Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Collection [3 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • SKU: 5894359
  • Release Date: 07/17/2012
  • Rating: G
After years of honing his skills on the vaudeville stage, hoofer Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has finally reached the top and become a swashbuckling star of the silent silver screen. Then the self-satisfied celebrity has his confidence shattered when ingenue Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) dismisses film actors as "shadows" without substance. After getting over the insult, he falls hard for her--much to the consternation of his costar, the sexy, selfish Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), who wants Don all to herself. But Don has career troubles too. The wild popularity of The Jazz Singer has studios scrambling to change from silent films to talkies, and Lina's shrill voice and Don's stiff acting left the preview audience roaring with laughter. There's only one way to save the movie and their careers: turn "The Duelling Cavalier" into a musical, with Kathy secretly dubbing in Lina's lines and songs. But can they hide the truth from Lina? This special 60th anniversary collection also includes three documentaries about the film, which film critic Pauline Kael called "Just about the best Hollywood musical of all time:" Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM, What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin' in the Rain, and Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation.
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Special Features

  • Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Baz Luhrmann and Rudy Belhmer
  • Presented in HD on Blu-ray - New Documentary Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation
  • Additional In-Depth Documentaries - The Making of Singin' in the Rain and Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM
  • Nacio Herb Brown/ Arthur Freed Film Excerpts
  • Juke Box Jump-to-Song Feature
  • You Are My Lucky Star: Musical Number Outtake
  • Stills Gallery


What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), Don's best pal and on-set pianist. Cosmo is promoted to musical director of Monumental Pictures by studio head R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) when the talking-picture revolution commences. That's all right for Cosmo, but how will talkies affect the upcoming Lockwood-Lamont vehicle "The Dueling Cavalier"? Don, an accomplished song-and-dance man, should have no trouble adapting to the microphone. Lina, however, is another matter; put as charitably as possible, she has a voice that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. The disastrous preview of the team's first talkie has the audience howling with derisive laughter. On the strength of the plot alone, concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin' in the Rain is a delight. But with the addition of MGM's catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs -- "You Were Meant for Me," "You Are My Lucky Star," "The Broadway Melody," and of course the title song -- the film becomes one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation
Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM
This is a documentary film about the work of a legendary producer of musicals. After winning his laurels in 1939 as the assistant producer of The Wizard of Oz, MGM set up a whole studio for Arthur Freed. He began his career as a singer/songwriter and as an actor, (he appeared with the Marx Brothers on stage before World War I). He wrote numerous ballads which have now become part of the "standard" repertoire, including the title songs for his productions Singin' in the Rain, and Pagan Love Song. Anybody who was anybody in musicals from 1939 to 1960 worked with him. Among the approximately 40 films he produced were the Oscar-winning An American in Paris, and Gigi. This documentary features interviews with some of the performers who worked in his studio, such as Mickey Rooney and Cyd Charisse, and includes all the footage available of the reclusive Freed. Highlights of the film include letter-boxed excerpts from his films, and a computer-graphics assisted explanation of how Fred Astaire's floor-to-ceiling dance in Royal Wedding was made. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Debbie Reynolds
    Debbie Reynolds - Host

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    Worth the extra cost

    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Enough has already been written about the movie itself. This is a timeless classic and still retains its charms 60 years later. The question: is this package worth it? The extras on the second disc are very nice, and include two worthwhile documentaries: a PBS documentary on the Arthur Freed unit and a documentary on the making of the movie. As with other sets, there's the bulky, but very nice packaging. There's also a very classy mini-hardcover book and an umbrella (!). The umbrella seems a bit excessive to me, but everything else is worthwhile. If you are a fan AND a movie collector, I would recommend this set. Otherwise, just go for the single disc version.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gift!

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Its a fun collector's set. I'm super excited about the umbrella- so pretty!

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