations that lay beyond the cinema. This film made an impact on me as a nine year old boy in the bombed-out city of Hull, and seeing it again on DVD brought back the memories of those times. For those without the baggage of nostalgia enjoy it for what it is, a spendid vehicle for Glen Miller and Sonjae Henie. This is what entertained us during the war and it will entertain you now. ROBERT WARDELL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just magical! 22 April 2008
This is one of my all time favourite films! The perfect show case for Miller's Orchestra with Sonja Henie and John Payne acting their roles wonderfully. Great support roles too from Milton Berle and Lynn Bari (who also appeared in Miller's only other film, Orchestra Wives). The film includes a great dance routine by the Nicholas Brothers (who were also in Orchestra Wives), with a young Dorothy Dandridge who charmingly sings with them in Chatanoogoo Choo Choo. My only regret is that we are unable to see the final skating routine in colour as it must have been beautiful. My top tip - look out for Sonja Henie's amazing spins, you won't believe that someone could go that fast!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
It's okay.
Published 4 hours ago by MJAY1950
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy
Published 23 days ago by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Valley Serenade
A any film with the Glenn
Miller band performing in it would be a winner for me, unfortunately Glenn was killed in a light aircraft that shouldn't have been allowed to fly on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Vicar
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja Henie
For those who like Sonja Henie this is one of her best films. Its full of music; romantic and takes you back when a film was a film with no swearing and no vilolence. Read more
Published 5 months ago by reiduwic
3.0 out of 5 stars Sonja was prettier to me 70 years ago.
Might suit a skater or romantic, or like me, was in love with her then. Ah, childhood memories, it's nice to look back sometimes.
Published 6 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned, but delightful.
For me, most enjoyable. Predictable but delightful. A pleasure to be taken away from all the hard-hitting dangerous, and violent action on TV.
Published 8 months ago by GDC Bristol
3.0 out of 5 stars A sappy old film!
The film is a really old sappy story line that is quite unbelievable. In all honestly though I only bought it for the chance to see Glen Miller playing his fantastic music.
Published 8 months ago by J F Messenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Unfortunately Glenn only participated in two films, this and Orchestra Wives. Both for Fox In this film, the orchestra is part of the movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
So enjoyable and well worth watching. Sonia's skating was superb and it had a really good storyline. I could watch this DVD over and over.
Published 9 months ago by Janet Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldies
Arrived before the expected dates as given.Very good value. The wife really enjoyed it brought back memories many years gone bye.
Published 11 months ago by Len
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