TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire & Rogers - Vol. 1 DVD

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This TCM Greatest Classic Films Set includes these four great films:

The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Oscar winner, The Continental revels in precision-dance joy, Cole Porter's Night and Day sways with timeless grace, and Fred and Ginger's first top billing sets the tone for more hits to come in this film.

Shall We Dance (1937)
A George and Ira Gershwin score has Fred tapping to Slap That Bass rhythms of a ship's engine room and the duo's Let's Call the Whole Thing Off skate routine. This film is pure bliss.

Swing Time (1936)
One of the team's greatest! The Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields score goes from jubilant (Pick Yourself Up, Bojangles of Harlem) to sublime (the Oscar-winning The Way You Look Tonight, A Fine Romance).

Top Hat (1935)
The pair's best-remembered film features Fred's signature top hat, white tie and tails in the incomparably romantic cheek to cheek musical film. Irving Berlin's score is tip-top
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Multi-film Collection
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 418 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    2 Shorts - Show Kids And Star Night At The Cocoanut Grove
    Cartoon Shake Your Powder Puff
    Audio-Only Bonus: Hollywood On The Air Radio Promo
    Theatrical Trailer

    Shall We Dance (1937)
    Commentary By Songwriter Hugh Martin And Pianist Kevin Cole
    Featurette The Music Of Shall We Dance
    Musical Short Sheik To Sheik
    Cartoon Toy Town Hall

    Swing Time (1936)
    Commentary By John Mueller, Author Of Astaire Dancing
    Featurette The Swing Of Things: Swing Time Step By Step
    Musical Short Hotel A La Swing
    Cartoon Bingo Crosbyana
    Theatrical Trailer

    Top Hat(1935)
    Commentary By Fred Astaire's Daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie And Film Historian Larry Bilman
    Featurette On Top: Inside The Success Of Top Hat
    Comedy Short Watch The Birdie With Bob Hope
    Cartoon Page Miss Glory
    Theatrical Trailer
Reviews
22 Reviews
4.8

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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire & Rogers - Vol. 1 DVD
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (20)
  • Engaging characters (13)
  • High production value (13)
  • Great cinematography (9)
  • Original (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (17)
  • Perfect gift (13)
  • Adult viewers (5)
  • Younger viewers (5)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (14), Casual viewer (6)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Kathleen

from Weeki Wachee

About Me Movie Buff

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Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value

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      Comments about this product:

      Very Entertaining

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      the very best

      By Arnie

      from South Bend, Wa

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • High Production Value
      • Original

      Cons

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        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
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        Comments about this product:

        Fred and Ginger are simple the best.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is Fred & Ginger!

        By Cissy

        from Dallas, Tx

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • They're Magnificent

        Cons

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          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
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          Comments about this product:

          I am a Classic movie fan, so I really appreciate being able to purchase copies of these movies at such good prices!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fred and Ginger - none better

          By snowgirl

          from Zelienople, Pa

          About Me Casual Viewer

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Funny

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            Nice to go back in time and watch old movies without lots of sex and violence. Wonderful actors and actresses. I am usually up early in the morning and enjoy watching with my cup of coffee.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hollywood Magic begins here!!!

            By The Movie Professor

            from Ohio

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            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home
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              Comments about this product:

              This is a high quality set of the original first ever pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that have become the legend we know today! Astaire charms and dances his way into your heart and Ginger does the same in high heels and backwards! Beautiful stories, top Hollywood talent, this is movies at their best. So many historic, iconic dance numbers and songs your senses will be forever delighted.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              certainly accurate claim

              By SULLY

              from CHICAGO

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Romanticcharmingmemorab

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                • At Home
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                Comments about this product:

                There were many videos in a multiple order. With older films converted into DVDs which all of these were; sub-titles were invaluable because the audio was,in many cases, inaudible. All of the Astaire sets were subtitled and greatly enhanced the viewing experience. The film noir ones were not and we had a difficult time with muffled dialogue. We enjoy foreign language films and are very comfortable with sub-titles. You might consider making adjustments for some of these older classics.Older black and white films had a sharp and vivid picture(e.g. Casablanca,The Maltese Falcon,The Big Sleep) But what we know today as "film noir" were in many cases,B movies and were produced with a modest budget.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fun movies

                By Jon

                from New Port Richey, FL

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                Pros

                • Entertaining

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home

                  Comments about this product:

