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directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
USA 1952

Quintessential classic musical that features standard song and dance numbers. The plot is also somewhat of a historical expression for the film genre with the prevalent mention of the advent of talkies, how it was done and the technical bridges that were crossed in that era. An all-time family favorite and one of the most exhilarating musicals of all time. Its comedic attributes are often forgotten, but the fantastic script's dialogue is another reason for its successes... that and hard work put into the performances. It is shameful that we will never see anything like this again - it's not cost effective anymore.out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: March 27th, 1952 - New York City, USA

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Region 1  - NTSC

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Region FREE  - Blu-ray

Also available in a Singin' In The Rain: 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray with 48 page hard cover production book with never-before-seen memos and photos, Custom full-size umbrella (40” diameter, consumer value $29.99), Theatrical poster reproductions etc.

Runtime 1:42:40 1:42:40 1:42:48.287
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,923,972,793 bytes

Feature: 28,742,000,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.84 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono),

English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2180 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2180 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1065 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1065 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, English - hearing impaired, French- hearing impaired, Spanish- hearing impaired, and none English, Spanish, French and none English (SDH), Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2000
Snapper Case

Chapters 60

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, co-director Stanley Donen, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and author/film historian Rudy Behlmer
• All-new 2002 digital transfer from state-of-the-art restored elements
• "What a Glorious Feeling": a new 30-minute documentary about the making and impact of Singin' in the Rain
• Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM, a 96-minute documentary about the career of producer-songwriter Arthur Freed
• Excerpts of movies in which Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown songs originated
• Outtake musical number: "You Are My Lucky Star"
• Stills gallery
• Scoring session music cues
• Number of discs: 2

DVD Release Date: September 4th, 2002

Digi-pak inside sliding cardboard case
Chapters: 38

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Disc Size: 37,923,972,793 bytes

Feature: 28,742,000,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.84 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, co-director Stanley Donen, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and author/film historian Rudy Behlmer

• Singin' in the Rain on a New Generation (50:48)
• "Jukebox" - of Songs
• Theatrical Trailer (4:07)

Blu-ray Release Date:
July 17th, 2012
Digi-pak inside sliding cardboard case
Chapters: 38

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE- Blu-ray - June 12': What a wonderful presentation this new Warner Blu-ray provides. Wow. Things tighten up from detail to the vibrancy of the colors and contrast has the more layered effect that we have come to expect from the 1080P format. There is a touch of depth and the grain is very fine. This is a success and fans will bathe in the image rendering on the dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The deeper you look into the video the more advancement you see over the SD - smoother, brighter... livelier!

The 5.1 mix is solid via the DTS-HD Master at 2180 kbps with the musical numbers gaining a crisp edge. It adds another beneficial attribute to the viewing. Brilliant. There are optional DUBs and subtitles signifying and supporting the disc as being region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines world wide.

Supplements include the old commentary and a new 2012, 50-minute, documentary entitled Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation directed by Gary Leva . It has input from Paula Abdul, Rudy Behlmer Baz Luhrmann, Rob Marshall and others offering just accolades for the film. There is also a JukeBox feature to access the musical numbers and a 4-minute theatrical trailer.

Great price considering the immense value. I can't wait to watch it again. Our highest recommendation. . 

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ON THE DVDs: Quite a striking difference in image quality between the two editions. Even the colors were obviously manipulated by the contrast boosting the the initial offering. Color balance is actually quite disturbed. It's fairly obvious that the newer 2 disc set has all the advantage, except that we can now see it is cropped quite a bit on the left and bottom edges. Criterion tend to do this as well - it must have something to do with the restoration to DVD process. I don't have an answer, but in this case if all we have to put up with is some side cropping to get such a vast improvement in every area - I'll have to begrudgingly accept it. In the new release they really toned down the chapter stops too. The old edition had 60! I'd be surprised if you don't own this SE version already, but if you don't - correct this grave error immediately.  

 - Gary W. Tooze

NOTE (From Enrique!): Just a quick note -The old Warner DVD was a reissue of the previous MGM DVD. The old MGM DVD came in a plastic keepcase along with an 8 page booklet. If you want to make your own liner notes, you could reprint the notes from Criterion's great laserdisc. The laserdisc has a commentary track by Ronald Haver and original versions of songs in the movie, as performed by Bing Crosby, Cliff Edwards, Charles King, and Anita Page. Also a 1926 "talking picture" demonstration. Here is a link to the old LD linernotes by Ronald Haver. 

 


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Region 1  - NTSC

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Region 1  - NTSC

Warner

Region FREE  - Blu-ray

Also available in a Singin' In The Rain: 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray with 48 page hard cover production book with never-before-seen memos and photos, Custom full-size umbrella (40” diameter, consumer value $29.99), Theatrical poster reproductions etc.


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