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Orchestra! Volume 3 [VHS]
Orchestra! Volume 3 [VHS]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for every music lover, 24 May 2004
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Although out-of-print, if you can obtain a copy of this video, do so at any price. It's informative for the beginner, and rivetting for the conoisseur too. The relationship between the host, Dudley Moore, and the conductor, Georg Solti, is so great that it is a pleasure to see them working together.
There are three episodes on this video. The first explores the roles of the piano with the orchestra, showing Moore playing the Shumann and Tchaikovsky concerti with the Schleswig-Holstein orchestra, and there is a duet between him and Solti of Brahms' St Anthony Chorale.
The second episode explores the role of the conductor. This is the best episode, featuring Moore learning how to conduct from Solti.
The final episode is a 'making-of', showing behind the scenes of the production.
Buy it if you can.


Meet Me In St Louis [DVD] [1944]
Meet Me In St Louis [DVD] [1944]
Dvd ~ Judy Garland
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.85

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judy in top form, 24 May 2004
Thanks to a thorough restoration, this film has become one of the most vibrant DVDs available. Has 'Meet Me in St Louis' ever looked this good before? It's like new.
The songs include 'The Trolley Song', 'The Boy Next Door' and the heart-rending 'Have yourself a Merry Litle Christmas', all three sung by Judy Garland at her most relaxed. Her blossoming relationship with the director, Vincent Minnelli, created the perfect working environment for her to use her talents.
If it's one of your favourites, buy it now. In particular, the American 2-Disc version is worth buying for the extras. The print is the same on the UK edition, though, and either is essential to the musical lover.


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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best new movie I've seen in years!, 18 Mar. 2004
'Something's Gotta Give' is without doubt one of the most entertaining movies of all time. I can't wait for the DVD release! I've now seen it three times in the cinema and I have to say that each time I enjoyed it even more than the first.
What a refreshing change to see middle-aged people as being capable of passion! How nice to watch a film set in glamorous locations (a rare thing these days)! How nice that the scriptwriter is not even slightly patronising or insulting to the viewer! Diane Keaton gives a typically electric performance, combining charm, wit and beauty. Even haters of Jack Nicholson will like him in this - it's made me see him in a new light! All the characters are likeable and believable, there is no violence, there is no offensive swearing and the time goes by in a flash. Watch it now!


The Doris Day Collection - Pillow Talk/Young At Heart/The Thrill Of It All/That Touch Of Mink/Send Me No Flowers/Lover Come Back [DVD]
The Doris Day Collection - Pillow Talk/Young At Heart/The Thrill Of It All/That Touch Of Mink/Send Me No Flowers/Lover Come Back [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Hale Jr

44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last Day's talent is recognised, 10 Mar. 2004
This collection is worth buying for 'That Touch of Mink' alone. It is one of my favourite films, a witty and sophisticated twist on the usual romantic comedy - though the boy gets the girl in the end, don't worry! 'Young at Heart' gets an excellent special presentation, worthy of its interesting Day-Sinatra pairing and serious edge. 'Pillow Talk' is of course the quintessential Day-Hudson film, here rendered with excellent picture quality - and the other three less-known films are equally entertaining. In particular, the hypochondria of Rock Hudson's character never fails to amuse in 'Send Me No Flowers'. A boxset for all the family to watch - buy it now!


Holiday Inn (Special Edition) [1942] [DVD]
Holiday Inn (Special Edition) [1942] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bing Crosby
Offered by SAS MUSIC & DVDS
Price: £1.99

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Edition 'must' for musicals lovers, 4 Jun. 2003
I have recently purchased this special edition and I have to say that it is stunning. The special features will whet your appetite for more Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby films. There is an interesting interview between Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire Mackenzie and Ken Barnes, a talented film historian. The film itself is full of gems such as the first performance of the best selling album of all time, 'White Christmas', 'Easter Parade' and the romantic 'Be Careful, it's my Heart'. Astaire's two dancing partners are more than adequate, and there are a couple of fascinating duets between Astaire and Crosby. Purchase this edition while you can!


