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Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs)

Gene Kelly , Donald O'Connor , Gene Kelly , Stanley Donen    G (General Audience)   DVD
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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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This fantastic film deserves better July 20 2000
Format:DVD
Singin' in the Rain is one of my favorite films, though I am not a fan of musicals. It is not only a celebration of singing, dancing, Gene Kelly, and vaudeville antics, it is a celebration of the medium of film. Though it was made at a time when Hollywood was famous for its rigid and creativity-stifling production practices, Singin' in the Rain is remembered as a landmark of innovation and style.
Despite this being both one of the greatest and one of the most popular films of all time, MGM (and now Warner) has released it as a sub-par dvd. It lacks any real special features (except for the trailer), though I imagine there are a number of documentaries and perhaps interviews about the film, and certainly many qualified film historians that would have been willing to record a commentary track.
The image quality is lacking. This is the worst-looking dvd that I own from a major studio (Warner hasn't remastered for the rerelease). It is exceptionally soft, and digital artifacting abounds. The colors are off, and the print could certainly be cleaned up. It was probably duped from a laserdisc. This film would truly benefit from a restoration and re-release (like some of Hitchcock's films have gotten).
If you love the movie, by all means buy the disc, but if you own the VHS or Laserdisc copy (that isn't all worn out), I'd hold out for a special edition, because the dvd won't look any better than a laserdisc, and not that much better than VHS. What a fantastic film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Lousy DVD Oct. 22 2000
Format:DVD
Classic film. No one can dispute that. So why are there virually no extras on a DVD of the greatest movie musical ever made? Why are there no bios on anyone associated with the film? Why does the color for the first half of the film look like faded Technicolor? Why did the studio not choose to take the time or spend the money needed to digitally restore the film that was spent on Sound of Music or My Fair Lady? OK. It would cost more, but fans of this movie would be willing to pay for it, and all the other wonderful MGM movies musical of the 50s.
...Give us the extras - let us know the story of the movie, produce a feature length documentary, give us the re-mixed isolated soundtrack, do something besides this. Correct the color, and remix the ST in DTS. Package in in a two DVD set and charge me 30 bucks. I'd buy it. But the current release version is a real disappointment. The singin', dancin', and actin' in this film deserve better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Lousy Reproduction 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Points off for half-hearted presentation May 14 2001
By M. Cho
Format:DVD
First off, let me reiterate that this truly is one of the best movies, musical or otherwise, of all time. My issue is with the utter lack of respect with which Warner now treats this movie. There are three things I have to say: 1) I love this movie; 2) I love DVD; 3) seek out the old widescreen VHS (which also has a good, long interview with writers Comden & Green as well as Debbie Reynolds singing "You are My Lucky Star", a great sequence unfortunately cut from the final version).
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Published 25 days 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 3 months ago by Carol Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars singin in the rain
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Published 3 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 3 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 7 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 7 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 10 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 15 months ago by Len Carter
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