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Old 07-11-04, 03:46 PM
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That's Entertainment!----Oct 12!!

Can NOT wait for this box set. Odd that this comes down on a Sunday, though...
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...t__trio_on_dvd
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October 12th was on a Sunday last year. This year, it's on a Tuesday.

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I meant the news of the release.
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Oops, sorry.

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Kick for the back-to-work cube dwellers like me.
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Considering the care and quality that WB has been putting into their product lately, this is indeed great news! My toes are tapping already.....
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FIVE HOURS of bonus material, plus of course the three great films themselves....This is EXCEPTIONAL news!

What a thrill it will be to see these THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! films on DVD. I thought #3 was as good as the first one, and didn't get the kind of attention it deserved. #1 is a masterpiece. #2 is a little disappointing in its structure, but all the footage is enchanting.

This will be tops on my Xmas list, not only for me, but for many friends and relatives.

Great that Warner is putting all this together in a boxed set for a very attractive price!
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This is great news. It is wonderful that all the titles Warners said were coming this year in their Home Theater Forum chat are indeed coming.

I hope this is a prelude to more of the actual films whose clips are included also being released.

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Originally posted by Zvbxrpl

Great that Warner is putting all this together in a boxed set for a very attractive price!

I didn't see anything in the article about the price. What will be the list price of this set?
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Here's the full press release, including the great price for the 4 disc box ($49.92):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“The best musical entertainment that will ever be made.”
- Los Angeles Times

“You’re going to have the absolute time of your movie life.”
- Cosmopolitan

Warner Home Video Presents the Musical of Musicals Featuring More Stars than there are in Heaven!

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

The incomparable tributes to the classic MGM musicals debut on DVD October 12 with fully remastered picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio

Collectible Four Disc DVD Giftset Packed with over FIVE
Hours of Extra Content Material
Burbank, CA (July 7, 2004) – The musical of musicals makes its DVD debut on October 12, when Warner Home Video presents MGM’s acclaimed musical anthologies - That’s Entertainment!, That’s Entertainment, Part 2 and That’s Entertainment! III – in a special edition four-disc DVD giftset, That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection. Representing some of the most requested titles in WHV’s vast library, That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection gets the “red carpet” treatment with each feature in the trilogy presented with a fully remastered picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and features both the 16x9 widescreen theatrical version, plus full-screen 4x3 version with letterboxed performance segments.

That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection includes a bonus fourth disc entitled That’s Entertainment: Treasures from the Vault, available exclusively with the giftset featuring more than five hours of exciting extras including three great documentaries, premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents, TV specials, making-of featurettes, plus an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes from classic films, and more! That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection is available for $49.92 SRP. That’s Entertainment!, That’s Entertainment, Part 2 and That’s Entertainment! III are also sold separately for $19.97 SRP. All titles have a pre-order date of September 7.

“Since the earliest days of DVD, consumers have eagerly anticipated the release of the celebrated That’s Entertainment trilogy to the format, as well as the classic MGM musicals saluted in these films, which are among the most prized within the mammoth Warner Home Video library,” said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior VP, Classic Catalog. “The combination of these three unique and irresistible compilation films together on DVD, coupled with the exclusive disc of fascinating extras, is sure to make That’s Entertainment: The Collection one of the most exciting DVD releases this fourth-quarter. We expect the huge fan base for these classic musicals will be thrilled by the presentation, which is also ideal for holiday family viewing and gift-giving.”


“Exuberant, extravagant…” – Newsweek

That’s Entertainment! showcases 125 stars from nearly 100 films including superstars Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Peter Lawford, Donald O’Connor, James Stewart and many more. Originally released in 1974 to mark MGM’s 50th Anniversary and to celebrate the golden era of the greatest movie musicals ever made, That’s Entertainment! was an unexpected surprise smash at the boxoffice, grossing $28 million at the time and firmly establishing the MGM musical within the pantheon of greatness within American film history. Written, produced and directed by Jack Haley Jr., with Daniel Melnick as executive producer, That’s Entertainment! uniquely blends newly-filmed accounts of the personal memories of 11 of the stars who were at MGM from 1929-1958 during the making of these classic films with a panoramic retrospective of unforgettable musical sequences from them. Film historian Robert Osborne provides a new introduction to all three films on DVD.

“A wonderful movie…a priceless souvenir.” – Pat Collins, WCBS-TV

Originally released in 1976, That’s Entertainment, Part 2 continues the dazzling tradition of That’s Entertainment! taking up where the other one left off, presenting fabulous sequences from movie musicals and highlighting such non-singing stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers. Also featured are two of the champion song and dance men of all time, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly (together for the first time since Ziegfeld Follies of 1946), acting not only as narrators but also as performers, singing and dancing in all-new numbers directed by Kelly just for the film. That’s Entertainment, Part 2 was produced by Saul Chaplin and Daniel Melnick, with narration by Leonard Gershe and additional music arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.

