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Classic Quad Set 1 [Import]

Frank Sinatra , Shirley MacLaine , Jean Negulesco , John Cromwell    Unrated   DVD

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars four classic Fox films at a bargain price Dec 1 2010
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
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Fox Classics has released many titles from their back-catalogue in four-movie "quad" box collections. It's a cheaper option than buying each title individually, and does help save valuable shelf space as well.

ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM:
Irene Dunne donnes the hoopskirts in Fox's 1946 adaptation of Margaret Landon's fact-based book. Whilst "King and I" fans will miss the score, this straightforward dramatic retelling of the exotic story remains, on it's own merits, a very satisfying movie. Rex Harrison is the King of Siam, with Linda Darnell in a rare unsympathetic role as concubine Tuptim.

CAN-CAN:
Cole Porter's giddy 1953 Broadway musical became a ripe showcase for croonin' Frank Sinatra and high-kicking Shirley MacLaine in the early Sixties; a period when some of the most lavish "scope" musicals invaded screens. It's beautifully photographed; Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier co-star and bring back some classic "Gigi" charm with them; and it's zestily scored by Nelson Riddle.

DADDY LONG LEGS:
Fred Astaire's charm breaks through whatever "icky" connotations accompany his May-December romance with Leslie Caron, in this musical spin on Jean Webster's beloved novel. Boasting the Academy Award-nominated song "Something's Gotta Give", DADDY LONG LEGS is a delightful (if slightly over-long) good time for family audiences. Terry Moore and Thelma Ritter co-star.

STAR!:
Regarded for years as Julie Andrews' "lost" musical, STAR! has developed quite the reputation in spite of being virtually ignored at the box-office during it's original release. Playing against type as the ballsy, brash London stage legend Gertrude Lawrence, Andrews does a solid enough job, delivering in the musical sequences especially. Daniel Massey is an inspired Noël Coward and the design of the film is incredibly lush.

Extra features:
With the exception of CAN-CAN, all the extra features from the previous Fox DVD releases of these titles are here. All four discs are housed in a single-width "Viva Pack" DVD case with a glossy cardboard slipcover. If you wish to further explore the four movies contained in this set, here are the links to the individual releases - Anna and the King of Siam, Can-Can, Daddy Long Legs; and Star!. Recommended.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Musicals June 29 2010
By Married Bliss - Published on Amazon.com
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Anna and the King of Siam is the original, non musical,
version of this semi biography of Anna Leonowens.
This 1946 movie stars Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.
This is B/W, 128 minutes and in full screen.

Cole Porter's Can-Can is a musical.
This 1960 movie stars Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine.
This is color, 142 minutes and letterbox.

Daddy Long Legs is a musical.
This 1955 movie stars Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron.
This is color, 126 minutes and letterbox.

Star! is a musical biography of Getrude Lawrence.
This 1968 movie stars Julie Andrews.
This is color, 173 minutes and letterbox.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic quad set Jan. 15 2012
By Irene - Published on Amazon.com
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we enjoyed all four of the videos, i especially liked Star as i met Gertrude Lawrence when she was in Falmouth, Ma., and we really had a super time. That was in the late 40"s
they arrived in good condition and in record time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quad Set 1 Jan. 21 2012
By William C. Hanson, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I were watching Classic Movies when Daddy Long Legs came on. We so enjoyed the movie that we wanted to buy it. I found it on Amazon and realized I could get it and three other movies for a little more money. We had seen the original version of Can-Can with Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine and really enjoyed that movie also. It is included in this set. Those two movies are worth the price of this set. There was a remake of Can-Can but in my opinion, it is not as good as this movie. The version of Anna and the King of Siam that is included in this set is the non-musical version. I like musicals and frankly did not like this version as much as the musical. Star was O.K. but it is a little slow and the photography was not really great. I gave this set four stars based on Daddy Long Legs and Can-Can. Daddy Long Legs is in wide screen which some people may not like.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of films Oct. 5 2013
By Stache Man - Published on Amazon.com
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All are good to have but my favorites are Anna and the King and Can-Can. Especially enjoyed the Special Feature biography about the real Anna Leonowens, and the very unique life she led.
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