Yankee Doodle Dandy (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Synopsis: A nostalgic view of the golden era of show business and the man who made it glitter--George M. Cohan. His early days, triumphs, songs, musicals and romances.
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Here we find legendary actor James Cagney stars in the role for which he won an Academy Award® for the life of singer, dancer and songwriter George M. Cohan, who was the true Yankee Doodle Dandy. This non-stop musical tour-de-force is where we see James Cagney sings, dances and celebrates the life and career of George M. Cohan, who was a music man who lifted a nation, is brought to the White House to receive a Congressional Gold Medal from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Broadway legend George M. Cohan reflects on his life. Flashbacks trace George M. Cohan's rise, from a childhood performing in his family's vaudeville act to his early days as a struggling Tin Pan Alley songwriter to his overwhelming success as an actor, writer, director and producer known for his patriotic songs like "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." Now fully restored and remastered.
FILM FACT: The film won Academy Awards® for Best Actor in a Leading Role for James Cagney, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Sound, Recording for Nathan Levinson. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Walter Huston. Best Director, Best Film Editing for George Amy, Best Picture and Best Writing, Original Story. In 1993, 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frances Langford, George Barbier, S. Z.Read more ›
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" has an energetic drive to it that many films lack. The 125-minute running time flies by, and the film is never once boring. This energy is due almost entirely to one thing: James Cagney.
Cagney tears into the role of George M. Cohan with everything he's got, and just try taking your eyes off of him whenever he's on screen. He can't sing at all, and he's really more of an acrobat than a dancer, but he pulls off the role of a Broadway showman effortlessly.
The rah-rah American sentiments are obviously a product of the time, and little more than World War II propaganda at moments, but I could swallow them easier in this film for some reason. Maybe because when they're at their most intrusive (the "Grand Old Flag" number, for instance), the spectacle is so rousing that I would have been just as moved if they'd been singing about cheese and crackers.
A deservedly beloved American classic.
The movie has historic value. It was released in the early years of World War II, at a time when Americans were confident but unsure as to what would happen in the war. Movies such as YANKEE DOODLE DANDY stirred patriotism at such a critical moment in our history. This becomes especially clear when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from Roosevelt at the end of the film.
The two disc special addition has an added bonus of a disc about Cagney's life hosted by Michael J. Fox-an added bonus for old movie buffs.
THE TRANSFER: In a word - "pristine". Warner Brothers DVD is immaculate with NO DIGITIAL ARTIFACTS of any kind. Better still, the glorious silver sheen of the original camera negative, long absent from previously issued VHS and laserdisc versions, is brilliantly restored herein. The audio is MONO and very nicely balanced.
EXTRA FEATURES: A beautiful compendium of shorts, documentaries, cartoons, isolated audio recordings, audio commentaries, outtakes and featurettes await you on this very special two disc edition. Everything has been designed to give you the look and feel of a "roadshow" engagement at the local movie house.
BOTTOM LINE: NOTHING BUT KUDOS to the good people at Warner Brothers for a sterling, rousing and much appreciated DVD that is really one of the best looking transfers you are likely to encounter on DVD - regardless of the film's age. A MUST HAVE and then some!
Most recent customer reviews
The added features greatly enhanced this classic movie. I particularly enjoyed the appearance of James Cagney as honoree before a movie association. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arthur Wenk
I have never been as huge a fan of this film as some, but I have to say I immensely enjoyed this Blu-Ray. The picture quality is excellent! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Glenn M. Frost
Loved every minute of this move and have watched it a few times. I never get tired of this kind of movie. Thank youPublished 17 months ago by Winnifred Warren
This is a wonderful movie. Acting is superb.
James Cagney was one of the best actors ever.
I saw this movie for the first time last night w/ my father. He wanted me to see this movie to see the contrast of what people were like in the 40's-50's and how society is today. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by HutSutRaw
There aren't too many movies that I'd say are pretty near perfect...but this is one of them!
I've seen it a dozen times, and I'm always amazed at how the movie doesn't fail to... Read more
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