“That’s more than entertainment, that’s pure gold.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Released in 1994 in celebration of MGM’s 70th Anniversary, That’s Entertainment! III brings back to the screen the stars and musical numbers that have excited audiences for generations. In the acclaimed tradition of its two predecessors, That’s Entertainment! III incorporates scores of famous songs and dances from MGM films and reunites nine of the performers who rose to international stardom through their MGM association. That’s Entertainment! III features astonishing classic musical moments, great comedy and romantic teams and unearths rare footage with marvelous big-star scenes originally unseen because they were cut from their films. Gene Kelly opens and closes the picture as nine starry hosts including June Allyson, Cyd Charrise, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney and Esther Williams present this must-see assemblage of Golden Era treasures, none of which has been seen in either of the previous films. Written, produced and directed by Bud Friedgen & Michael J. Sheridan, the film was executive produced by Peter Fitzgerald.

An amazing fourth disc is an added bonus available only with the That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection giftset with more than five hours of extra content features sure to enthrall fans of the great MGM musicals. Entitled That’s Entertainment: Treasures From The Vault, the exclusive disc includes rare extended footage from MGM’s 25th Anniversary luncheon in 1949; “That’s Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM” (1974 TV special covering footage from the original premiere of That’s Entertainment! in Beverly Hills with Army Archerd as the ‘red carpet’ master of ceremonies, rare interviews and the famous assemblage of legendary MGM stars on the stage. Unseen since originally broadcast thirty years ago); “That’s Entertainment! III Behind the Screen” (1994 making-of documentary about the behind the camera talent); “The Lion Roars Again” (1975 MGM short); lengthy excerpts from “The Mike Douglas Show” TV special in 1976 that featured two days of premiere coverage of That’s Entertainment, Part 2; “The Masters Behind The Musicals” (a brand-new half hour documentary with Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Angela Lansbury and others); “Just One More Time” (1974 THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! featurette); and a dazzling MGM Outtake Jukebox which includes an impressive array of 16 rarely-seen deleted musical numbers from the cutting-room floor featuring such stars as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Esther Williams, Lena Horne, Jane Powell, Mel Torme and many other legendary MGM stars.
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You have sold me on this great set ! Thanks for the information.


"Burbank, CA (July 7, 2004) –
That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection gets the “red carpet” treatment with each feature in the trilogy presented with a fully remastered picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and features both the 16x9 widescreen theatrical version, plus full-screen 4x3 version with letterboxed performance segments. "

I am assuming that the 2 versions of each film will be the same except one is 16x9 enhanced. Films from the 30's, 40's and some of the 50's are full screen. They hopefully will not cut off the top and bottom of the pictures to fill the 16x9 screen on the clips of older films.

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Originally posted by Classic Films
I hope this is a prelude to more of the actual films whose clips are included also being released.
According to the new issue of Video Store Magazine "Warner also will bow DVD two-packs of musicals featured in the collection". So hopefully that means new releases, not just repackaging of previously released titles.
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PLEASE let that mean "It's Always Fair Weather" finally gets a shiny new DVD transfer.
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I've seen a lot of people on HT forums over years really praise these, but I'm getting the impression that they're just "clip shows", albeit, with really good clips.

Any other opinions?
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Originally posted by milo bloom
....I'm getting the impression that they're just "clip shows"
A most ungenerous way to describe these wonderful and totally entertaining tributes to the great MGM musicals.
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"Clip shows" really didn't exist for the most part when THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! was made. It is not merely a collection of clips,
but had a unique narrative arch that was put together with a great deal of panache and intelligence by the late Jack Haley, Jr.

It was so well done that it ended up grossing over $25 million dollars in 1974, which is like $125 million today. It was a huge hit in theaters that brought in audiences of all ages.

The sequel (PART 2) in '76, did not have Haley at the helm, and didn't have the sparkle and creativity of the original, but the footage was magical, and it's still a lot of fun. And although they were getting on in years, it was thrilling to see Astaire & Kelly dancing together again.

The third film didn't get made until '94, but built upon the creativity, wit, & smarts that the first film had, and had the unique
feature of using a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes.
It got terrific reviews, virtually unanimous raves but not the kind of wide distribution in theaters it deserved.

Subsequently we have been deluged with true "clip shows", and with rare exception, they have a formulaic tired feeling. The ultimate examples of this are most of the A&E biographies or the really awful 20th Century-Fox retrospective programs that turned up on AMC years ago. These kind of television shows were assembled with a factory mentality, and on the cheap.

The THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT films are exactly the opposite. They were made with class and by people who really KNEW how to work with the material. For seasoned fans, they are a joy to watch again and again. For those new to the unique charms of MGM's incomparable musicals, these three features will reveal endless delights that will make the viewer want to see all the original films that are excerpted within the compilations.

Add to that the exciting special features WB seems to have assembled, and the package would be essential to any serious film fan.



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I'll be getting this, too, but where's "That's Dancing!" ?
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We've just posted the artwork for these here
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Great artwork. Great looking box set. Total class. Perfectly representative of the material. Excelsior!
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With snappers now dead, Warner is the unchallenged king of DVD!
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Hmm, where is That's More Entertainment!?

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