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Easter Parade and The Band Wagon headline Warner Classic Musicals in March

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of five classic musicals on 15th March 2005 headlined by the much requested Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, and The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Both on DVD for the first time in Two-Disc Special Editions Remastered with Warner Bros.’ Proprietary "Ultra-Resolution" Process, The Band Wagon also features a New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack. Retail is $26.99 SRP each.

Other Classic Musicals available for the first time on DVD include Broadway hits Bells are Ringing and Finian's Rainbow plus a newly remastered, widescreen version of Brigadoon. Retail is $19.97 SRP each.

All five titles also available together in the Broadway to Hollywood - Classic Musicals Collection Gift Set priced at $59.92 SRP.

Easter Parade - Starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, Easter Parade is one of the brightest, cheeriest musicals ever made and features 17 Irving Berlin tunes and an Academy Award®-winning adaptation score. Strolling along 5th Avenue or going on the bum as A Couple of Swells Judy Garland and Fred Astaire lead a parade of music and gotta-dance fun (including Astaire's Drum Crazy) in this never-ending delight co-starring Ann Miller (performing a knockout Shaking the Blues Away), and Peter Lawford (gamely crooning The Fella with the Umbrella with Garland). The film is in color with a running time of 103 minutes and is not MPAA rated.

Disc One:

  • New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
  • Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke
  • Garland Trailer Gallery
  • Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Disc Two:
  • The critically acclaimed, Three-time Emmy Award-winning American Masters Documentary Profile Judy Garland: By Myself (exclusively on DVD only on this release)
  • Outtake Musical Number Mr. Monotony with Judy Garland
  • Audio-only Bonus: Radio Promos -- a 1948 promotional interview with Fred Astaire and MGM’s Dick Simmons, plus the ultra-rare Screen Guild Playhouse version of Easter Parade with Fred and Judy from March 1951
  • All-new making-of documentary Easter Parade: On The Avenue featuring cast and crew interviews

The Band Wagon - In this Vincente Minnelli-directed backstager, Fred Astaire dazzles in numbers set in a train station (By Myself), a penny arcade (A Shine on Your Shoes), a backlot Central Park (Dancing in the Dark) and a smoky café (Girl Hunt), the latter two with the incomparable Cyd Charisse. And when he, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan play infants who "hate each other very much!" in the merry Triplets, it's one more reason to love this movie very, very much. As the hallmark song which originated here goes, That's Entertainment! The film is in color with a running time of 112 minutes and is not MPAA rated.

Disc One:
  • New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
  • Soundtrack Remastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Original Mono
  • Commentary by Liza Minnelli (daughter of Vincente Minnelli) and Michael Feinstein
  • Astaire Trailer Gallery
  • Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Disc Two:
  • New Making-of Documentary Get Aboard! The Band Wagon
  • In-depth Documentary analysis of the career of director Vincente Minnelli
  • Outtake Musical Number Two Faced Woman
  • Rare, Vintage Vitaphone Musical Short Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet

Bells Are Ringing - Judy Holliday reprises her Tony-winning Broadway role of irrepressible switchboard girl Ella in a jubilant adaptation that marked her final movie and the final teaming of movie-musical titans Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli. Dean Martin co-stars as a struggling playwright in for a surprise when he learns "Mom's" identity. The sparking Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adloph Green score includes Holliday's heartfelt The Party's Over and the Judy Holliday/Martin duet Just in Time. The film has been specially remastered for DVD and is presented in 16x9 Widescreen version with 5.1 audio, in color with a running time of 126 minutes and is not MPAA rated.

Features include:
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • New Featurette Bells Are Ringing: The Party's Over
  • Outtake Musical Numbers Is It a Crime, My Guiding Star and alternate takes of The Midas Touch
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Brigadoon - Look on a map and you won't find it. Look in your heart and there it will be. Enchantment is a place - and a movie - called Brigadoon with Gene Kelly stars in and choreographs a lyrical film adaptation of the 1947 Broadway musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot). Vincente Minnelli directs this otherworldly tale of vacationing New Yorkers (Kelly and Van Johnson) who discover a Scottish village that comes to life one every 100 years for one day only. There, Kelly and a town lass (Cyd Charisse) share the love of a lifetime - one seemingly allotted just 24 hours. But fear not, there's magic and timeless songs hereabouts -- Almost Like Being in Love, The Heather on the Hill and more! The film is newly remastered in 16X9 anamorphic format and 5.1 audio and is in color with a running time of 108 minutes (no MPAA rating).

Features include:
  • First-ever New Digital 16x9 Transfer (2:55:1)
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Three Outtake Musical Numbers: Come to Me, Bend to Me, From this Day On and Sword Dance
  • Audio Outtake: There But for You Go I
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Finian's Rainbow - He wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper - but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know he's Fred Astaire. The great entertainer sang and danced his last musical lead in Finian's Rainbow, director Francis Ford Coppola's exuberant movie of the 1947 Broadway hit. Astaire plays an Irish rogue who plants a stolen crock of leprechaun gold in the soil near Fort Knox to reap what he thinks will be a rich harvest. In tow are his spirited daughter (Petula Clark), a lovestruck leprechaun (Tommy Steele) and a bigoted Southern senator (KeenanWynn) transformed by misbegotten magic. The treasurable Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg score includes How are Things in Glocca Morra?, Look to the Rainbow, If This Isn't Love and Old Devil Moon. The film is presented in 16x9 Widescreen anamorphic format with 5.1 digital audio, is in color with a running time of 145 minutes and is not MPAA rated.

Features include:
  • New Introduction and Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Featurette The World Premiere of Finian's Rainbow
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles - English, French and Spanish








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