Reviews and Problems with Singin' In The Rain
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Movie overall 10
One of the greatest films of all time finally comes to Blu-ray.
3 January 2014
Excerpt: Singin' in the Rain is in my top 10 favorite movies of all time (#3, below Casablanca and The Godfather.) so when it finally came out to Blu-ray, I was very excited. The video quality was impressive. Sure, it's not 5 out of 5 like Casablanca, but you still won't be disappointed. Audio was great too. My only real complaint is that I wish it had better special features, but oh well, that's what happens when you buy the single disc to save an extra buck.
Excerpt: I bought the disc for the film which is a must for any classic film lover's collection. I was disappointed by the extra called Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation (HD). The talking heads were filmed looking clear and crisp but I was very surprised to see that this HD doc featured sub par film clips of the film itself which were all speckled.
Excerpt: Singin' in the Rain is often hailed as the greatest musical ever made. It's constantly referenced in modern film, and has been universally labeled as a masterpiece. So would it be strange if I were to say this film would've been much better without the musical numbers? I have nothing against musicals. Some of my favorite films are musicals.
Excerpt: I think Kenneth Brown's review is spot-on. I am thankful to have given this movie a chance as I never saw it while growing up and that is a shame. I watched it one night by myself as I couldn't convince my wife and kids that they would like it. The next night I made them watch it, and all were thoroughly entertained. Plus, it is pretty cool to hear my six year old sing "Singin' in the Rain".
Excerpt: Again, admittedly this critic is not a huge fan of musicals. Nevertheless, viewing this again as an adult, it was surprisingly entertaining and funny in all aspects. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is a popular actor who tolerates the boastful antics of dim witted Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). He accidentally meets a talented Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). He developed his talents as a child with Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor).
Summary: This movie really drags in places and is much longer than it needs to be. It's also difficult to watch "Make 'Em Laugh" without thinking of the blatant plagiarism. It's still a good musical, though; it's just not one of the greats. If you want to see Gene Kelly at his best, watch Summer Stock instead.