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Astaire and Rogers Collection Vol. 2 (5-Film/5-Disc) DVD 1 of 1
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Learn more about Astaire and Rogers Collection Vol. 2 (5-Film/5-Disc):

Format: DVD
Sku: 202894567
UPC: 012569764385
UPC 14: 00012569764385
Category Keywords: Dance
 
You'll love the way Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers look in this 5-film, 6-disc collection! Volume 2 of The Astaire & Rogers Collection includes the classic films Carefree, Flying Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta and The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle.

"[Carefree] ...good dances, a few good laughs...  Alan Vanneman, Bright Lights Film Journal
"[Gay] ...a highly amusing story and memorable Cole Porter music.  Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com
"[Flying] Charming...quaint, endlessly clever movie...  Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress
"[Roberta] ...wonderful score.  Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

Editor's Note
Five dance-filled classics featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are collected here. The titles included are CAREFREE, FLYING DOWN TO RIO, THE GAY DIVORCEE, ROBERTA, and THE STORY OF VERNON & IRENE CASTLE. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.

Features

Video Features DVD, 5 Pack

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/24/2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 76438
Video UPC UPC: 00012569764385
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 6

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alice Brady
Video Cast Info Dolores del Rio
Video Cast Info Edna May Oliver
Video Cast Info Edward Everett Horton
Video Cast Info Fred Astaire
Video Cast Info Gene Raymond
Video Cast Info Ginger Rogers
Video Cast Info Irene Dunne
Video Cast Info Jack Carson
Video Cast Info Ralph Bellamy
Video Cast Info Randolph Scott
Video Cast Info Walter Brennan
Video Cast Info H.C. Potter - [Story] Director
Video Cast Info Mark Sandrich - [Carefree, Gay] Director
Video Cast Info Thornton Freeland - [Flying] Director
Video Cast Info William A. Seiter - [Roberta] Director

Awards


Nominee (1939)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Van Nest Polglase, [Carefree] Best Art Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Irving Berlin, [Carefree] Best Music, Original Song
   Video Award Name Oscar, Victor Baravalle, [Carefree] Best Music, Scoring

Nominee (1936)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jerome Kern, et. al., [Roberta] Best Music, Original Song

Nominee (1935)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Vincent Youmans, et. al., [Flying] Best Music, Original Song

Winner (1935)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Con Conrad, Herb Magidson, [Gay] Best Music, Original Song

Nominee (1935)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Van Nest Polglase, Carroll Clark, [Gay] Best Art Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Max Steiner, [Gay] Best Music, Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, The Gay Divorcee, [Gay] Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Carl Dreher, [Gay] Best Sound, Recording

Professional Reviews

Classic Film Guide 8 of 10
[Flying] Notable for the first on-screen teaming of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, this average light Musical comedy's story revolves around a romantic entanglement between top billed Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond. It was directed by Thornton Freeland, and not only features the Academy Award nominated song "Carioca", but some terrifically creative "airborne" choreographically (e.g. dancing girls on the wings of bi-planes) during the title number. Fred & Ginger's dancing during the Oscar nominated song led to nine more pairings by the two, many of which also included comedic character actor Eric Blore; it's the first of two (the second being Carefree (1938)) with Franklin Pangborn (playing a befuddled manager at a hotel, naturally), who was uncredited in this one.

At-A-Glance Film Reviews 6 of 10
[Roberta] The weakest film to pair dancing sensations Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Their dancing is the only highlight; not even Irene Dunne, who receives top billing, can save this boring, disjointed story about a man inheriting a dress shop. Film critic Leonard Maltin suggests ways to get through the non-musical parts: count the number of times Randolph Scott says "swell" or try to spot Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles.

Bright Lights Film Journal 7 of 10
[Story] The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle is the not very graceful swan song of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals of the thirties. Carefree, their previous film, was an ambitious failure. Story, on the other hand, just doesn't have much spark...The film is further hurt by the fact that, in the thirties, the pre-war era was considered hopelessly innocent and quaint, rather like the way we think of the fifties today...There isn't much to the dancing either. Fred takes a short soft shoe cum tap solo early on (showing up a tubby amateur in a rather tasteless bit), and the two stars have both a rehearsal dance ("Waiting for the Robert E. Lee") and a "big break" dance ("Too Much Mustard"), but the picture never really comes alive until late in the film. - Alan Vanneman

Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings 9 of 10
[Carefree] The plot is pretty nonsensical, but that's not why you watch a movie like this; you watch it to see Fred Astaire dance, with or without Ginger Rogers, and this is an experience I find heavenly. In fact, if this movie is a disappointment at all, it's because there's not enough dancing and a little too much comedy, though in all honesty the comedy is pretty good...Quite frankly, the magic of watching Fred Astaire dance makes me want to take up the art itself. For that matter, I'd take up golf if I could play it while dancing like Fred Astaire (as he does here). - Dave Sindelar

Goatdog's Movies 8 of 10
[Gay] As far as musical comedies go, this one wasn't musical enough. There were only five dance numbers, and only two of them featured both Fred and Ginger. Fred gets two solo numbers: the abbreviated dance number "Don't Let It Bother You" and the enjoyable "Needle in a Haystack." I noticed for the first time that Fred makes some really strange faces when he's dancing alone. As for the two Fred and Ginger numbers, the overlong "The Continental" was acceptable, until it went on too long, but the ravishing Cole Porter-penned seduction song "Night and Day," the only number retained from the Broadway production, made up for anything the other numbers lacked. - Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

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