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It Snowed
It Snowed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice addtion to anyone's Christmas library, Feb. 12 2015
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This is my first Meaghan Smith album and I must say I am impressed.This London,Ontario native certainly has a way of vocal phrasing.It is soft, yet compelling.Her singing is also intimate,like she is sitting there singing directly to you.She is ably backed throughout and it is a different take on Christmas songs you have heard in the past,but in a good way.As with many folks,her Christmas hit "It Snowed" is what first grabbed me.In her relatively brief 10 year(so far)career she has already written a song for a film and has been nominated for music awards.Meaghan has a bright future ahead of her and here's to her continued success.

Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs)
Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs)
DVD ~ Gene Kelly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's best., Feb. 12 2015
Singing in the Rain(released Mar/52) stars,among others,Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen,Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse.This review is for the 2002 2-disc special edition.This is an excellent film,light hearted and full of energy with tons of memorable tunes from the American songbook.What really makes this edition are all the added features.More on that later,first let's get to the story.
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.Reynolds is happy to do it at the start but soon tires of how Hagen treats her.At the screening of the film the audience asks Hagen to sing for them.Reynolds,one last time,sings behind the curtain while Hagen lip syncs.While O'Connor,Kelly and the boss are listening off stage,all three of them pull up the curtain and expose the fraud to one and all.As Reynolds runs out of the theatre,Kelly announces to all that Reynolds is the real star of the picture.The film comes to a close as the two stand in front of the now-new picture costar's movie sign....kissing.
I have always been more of an Astaire fan,but I consider this one Kelly's best film and most palatable,for me.It is high energy,full of wonderful songs and O'Connor,Reynolds and Kelly look and work exceptionally well together.It wasn't of course as sweet behind the scenes as it was in front but,hey that's show biz.Kelly's now immortal Singing in the Rain sequence and the trio's Good Morning routine are just two highlights.The famous or infamous jump cut when Kelly and Charisse are dancing is still there.The original footage still remains lost.
Technically speaking the film is in full screen a/r and is exceptionally clear and crisp.This is a marvelous transfer,the best I have ever seen the film look.Extras abound in this two disc set with special commentary,documentaries,stills,an outtake,and much more.
In conclusion for those who love this film,this is the best version yet put out.The picture is phenomenal,while the film itself is now considered one of the best musicals ever done.You'll love it.

Complete Recording 1952-62 (4CD)
Complete Recording 1952-62 (4CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Dearie fans!, Feb. 11 2015
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This 4 CD set of nine of Blossom Dearie's vintage albums are da bomb! The music contained herein are the core base upon which Dearie's rep is what it is today.They have included her first two albums on the Prestige and Emarcy labels,quite rare stuff.
You probably know these are recordings made not from the original sources but from records.The quality of the sources obviously has the greatest bearing on how the final product will sound.I have bought many a CD of this type and some have been terribly poor.Such a case happened to me recently with The Astaire Story.It contained periodic pops and clicks throughout which weren't on the original recordings.Either they did little to take them out, or they did but their record's defects were so bad they couldn't eliminate them entirely.I am happy to report that there is nothing like that here.These recordings are for the most part remastered from the records quite well.Any criticisms I could level would really just be minor and not worth noting here.
The first and second LPs will catch those not entirely familiar with her catalogue a little off guard.In the first she is integrated into a group singing mostly in French.The second has her just playing songs on her 88s,and nothing else.However they are so well done that I just sat and sang along with them.It's like Blossom Dearie karaoke!
The rest are the albums she did from the mid 50s into the early 60s,and her distinctive vocal talents are front and centre.Wonderful stuff no matter how you slice it.Blossom has always been hard to categorize(I have never subscribed to the theory that all music must be pegged into a certain hole).To me she has simply been an original,interpreting the American songbook in her own inimitable fashion,and done it with great aplomb and technical skill.
