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Judy Garland The Signature Collection (R2) in November

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Judy Garland The Signature Collection for 7th November 2005 priced at £44.99. Some would say that the greatest voice of the 20th century belonged to Judy Garland and the films included in Judy Garland The Signature Collection are testament to that. Featured within are 6 of Judy's unforgettable performances including A Star is Born. The Collection also includes 5 new to DVD titles in the form of the classics, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Ziegfeld Girl, For Me and My Gal, Harvey Girls and In the Good Old Summer Time.

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938, 92mins)

Love Finds Andy Hardy is the fourth film in the series and finds Andy (Mickey Rooney) frantically trying to juggle two girlfriends (Ann Rutherford and Lana Turner) at the same time. It's the new kid next-door (Judy Garland in the first of three fondly remembered Andy Hardy appearances) who helps Andy out of his jam and sings such delightful songs as "In Between," "It Never Rains But What It Pours" and "Meet the Beat of My Heart."

Ziegfeld Girl (1941, 133mins)

This is the story of three young beauties hand picked by Flo Ziegfeld to be groomed for Ziegfeld Girl stardom. Being discovered by Flo and joining the Follies will change a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway. Judy Garland plays Susan Gallagher, alongside Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. This is a backstage style melodrama of the Ziegfeld dynasty and it is the lavish production numbers that the MGM went all out on that are truly memorable, alongside the truly explosive talent of Garland. Garland steals the show with her genuine, heartfelt performances which are achingly tender. She is not given the glamorous presentation of the others, but presented as a vulnerable and heart breaking singer that she always was. Her most remarkable screen moment and really the performance of the film is her rendition of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."

For Me and My Girl (1941, 104mins)

Directed by the legendary Busby Berkeley, For Me and My Gal features a trunkful of tunes in this story about a Vaudeville couple determined to play The Palace in New York. Gene Kelly made his film debut and teamed with Judy Garland for the first time in this romantic tale that bucks tough times and World War I on the way to show biz success. The two stars make their way through a hit parade of nostalgic gems including the title track "For Me and My Gal," "Smiles," "After You've Gone," " Ballin' the Jack" and more than a dozen more.

Harvey Girls (1946, 101mins)

Harvey Girls documents the journey West of Susan Bradley and a cheery group of women who answer the call for young women to move west and waitress in Fred Harvey's hotels and restaurants, which were the epitome of American elegance. The women encounter all kinds of romantic and dramatic conflicts on their way to remote whistle stop towns in the West. Harvey Girls is a spectacular bit of Golden Age musical magic, topped off by Garland's star form and belting performances of Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren songs. Particularly memorable is the Academy Award winning 'On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe".

In The Good Old Summertime (1949, 104mins)

In the Good Old Summer Time Garland's gift for romantic comedy is clearly evident. Garland and Van Johnson make a marvellous screen couple and are truly at their best, playing off one another with charm and humour in a simple, yet complicated story. Andrew Larkin (Johnson) begins corresponding with a female pen pal who he soon falls in love with. However, unknown to him, his pen pal, Veronica Fisher (Garland) starts to work for him in the same music store. Sparks fly from the beginning; the two just can't seem to get along. Through their correspondence, they agree to meet for dinner one evening, but Andy sees Veronica through the restaurant window, and refuses to go in. He leaves her sitting alone and, though he now knows who his pen pal is, she is left in the dark...for the time being. Garland's talent is put to good use in this classic light hearted and good-natured film, and she in turn delivers a fine performance and some brilliant tunes such as "I don't Care" and "Barbershop Chord."

A Star Is Born Special Edition (1954, 176mins)

A Star is Born marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four-year absence, director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film, and a showcase for great Harold Arden/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show-business stories of all time, it represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett, an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason), an alcoholic actor in career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows. Shortened in response to exhibitor complaints after its premiers, the movie underwent one rebirth in 1983 when film historian Ronald Haver found almost all the cut sequences and supervised a reconstruction to near its original length. Its new rebirth is this breathtaking digital surround stereo track and incorporating picture and musical material recently found in the vaults. Star always had a shine to it. Now watch it sparkle as never before.

DVD Features:

  • Deleted Scenes: Deleted song: When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
  • Documentary: Documentary network telecast of Hollywood premiere
  • Newsreel: Newsreel coverage of post-premiere party
  • Three alternate filmings of The Man Who Got Away
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Theatrical trailers of the 1937, 1954 and 1976 film versions

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