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directed by Norman Taurog
USA 1956

 

When Bundle of Joy premiered in 1956, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were the cutest young marrieds in Hollywood, the obvious choice to headline the musical remake of one of the great comedies of the ’30s, Bachelor Mother. As the Prince Charming of the piece, Fisher proves that as an actor, he is a pretty good crooner. But Reynolds is warmly appealing in the role originated by Ginger Rogers, playing a salesgirl who picks up a foundling, is mistaken for its unwed mother and must keep up the charade – baby and all – to keep her job. Coincidentally, Reynolds discovered she was pregnant before filming began. In true trouper fashion, she was still hoofing up a storm on the soundstage when she was seven months along.

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Theatrical Release: 12 December 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:38:06
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:21)

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2010
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Chapters 28

 

Comments

Just in time for the holidays, Warner Archive Collection brings us two holiday-themed classics with Debbie Reynolds, this title and Susan Slept Here. Bundle of Joy is a musical remake of Bachelor Mother, which was also got a release in the collection at the same time. The 1956 picture is a lesser fare compared to hilarious 1939 movie with Ginger Rogers, but it still has a merit especially in a wonderful turn by Adolphe Menjou. (I even tried to match some scenes in the captures from the earlier movie).

Just like the other Debbie Reynolds picture, the remastered progressive transfer looks wonderful. The colors are great and the grain level is there, but not distracting. There are some marks and specs on the print, but without going through a costly restoration, this is still a decent transfer. The mono soundtrack is good as well, without any distortions and there is a 2-minute trailer provided on this release. The film has 28 chapters, so jumping to a favorite song shouldn't be a problem. Thankfully, Warner dropped $5 mark-up for the remastered titles and as such this made-on-demand disc can be recommended.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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