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Singin' in the Rain

Gene Kelly , Donald O'Connor , Gene Kelly , Stanley Donen    Unrated   DVD
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Decades before the Hollywood film industry became famous for megabudget disaster and science fiction spectaculars, the studios of Southern California (and particularly Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) were renowned for a uniquely American (and nearly extinct) kind of picture known as The Musical. Indeed, when the prestigious British film magazine Sight & Sound conducts its international critics poll in the second year of every decade, this 1952 MGM picture is the American musical that consistently ranks among the 10 best movies ever made. It's not only a great song-and-dance piece starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and a sprightly Debbie Reynolds; it's also an affectionately funny insider spoof about the film industry's uneasy transition from silent pictures to "talkies." Kelly plays debonair star Don Lockwood, whose leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) has a screechy voice hilariously ill-suited to the new technology (and her glamorous screen image). Among the musical highlights: O'Connor's knockout "Make 'Em Laugh"; the big "Broadway Melody" production number; and, best of all, that charming little title ditty in which Kelly makes movie magic on a drenched set with nothing but a few puddles, a lamppost, and an umbrella. --Jim Emerson

Special Features

The 50th-anniversary double-disc reissue of arguably the best musical ever gives us the goods. No flimsy "featurettes" here: a 90-minute Great Performances program from 1996 on the Arthur Freed unit at MGM anchors the extra disc. A new 35-minute documentary hosted by Debbie Reynolds gives a thorough once-over of the film's history--much of which is also found in the excellent commentary track featuring most of the major players. The source material of the songs is included, with an option for the viewer to directly link to the original production numbers while watching the film. The disc also delves into the film's plot--when sound entered film, with glimpses of The Jazz Singer and other early talkies. Audio recording sessions and deleted songs are some of the other treats. Last but not least is a knockout remastering of sound and picture, making the movie look and sound better than ever. --Doug Thomas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

'Singin' in the Rain' arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.37:1 encode. Warner Bros. is rejuvenating catalog classics with loving remasters and impressive video transfers. 'Singin' in the Rain' is given a similar treatment; just not one that lives up to the high standards set by 'Ben-Hur' and 'Casablanca'.

Positive: Colours have been granted new life. Primaries are gorgeous. Skintones are lovely (albeit a touch over-saturated now and again). Black levels are rich and savory, and contrast does not falter. Moreover, print scratches and blemishes are nowhere to be found. Grain, though light, is pleasant and consistent.

Negative: The film's inherent softness can be prohibitive, and a noticeable waxiness afflicts a number of closeups and midrange shots, probably due to artificial sharpening. Mild to moderate edge halos are present throughout the film.

Overall, it is still a vast improvement over previous DVD releases (4/5)


The high point of Warner's AV presentation is undoubtedly its carefully mixed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which retains the humble qualities of the film's original monoaural sound design while allowing Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed's music to flourish across the entire soundfield. Dialogue and song lyrics are clean, clear and perfectly prioritized, be it Gene Kelly's dulcet singing voice, Donald O'Connor's chirpy quips and verbal gymnastics, or Debbie Reynolds' velvet-smooth tone. Various songs, from 'Good Morning' to 'Moses Supposes' to 'Make 'Em Laugh' to 'You Were Meant for Me' are a joy to listen to. The orchestra's instrumentation is also extremely well done, just a full, utterly satisfying sound from beginning to end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Lousy Reproduction Aug. 20 2001
5 Stars for the Musical 0 Stars for the DVD conversion. I can't say enough about the movie, I've loved it for years. However, this is one of the worst presentations of a Technicolor film available. It was as though the source media was an old faded copy that had the brightness turned up and color over driven to make up for it. Some scenes had the brightness so high it was dificult to make out the facial features of a sweet Debbie Reynolds. They should have presented it faded. Seriously consider waiting for a restored version.
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I have the "40th Anniversary edition" video tape of this great movie, released in 1992 (in Australia at least), which features (along with the theatrical trailer), a deleted sequence of Debbie Reynolds singing "You Are My Lucky Star" and reminiscences from writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green (which are wonderful!). The lack of these is the only reason I'm taking a star off my rating for the DVD. The film is suberb (and sounds and looks great on DVD)
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Singin’ in the Rain – 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition [1952] [Blu-ray + DVD Bonus Features] [UK Release] Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures – and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol [Gene Kelly] is caught in that bumpy transition, as are his buddy Cosmo Brown [Donald O’Connor], prospective ladylove [Debbie Reynolds] and shrewish co-star Lina Lamont [Jean Hagen]. Rediscover the musical masterpiece. See ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ in a dazzling, restored high definition, featuring an all-new documentary special feature that salutes not only just this all-time favourite film, but also the musical legacy of its producer and songwriter Arthur Freed.

