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Astaire and Rogers Collection Vol. 2 (5-Film/5-Disc)

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 202894567
UPC 012569764385
UPC 14 00012569764385
Format DVD
Release Date 10/24/2006
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alice Brady - [Gay] Actor
Dolores del Rio - [Flying] Actor
Edna May Oliver - [Story] Actor
Edward Everett Horton - [Gay] Actor
Fred Astaire - [All] Actor
Gene Raymond - [Flying] Actor
Ginger Rogers - [All] Actor
H.C. Potter - [Story] Director
Irene Dunne - [Roberta] Actor
Jack Carson - [Carefree] Actor
Mark Sandrich - [Carefree, Gay] Director
Ralph Bellamy - [Carefree] Actor
Randolph Scott - [Roberta] Actor
Thornton Freeland - [Flying] Director
Walter Brennan - [Story] Actor
William A. Seiter - [Roberta] Director
Nominee (1939) Oscar, Van Nest Polglase, [Carefree] Best Art Direction,Oscar, Irving Berlin, [Carefree] Best Music, Original Song,Oscar, Victor Baravalle, [Carefree] Best Music, Scoring
Nominee (1936) Oscar, Jerome Kern, et. al., [Roberta] Best Music, Original Song
Nominee (1935) Oscar, Vincent Youmans, et. al., [Flying] Best Music, Original Song,Oscar, Van Nest Polglase, Carroll Clark, [Gay] Best Art Direction,Oscar, Max Steiner, [Gay] Best Music, Score,Oscar, The Gay Divorcee, [Gay] Best Picture,Oscar, Carl Dreher, [Gay] Best Sound, Recording
Winner (1935) Oscar, Con Conrad, Herb Magidson, [Gay] Best Music, Original Song
ReviewSource Classic Film Guide
Review [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.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Review [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.
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Bright Lights Film Journal
Review [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.
Reviewer Alan Vanneman
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings
Review [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).
Reviewer Dave Sindelar
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Goatdog's Movies
Review [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.
Reviewer Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, 5 Pack
Alan Vanneman, Bright Lights Film Journal [Carefree] ...good dances, a few good laughs...
Doug Pratt, [Gay] ...a highly amusing story and memorable Cole Porter music.
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress [Flying] Charming...quaint, endlessly clever movie...
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan [Roberta] ...wonderful score.
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