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Kiss Me Kate [3D] [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D] [1953]

  • SKU: 26754746
  • Release Date: 03/03/2015
  • Rating: NR
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 12)

    Synopsis


    Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate is a musical within a musical -- altogether appropriate, since its source material, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, was a play within a play. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as famous Broadway singing team who haven't worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter (played by Ron Randell), plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled "Kiss Me Kate." Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that's Grayson. But she isn't buying, especially after discovering that Keel's latest paramour, Ann Miller, is going to be playing Bianca. Besides, Grayson is about to retire from showbiz to marry the "Ralph Bellamy character," played not by Bellamy, but by Willard Parker. A couple of gangsters (James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn) arrive on the scene, convinced Keel is heavily in debt to their boss; actually, a young hoofer in the chorus (Tommy Rall) owes the money, but signed Keel's name to an IOU. But since Grayson is having second thoughts about going on-stage, Keel plays along with the hoods, who force Grayson at gunpoint to co-star with her ex-husband so that they'll get paid off. Later the roles are reversed, and the gangsters are themselves finagled into appearing on-stage, Elizabethan costumes and all, though that scene is less of a comic success. This aside, Kiss Me Kate is a well-appointed (if bowdlerized) film adaptation of the Porter musical. Virtually all of the play's songs are retained for the screen version, notably "So in Love," "Wunderbar," "Faithful in My Fashion," "Too Darn Hot," "Why Can't You Behave?," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" (a delightful duet delivered delightfully by Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore), and the title song. Additionally, Porter lifted a song from another play, Out of This World, and incorporated it in the movie version of Kiss Me Kate; as a result, "From This Moment On" has been included in all subsequent stagings of Kate. This MGM musical has the distinction of being filmed in 3-D, which is why Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson throw so many chairs, dishes, and pieces of fruit at the camera in their domestic battle scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kathryn Grayson
      Kathryn Grayson - Lilli Vanessi
    • Howard Keel
      Howard Keel - Fred Graham
    • Ann Miller
      Ann Miller - Lois Lane
    • Keenan Wynn
      Keenan Wynn - Lippy
    • Bobby Van
      Bobby Van - Gremio



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good, but not as good as the stage version

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      Overresearched
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      I saw the 1999 Tony Award winning revival and have performances of the original Cole Porter songs. So, watching Production Code version can be annoying to say the least. Also, some of the structural changes don't make sense such as the opening with "Cole Porter." Still, the film is enjoyable on its own terms. These are Cole Porter songs even if they are censored. And the 4K restoration is amazing. I've never seen a MGM musical look this good. I didn't get a chance to see it in 4K due to cabling issues. But, I can see how it would be fun to see the gloves and plates and kicks flying towards you. Speaking of structural changes, the movie gives "Too Darn Hot" to Lilli played by Ann Miller. I think it was done to give her an "Ann Miller" like number featuring her tap ability and her legs. Does it fit the show? No, it doesn't. Do I mind? No, I don't. Ann Miller was a triple threat (sing, dance, act) but not everything equally. You want to see her tap. This brings up a problem with the disc itself. One thing I don't like is you can't go directly to a song. The Menu only has the scenes numbered. So, you have to guess where the song is (somewhat easier if you look it up on Wikipedia).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stunning Visuals and Sound`

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      jonwest88
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      The copy of this 3d Blu Ray copy is incredible! The colors of the costumes, contrasts of flesh tones, are magnificent; the depth of the scenes, like when the cast is performing live for an audience on stage are as if you were there in the large theater. Its amazing that back in 1952-53, the 3d techniques that are used today were used then. The remastering of this print is well worth the price of admission. The songs, music and lyrics by American Iconic Genius, Cole Porter are over the top! An excellent choice in 3d or blu ray 2 D. This is real 3d, use the same passive glasses as you would in a movie theater today ( or active if you have that kind of TV).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Favorite as a child

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      Queen
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      I remember as a child watching this film on our home TV during a Sunday film matinee. It is a GREAT old time musical based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Big Actors with Big Voices in Big Stage Productions. I highly recommend removing the phones, tablets and video games from your children and introduce them to the past of great film making.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great to see this movie in 3D and on Blu-Ray!

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      KISSALIVE1975
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      This is an excellent transfer of this movie to Blu-Ray. It was also nice to finally see it in 3D; the way it originally was released back in 1953. The sound and picture are excellent. Seeing all of those objects being hurled towards the screen in 3D really makes it feel like they are going to come right out of the screen. Great movie! Even better in 3D!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good 3D Quality For A 62 Year Old Movie

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      Mickey
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      The movie had good 3D quality for A 62 year old movie, but the movie was too long for a musical. Most of the movie took place on stage for the Kiss Me Kate production, but it could have been at least 45 minutes shorter to keep the viewers attention. The 2 gangsters in the movie added some really poor slapstick scenes that really didn't belong in this type of movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Kiss Me Kate looks GREAT in 3D!

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      KISSALIVE75
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      It's nice to finally see this movie in 3D the way it was intended to be seen. Great Blu-Ray Transfer and 3D depth. Wonder if they'll play this in an IMAX theater in 3D?? If you've got the right equipment at home to view this movie and already like this movie, you won't be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good musical with pretty good 3D

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      ringstop
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      I like old musicals, and this one is no exception. To the current viewers, the musical numbers can be a bit long and some overt 3D effects are a bit much. I enjoyed seeing what they thought would be important in a 3D musical. I'll watch it again, but it's not one of my favorites.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good fun

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      xcap5
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      I'm a real man of 3D movies but most of them are geared to a different audience. Don't care for mindless action movies so I was happy to find this get off a movie. Additionally, the price was pretty good too.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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