Warner Home Video / Region 1
Featuring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Esther Williams,
This May marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the legendary Chairman of the Board himself – Frank Sinatra. Warner are marking his passing by releasing 22 of his movgies onto DVD. Mst of them for the first time ever.
Amongst the box sets out this month are an Early Years Collection, An Ultimate Collectors Rat Pack set and here The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection which features a trio of all time classic musicals – Anchors Aweigh, Take Me Out to the Ball Game and On The Town.
ANCHORS AWEIGH which was released in 1945 was a truly glorious technicolor extravaganza complete with GeneKelly dancing with an animated Jerry (of Tom and Jerry fame), the likes of which had never been seen before; Kelly and Sinatra star as a couple of sailors on leave, Kelly falls for wannabe singer Kathryn Grayson and persuades here he can arrange an audition for her with the legendary Jose Iturbi, he can’t of course and he and Frank face a frantic runaround trying to arrange an intro. Frank himself, meanwhile, is busy wooing Pamela Britton, a girl who happens to come from his home town of Flatbush. It’s along movie (140 minutes) but has some brilliant sequences including a trio of Kelly’s trademark dance routines – one of which sees a fantasy sequence of a gold shirt bedecked Kelly wooing Grayson in a Spanish courtyard. Most well known though is the sequence in which Kelly dances with none too pleased animated mouse Jerry. Key Sinatra songs on display here include duets with Kelly on If You Knew Susie, i Blessed Her and We Hate To Leave and solo spots on Cradle Song, What Makes The Sunset, The Charm of You and I Fall in Love Too Easily. Extras on this solid gold slice of fun from the golden age of Holywood include a vintage interview with animators Hanna Barbera, an excerpt from MGM’s When The Lion Roars doco series and 3 theatrical trailers.
ON THE TOWN from 1949 actually began life as a ballet called Fancy Free, before being reworked as a Broadway musical in 1944 by Leonard Bernstein. Plot wise it’s very similar to Anchors aweigh with this time a trio of sailors on shore leave for 24 hours in New York. It’s a much more adult production though. The three sailors, Kelly, Sinatra and Jules Munshin are all looking for love of course. Sinatra finds himself being chased by a no nonsense cabbie called Brunhilde (played by Betty Garrett), Munshin falls for an anthropologist (the gorgeous Ann Miller) whilst Kelly falls in love with a girl he sees on a poster (the equally gorgeous Vera Ellen) and determines to track her down, which in the best Hollywood tradition he does of course. A massively successful, popular and influential movie On The Town is also chock full of great tunes from the classic opening sequence to New York, New York, to Come Up To My Place performed by Sinatra and Garrett and well deserving of its Oscar for best musical score. Extras are the theatrical trailer.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME also from 1949 and featuring much of the same cast (with Esther Williams in place of Vera Ellen), its more of a straight forward comedy musical, set at turn of the century the plot centers around a baseball team and its manager (Williams) and there is something of an eternal triangle with Sinatra carrying a torch for Williams who is actually in love with Kelly. Esther Williams was a major Olympic swimmer before her film career and most of her movies feature swimming extravaganzas in some way or another and this one is no exception of course but the stand out is probably the title song and other songs include O’Brien to Ryan to Goldberg, The Hat My Father Wore on St Patricks Day; Sinatra singing The Right Girl For Me and a Kelly – Sinatra duet on Yes Indeedy. Extras are excellent on this set and include two previously deleted numbers called Baby Doll and Boys and Girls Like You and Me, there are also special notes on Frank SInatra and Gene Kelly and a trio of theatrical trailers.
A brilliant release that show both Sinatra and Kelly at their best together with the other releases make a brilliant package remembering on of the real all time greats.
Dave Saint Show, The (UK Play 2000, John Thomson, Alexander Kirk)
The Dave Saint Show was a comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.
UK / UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2000
Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costumes: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod
JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint
ALEXANDER KIRK as AK
KATE LOUSTOU as Jeneane
Game of Thrones Season Six Opener reviews from around and about
Assorted reviews from the interweb of the season six opener for Game Of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.
Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.
“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.
Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.
“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.
Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.
Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.
However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.
With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.
Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.
It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.
Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.
Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”
Source: The Week
Columbo Series Three Region 1 DVD Review
Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
Certificate: Not Rated | 11 Hours and 24 minutes
Available to buy
ANYONE IN IT WE KNOW?
Peter Falk, Martin Sheen, Vincent Price, Deidre Hall, Jackie Cooper
WHAT’S IT ABOUT THEN?
The Columbo releases from Universal are now upto the third season and of course by now it is full steam ahead as Columbo really hits its stride, of course the basic premise of the show dictates that we know who the killer is right from the get go but by the third season the audience was lapping up the way the Superlative Peter Falk as Lt Columbo doggedly pursued
his villain who were always lulled into a false sense of security by Columbo’s grubby mac, battered old car and down at heel demeanour, all tactics designed to throw the suspect off guard before he lets them know that he knows they did it.
Spread over two double sided discs this nicely put together set features all 8 feature length season three episodes, Columbo’s cases include the mysterious death of a well known author, a country singer who is prime suspect in a murder case, he also finds time to uncover police corruption and political skullduggery. Columbo also always managed to attract a high level of guest and this series includes the legendary Johnny Cash in the episode Swan Song as well as the likes of
Jose Ferrier, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Dana Elcar and Robert Culp. A classy slice of 1970’s Tec TV Heaven, Columbo always entertains and should be on any Classic TV fans must have list.
ANY SPECIAL FEATURES?
There’s a great bonus episode from the series Mrs Columbo (which many have claimed isn’t a spin off from Columbo but having now seen an episode it clearly is) this is called Murder Is A Parlour Game (from 1979) and features Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, journalist on a small local paper and married to a never seen Lt Columbo, she investigates when a suicide case appears to be murder, the excellent Donald Pleasance guest stars, this is great fun and is hopefully a precursor to the whole series getting a release.
Please note: This article predates the published date and is from the old HTML version of Memorable TV and is part of our From The Archives collection.
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