(2018/Film Movement DVD)/For
Me And My Gal
Television Treasures 70th Anniversary Collection
(1953 - 1969/MPI DVD Set)/The
MGM/Warner Archive Blu-rays)
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Blu-rays now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
for our latest set of comedy/musical releases...
(1945) is the first of three Judy Garland/MGM/WWII projects meant to
support the Allies, U.S. troops and hype the cause of freedom for the
war. The last of the three made here, it is the only non-musical as
she meets a soldier (Robert Walker) on a two-day pass and they fall
deeply in love instantly. The film makes fun of it all from the
start and it has a decent supporting cast, including Keenan Wynn as
'The Drunk' so high art it is not, but it is a time capsule of the
kind of thing (in less-exaggerated variants in real life) that was
steals all of her scenes as she carries most of the film, but she
does this with ease and though it is not her greatest film, it is an
interesting one and one certainly worth a look.
include Vintage Pete Smith Specialty short Hollywood
Scout, Classic MGM/Tex Avery Cartoon "Screwy Truant"
(HD,) Audio-only bonus: Radio Show Adaptation with Judy Garland and
John Hodiak and an Original Theatrical Trailer (HD).
(2018) is actually a documentary that is now out on DVD because it
has become a curio. It follows three stand up comics who happen to
be homeless, a rare release on that subject in any way, shape or
form, but it is Tiffany Haddish who actually has 'made it' since this
was released and shows a general homeless situation getting worse as
one would expect when people who can vote vote against their own
am sad to say we have seen the awful side of this before and it is
not getting any better, then consider this was before COVID arrived.
Doc Jones and Steven Lolli are the other two comics and they are
actually not bad and on Haddish's level, but it reminds us how ugly
things are and can get, yet how things can sometimes change if one
catches a break, et al. It was worth a look, but it might be a
little too painful for some to view.
include Trailers for this and a few other releases.
Me And My Gal
(1942) has the legendary choreographer expanding his art, especially
for WWII, with the other big highlight being the feature film debut
of quickly-rising star Gene Kelly, who was about to become a staple
at MGM, in all of cinema history and an outstanding partner for
Garland. Taking place in the Vaudeville days, George Murphy was
actually the decent male lead here, but the instant chemistry between
Garland and Kelly can be seen more immediately than you might expect.
songs include the title song, The
Up Your Troubles,
Johnny Comes Marching Home
A Long, Long Way From Tipperary.
Some of the songs, plus others used as instrumentals or sung by
others, were already established classics or known hits. The choices
here are better than average, if not a cumulative home run, but this
is a war propaganda film, so it has a different purpose. Definitely
worth a look, though expect limits as it is a time capsule more than
a regular musical.
very smart, thorough feature length audio commentary track by Judy
Garland biographer John Fricke, Vintage Musical Shorts: Every
Fiesta de Santa Barbara,
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Deleted Finale, Three
Cheers For The Yanks
(Outtake), Photo Re-Creations With Original Recordings, Audio Only
Bonuses: Screen Guild Players Radio Show from March 23, 1943, with
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Dick Powell, Leo
is on the Air
Radio Trailer and an Original Theatrical Trailer (HD).
Gleason: Television Treasures
(1953 - 1969) is a decent culmination of skits that do include some
revivals, but also lesser-seen American
comedy skits from that hit Gleason show that is a bit underrated and
under-remembered. Art Carney shows up more often than expected,
which is great, plus we get Audrey Meadows coming back as Alice
Kramden when she was working less in real life. The show changed
locales from Miami, Florida to New York City just to accommodate her
schedule and the chemistry is still there.
Poor Soul and Joe The Bartender (an almost spiritual cousin of Archie
also show up, reminding us of his diversity of talent and what a
great group of characters he had created that deserve to be
rediscovered. This is part of a new cycle of Gleason on DVD we've
been getting lately and it is always a welcome cycle.
include an illustrated booklet on the shows including informative
text and an essay by Robert S. Bader, while DVD One adds a 1956 Team
Wrestling skit (shot to look that way) with Reginald Van Gleason
III, then DVD Two adds 'Ed Norton' presenting an award to Gleason in
1967, The Great Gleason express on a 1965 Steve Lawrence Show
and the 2006 documentary Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work
narrated by Jeff Garlin.