All in all this is a set that is well worth the more than reasonable price.Nine of her defining albums,with excellent sound...you can't beat it.

On Broadway
On Broadway
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful compilation CD, Feb. 10 2015
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Not many folks will remember the 60s as a decade full of crooners,but think about it:Robert Goulet,Tony Bennett,Johnny Mathis,Andy Williams,to name a small fraction...and those all on the Columbia label! Add to that Columbia list Mr.Jerry Vale.Mr.Vale always had that laid back,wistful quality to his singing and persona, and this CD fits the Vale persona perfectly.Jerry didn't have that belting out quality of Goulet,or the hip flair of Bennett.Backed by lush orchestrations,he sang each song as if he was singing right to you,in your home.And it is not to say Vale didn't trod some of the same musical paths his contemporaries did,because he did on more than a few occasions.But this is the style I,at least,will always remember Jerry for,and I must say,will always admire him for. He always,it seems to me, treated a song like something that was delicate and not to be manhandled.A tune to him was to be treated like a lady;caressed and pampered.And for that level of dedication to his tunes,he has left us with a pretty remarkable array of albums
Sony has hand picked some real gems for this release.All are from top of the deck musicals,all sang in the gentle,romantic Vale manner.Mr. Vale is certainly underrated and rarely mentioned with the more well known singers.I think that wrong should be righted.Mr.Vale,I salute you and your wonderful talent.

The Franchise Collection: Shirley Temple (Little Miss Marker/Now and Forever/The Runt Page)
The Franchise Collection: Shirley Temple (Little Miss Marker/Now and Forever/The Runt Page)
DVD ~ Gary Cooper
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have DVD for all of Shirley's fans, Feb. 10 2015
The Shirley Temple Darling Pack contains two early Temple features and one short.Little Miss Marker,Now and Forever and Runt Page.These films show Temple on the cusp of superstardom,and as such are integral to understanding where she had been before she was to become what she became.
Little Miss Marker(released June/34)stars,among others,Shirley Temple,Adolphe Menjou and Dorothy Dell.The story finds Shirley as the daughter of a man who leaves her behind as collateral/a marker to cover a $20 bet on a horse race.The father ends up committing suicide and Menjou, who runs the betting shop,ends up having to raise her.Between Shirley and Dell,the previously stoic Menjou ends up falling for both dolls and has a happy ending for all.The film overall is a pleasant diversion and Temple was quickly developing into quite the little actress.In a short time she would be box office gold for Fox.This was a loan out to Paramount by Fox ,who up to this point had also been under-utilizing her.When the box office returns came in Paramount offered Fox a cool $50 grand for her contract.Fox declined,much to their later delight.3 1/2 stars.
Now and Forever(released Aug/34)stars,among others,Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard.Cooper plays a wandering playboy who is always short on dough.His moll is Lombard who travels wherever Cooper goes.As the film opens they are in Shanghai and broke,with a big hotel bill to pay.Cooper poses as an accountant and re-adjusts the books/their bill.Cooper gets a letter about his daughter,something he tells Lombard about for the first time.It seems his ex father in law wants custody and Cooper will let him have her for $75 grand.As it washes out,Cooper ends up taking his girl with him instead.They go to France where Cooper ends up again out of money and desperate. He ends up stealing jewelry and hawking it.But due to his little girl's influence he has a change of heart and tries to retrieve the bangle.He ends up shooting the fence and getting shot also.Just before this he had arranged for a kindly rich dowager to take custody of Shirley.Now wounded he says his goodbyes to her and ends up fainting in pain.He recovers and he,Carole and Shirley become a proper family.This is a very cynical film and Cooper plays a nasty,very selfish part.Lombard loves him but many times has second thoughts on their lifestyle and his seemingly cavalier attitude towards his daughter.The plot,to me,doesn't play as smoothly as Little Miss Marker and tends to drag too much.2 1/2-3 stars.
