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Fantastic Dance Routines
on 9 March 2018
I opted for the 2 disc DVD special edition. Even having to pay postage this was the most economic option though I hasten to say- not the main motive. This has the choice of Wide Screen CinemaScope .or the (to quote) 'rarely seen alternate widescreen version'.
Apparently, CinemaScope was all the rage when this was made, however, some cinemas could not handle it so the filmmakers had to shoot the film twice to try to accommodate the problem. I started by playing the CinemaScope version and, fairly obviously ended up with a wide letterbox type of picture. No problem and still very watchable. I then popped on the alternate version in disc 2- just to try it. This simply filled the TV screen- so I will opt for that version next time I watch it. There are some extras the most notable being a making of feature hosted by Howard Keel and updated with new interviews of Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise. English is among the variouse subtitles available.
I enjoyed the whole joyous, fun tone of the film, there are some great songs along the way. But for me this film contains some of the most fantastic dance routines. During the barn sequences the fellas displayed some of the the most extraordinary acrobatic skill I have ever seen.
They definitely deserved an Oscar for this sequence alone. The Diector. Stanley Donen, made a fine job of the film, especially with the budget cuts forced on him at the time by the studios. This compelled him to use back cloths in some sequences. Despite studio doubts the film still did well and became a favorite receiving several Osca nominations along the way. I believe it won a couple for the music.