                  Brought back many good memories!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Astair & Rogers- Vol. 1 DVD

                  By BigG

                  from Simi Valley, CA

                  About Me Movie Buff

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Good Stuff

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • In The Car
                  • Perfect Gift
                  • Travel

                  Comments about this product:

                  I have no comments.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Astaire & Rogers - Vol 1

                  By Shelly T

                  from Tacoma, Washington

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    What a wonderful set. I just love Fred and Ginger!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great set of movies

                    By Ron

                    from Rapid City, South Dakota

                    About Me Casual Viewer

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                    Pros

                    • Entertaining

                    Cons

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                      • At Home
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                      Comments about this product:

                      Good viewing for any age group.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great trip back in time!

                      By Bonnie

                      from Lebanon, Tennessee

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • High Production Value

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                        • At Home
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                        • Special Needs

                        Comments about this product:

                        I bought this for my aunt in the nursing home. She was so entranced by these movies. The music and animation was so uplifting for her. If is an ingenious gift for a parent or grandparent. Brings them back to a time when life was different. I enjoyed these movies myself.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best Sets of the 30's

                        By JLB

                        from Santa Ana, CA.

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                        Pros

                        • Entertaining
                        • High Production Value

                        Cons

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                          • Adult Viewers
                          • At Home
                          • In The Car
                          • Perfect Gift
                          • Special Needs
                          • Travel
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                          Comments about this product:

                          Top Hat was my introduction to the era and I have never gone without the 30's being in my life, whether in my home decor, my jewelry, my wardrobe or my heart. These films take you to a time when people needed light hearted happiness and to watch cinema to escape, and so they did and continue to do to this day. Well worth owning.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          proud to own this

                          By jewels

                          from Alamogordo, N M

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                              • Perfect Gift

                              Comments about this product:

                              these movies make you feel good

                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I would by this product again and again

                              By Nat B Beaut

                              from San Antonio, TX

                              About Me Casual Viewer

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                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • Great Cinematography
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

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                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home
                                • Perfect Gift

                                Comments about this product:

                                This is wonderful. I absolutely love old movies, especially the ones from the 40's

                                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A wonderful set!

                                By voguevania

                                from Tennessee

                                About Me Casual Viewer

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                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Original

                                Cons

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                                  • At Home
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                                  Comments about this product:

                                  I've always loved Astaire/Rogers films, and I'm thrilled to own this set! Thank you, TCM!

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  GREAT CLASSIC MOVIES

                                  By TOM O

                                  from LITITZ, PA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Engaging Characters
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Great Cinematography
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Original

                                  Cons

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                                    • At Home

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    SIMPLY GREAT ENTERTAINMENT WITH LOTS OF WONDERFUL MUSIC.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I love Fred and ginger

                                    By Marie Phenix

                                    from Québec, Canada

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                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Great Cinematography
                                    • High Production Value

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                                        Comments about this product:

                                        I am an addick to TCM!

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Fabulous Astaire/Rogers Collection

                                        By Lady Eve

                                        from Northern California

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                                        Pros

                                        • Engaging Characters
                                        • Entertaining
                                        • High Production Value

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Perfect Gift

                                          Comments about this product:

                                          These are the essential Rogers/Astaire films - a must for their fans and fans of '30s Hollywood musicals.

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          3.0

                                          It's a shame all 4 discs didn't playback

                                          By Bob, The Film Critic

                                          from White Plains, New York

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                                          Pros

                                          • Great Cinematography
                                          • Original
                                          • Superb dancing

                                          Cons

                                          • Disappointing

                                          Best Uses

                                          • At Home

                                          Comments about this product:

                                          Regrettably, of all of the 4 discs, No. 4, "Top Hat" didn't playback, and it contains my favorite childhood song, "Cheek to Cheek". I'm returning all four, hoping that "Top Hat" will be replaced with one that will playback.

                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          The ultimate Astair/Rodgers collection

                                          By John

                                          from Rocky River OH

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                                          Pros

                                          • Entertaining
                                          • High Production Value

                                          Cons

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                                            • Adult Viewers
                                            • At Home
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                                            Comments about this product:

                                            The entire four film collection is worth the price for the Gay Divorcee and it's scene with Fred and Ginger and the men and women dance and sing The Continental. Edward Everett Horton and Erik Rhodes add to the fun! So does a very young Betty Grable. Shall We Dance carries you along with it's show-tunes as does Swing Time and Top Hat!

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