That's Entertainment 2

That's Entertainment 2

Director: Jack Haley Jr. Cast: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy

DVD

Overview

That's Entertainment Part II (1976) took its time to get to DVD and achieve the level of visual excellence in evidence in this release -- one should savor it, because there are a few public-domain titles represented, such as Till the Clouds Roll By, that viewers may never see in complete, authorized editions, mastered from proper, restored sources on DVD, and other, more marginal musical titles such as Words and Music and Small Town Girl, not to mention some of the black-and-white material from the early '30s, that will likely take a long, long time to make it to the digital video format. The movie went through nearly as many incarnations on VHS and laserdisc as its predecessor, but it was always more satisfying on video than That's Entertainment!, mostly because there was less difference in tone and texture between the new bridge sequences featuring Gene Kelly (who also directed) and Fred Astaire, and the film excerpts being shown, than there was between the old and new sequences in the original film. That's Entertainment Part II flowed better visually even if it wasn't as well-organized as the original That's Entertainment. The final laserdisc incarnation got everything right, with a variable aspect ratio -- anywhere from window-boxing the oldest clips from the dawn of sound, through 1.85:1 all the way out to 2.55:1 for some of the mid-'50s clips, in keeping with whatever was correct for the scene at hand -- and a serious restoration job on all of the excerpts utilized. The Warner DVD follows this pattern and, like the earlier That's Entertainment, is presented on two sides of the platter, one full screen (1.33:1) and the other variable widescreen. The widescreen side is preferable on just about any level, and both sides contain the same chapter markers -- for each major section and excerpt -- and supplements, in this case only the trailer and a short introduction by Turner Movie Classics host Robert Osborne. This time out, he does have some interesting observations to make, concerning the critical reassessment of certain careers and movies that took place because of their representation in this documentary. The menu is simple and easy enough to use, and the disc is fine as far as it goes. But, as with its predecessor, Warner Home Video missed an opportunity with this disc; with as much material as was excerpted here across 126 minutes, this movie begs for a commentary track by some top-flight movie and musical historians, who could have a field day with the visual material at hand. The absence of any true in-depth supplement is the glaring fault in this disc, for all of the care that was taken with its preparation and production. The pairing of Astaire and Kelly alone could make for a lively hour's worth of discussion and debate. So the DVD is enjoyable -- it is, indeed, entertainment, and second to none -- but it could have been a lot more than that.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
UPC: 0012569592926
Original Release: 1976
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:06:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Co-narrator
Gene Kelly Host
Spencer Tracy Actor
Katharine Hepburn Actor
John Barrymore Actor
Saul Bass Actor
Bing Crosby Actor
W.C. Fields Actor
Clark Gable Actor
Greta Garbo Actor
Judy Garland Actor
Judy Holliday Actor
Marx Brothers Actor
Frank Sinatra Actor
Sammy Cahn Special Appearance
Kathryn Grayson Actor
Joan Crawford Actor
Bob Fosse Actor
Cary Grant Actor

Technical Credits
Jack Haley Director
Gene Kelly Director
David Blewitt Editor
David Bretherton Editor
Saul Chaplin Score Composer,Producer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Howard Deitz Score Composer
George Folsey Cinematographer
Bud Friedgen Editor
John Inzerella Makeup
Peter C. Johnson Editor
Daniel Melnick Producer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Schram Makeup
Maurice Vaccarino Production Manager
Hal Watkins Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Overture [2:56]
2. Credits [3:15]
3. That's Entertainment [3:53]
4. For Me and My Gal [3:55]
5. I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man [3:44]
6. A Night at the Opera [3:36]
7. From This Moment On [2:37]
8. All of You [2:24]
9. The Lady Is a Tramp [3:06]
10. Easter Parade [2:09]
11. Temptation [4:17]
12. Swingin' the Jinx Away [4:30]
13. Inka Dinka Doo [2:50]
14. Laurel and Hardy [3:06]
15. The Wedding of the Painted Doll [3:51]
16. Manhattan [3:20]
17. Good Morning [4:21]
18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [7:04]
19. The Tender Trap [4:14]
20. You're Sensational [3:26]
21. Immortal Stars and Lines [5:37]
22. Paris: Maxim's [4:22]
23. I'll Build a Staircase to Paradise [5:05]
24. Sinbad the Sailor [3:13]
25. Now You Has Jazz [4:42]
26. Take Me to Broadway [5:21]
27. There's No Business Like Show Business [2:57]
28. Tracy and Hepburn [7:33]
29. I Like Myself [4:17]
30. Bouncin' the Blues [6:17]
31. That's Entertainment [2:51]
32. End Credits [3:48]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Overture [2:56]
2. Credits [3:15]
3. That's Entertainment [3:53]
4. For Me and My Gal [3:55]
5. I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man [3:44]
6. A Night at the Opera [3:36]
7. From This Moment On [2:37]
8. All of You [2:24]
9. The Lady Is a Tramp [3:06]
10. Easter Parade [2:09]
11. Temptation [4:16]
12. Swingin' the Jinx Away [4:30]
13. Inka Dinka Doo [2:50]
14. Laurel and Hardy [3:06]
15. The Wedding of the Painted Doll [3:51]
16. Manhattan [3:20]
17. Good Morning [4:21]
18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [7:04]
19. The Tender Trap [4:14]
20. You're Sensational [3:26]
21. Immortal Stars and Lines [5:37]
22. Paris: Maxim's [4:22]
23. I'll Build a Staircase to Paradise [5:05]
24. Sinbad the Sailor [3:13]
25. Now You Has Jazz [4:42]
26. Take Me to Broadway [5:20]
27. There's No Business Like Show Business [2:57]
28. Tracy and Hepburn [7:33]
29. I Like Myself [4:17]
30. Bouncin' the Blues [6:17]
31. That's Entertainment [2:51]
32. End Credits [3:49]

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That's Entertainment 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Alvira-Joan More than 1 year ago
If you're ever in a funk, slip in this DVD and forget all your woes. Jerry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago