Immersed in Blu-ray: Easter Parade

Easter Parade comes to Blu-ray for its 65th anniversary from Warner Home Video looking its Technicolor finest and sounding superior in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, as Judy Garland and Fred Astaire pair off nicely for their first and only time.

In fact, the Irving Berlin extravaganza (directed by Charles Waters) is so charming despite its thin plot that it turned out to be Astaire’s most popular turn outside of his Ginger Rogers musicals. Lucky for him Gene Kelly broke his ankle.

Highlights include “It Only Happens When I Dance with You,” “Drum Crazy,” “A Couple of Swells,” and, of course, “Easter Parade.” However, Astaire’s bravura six-minute solo, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” with experimental slo-mo, no less, is the standout.

Astaire plays Svengali with Garland after Anne Miller breaks up their Broadway dance team to join the Ziegfield Follies (she memorably taps her way through “Shaking the Blues Away”).

Extras include American Masters — Judy Garland: By Myself, Easter Parade: On the Avenue, “Mr. Monotony” Outtake, and commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and historian John Fricke.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Blu-ray, Clips, Movies, Music

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