FILM FACT: For her role as Lina Lamont, Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film was also nominated for a Best Original Music Score. Donald O'Connor won a Golden Globe for this film. Adolph Green and Betty Comden received the Writers Guild of America for the best written American musical.

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Madge Blake, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley, Rita Moreno, Dawn Addams, Margaret Bert, Gwen Carter, Mae Clarke, Chick Collins, Pat Conway, Fred Datig Jr., Bert Davidson, Robert Fortier, Dan Foster, Kenner G. Kemp, Joseph Mell, 'Snub' Pollard, Wilson Wood and Julius Tannen (Man in Talking Pictures Demonstration) (uncredited)

Directors: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Producers: Arthur Freed and Roger Edens (uncredited)

Screenwriters: Adolph Green and Betty Comden

Composers: Arthur Freed (lyrics), Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Lennie Hayton (uncredited)

Cinematography: Harold Rosson

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Musical Ever? - Gimme a Break! Aug. 17 2005
Aficionados of Singing in the Rain have never quite gotten over the fact that their favourite film only received two (failed) Oscar nominations in 1952, whereas the previous year An American in Paris walked away with five Oscars, in the face of much more formidable competition (by 1952 the House of Un-American Activities had managed to blacklist many of Hollywood's most talented screenwriters). Ever since, this cabal has been fighting this perceived "injustice", mainly by trumpeting the shortcomings of An American in Paris. Since Singing in the Rain is one of those "insider" flicks (a Hollywood film about Hollywood), many of it's most fervent supporters are people with real Hollywood connections who can identify strongly with the storyline. And of course if you shout hard long enough, people will eventually listen, so that now all this hocus pocus about "The Greatest Musical of All Time" has become a bit of revealed wisdom and fact.
Don't get me wrong. Singing in the Rain is a great musical with an engaging plot and still provides wallops of entertainment. But as an artistic achievement, it never quite reaches the dizzy heights of an American in Paris. The songs composed by Nacio Brown and Arthur Freed are real swell, but not in the same league as the Gershwins. I suppose Debbie Reynolds is about as American as apple pie, but she is no Leslie Caron when it comes to dancing skill and all around sex appeal. The directing team of Kelly and Donen do an admirable job, but neither can match the artistic sensibility of Vincente Minnelli (by far the greatest director of musicals of all time).
Compared to Minnelli, the composition of Kelly/Donen's camera shots have a "boxy" quality to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it Now!
What's not to like? Surely anyone who has any interest in films has seen this movie. Their only question might be about the quality of the Blu-ray. Have no fears. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glenn M. Frost
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar!
One of my old time favorites .Love the dancing, Gene Kelly was one of a kin d. Too bad they don't make musicals like this anymore.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Levine
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Published 4 months ago by Kim Bohun
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed of my first purchase on Amazon
I bought this movie and I specified I wanted the French version for Canadian buyer, but I got the European (France) version which my dvd player cannot read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liliane Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I bought this movie for my father as it was one of his favourites. He even made a special phone call to me to tell me how much he loved it!
Published 8 months ago by nicolle
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous blu-ray collector's edition box set
Singin' in the Rain is the best its ever been on blu-ray - visually, it's great for any fan to have the clarity and colour of this musical-comedy-satire, plus of course the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Fantastic deal on a great movie musical. The entire family watched and enjoyed it in glorious blu-ray. Loved the entire package including the hardcover book.
Published 11 months ago by Potatoes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film and musical great numbers and much thrown in
If you like gene kelly and musicals youll like this. Musicals had their heydey in the 40s and 50s and MGM had them in colour and even the more lacklustre betty grable musicals were... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Singing in the Rain! What more can I say?
Got this as a birthday gift for our daughter. It was delivered quickly and works well. I'm really not sure if there is any perceptible difference between the Blu-Ray DVD and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Len Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
When I first saw this movie back in the 60's it was my first musical and Gene Kelly's dance scene in the rain left it's mark on me! Read more
Published 16 months ago by B. Gumbleton
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