The last film is a one reeler.It was part of the Baby Burlesk series of films;kind of Our Gang rip offs(they weren't the only ones doing it).There were almost a dozen shot,all self contained films.The is the first one shot and a terrible stinker and waste of celluloid.It is a send up of the film The Front Page.The kids just mouth their lines,but all are over dubbed by adults.It's trying to make kids look and act like adults,but fails miserably.The only value is that it contains Temple's very first screen appearance...and that's it brother! 1 star.
Technically speaking all films are in very good condition and are in a 1:33:1 a/r.There is only one one-sided DVD here.
All in all this is a must have for Shirley Temple fans.This showcases the worst and best of some of Shirley's early 30s work.The two films showcase her obvious talents, just as she was on the cusp of stardom.None of the films come up to a 4 star rating,but as a significant part of the Temple legacy,it is a must have and I am glad it is available.

The Sergio Leone Anthology (A Fistful Of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad And The Ugly / Duck, You Sucker AKA: A Fistful Of Dynamite)
The Sergio Leone Anthology (A Fistful Of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad And The Ugly / Duck, You Sucker AKA: A Fistful Of Dynamite)
DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
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4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for Eastwood and Leone fans., Feb. 8 2015
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The Sergio Leone Anthology contains four of Leone's most famous entries,A Fistful of Dollars(released Sept/64),For a Few Dollars More(released Nov/65),The Good,The Bad and the Ugly(released Dec/66) and finally Duck,you Sucker(released Oct/71).Now let me be clear,I have never been a Western fan at all.When the first two films were released,there were what seemed like an inordinate amount of westerns on TV at that time,such as Bonanza,Gunsmoke,Wagon Train,The Big Valley,The Virginians,and on and on.So when Leone brought out a film out with a man who I already knew from TV as its star,I was more than skeptical.Back then after seeing the films I was certainly impressed with the freshness and difference of Leone's take on westerns as opposed to Hollywood's product.And as time progressed I realized that it not only put Clint on the map, but also had given him some of the self same character attributes that he would continue to reuse in subsequent films in the years before.My negative impressions in a nutshell?:they were cheaply made(they seemed to get bigger budgets as they progressed),were just WAY too long and the overdubbing resembled something out of a bad Chinese flick.Any ways,let's look at them.
A Fisful of Dollars stars,among others,Clint Eastwood,Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volonté.The story finds Eastwood as a drifter riding into a town with two major factions in it.After the brutality and degrading treatment some of the town's citizens receive from them,he decides to play the two off of each other.He walks a fine line and even gets beaten for it.But he perseveres and justice is finally meted out.The film has Clint's character taking it cautiously and never using a bit of dialogue he doesn't need to.Violence is not an excuse,it is a way of life here,totally different from Hollywood's films.3-3 1/2 stars.
For a Few Dollars More stars,among others,Clint Eastwood,Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonté.It finds the same character riding into another town,but this time he has competition.Lee Van Cleef is also front and center and both are bounty hunters going after the same criminal.While Eastwood is in it for profit,Cleef has another personal reason for revenge.This film has virtually the same cast as the previous one,just playing different roles,with the addition of Cleef.I liked the Cleef character and he and Eastwood seemed to play well off of each other.Again the violence is always around every corner just waiting for an excuse to erupt.3 stars.
The Good,the Bad and the Ugly stars,among others,Clint Eastwood,Lee Van Cleef,Aldo Giuffrè,Mario Brega and Eli Wallach.This one finds Eastwood sharing the screen with Cleef and Wallach.Eastwood and Wallach conjure a scheme wherein Eastwood perpetually turns wanted man Wallach in for the reward.Just as he is about to be hung Eastwood shoots the rope and the pair escape and divvy up the money.This scheme soon wears thin and the two part ways.But they continually seem to run into each other and a game of one-upmanship is played out.Cleef is again a bounty hunter and he gets wind of some Confederate gold that is buried somewhere.By coincidence Wallach and Eastwood find the man who buried it.Wallach finds out in what town it is buried, but as he goes for help for the wounded man,he dies.When he returns Eastwood admits to knowing exactly where it is.The three end up at its location near the end and a stand off takes place as to who will get the money.This film,while having the most cred of the series,to me is the least appealing.Its pace and it's bulky and meandering storyline hurt it considerably.Barely 3 stars.
