HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS : 8 slimline DVDs in a box.
The eight 20th Century-Fox musicals in this set consist of: “DADDY LONGLEGS”, “IRVING BERLIN’S SECOND FIDDLE”, “SUN VALLEY SERENADE”, “ORCHESTRA WIVES”, “ON THE AVENUE” ,”THE DOLLY SISTERS”, “PIN-UP GIRL” and “THE GANG’S ALL HERE”. Extras are minimal, apart from “DADDY LONGLEGS”, which replicates the existing UK and Region 1 DVD content. Trailers are on most of the discs, apart from “PIN-UP GIRL” and “ON THE AVENUE”, but that’s your lot! Packaging is identical to the existing UK “Studio Classics” range, apart from the welcome addition of the new transparent slim-line cases, and indeed the DVDs have the SC banner at the top of all the covers, making me wonder if, at some point in the future, they will be available separately (at this point in time, the back covers of each DVD state boldly: “Not for individual sale”). Picture quality seems, at a first glance, to be up to usual Fox standards. Four are in black and white, with “DADDY LONGLEGS” (presented in anamorphic format), “PIN-UP GIRL”, “THE DOLLY SISTERS” and “THE GANG’ S ALL HERE” in Technicolor. But this is not just Technicolor, this is mind-blowing, extra vibrant, luscious, lip-smacking, all-the-colours-of-the-rainbow-and-then-some Twentieth Century-Fox Technicolor! And for escapist wartime musicals like “THE GANG’S ALL HERE” how it helps the picture! Just watch the “Polka Dot Ballet” at the end of this film to see why Fox seemed to get Technicolor used to its fullest – this Busby Berkeley extravaganza has to be seen to be believed! Indeed, this latter film is why I got hold of this set – it has long been on my “holy grail” list of ‘films I want on DVD’. Nice to see Fox stars Alice Faye and Sonja Henie getting a rare excursion on UK DVD at long last!