Singin' in the Rain [Import]
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Bien des décennies avant que l'industrie hollywoodienne du film ne se distingue par des désastres financiers et de colossales productions de science-fiction, les studios de la Californie du Sud (et plus particulièrement ceux de la Metro Goldwyn Mayer) étaient célèbres pour leurs comédies musicales, phénomène cinématographique typiquement américain (et en voie de disparition). Ce n'est pas seulement un grand spectacle de danses et de chansons dans lequel figurent Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor et la fringante Debbie Reynolds mais aussi une truculente parodie de la transition du cinéma muet au parlant. Kelly incarne Don Lockwood, une vedette débonnaire et Jean Hagen incarne Lina Lamont sa partenaire dont la voix ridicule mais hilarante ne semble pas tout à fait correspondre aux nouvelles technologies et à son image glamour. Parmi les plus grands moments musicaux du film, on retiendra le merveilleux "Make 'Em Laugh", l'impressionnant "Broadway Melody" et bien sûr le mythique "Singin' in the Rain" dans lequel Kelly touche au sublime avec pour seuls accessoires un décor détrempé, un lampadaire et un parapluie. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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'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.Read more ›
The plot is light fun.Kelly is a star of silent films,and his co star Jean Hagen likes him alot,but the feeling is far from reciprocated.Soon after a party his studio boss had thrown which gave all the guests a sneak peak at the incoming new thing,sound,sound came in in a big way, and everything was thrown into chaos.The previous evening Kelly had snatched a ride with Reynolds trying to get away from adoring fans.She had no interest in films as she was too high hat.The night of the party Reynolds ends up being there,jumping out of a cake and being part of a group of chorines hired for the occasion.She and Kelly have a disagreement and Reynolds instead of connecting a pie on Kelly's face,ends up doing so on Hagen's pan.Reynolds flies into the night.
Kelly back at work three weeks later is still thinking about Reynolds,whom he hasn't seen since.It turns out Hagen had her fired,and Kelly is incensed.Kelly by coincidence soon finds her working on the studio lot in some minor production.They get reacquainted and end up falling for each other.The advent of sound is killing the studio at the box office and Kelly suggests that they turn their most recent production into a musical.That is great except his co star Hagen's voice is totally Brooklyn-ese.What to do? They end up overdubbing her voice with Reynolds.Read more ›
Silent films 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, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley, Rita Moreno, Dawn Addams (uncredited), Betty Allen (uncredited), Sue Allen (uncredited), Marie Ardell (uncredited), Bette Arlen (uncredited), Marcella Becker (uncredited), David Blair (uncredited), Chet Brandenburg (uncredited), Gwen Carter (uncredited), Bill Chatham (uncredited), Mae Clarke (uncredited), Dorinda Clifton (uncredited), Pat Conway (uncredited), Jeanne Coyne (uncredited), Fred Datig Jr.Read more ›
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I'm desapointed, this is the second time i order the dvd Singin in the rain (Chantons sous la pluie) bilingual but i recieved another dvd only in english. No french track. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martin Blondeau
I just love this musical so much that i'm going to share this one with othersPublished 11 months ago by beverly liggett
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