Duck,You Sucker is the Eastwood-less film of the bunch,starring,among others,Rod Steiger,James Coburn and Romolo Valli.This film finds Coburn as an ex IRA man roaming Mexico in the early 1900s,looking for work and carrying one heck of alot of explosives.Steiger is an excitable bandito with a large family in his posse.The two men end up meeting and joining forces to combat the vicious government forces.This is a film about revolution and its effect and consequences on the little man.It was done in a decade(after the 60s social upheaval and into the 70s) that understood that kind of thinking and related to it well.The Mexican revolution was just a back drop for the story.This is a restored version and it certainly makes the original look pale in comparison.The extra footage does nothing but add to it and enhance it so one understands it much better than ever. 3 1/2-4 stars.
Technically speaking the films are all in their original w/s a/r's of 2:35:1 and are incredibly clear and crisp.These films have been remastered so well they look like they were filmed yesterday.The REAL star earners in this set are the invaluable extras.There are eight one sided discs in all,four for the films and four for the extras.The extras range from deleted scenes,featurettes galore,interviews with the films stars,then and now site comparisons,a small booklet and so much more.For a Few Dollars More,The Good,the Bad and the Ugly and Duck,You Sucker have been restored with extra footage.The extra footage for Duck,You Sucker seems to have done it the best out of the two.It just slows down the former,while making the latter much more palpable and easier to understand.
All in all,while groundbreaking films for Eastwood and his future career,the first three films still impress me the same way they did those many years ago;cheap(although admittedly less so as the franchise went on)and overly long with bad overdubbing.They were simply Italian western films that finally made a dent in the North American market.Certainly a different take on the Western genre, but just that,and nothing more.Duck You Sucker is much better now in its full form,and I related to it far better than the others.For those who really dig these films,the extras are the real stars that will spoil even the most passive of viewers,along with the superb remastering.Without having seen the extras(I never do,until AFTER I review),I just know that they will treat these films as something cutting edge and Leone as another Orson Welles;the usual stuff.It is amazing what time does to certain films.

Bad Ass 2
Bad Ass 2
DVD ~ Danny Trejo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner., Feb. 5 2015
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Bad Asses or Bad Ass 2(released Mar/14)stars,among others,Danny Trejo,Danny Glover,Andrew Divoff and Jacqueline Obradors.Sequels generally do not fare as well as originals,but I am happy to report that this film comes up to the original in just about every respect.
The story finds our "bad ass" Trejo now living out of a gym.He has had to sell his mom's house in order to pay for cancer surgery for his beloved retriever.Next door to the gym is a mom and pop store run by a curmudgeonly old Glover.The two have a rough and gruff relationship but get along despite themselves.Trejo helps to train and mentor some of the young tough L.A. kids who come into his gym.He is particularly close to one.One night the young man gets himself killed.His policeman friend tells Trejo that the kid was carrying thousands of dollars of drugs on him.Trejo vows to find out the men responsible, for the young man's mother's sake,whom he becomes close to.It takes Trejo following a friend of his the next night, to find out the source.It seems they were both earning extra cash by selling prescription drugs on the street.Trejo barges into the apartment and proceeds to shut down the distribution centre.
