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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic...
I don't know what it is about this film but classics always get to me. You cannot go wrong with this film. The quality of that movie is the best and I enjoy showing this movie to my children. Hoping a new generation will learn to love the classics.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Grungy Audio, cuts in major dance scene
... Unfortunately, this 2-disc "improvement" is a [disappointment]. The digitally remastered sound is harsh and grungy. Worst of all, there's a horrendous piece of censorship in Gene and Cyd's classic Broadway Melody dance number, a cut so obvious that it verges on sheer, criminal stupidity. I'm returning this 2-disc edition and searching for an uncut version to...
Published on April 25 2003 by Great Movie Addict
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best musicals...ever!,
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This review is from: Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) (DVD)Singin' in the Rain was always one of my favourites, so I jumped at the chance on buying the Special Edition DVD. The special features on Disc 2 are fabulous -- the best I have seen yet. It was when I watched the "Musicals, Great Musicals!" featurette on disc 2 that I got a surprise! You see, I am a HUGE Judy Garland fan! Clips from her old movies take up at least 30 minutes of the 90 minute featurette. So not only will Singin' in the Rain fans get their fill, Garland fans will too.
The dancing and musical numbers in this film are astounding. In my opinion, talent like this doesn't exist anymore in todays society.
This DVD is highly recommended. You are guaranteed to LOVE IT!
***Look out for "For Me and My Gal" starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland coming out on DVD in April!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best -- None Ever Better,
This review is from: Singinin the Rain (VHS Tape)It's all been said a million times...this is the great one, the best, and you're crazy if you miss it. Gorgeous Gene Kelly at his absolute best (a transcendent experience, to say the least!), lovely and delightful Debbie Reynolds, and the mesmerizing Cyd Charisse. Young Donald O'Connor is also here in the performance of his career. O'Connor is SO good as the loveably cynical Cosmo Brown that I'm boggled that the powers that be never utilized him to the full extent of his capabilities. As Bing Crosby said about him, "Is there anything he can't do?" Were the studios crazy or just plain blind to his abilities? Up to this point O'Connor had only ever played the adolescent in "B" movies (and he was back at it again after SITR), but they let him play an honest-to-goodness grown-up here, and oh, how wonderful he is! As for the sublime Mr. Kelly...Gene is ALWAYS magic, and here he is at his peak. Please don't miss this...it ought to be part of everyone's movie library.
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, Glorious!,
My favorite song was not "Singin' In The Rain" nor "Make 'em Laugh" or even "Good Morning," and I disliked "Broadway Ballet..." my favorite was the catchy "Dreaming Of You." I said people might disagree with my liking Jean Hagan more than Gene Kelly...but they will disagree with me even more on "Dreaming Of You." Though it is a good number, the title track gets a bit tiring sometimes.
Having loved "The Band Wagon" starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse I thought Cyd Charisse would show the same glory she did before...however that is not true. Obviously this movie was made WAY before "Brigadoon" or "The Band Wagon" because Cyd does barely anything in this film besides look silly in her ugly Catwoman-like costume in the movie premiere quickys and look unhealthy (for us modern-day watchers)in the Broadway Ballet when she is smoking a very long cigarette.
To top it all off, I have to give Millard Mitchell some credit for his "big director" type of character. He is comparable to the real-life Harry Cohn or even Louis B. Mayer himself.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Glorious Feeling, Indeed!,
This review is from: Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) (DVD)Everybody remembers the scene. It's the one where he walks along the street, dancing, and singin' in the rain. The musical sequence has yet to be surpassed by any film -- even my all-time-favorite musical, "Grease" (1978), doesn't stand a chance. In fact, there's another great musical number in "Singin' in the Rain," with Donald O'Connor throwing his body around like a rag doll. Even though the singin' in the rain number is the infamous trademark of the film and musicals everywhere, my personal favorite is "Make 'em Laugh."
