Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 5880159
  • 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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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (72 out of 72)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Baz Luhrmann and Rudy Behlmer
    • All-New Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation Documentary
    • Juke Box Jump-to-Song Feature
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis


    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

    What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin' in the Rain
    Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation
    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Cyd Charisse
      Cyd Charisse
    • Stanley Donen
      Stanley Donen
    • Andre Previn
      Andre Previn
    • Michael Kidd
      Michael Kidd
    • Betty Comden
      Betty Comden



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Very Best

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      kenn
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      SINGIN' IN THE RAIN's story is well known, and concerns 1920s silent romantic acting team Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen.) Trouble is that sound is coming in--and Lina's speaking voice could peel paint off the wall. The solution? Don's best friend (Donald O'Connor) and love interest (Debbie Reynolds) have the inspiration of revamping Lockwood and Lamont's debut sound film as a musical, with Reynolds dubbing Hagen's vocals. The resulting story is a high-energy, extremely witty, and truly sparkling film laced with period songs by Arthur Freed, a film that many regard as the single finest musical to emerge from Hollywood. In many respects SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a throwback to the early musicals of the era it satirizes, for many of its musical numbers ('Make 'em Laugh' is a notable example) have absolutely nothing to do with the story it tells--but unlike such early musicals the storyline is exceptionally strong, and since the film is about the creation of an early "all talking, all dancing, all singing" movie in which such musical numbers were typical, they have here a certain validity that could not otherwise be achieved. The cast is absolutely flawless, and without exception Kelly, Reynolds, O'Connor, and Hagen (particularly memorable as the literally unspeakable silent star) give the finest performances of their respective careers. The musical numbers range from the vibrant and complex 'Good Morning' to the lyrical 'You Are My Lucky Star' to the brilliantly conceived and executed title song, each without exception the definition of perfection. The art designs are meticulous, beautiful, and recreate the late-silent and early-sound era of Hollywood with considerable wit and charm. As a whole, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN possesses an engergy and vitality that simply makes you bounce in your seat from excitement. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a musical that even people who hate musicals love. Whether or not you consider it "the" finest musical ever created by Hollywood is, ultimately, a matter of personal preference; there are several contenders for that title, most notably MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, GIGI, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. But no matter where you personally rank it, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is certainly ONE of the best, a film that simply gains in critical and popular stature with every passing year, a national and a world treasure of cinematic art.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      TIMELESS FUN IN THE RAIN

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      Arguably the greatest movie musical of all time, Singin' in the Rain holds up well enough to win over a whole new generation of fans. Whether they give it a fair shot to do so is another matter entirely. Thankfully, Warner has granted the film an extensive 4K remaster, an impressive (albeit slightly flawed) video presentation, an absolutely terrific DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track and a few solid extras, among them an audio commentary and a newly produced high-definition documentary. The concurrently released Collector's Edition gift set is pricier, but offers a second disc of SD bonus content, a 48-page hardcover book, a full-size movie-themed umbrella, and more. Regardless of which version you choose, just be sure to choose Singin' in the Rain. It doesn't matter what year you were born, Kelly and Freed's timeless classic deserves a shot at earning a spot in your collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Look up "Hollywood musical" and you find this!

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      RandyMcD
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      Hollywood tries to recapture its musical past, and has had some successes ("Chicago"), but mostly failures. After watching "Singin' in the Rain", you'll see why it's so hard to make lightning strike twice. The film's spectacular musical sequences are wrapped up in an easy-to-follow story based around the real transition in Hollywood from silent films to "talkies" thanks to the runaway success of "The Jazz Singer". While all the major players get significant screen time, front and center is Gene Kelly, and deservedly so. This BD conversion is excellent and includes a number of retrospective features honoring the 60th anniversary of the film in 2012. If you prefer old Hollywood to new Hollywood, add this film to your collection to enjoy again and again!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Singing in the Rain

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      kaspercat
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      Aside from the obvious talent and legendary performance of Gene Kelly, this movie showcased a very young Debbie Reynolds. I had not seen this movie since I was a child and had totally forgotten that she was in this movie. It was such a treat to see her and also to hear her sing the song 'Good morning'. As a child, that song had stuck in my head but, I didn't remember who sang it or where it came from. A great movie. One for the ages is simply an over statement.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Singin' In the Rain ~ Leaves you Singin' & Dancing

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      hobbit1
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      "Singin' in the Rain" ~ A classic if ever there was one... A tribute and spoof (in the best sense of the term) all rolled into one. A rollicking look at the 20's moving into the 30's through the advent of "Talking Pictures" and the hilarity that followed. Stellar Cast & Crew...Kelly, Reynolds, O'Conner and Hagan are top notch. Jean Hagan as the gorgeous Silent Screen Siren with the "Voice like Nails on a Chalkboard"...walked away with this film and an Oscar Nomination for her role. Cyd Charisse lights up the screen with her sultry dancing. "Singin' in the Rain" ~ Not to be missed...Ever!!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very fun film.

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      bsmovie
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      A really enjoyable film about the dawn of sound films. The story was good, the acting great - the woman who plays Lena Lamont was very funny. This film has great music, a good plot, funny dialogue - everything was a blast! I had been told how much fun this movie was and now that I've finally seen it, I agree. I wish that I had seen it sooner and the bluray treatment is very good. Great picture and sound.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyable

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      SWeidman122
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      Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most famous musicals and it is for a reason. It is such an enjoyable film that never gets old. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like it. If you’re looking for a happy, feel good movie/musical, this is one you should check out.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "Singin' in the Rain" Classic with great quality!

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      StephenN
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      I had been thinking about getting some old-time, classic movies on Blu-ray and there it was--"Singin' in the Rain"! The Blu-ray picture quality is great. There is something wonderful about old, classic movies that make it worthwhile to watch over and over again.

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