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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look at (Very) Early Hollywood Sound and Musicals
There are pro's and con's with this DVD. The early talkies and subsequent musicals which soon followed, features film clips that were worn and needed some digitalising...but...a certain feel of authenticity and nostalgia would have been sacrificed if those early film clips of Busby Berkeley, the singing,dancing James Cagney,and very early footage of Al Jolson had been...
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by Stargazer

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1.0 out of 5 stars nothing to sing about
This must be the worst dvd of this type ever!! The clips arent even from remastered copies.Most clips are so faded and washed out. They are also cut short in many instances and quite often the films the clips are from arent even named.To add insult to injury the narrater appears to want almost as much screen time as the clips he shows.AND its only 60mins long!
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Published on 18 Aug 2011 by R. Poole


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look at (Very) Early Hollywood Sound and Musicals, 20 Aug 2011
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Stargazer (St.Kilda, Victoria Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hollywood Song And Dance - The Musical Years [DVD] (DVD)
There are pro's and con's with this DVD. The early talkies and subsequent musicals which soon followed, features film clips that were worn and needed some digitalising...but...a certain feel of authenticity and nostalgia would have been sacrificed if those early film clips of Busby Berkeley, the singing,dancing James Cagney,and very early footage of Al Jolson had been upgraded.
The Jolson clip was in good condition,as was a mischievous song and dance routine (banned for it's suggestiveness) by the one and only Miss Barbara Stanwyck. A young Benny Goodman and his band were shown performing and a very young Peggy Lee was the featured singer. This was well before Miss Lee's penchant for heavy makeup and facelifts came into being.
Shirley Temple - Miss Dimples herself - performed a song and dance number and proved once again why she was so popular during the Depression years. She was a very talented performer, a good dancer, and a young lady who knew her way around a sound studio.
You can't have a documentary about song and dance(SOUND) without Fred Astaire, always graceful,classy,and with impeccable timing.
There are better DVD's around on the subject of music and dance,but there is a spot for this one too,as you see the gradual move from silent films to talkies, the the challenge for both sound men and directors,to find ways of inventing better sound systems,and smarter camera placements.
Busby Berkeley hit on the idea of using just one camera,hence reducing the need for long,tedious,days in the cutting room, and although he wasn't mentioned,Douglas Shearer,brother of Norma,became a sound engineer learning on the job as this new art was being pioneered.
A fascinating look at the birth of Sound in movies - well worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, 23 July 2011
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P. J. P. Stuart "Peter John Paul" (Christchurch New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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If you are a lover of the Hollywood musicals add this to your collection. There is seen before footage, also there is some never seen before. It is a gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing to sing about, 18 Aug 2011
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R. Poole "baby boomer" (london uk) - See all my reviews
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This must be the worst dvd of this type ever!! The clips arent even from remastered copies.Most clips are so faded and washed out. They are also cut short in many instances and quite often the films the clips are from arent even named.To add insult to injury the narrater appears to want almost as much screen time as the clips he shows.AND its only 60mins long!
You're far better of getting the "thats entertainment" series /the "busby berkeley" box sets etc but I would definately steer clear of this load of rubbish.Appalling
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but.., 31 Dec 2011
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This wasn't too bad. There were a few interesting clips but it isn't very wide ranging. These seemed to be a bit of a focus on soundies towards the end (video jukebox clips). As an earlier review said it's not the worst and I suspect they were limited to what clips they could get clearance for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Musical Years, 10 July 2009
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Excellent. Very informative giving details I was frankly amazed at. Good music DVD as well.
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