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New "Singin' in the Rain" Blu-ray/DVD Set Coming

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 14, 2012

The offiiclal  word: On July 17, the musical treasure Singin’ in the Rain ends an 18-month moratorium to celebrate its 60th anniversary in harmonious high style with the debut of a three-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD Pack from Warner Home Video.

The beloved film, with memorable songs, lavish routines, and Gene Kelly’s eponymous song-and-dance number was WHV’s first title to receive their “Ultra-Resolution” process. Now 10 years later, for its 60th anniversary Blu-ray debut, Singin’ in the Rain has been refined even more with a 4k scan of the Technicolor 3-strip negatives and a new DTS-MASTER (uncompressed audio).

AFI’s “#1 Movie Musical [1] will be offered in a new limited and numbered gift set edition with four hours of bonus content and will be beautifully packaged and ready for new generations of fans to enjoy. The Blu-ray & DVD Pack will be priced at $84.99 SRP. A single disc Blu-ray will also be available for $19.98 SRP and a Two-disc Special Edition DVD for $14.96 SRP.

 "Sixty years ago, no one dreamed that we would still be watching Singin’ in the Rain in 2012. But here we are with a beautiful new 60th anniversary digital restoration on Blu-ray. Gene would be very proud,” notes Gene Kelly's widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly.

Singin’ in the Rain, set in the days of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to "talkies," continues to this day to provide pure cinematic entertainment. It stars Gene Kelly at the pinnacle of his career and co-stars Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Jean Hagen and Rita Moreno. Written by legendary musical “book” writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin’ in the Rain was helmed by legendary directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. The film was nominated for two[2] Academy Awards ® and has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time by the AFI and Entertainment Weekly, among others. The film will also be showcased on Friday, July 13 with a special screening, including a personal appearance and commentary by Mrs. Kelly at the new Warner Bros. Theater in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of their “Advent of Sound” Film Festival[3]. For more information visit http://bit.ly/A3gozA.

 Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will include a brand new documentary, Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation, presented in high definition on Blu-ray. In addition to another half-dozen vintage special features, this new edition will be presented in a 48-page hard cover book, with never-before-seen production memos and photos. It will also contain reproductions of the original theatrical posters from the film’s premier and a full-size commemorative umbrella (dance in the rain at your own risk!).

 

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