Not many people know, however, that Gene Kelly had a 103 degree fever during the filming of the infamous scene -- a dangerous thing to do, in retrospect, considering that he was flailing about and working up a sweat in pouring water with such a high temperature. But even then, not many people know that the "rain water" pouring down on the joyously cheesy street was actually composed of water and milk. The milk was added to the mix in an effort to achieve the effect of raindrops showing up on screen. (Mel Gibson noted once that most of the time during the filming of "Braveheart" it was raining around them, but it was basically impossible to notice any rainfall in the film since the sheets of liquid were so thin.)
"Singin' in the Rain" can probably be called the greatest musical of all time, even though my guilty pleasure is "Grease" (how outdated the film is, and yet how amusing it remains!). Every serious filmgoer knows this movie, and just yesterday as I watched Britain's countdown to the greatest musical ever made, I noted that "Singin' in the Rain" was high on the list ("Grease" was no. 1, although any list that posts "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Musical" higher on a list than "Singin' in the Rain" can't be trusted).
Don Lockwood (Kelly) is a silent film star in 1927, an ex-musician living an on-screen romance with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) and letting the publicity take their screen relationship to a whole new level (think Ben and Jen's recent tabloid romance). The press loves to think that its two biggest stars are the nation's cutest couple, but in reality Lockwood despises Lamont, and Lamont -- having read trashy magazines -- believes their relationship to be factual. "Oh, Donny!" Lina cries. "You couldn't kiss my like that and not mean it just a teensy bit!" Lockwood: "Meet the greatest actor in the world -- I'd rather kiss a tarantula." Lina: "You don't mean that." Lockwood: "I don't? Hey Joe, get me a tarantula!"
When the silent film studio begins the transition from silent film to new "talkies," it means that Lockwood will have to take acting lessons in able to learn to truly be able to act, and Lamont -- a squeaky-voiced young lady -- will have to learn to learn proper grammar. (Some scenes with a grammar instructor reminded me of "My Fair Lady," truth be told, although it was filmed 12 years afterwards.)
Lockwood meets a young girl named Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds), who refuses to fall victim to his Hollywood charm but eventually learns to love the guy after he gets her out of a tight squeeze or two.
Meanwhile, Lockwood's pal, Cosmo (O'Connor), suggests that they start to stage film musicals instead of feature "talkies" -- that way, all Lockwood needs to do is sing and dance, something he already excels at. ("Make a musical! The new Don Lockwood: he yodels! He jumps about to music!")
But people want Lockwood and Lamont, not Lockwood by himself, and the prospect of losing money is not a bright prospect for the film company. So Lina is filmed in the musicals with him, and towards the end of our film, sweet young Kathy dubs over Lina's voice and is given no credit for the task. Lamont is too embarrassed to admit that she can't sing, and so she blackmails the film distributor -- if they credit Kathy at the end of her new feature film, she'll take legal action.
And so comes the climatic finale on stage as Lockwood reveals the true singer behind the film (ironic, since it was Lamont herself who dubbed over Reynolds' voice during the sequence). As Roger Ebert noted, the scene where Lockwood bursts onto stage and fingers out Kathy from the crowd of onlookers is corny, but it's sweet and exactly the time of emotionally uplifting moment that is rarely made nowadays.
Gene Kelly's notorious cruelty on the set of "Singin' in the Rain" has become a sort of folklore, and it's true. He berated the actors if they messed up a single dance number. O'Connor later admitted that he was extremely frightened to make a single mistake, afraid that Kelly would lash out at him.
That strictness doesn't shine through Kelly's character in "Singin' in the Rain." In fact, many of the dance moves (such as the frantic splashing in the puddles) look quite haphazard, but they were all choreographed to an extreme.
Is that why the film is highly regarded as perhaps the definitive American musical? That probably has something to do with it. I think it's mostly the joy of it all, though -- bright, cheery, happy, and uplifting, the film is one of the most purely fun films of all time. It doesn't demand anything like some films, but it gives a lot back.