Trjejo's actions get the attention of those in charge.It seems the man who runs it is the son to the ambassador to the Argentinian consulate.The ambassador in turn is the one smuggling drugs into the country to sell.The son,at his father's behest,tries to put a lid on Trejo.Just when Trejo is down for the count and ready to be eliminated, Glover steps in and takes the group out with some well placed whacks with a hockey stick.Glover it seems had been set to be the first black hockey player in the NHL years before,but had been severely injured before he reached the majors,thus losing out on a lucrative career.We also learn that Glover has a severe liver disease and is not expected to live for more than a few months.Despite this Glover and Trejo team up to try and take down this insidious group of drug peddlers.
Trejo and Glover make a step by step progression,going from one incident to another in their climb to find first,the ambassadors son,then to get the ambassador himself.Glover and Trejo even get their store and gym,respectively,blown up, but this does not deter the two.They first get to the son, and during an altercation Trejo learns where his father is going to be and actually gets him arrested.But diplomatic immunity has its privileges and he walks free.This puts Trejos on the ambassadors personal radar,but Trejo and Glover continue their fight.
The two decide to infiltrate a meat packing plant the ambassador runs.They indeed finds drugs hidden amongst the meat.However they are caught and they end up hung high within a meat locker.They are left to freeze,but the two,as resourceful as ever,eventually escape.At this time a wrench falls into the works.The ambassador kidnaps his lady friend.This empowers the two to go on to find and get the ambassadors son through a chase in the wilderness.They finally get him after some hairy moments and they arrange a swap with his father.
Back in the city they meet at a heli-pad and the exchange is made.However the ambassador tries to take out the two with a hidden gunman in the back of his truck.Glover drops him with his pistol.Trejo starts mopping the floor with the ambassador when the ambassador's posse shows up surrounding the two.However the fight continues with Trejo still beating his butt.Just then the police arrive to take control of the entire scene.This time the ambassador and his drug selling days are over.The film comes to an end as Trejo is relaxing at the home of his now-lady friend,who would like him to stay with her and her daughter permanently.
The story and feel of the film,its direction and good acting is on the same level as the first one.Now with Glover aboard,the film takes on a slightly different dynamic, as there are more humourous moments between the two throughout the film.Some funny ones come just as Trejo is trying to get cozy with his lady and Glover"intervenes".But when the action starts and things get down and dirty,Glover's character is right there and in the thick of things as well as Trejo's.There is great chemistry between the two and it doesn't detract from the over raison d'etre of the movie.All the other actors involved do a fine job also.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:78:1 and is clear and crisp.The only extra is a featurette on the films making.
Overall, another success in the Bad ass franchise(I understand there is another coming in 2015).Trejo and Glover work wonderfully together.This one has a bit more humour in it than the first, but it doesn't detract at all from the over all dynamic.It's different...but in a good way.Four solid stars.

Bad Ass
Bad Ass
DVD ~ Danny Trejo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life and times in east L.A., Feb. 5 2015
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Bad Ass(released April/12)stars,among others,Danny Trejo,Charles S. Dutton and Ron Perlman.This is a very nice film of the little man getting his revenge on those that would bring them down.It is very loosely based on an incident in which real live Thomas Bruso was attacked and fought back on a transit bus in Oakland,Ca.back in 2010.How loosely?Picture all the lug nuts but one on a wheel having come off,and the last one is hanging on by a thread!
The story is based in east L.A. and two punks board a buss and harass a passenger.Trejo steps in and the two end up on the floor of the bus.A video is taken and posted on the equivalent of You Tube,which goes viral and Trejo thereafter is labelled "bad ass".This former decorated Vietnam vet whose only source of income has been a hot dog stand for about 40 years,soon loses his mother and ends up moving into her house.He now has his mothers dog and a good friend living with him;the latter the man who saved his life in Vietnam during combat.
Trejo's friend one night gives him a flash drive,and asks that he keep it in a safe place.His friend goes out later but never comes back,as he ends up murdered.It seems they were after that self same flash drive. The police of course end up at the scene but their"investigation" is slower than molasses on a block of ice.Trejo becomes frustrated and starts to dig into matters himself.Returning to the crime scene he finds a spent bullet cartridge in a drain and a locket on a chain belonging to one of the killers.
