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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
By Greedy Collector
This is in my humble opinion the bargain of the year. I binged on three musicals in one day. I am unspeakably pleased. I'd have paid this price - heck, I did, for Singin' in the Rain which I already own - for each of the *four* movies included. (Shhhh, don't tell Warner Bros.)
Perhaps we live in a "spoiled age", so we don't know anymore to leave "extraordinary enough" alone? This is not to say that we are not entitled to our diverse opinions, just that sometimes we may miss what a miracle it is to have this quality of home theater experience at our fingertips, for the cost of one pound of fillet mignon. As recently as fifteen years ago, the idea of watching Kiss Me Kate at home in such exceptional condition would have been pure science fiction.
You expect me to criticize this set? I won't. To me, there's nothing deserving of criticism. No-thing. Picture Quality is amazing - way better than the DVDs, for the couple of titles regarding which I can make the comparison in good faith. Not "a little" better, way so. Exemplary restorations. Aspect ratio in KMK is quasi-ideal regarding both the original ratio and the widescreen TV abilities ( a mere 1.75 to 1.77 conversion, other information offered online is erroneous ). The other three movies are presented to perfection in their original format (1.37), with equally pleasing, eye candy-like yet faithful to the original, picture quality.
Even the packaging, ultimately less consequential for some of us is, for its kind, classy and flawless. In my opinion of course. With a modicum of attention nothing will happen to my discs. (I respect the fact that other reviewers' experience could be different.) Stylish artwork.
Regarding the substance, watching these classical musicals better than they looked in cinema (yeah I am that old).... for less than seven dollars each, and being able to see them over and over? The Doris Day's, the Fred Astaire's, the Gene Kelly's, the one and only Oscar Levant ["I used to know Miss Doris Day before she became a virgin" (-:]? Choosing 2D or 3D for an amazing-looking Kiss Me Kate (the movie looks great in both formats, both included on one Blu-Ray disc, and I am lucky to own a Panasonic VT60 with stellar 3D) - the ultimate Cole Porter musical which includes fourteen different musical gems and then some more? You kidding me? Kiss Me Kate in 3D will become The 3D "show-off" piece for my parties.
Thank you, Warner Bros. You made one customer tremendously happy and I hope many other such gifts from you shall be forthcoming. That this was a costly, time-consuming labor of love on your part was obvious to me. For the little money I paid I genuinely felt that this was, almost literally, a gift.
You know how to treat a - well, he thinks - gentleman. I've always depended on the kindness of film studios. Oops, wrong movie (-:
TEN stars, not five. Thank you.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Ronald E. Weber
I avoided re-buying things I already had on dvd and laser, just to get the improved resolution of blu ray, but finally gave in to the temptation now that this lower price came into effect. The updates were warranted. All of the films look and sound wildly better, A great package of terrific material. It still galls me that they put SINGIN' IN THE RAIN in there, because any true member of the target audience for this collection already bought that on blu ray, instantly, when it appeared a couple of years ago. So, that means I have two blu rays of that title. Other than that, this is great. I don't approve of the packaging, though. There sleeves bound together (like the Kubrick and Laurel and Hardy sets) is awkward and cheap. It is impossible to remove a disc from them without getting fingerprints all over the playing surface. Therefore, I put the new discs into their old dvd albums. But KISS ME KATE and THE BAND WAGON are gorgeous.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful. See all 66 customer reviews...
A Beautifully Produced Set
By Mark E. Stenroos
Wow! I received this set on March 3 from amazon and was immediately impressed with the packaging and production values.
First off - both the 2D and the 3D versions of "Kiss Me Kate" are included. I didn't even realize that was the case when I ordered this set.
Second - the packaging is really well done. There's a heavy paper case with each BluRay housed in a separate sleeve, much like the Universal Monsters or the Complete Star Wars Collections, except that the discs are easier to remove from this packaging. That case is housed in a sturdy slip case, so the discs are going to be well protected over the years. There are also 4 lobby cards included - one from each film. These are oversized and do not fit inside the BluRay packaging, which I consider a bit of a bummer as I think it would have been nice if the cards were housed inside with the discs. Hey - at least they included the lobby cards!
BTW - for those who complain about the packaging and the fact that you may need to grab the discs' playing side with your fingers to get them out, there are a few workarounds: 1. buy a box of eyeglass lens cleaner wipes and place one between your fingers as you grab the disc, or 2. you can simply shake the packaging gently, allowing the disc to make its way out of the sleeve. I found the discs very easy to remove from the packaging.
Further BTW - all 4 films are available separately on BluRay in plastic clamshell packaging. That's a more expensive way to buy them, and you don't get the lobby cards, but if you want your discs on plastic spindles, that's the only option available.
Third - as to the movie transfers, I have so far viewed all but "Annie Get Your Gun," and the image and sound are really good in the three films I've watched, thought KMK has a high level of grain. The video & audio improvement in the films themselves are especially noticeable when set against viewing the included extra features which were done for the DVD release - the DVD images don't have the clarity of the BluRay images, and I don't think any time or $ was spent upgrading these produced-for-DVD features for hi-def.