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Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition.

Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition Warner Home Video. 103 minutes. $84.99.

You haven't heard of Ukelele Ike or the Brox Sisters. But you surely know the song they introduced in a 1929 movie--"Singin' in the Rain."

It's more familiar, of course, as the centerpiece of the 1952 film, in the joyous, indelible dance sequence created by Gone Kelly. To mark its 60th anniversary, Warner Home Video has remastered the movie--considered by many the finest film musical ever for Blu-ray and repackaged it with four hours of supplementary material, a book, and yes, even an umbrella.

The extras include reminiscences from Kelly's co-stars, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, and other participants; homages from contemporary performers and choreographers, like Matthew Morrison and Paula Abdul; a 1996 PBS documentary on the career of Arthur Freed, MGM's fabled producer of musicals (and "Singin' in the Rain" lyricist); even the cornball performance by Ike and the Broxes. Some is fascinating, some repetitive. The movie itself? Eternal.


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Author:Gold, Sylviane
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Video recording review
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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