Carefree [VHS]
Carefree [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £3.58

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Masterpiece, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Carefree [VHS] (VHS Tape)
With the diminishment in the popularity of the Astaire-Rogers musicals in the late 1930s, RKO had to reinvent the formula. Fred made 'A Damsel in Distress' and Ginger made two straight scting films between 'Carefree' and its precedent, and the Rogers films were the more popular. Therefore, Ginger was given a stronger acting role in their next film together, with Astaire playing the smaller role of a psychiatrist. The result is splendid. It's a shame that the number 'I used to be Colour Blind' was not filmed in colour as originally intended, but it is nonetheless breathtaking. 'The Yam' is typically spirited, but the real joy of this film is the melancholically romantic 'Change Partners', one of Irving Berlin's best songs. Romance, comedy worthy of Katherine Hepburn, and dancing are combined to make the last great teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Follow The Fleet [VHS]
Follow The Fleet [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £6.74

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred is Fleet of Foot in this 1936 classic, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Follow The Fleet [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The jauntiness of several of Irving Berlin's songs in this film is counteracted by the romance of 'Let's Face the Music and Dance.' Although Torville and Dean were good in this music, nobody does it like Fred and Ginger. They also perform the brilliant tap routine 'I'm Putting all my Eggs in one Basket', which features Astaire playing the piano. Fred does two numbers on board a naval ship, 'We Saw the Sea' and 'I'd Rather Lead a Band', both of them performed to perfection. There's a cute monkey and the decision to not let the boy get the girl at the end of the plot makes a novel contrast to so many of the earlier Astaire-Rogers outings. Innovative.
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The Gay Divorcee [VHS]
The Gay Divorcee [VHS]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £11.82

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early classic, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: The Gay Divorcee [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This must be one of the best movies of the early 1930s. Although originally a highly popular Cole Porter stage musical, the film cut all of the songs save 'Night and Day', which became one of the best Astaire-Rogers dance routines. Astaire meets Rogers, falls in love at sight but then loses her: cue the catchy 'A Needle in a Haystack'. 'Don't Let It Bother You' and 'Let's Knock Knees' are perhaps a little inferior but the sixteen-minute dance marathon 'The Continental' more than makes up for them. The film's also a brilliant slapstick comedy, with several of the regular Astaire supporting actors such as Edward Horton and Erik Rhodes providing amusing sub-plots. And that's Betty Grable dancing in 'Let's Knock Knees!' A definite recommendation.


Shall We Dance? [1937] [VHS]
Shall We Dance? [1937] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £2.48

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fred Astaire movies, 4 Jun. 2003
'Shall We Dance' is every bit as good as 'Top Hat' and 'Swing Time', and boasts a score by the amazing brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Astaire's determination to keep expanding his ideas is displayed in the 'Slap That Bass' number, where he uses the steam in the engine room of the ship on which much of the film is based to create an unusual cinematic texture. It's a shame that the song 'I've Got Beginner's Luck' was curtailed before the final edit, because the dance which one might expect does not take place; the same is true of the greatest song of all time, 'They Can't Take That Away from Me', which is nevertheless delivered with Astaire's usual elegance. 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' shows the dancers on roller skates in the middle of Central Park, in a brilliantly rhythmic number, and best of all is 'They All Laughed', perhaps their greatest routine of all time, showing a mixture of both the ballroom and tap styles in which Fred and Ginger were definitive. Brilliant.


Swing Time [VHS]
Swing Time [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £3.54

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A toe-tappin' feast with Astaire and Rogers, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Swing Time [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The sheer brilliance and technical perfection of the Astaire-Rogers team has never been more apparent than in 'Swing Time', the peak of their achievement. The first time I saw the 'Pick Yourself Up' number was so breathtaking that I wound the film back three times and watched it again and again. It is a veritable feast of tap dancing finesse. You'll love the comical 'A Fine Romance', in which Ginger complains of the coldness of her relationship with Astaire whilst they are stranded in the snow, and the Jerome Kern classic 'The Way you Look Tonight' is given its first airing in Fred's inimitable rendition; the romance of the song is given an entertaining anti-climax when Rogers appears covered in shampoo! Also notable is Fred's only blackface number ever, 'Bojangles of Harlem', in which he dances with his silhouette. Good old-fashioned sentimental fun!


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