Trejo follows a circuitous route in trying to find the name of the killer and to the different places he is forced to go to.In the end he finds his man.He also finds out the name of the ultimate person responsible for the hit on his friend.It seems that flash drive contains info on a big real estate buy out that also involves oil wells in the city.The man Trejo now wants is Dutton who is responsible for buying up property for the entire scheme on behalf of the mayor,Perlman.
Next day Trejo befriends his next door neighbour whose husband has been very abusive towards her and her son.Trejo ends up booting the errant hubby out.That leaves the home without a front door.Trejo offers his place for them to stay in until the door can be replaced.Trejo,knowing the flash drive is becoming too hot a property to keep,hands it over to an L.A.cop;a friend of his.He also tells him to tell no one.Trejo now begins to track down Dutton.He finds his hide away but is captured and subsequently tortured.After Dutton leaves and his men continue on Trejo,Trejo manages to break free and follow Dutton.This leads both into a bus to bus chase.It ends with both buses crashed and Trejo following Dutton back to his house.Dutton arrives first and threatens Trejo's neighbour.When Trejo arrives all hell breaks loose.The fight spills into the front yard where Dutton is finally taken down and arrested.This of course leads to the flash drive becoming known and the mayor getting his just desserts.Trejo and his new friends begin a new life together.
I was impressed right from the start.The opening music itself is a blast and gets the old blood pumping.The movie moves along beautifully and you are drawn into Trejo's character from the get go.Trejo,the hardest working Latino actor on the planet,is a natural to play such a role.His character has the outward gruff and tough appearance(Trejo's face looks like the dark side of the moon!) but on the inside he has a heart of gold.He has had a tough go of it but he has never felt sorry for himself and has soldiered on for years,eking out a living.There is one nice heartfelt moment where Trejo is alone and sobbing, wondering where his life has gone.A good man to cast for the part,as is Dutton and of course the all too short appearances of Perlman,always a treat to see.
Technically speaking the film is in its original w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and is clear and crisp.The only extra is a featurette.
All in all a surprisingly good film,one that flew under my radar for awhile(I LOVE finding films like this).With a sympathetic character we can all latch onto,to the smart direction,good action and all around solid acting, this says winner all the way.4 stars all the way,and maybe a touch more.

Astaire Story
Astaire Story
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1.0 out of 5 stars A MUST to avoid!, Feb. 4 2015
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The Astaire Story is a jazz classic and one of the greatest studio recordings made by any artist.However this new version release by an unknown European concern going by the name of Jazz Masters is to be steered clear of.It is NOT an official release which means it has been created through the use of the best available records.And this is where the trouble lies.The recordings have repeated clicks and pops throughout the entire two CDs.For example the very first tune Isn't it a Lovely Day starts it all off.Just as Fred sings about getting out of the storm and gives a slight chuckle,a grand "click"is heard coming through powerfully....in stereo! The makers didn't seem to care one way or another or they would have tried to reduce or preferably eliminate the sound altogether.I have the original record set and a later compilation CD of some of the tracks and none exhibit ANY noises whatsoever.
And the noises continue on the next tune,and on and on.This is a sorry excuse for a re-release of such magnitude.My advice is steer WAY clear of it....unless it has Verve on the label.If not,you are throwing your money away.I am sending mine back for a refund pronto.

Dont Knock the Rock/Rock Around the Clock
Dont Knock the Rock/Rock Around the Clock
DVD ~ Bill Haley and the Comets
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3.0 out of 5 stars One better than the other,but both have some great music., Feb. 1 2015
This two pack contains two rock-ploitation films from the 50s.First up is Don't Knock the Rock(released Dec/56) and Rock Around the Clock(released Mar/56).The former is the weaker of the two.But both have since become pieces of rock n roll filmic history.
