Blu-ray, DVD Release: Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
Price: Two-DVD $14.96, Blu-ray $19.98, Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo $84.99
Studio: Warner Home Video


Singin' in the RainSingin’ in the Rain didn’t win an Academy Award back when it was first released in theaters in 1952, but it still became one of the most loved musicals of all time. It’s the American Film Institute’s No. 1 Movie Musical. We’re glad to see the film get its Blu-ray debut for its 60th birthday. A gift for fans indeed.

The movie’s story is reminiscent of the 2012 Best Picture winner The Artist. Set in 1927 Hollywood, Singin’ in the Rain stars Gene Kelly (Cover Girl) as Don Lockwood, a silent movie star with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen, The Shaggy Dog). When the talkies are introduced and Don and Lina’s film is changed into a musical, Don’s voice is perfect for the new medium, but Lina gets left behind. The studio brings in aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds, One for the Money) to take over the role, and Don falls in love.

The movie was the second feature for which Kelly stepped behind the camera as well as acting, directing with Stanley Donen (Lucky Lady). Although it didn’t win an Oscar, the film was nominated for two: Best Supporting Actress for Jean Hagen and Best Score for Lennie Hayton.

Signin’ in the Rain was digitally restored for this release, which comes in a two-DVD set, a single Blu-ray and a three-disc limited edition, numbered Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD pack.

Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray boxAll have these special features:

  • new documentary Singin’ in the Rain: Raining On a New Generation
  • commentary by Donen; Reynolds; co-stars Donald O’Connor, Kathleen Freeman and Cyd Charisse; screenwriters Betty Comdon and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrman and film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • 1996 PBS documentary Great Performances: Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM about the career of producer/songwriter Arthur Freed
  • The Making of Singin’ in the Rain
  • “You Are My Lucky Star” musical number outtake
  • Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed film excerpts, 12 clips from earlier movies
  • Scoring Stage Session Cures
  • stills gallery
  • theatrical trailer.

The 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition package also includes a 48-page hard cover book with production memos and photos, as well as reproductions of the original poster and a full-size commemorative umbrella.

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.