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Singin' in the Rain


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell
  • Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden
  • Producers: Arthur Freed, Roger Edens
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: June 6 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,379 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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

• Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen,Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Baz Luhrmann, and Rudy Behlmer • "Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation" All New Documentary! • "Great Performances: Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM" (1996 PBS Documentary) • "What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin' in the Rain" • "You Are My Lucky Star" Outtake • Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed Film Excerpts (A collection of 12 film clips from earlier movies that originally carried the Freed/Brown songs.) • 26xScoring Stage Session Cues • Stills Gallery • Trailer

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

'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)

AUDIO:

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan N. Wood on Aug. 20 2001
Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Roberts on Sept. 28 2000
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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