4 Classic Musicals in May including The Band Wagon SE

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of four additions to their Classic Musical Collection. Leading the way on 16th May 2005 are the much requested Easter Parade and The Band Wagon, released as Special Editions having been restored using Warner's proprietary Ultra Resolution process, with The Band Wagon featuring a soundtrack remastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and original mono. Also new to DVD is Finian's Rainbow, along with a newly remastered version of Brigadoon, which are single disc releases priced at £15.99 RRP. The single-disc Easter Parade SE is also priced at £15.99, with the two-disc The Band Wagon SE priced at £19.99.

Easter Parade - Special Edition
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).
Features include:

  • 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
  • Outtake Musical Number Mr. Monotony with Judy Garland
  • All-new making-of documentary Easter Parade: On The Avenue featuring cast and crew interviews

The Band Wagon - Two-Disc Special Edition
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!

Features include:

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

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

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.

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

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 (Keenan Wynn) 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.

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

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