Don't Knock the Rock stars,among others,Alan Dale,Patricia Hardy,Fay Baker,Alan Freed,Billy Haley and the Comets,Little Richard,The Treniers and Dave Appell and the Applejacks.The story,typical of the genre,has Dale as a top name RnR singer,burned out in NYC.He returns to his small hometown for a rest to find his type of music isn't welcome there.In hopes of persuading the town that RnR isn't all that bad,he puts on a concert with the likes of Little Richard,Bill Haley,Dave Appell and the Treniers.The show is prematurely shutdown when a girl deliberately makes trouble for Dale when he spurns her advances.Dale then tries one last time and puts a show on with culture as its main theme.It wins the parents over and all live happily ever after.
The film is full of the schism between the young kids and the older generation kind of stuff...yawn.The plot is a long and meandering one and lacks any substance.Dale was a singer in real life but he had a not all too successful run at the showbiz ladder.The best thing about the film are the RnR acts.Little Richard's Tuttii Fruitti had the bridge cut out of it because,if I recall,it was a bit too wild.The Treniers had a great visual act,like the Flamingo's.In fact this type of music was already being done by pioneer Louis Jordan.Dave Appell went on to greater success as a producer/writer for Cameo records in the 60s, with such acts as Chubby Checkers,The Orlons,Bobby Rydell,etc.There didn't seem to be too many Cameo records that didn't have his name on them somewhere back then.I'd give this film a 2 1/2- 3 stars.
Rock Around the Clock stars,among others,Johnny Johnston,Alix Talton,Lisa Gaye,John Archer,Alan Freed, Bill Haley and His Comets,The Platters,Tony Martinez and His Mambo and Freddie Bell and His Bellboys.The story finds a big band manager being fired because of his lack of tenacity in getting bookings for the orchestra.The"truth" is is that bookings are drying up because of the RnR craze emerging.He finds such a group in a small town.He hires them(Haley)and falls in love with a female dancer that also goes along and dances to the groups music.He goes to NYC and convinces an old agent friend to book the new act into a club for a try out.The agent is his ex girlfriend and she books the band into a very proper all girls school dance.The gig almost doesn't go over but squeaks by in the end.The agent refuses to hire them.When he starts to take on the band personally the bookings start to come in and the agent returns offering them a steady job.The only stipulation is that the girl not get married for three years.Near the end of the film after a successful concert,the girl announces that she is married to the band manager.When the agent threatens to sue he tells her that they were already married before the contract was drawn up.Fade out.
Despite it also being a shallow plotted film this one shows some consistent good editing, and the film moves along very well,holding your interest far better than the other.Haley and the group are on hand with some of heir biggest hits and the Platters smoke it with Only You and The Great Pretender.Freddie Bell and his group would later appear in Get Yourself a College Girl with the Dave Clark Five about 10 years later.He never had a hit in North America, but he would go on to Vegas where his high energy stage act would get good raves.Tony Martiniez while a talented musician/singer would never get the accolades he deserved in that department.The 50s show the Real McCoys came a calling and he would appear on the entire run of that show as Pepino the handyman.Alan Freed,one of RnR's giant figures.He helped to popularize the whole genre of RnR out his Cleveland,then NYC studio programs.RnR owes Freed an untold debt.Unfortunately poor Alan became a major figure in the Payola scandals of the late 50s which took down so many good folks.He was never the same afterwards.He passed away in /65 at only 43 years of age.I give this film a 3 1/2-4 star rating.
Technically speaking both films are in their original B&W w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and look wonderful.There are no extras.Both are one sided discs in their own slip cases.
All in all two now-historical Rock and Roll films are brought together in one package by Columbia.Both show us some of the pioneers of the genre at their peak."Rock Around..."is the better of the two,not falling into the usual traps of its counterpart here and of others of its ilk that would spring up ad nauseum.It all averages out to three stars but if you like Rock and Roll these are two treasures to own.

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