Brosnan, the late William Hurt, and Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of
the Caribbean) star In The King's Daughter (2021), which
is presented here on Blu-ray disc from Universal. The fairy tale
film isn't anything too terribly groundbreaking in terms of character
development or storytelling, but is an easy watch and appropriate for
an audience of any age.
at the head and tail of the film by Julie Andrews, the film also
features Benjamin Walker and Bingbing Fan.
Sun King, Louis XIV (Brosnan) and his vile son devise a hard-brained
scheme to kidnap a female mermaid in an attempt to use its powers to
harness eternal life and 'save France' by using its wholesome power
for evil. Meanwhile, an orphan (Scodelario) ends up coming to his
kingdom and she is definitely not like the other girls there, but a
pure soul and even a cellist and musical composer.
it doesn't take long for her to befriend this mermaid once it is
captive in the King's chamber, and for her to fall for the man who
captured the mermaid as well. This interferes with the King's plans
of sacrificing the mermaid and a planned arranged marriage he has in
mind for her as well as she finds out she is the King's daughter.
Their mixed goals come to a head in the end where the King must make
a decision for what is best for France in his own mind even if it's
against the wishes of his spiritual advisor (Hurt) and his newly
Features include Deleted Scenes.
King's Daughter isn't anything groundbreaking, but is an easy and
entertaining watch that is headlined by some interesting onscreen
chemistry between Brosnan and the late Hurt, and some decent
production design to boot.
we have Robert Z. Leonard's Ziegfeld
(1941) that brings Judy Garland together with no less than James
Stewart, Lana Turner, Heddy Lamarr, Eve Arden, Fay Holden, Tony
Martin, Jackie Cooper and Edward Everett Horton in this earlier film
from MGM that looks at the famous Ziegfeld Follies and the incredibly
hard work that went on behind the scenes and stage to do the
exceptionally spectacular shows he did. Still a WWII film, the three
female leads want to be big starts and all kinds of conflicts and
relationship crossings ensue in what is still a Backstage Musical
this time include You Stepped Out Of A Dream, I'm Always
Chasing Rainbows, Caribbean Love Song, Ziegfeld Girls,
Minnie From Trinidad, You Gotta Pull Strings and Laugh?
I Thought I'd Split My Sides. Busby Berkeley does all the
choreography and that makes this one also a must see, but again, keep
in mind it was made for the war effort, so it will not be your usual
an introduction by Judy Garland Biographer John Fricke, the Vintage
Musical Short: A
New Romance Of Celluloid,
We Must Have Music, Our
Old And New,
Audio-Only Outtakes: Too
Beautiful To Last
(Tony Martin) and We
Must Have Music
(Finale w/Judy Garland And Tony Martin) and an Original Theatrical
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, and a lossless,
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit). The
presentation on disc isn't bad here, and the film has pretty good
production design and digital effects considering the fact that it's
on the lower budget spectrum.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfers on all three MGM/Judy Garland Blu-rays from Warner Archive
look great for their age, rarely showing their age and often
delivering remarkable detail and depth, plus the Video Black and Grey
Scale are impressive. I have never seen them looking so good. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes on all three films
sound as good as they likely ever will, more of the great restoration
work in action, though The
Clock sounds older, is
dialogue-based and shows its age more for whatever reasons. Only so
much can be done, but its fine for what it is.
1.33 X 1 image on the various Gleason programs range from
kinescope to color videotape, to black and white footage that we are
lucky survived. They look about as good as they ever will, with
likely some work applied to them, but analog videotape flaws
including video noise, video banding, telecine flicker, tape
scratching, tape damage and where applicable, cross color and faded
color. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono can have its rough spots,
but there are no major audio issues here.
1.33 X 1 image on Comedy
is from various older video sources, usually full color, that are
surprisingly not widescreen considering the program is not that old,
but there can be some rough moments in this digital images. The
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo may have some location audio issues,
which is to be expected for such a project, but this sounds good
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Warner Archive Blu-rays, go to this link for them and many more great
Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (King's)