Classic Musicals from The Dream Factory (series)

Release Date:  April 25, 2006

The first of three boxed sets featuring the DVD premieres of several MGM musicals.  Each set featured at least one Judy Garland film.

In Volume One:
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Summer Stock (1950)
Three Little Words (1950)
It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

From the Warner Home Video Press Release: “Till the Clouds Roll By” finally receives the deluxe presentation it deserves with its first legitimate DVD release, with this stunning new transfer directly from the original studio Technicolor camera negatives.  The epic film begins with a glorious, musical-within-a-musical recreation of the 1927 opening of Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat” and ends with a spectacular musical cavalcade of Kern classic melodies, climaxing with Frank Sinatra singing Ol’ Man River, a number Ol’ Blue Eyes would reprise throughout his career.  From start to finish, the glittery biopic about renowned stage-and-screen composer Kern (Robert Walker) features 25 stars and a nearly equal number of Kern tunes.  Highlights include Judy Garland as Marilyn Miller asking “Who?” to a bevy of top-hatted admirers; Dinah Shore hauntingly recalling “The Last Time I Saw Paris”; and Lena Horne’s just ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.'”

Special Features:

New featurette Till the Clouds Roll By: Real to Reel
Vintage Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short Glimpses of California
Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon Henpecked Hoboes
Theatrical Trailer
Two musical outtake sequences:
Judy Garland performing “D’Ya Love Me?”
“Music in the Air (I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star/The Song is You)” performed by Kathryn Grayson and Johnny Johnston

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on Till The Clouds Roll By here.

On May 13, 2008, the film was repackaged (no new extras) as part of  Warner Home Video’s new series “The Frank Sinatra Collection.”

Judy’s final film for MGM is also one of the breeziest musicals ever made.  Judy is great, despite the fact that she was having serious mental and physical troubles at the time.  It never shows in the film!  This is the film in which Judy performs her iconic “Get Happy” for the first time.

Special Features:

New featurette Summer Stock: Get Happy!
Classic MGM cartoon The Cuckoo Clock
Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short Did’ja Know?
Audio-only bonus: outtake song “Fall in Love”
Theatrical trailer

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Summer Stock.

The film has been newly remastered in HD for the first time, courtesy of The Warner Archive.  It’s dazzling!

Judy raps!  Yes, that’s right.  Judy raps – and raps well.  Pre-dating rap by several decades, Judy raps in a portion of her satire “A Great Lady Has An Interview” (aka “Madame Crematante”).  This is one of the few MGM Musicals to have the entire soundtrack survive in multiple “stems” (microphones placed strategically around the sound stage), making the enjoyment of the film a feast for the eyes AND the ears in true stereo.

Special Features:

New featurette Ziegfeld Follies: An Embarrassment of Riches
Vintage MGM “Crime Does Not Pay” short The Luckiest Guy in the World
2 classic MGM cartoons:
The Hick Chick
Solid Serenade
Audio-only bonus: Outtake songs “If Swing Goes, I Go Too”, “This Heart of Mine” and “We Will Meet Again in Honolulu”
Ziegfeld movies trailer gallery
Audio in both remixed Dolby Surround Stereo and original Mono English Audio Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (feature film only)

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Ziegfeld Follies here.

The other two films (non-Garland) in the series.

Release Date:  July 24, 2007

From Warner Home Video:  Almost all of MGM’s biggest musical stars of the Golden Era are featured in Volume 2 of Warner Home Video’s “Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory” series: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astair, June Allyson, Jane Powell, Mickey Rooney, Lena Horne, Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, and Vera-Ellen.

In Volume Two:
The Pirate (1948)
Words And Music (1948) 
That’s Dancing! (1985)
Classic Musicals Double Feature: That Midnight Kiss (1949)/The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)
Classic Musicals Double Feature: Royal Wedding (1951)/The Belle Of New York (1952)

Special Features:

New featurette The Pirate: A Musical Treasure Chest
Oscar®-nominated Pete Smith Specialty 1948 MGM comedy short You Can’t Win
1947 MGM classic cartoon Cat Fishin’
“Mack the Black” stereo remix version
Audio-outtakes: “Love of My Life” and “Mack the Black”
Roger Edens’ guide tracks of “Be a Clown”, “Manuela”, “Nina”, “Voodoo” and “You Can Do No Wrong”
Promotional radio interviews with Gene Kelly for On the Town
and Judy Garland for The Pirate
Theatrical trailer 

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on The Pirate here.

The film has been newly remastered in HD for the first time, courtesy of The Warner Archive.  It’s dazzling!

Special Features:

Commentary by historian Richard Barrios [Author and historian Barrios provides fascinating insights into the genius of Rodgers and Hart, one of the greatest songwriting teams of the twentieth century, and why the studio failed to bring the truth of Hart’s story to the screen.]
New featurette A Life in Words and Music
Oscar-nominated “Theatre of Life” 1948 MGM short Going to Blazes!
1948 MGM classic cartoon The Cat That Hated People
“Lover” and “You’re Nearer” Outtakes featuring Perry Como
Audio-only bonuses: Outtakes of “Falling in Love with Love”, “I Feel at Home with You”, “Manhattan” (alternate version), “My Funny Valentine”, “My Heart  Stood Still”, “On Your Toes” (alternate version), and “Way Out West On West  End Avenue”
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Words and Music here.

The other films in the series.

Release Date:  April 8, 2008

Volume 3 of Warner Home Video’s “Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory” series.

In Volume 3: 
Hit The Deck
Kismet (1955)
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Classic Musicals Double Feature: Born to Dance (1936)/Lady Be Good (1941)
Classic Musicals Double Feature: Nancy Goes To Rio (1950)/Two Weeks With Love (1950).

The only Garland film in the series is Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), which is coupled with Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936). 

Special Features:

Oscar-winning Short That Mothers Might Live
Classic Cartoon Pipe Dreams
Audio-Only Bonus: Outtake Songs, Alternate Audio Cues
“Good News of 1938” Radio Program
“Leo is on the Air” Radio Promo
Theatrical Trailer

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Broadway Melody of 1938 here.

On December 1, 2015, the film was repackaged (no new extras) as part of  Warner Home Video’s new series “Greatest Classic Legends,” the Eleanor Powell collection.

The other films (non-Garland) in the series.

Some of the previous home media versions of the Garland films in this series