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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
24 Reviews
4.8

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

(based on 24 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (22)
  • Engaging characters (14)
  • High production value (14)
  • Great cinematography (10)
  • Original (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (19)
  • Perfect gift (14)
  • Adult viewers (5)
  • Younger viewers (5)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (15), Casual viewer (7)

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5.0

Classic DVD

By yohan

from San Francisco,CA

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Entertaining

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    great entertainment

     
    5.0

    It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

    By Cinema Sara

    from Indiana

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 4 Movies In 1 Case
    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • Great Price
    • High Production Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift

      Comments about this product:

      Last year I finally splurged on a large screen TV and have had a wonderful time rewatching my favorite classic movies on it. Since I wasn't around when they were originally release, this is as close as a theater experience as I'll get. I bought both of the Astaire and Rogers Greatest Classic Films sets. The quality of these movies is wonderful, they don't lose any clarity on a larger screen, and the musical numbers are great. Having 4 movies in 1 set is wonderful, I could only wish that you could have found a way to include the only two movies that weren't included (Carefree and The Barkleys of Broadway) in the 2 boxed sets somehow but, other than that, this is a wonderful set at a great price for Astaire and Rogers fans.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Kathleen

      from Weeki Wachee

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • High Production Value
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Perfect Gift
            • Travel
            • Younger Viewers

            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

            About Me Movie Buff

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • They're Magnificent

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • Younger Viewers

              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

                About Me Movie Buff

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Entertaining
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • Perfect Gift

                  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

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift

                    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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                      About Me Movie Buff

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Entertaining

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home
                          • Younger Viewers

                          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

                          About Me Casual Viewer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Perfect Gift
                            • 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.

                            About Me Movie Buff

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                            Pros

                            • Entertaining
                            • High Production Value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
                              • In The Car
                              • Perfect Gift
                              • Special Needs
                              • Travel
                              • Younger Viewers

                              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

                              About Me Avid Moviegoer

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                                Cons

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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

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • 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

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • At Home
                                      • Perfect Gift

                                      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

                                      About Me Movie Buff

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • 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

                                        About Me Avid Moviegoer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            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

                                            About Me Movie Buff

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            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.

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