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Gigi & An American in Paris R1 SEs in September - Updated

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of new Two-Disc Special Editions of Gigi and An American in Paris on 16th September 2008. Priced at $20.97 SRP each these Best Picture Oscar-winning 1950s classics from the crown jewel collection of M-G-M’s Golden Age of Musicals have been lovingly restored and remastered and come complete with extras.

Celebrating the musical genre at its peak while magically evoking the joie de vivre of Paris, these two motion pictures captured an amazing 15 Academy Awards including Best Picture. They also share an impressive pedigree that goes beyond Oscar. Both films featured the lovely Leslie Caron as their leading lady, had Oscar-winning screenplays by Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), were produced by Arthur Freed (Singin’ in the Rain) and directed by Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis).

WHV has also announced that both titles will be released on Blu-ray in early 2009.

An American in Paris - Originally photographed in Technicolor, is the latest recipient of Warner Bros.’ proprietary Ultra-Resolution process, which takes the original Technicolor negatives and meticulously combines them to yield a stunning picture with sharpness and depth of field never seen before.

Disc 1:

  • 1.33:1 Full Screen
  • English and French Mono
  • English, French, Japanese and Thai subtitles
  • Concerto of a Commentary hosted by Patricia Ward Kelly and featuring rare, often previously unheard interviews with Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin, Michael Feinstein, Preston Ames and Irene Sharaff and new observations by Leslie Caron and Nina Foch
  • 1938 MGM short: Paris on Parade
  • 1951 MGM cartoon: Symphony in Slang
  • Theatrical trailer

Disc 2:
  • 2002 American Masters Documentary: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer
  • ‘S Wonderful: The Making of An American in Paris, an all new documentary, produced especially for this release. A dynamic history of the making of the film, which reveals how George and Ira Gershwin’s classic songs, the dazzling art of the French impressionists and the ultimate teamwork of MGM’s legendary “Freed Unit” came together to create a musical masterpiece. Featuring ten new interviews, including co-stars Leslie Caron and Nina Foch
  • Outtakes: Georges Guetary performing Love Walked In and Gene Kelly performing I Got a Crush on You (audio only)
  • Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron promotional radio interview with Dick Simmons
  • Love Walked In Outtake
  • Audio Outtakes
  • Alternate Main Title
    • But Not for Me Guetary
    • But Not for Me Levant Piano Solo
    • Gershwin Prelude #3
    • I've Got a Crush on You
    • Nice Work if You Can Get It
    • 'S Wonderful
  • Radio Interviews
    • Johnny Green
    • Gene Kelly
    • Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

Gigi was produced after the demise of the original Technicolor system, photographed in the industry-standardized Eastmancolor process. For this new DVD release, Gigi has been photo-chemically restored from its original camera negative and safety separations to produce a much sharper and colorful image than has been seen in decades. It also contains a 5.1 audio mix created from the original multi-track source elements.

Disc 1 (Gigi ’58):
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French Mono
  • English, French and Japanese subtitles
  • New Commentary with Leslie Caron and Film Historian Jeanine Basinger
  • The Million Dollar Nickel [1952 MGM short]
  • The Vanishing Duck [1958 MGM cartoon]
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2:
  • Thank Heaven! The Making of Gigi - The story of how 1958's Best Picture winner (the last of the classic MGM musicals) survived a turbulent production that included censorship battles over its daring sexual content and creative struggles between a studio in turmoil and a demanding, visionary director. Featuring an all-new interview with star Leslie Caron, and a rare interview with Oscar-winning director Minnelli
  • Original 1949 Nonmusical version of Gigi starring Daniele Delorme in the title role and directed by Jacqueline Audry (in French Mono with English subtitles)

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