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|TCM Spotlight - Esther Williams Vol 1 |
Bathing Beauty / Easy to Wed / On an Island with You / Neptune's Daughter / Dangerous When Wet
Actors: Esther Williams, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: NR Release Date: 17-JUL-2007 Media Type: DVD
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Luba F. (Lambyloo) from ALTAMONTE SPG, FL
Reviewed on 9/11/2014...
I love these older films - Esther, Cyd & Lucille all bringing top notch glamour and Red Skelton's comedic acting is entertaining. All five discs are fun to watch.
Gail H. (cwgail) from JENNINGS, LA
Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
If you are an old movie/musical lover, then this collection is for you!
The incomparable Esther Williams is an angelic sight. She is a superb actress, wonderful singer, and an Olympic swimmer! The swimming scenes are absolutely gorgeous!
The co-stars in each movie were box office draws of the time, too!
Ricardo Montalban, Van Johnson, husband Fernando Lamas were well-deserved heart-throbs of the day!
The untouchable Red Skelton, King of Comedy, gives hilarious performances throughout.
The legendary Mel Blanc is seen in one or two. And Xaviar Cugat and Harry James, excellent bandleaders of their time, are featured as well!
If you remember these movies, then by all means you need to let your children and grandchildren see them! Bring these generations uncompromised entertainment! I promise they will enjoy. And, remember, nothing inappropriate in any of these.
I give it 10 stars!!!
Finally Esther is Surfacing......
I. Martinez-Ybor | Miami, FL USA | 07/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally we get to see Esther Williams flicks in radiant colors and updated sound! Not that the DVD transfers are perfect, Criterion-league: there are specks and scratches from time to time, and blacks tend to bleed, particularly in the early ones (e.g. Bathing Beauty). But what a pleasure it is to have this joyful entertainement back, put together with care and intelligence. There's bonus material galore, though not all of it dealing with the star.
Included in the Bathing Beauty disc is a substantial interview Ms. Williams did with Robert Osborne for Turner Classic Movies. Ms. Williams comes across as somebody who has always been level headed, with a realistic view of life, aware of alternatives and skeptical of show-biz, always marveled at her good fortune (wondering when it would end), with the self-assurance gained from awareness of her personal worth. Nothing delusional there: underneath the Hollywood glamour, throughout her career and beyond, she has retained the mindset and integrity of a committed, champion athlete, i.e., it's the hard work, constancy and achievement that count, not the glitz or the noise (she was slated to participate in the 1940 Olympics had WWII not interfered). All these personal qualities come across in her films, and probably made her a star, unique in her genre. Before, during and after, there was no other. Though she was a fine craftsman and learned her trade well as an actress, she really only played one character, Esther Williams. Audiences flocked to "Esther Williams movies," with all fantasy such would entail (of course, production values count). It is difficult not to feel that she'd be a great friend to have. During the interview Robert Osborne can barely contain his delight.
Suspend disbelief, just enjoy. I hope we don't have to wait as long for Volume 2, which would include Million Dollar Mermaid and Easy to Love.
For fans, I would also recommend reading her down-to-earth autobiography."
The best part of this release? "Volume 1" in the title. YES!
Mike | San Jose, CA | 07/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seriously...when I think of actors / actresses who are L-O-N-G overdue for the DVD treatment, Esther Williams is at the top of the list. Kudos to TCM for putting 5 of Ms. Williams' amazing films...including my all-time favorite "On An Island With You"...in an affordable box set. I'm sure Volume 2 will be greeted with equal enthusiasm by her fans and I know I'll pre-order it the minute it's available.
So what's the big deal? Aside from the legendary aquatics and the intricately choreographed numbers, the films of Esther Williams are key examples of "They Don't Make Movies Like That Anymore" movies. They don't, and they can't, because the world is really a different place. The simplicity and innocence and sweetness are qualities that exist in a readically different form in 2007.
If your idea of cinematic romance is Tom Cruise telling Renée Zellweger that she "completes" him, or Renée telling Tom that he "had her at hello," these might not be the right films for you. They're more geniune, more honest, and warmer. They represent the absolute best that MGM had to offer.
While "On An Island With You" may not be Ms. Williams' signature film, it has all of the elements that made her films great. Ricardo Montalban, dressed in full navy uniform, strumming a guitar under a tropical tree and crooning the opening theme as Esther swims in a shady lagoon? Genius! The four-way, star-crossed lovers subplot featuring Williams, Montalban, Peter Lawford and Cyd Charisse? The Montalban / Charisse dance number? Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat? What's NOT to like in this movie?
The other four films are just as good, but "Island" is a personal favorite.
Thanks to TCM. Can't wait to see which films are included in Volume 2."
Finally, Esther makes the dive into DVD
G. M. Norris | Ohio USA | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For years I've been waiting for this Esther Williams DVD collection and hallelujah they have finally arrived. These five films from 1944 to 1953 are among the best, but hopefully the remainer of her aquatic musicals will soon follow. BATHING BEAUTY is among the top of my favorites list thanks to Red Skelton, Xavier Cugat, Harry James with vocalist Helen Forrest, Hammond orgaist Ethel Smith's Tico-Tico and Esther's spectacular flaming water fountains swim finale. I gave a five star rating just because it contains five very entertaining musicals. Hopefully the picture and sound quality will give justice for this rating."