The ads for "Singin' in the Rain" promised a glorious feeling, and in that way the film lives up to its slogan. It is fun and bright and glorious and entertaining. It doesn't take itself seriously, but it offers the viewer a chance to experience something quite rare -- an all-around great movie.
What a glorious feeling, indeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars when the dancing added to the storyline---gene did this,
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Happy When I Watch This,
This review is from: Singin' in the Rain (DVD)Who cannot like Singin' in the Rain. It is a musical masterpiece, a love sotry set up against a time of change in movie production. Modern musicals like Moulin Rouge and Chicago have lost the magical touch, they are simply novelties that will die, but Singin' in the Rain will never die. It is purely a classic and should remain untouched and ruined in any way. The story takes place in 1920's, when the "talkie" movies where becoming more and more popular. And, of course, the actors have to look good, right! Well, Don Lockwood, played by Gene Kelly, looks and sounds pretty good, but what about his co-starlette, Lina Lamont. Lina has no talent and her voice sounds like a pull string that was run over by a car. How could the studio use such a bad actress. Fortunately, Don encounters a pretty young lady named Kathy. Kathy has the talent and the perfectly elegant voice that Lina lacks. When the picture the studio is currently working on is turned into a talkie with Lina's bad acting and a ton of terrible sound problems, it is a diaster. Meanwhile, Kathy and Don fall in love and Lina's jealousy is arosed. Kathy, Don, and Cosmo then decide to make the film into a musical with Kathy's voice used to represent Lina's voice. When Lina discovers what is up, she is furious and almost ruins the premier of the new musical. However, there is a happy ending. The music and dancing in this movie is absolutely amazing. The songs are catchy, I sing snatches of them quite often. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds are absolutely perfectly cast in this movie. My mother, my sister, and I all love this musical. Give it a chance, and maybe you may end up singin' in the rain yourself, with your prasies for this musical.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Help But Love This Great Film,
This review is from: Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) (DVD)When SINGING IN THE RAIN was released, people were certain it was Oscar material. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS had won the previous year, and certainly this was a more spectacular film. It did not win the Oscar that year. Cecil B. De Mille's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH won the honor. The academy preferred Betty Hutton, Charlton Heston, James Stewart as a clown escaping the police, and the great train wreck scene of this film over the song and dance numbers of Gene Kelley, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor. Over the years audiences seem to love this film, which is often considered the greatest Hollywood musical, or at least the greatest MGM musical, and are probably more familiar with it than the Academy Award Winner.
I remember the first time I saw SINGING IN THE RAIN. It was pre-cable, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, when I was in the sixth grade. With nothing better to do, I watched this movie and was mesmerized. Even though I had seen THE WIZARD OF OZ many times, and even got to stay up late and watch THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, I had never seen a movie quite like this one. Though I will have to admit THE SOUND OF MUSIC is my favorite movie musical, SINGING IN THE RAIN got me addicted to film.
The reason this film has lasting value is that it works. We genuinely like the characters so we hope they fall in love. The musical numbers, though not originally written for the film, fit together. The dancing can transport the viewer to another time and place. Though the plot may be simplistic, it is sincere entertainment. We see three great performers, perhaps at their best (though I would argue that Kelley is slightly, but just slightly better in AMERICAN IN PARIS) in a film that could never be duplicated today.
The two disk DVD set has an added bonus of a second disk containing a history of MGM musicals produced by Arthur Freed. This historical piece which includes snippets of other MGM greats such as SHOWBOAT, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE HARVEY GIRLS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and GIGI is definitely a treat.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Kelly's Classic Performance,
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the GREATEST Hollywood Musicals Ever Made,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Kelly's finest movie!,
This review is from: Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) (DVD)I really don't know what to say about this film that hasn't already been said ad nauseum, so I'll keep this review short and sweet. If you are a fan of good movies, and especially a fan of musicals, then you absolutely must buy this film right now! In fact, why are you still reading this? Go put this in your shopping cart immediately! You won't be disappointed.
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