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Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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NOTE: This is the commentary on the DVD release. A different commentary was available on the Criterion laserdisc release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actors Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, and Kathleen Freeman, co-director Stanley Donen, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and author/film historian Rudy Behlmer (find his books) Rating:7.2/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on May 26th, 2007:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
The comments of all these people were recorded separately and then edited together with a word of introduction by Debbie Reynolds before each person speaks. The many participants make numerous but brief remarks that make it easy to become absorbed in the commentary as a whole (in other words, no one speaks so lengthily and dryly as to make the listener's attention wander). A smart and effective decision was also to take comments that referred to specific scenes in the movie and to sync those remarks with the scenes discussed. Baz Luhrmann contributes about four of these short segments, and his insights are among the sharpest. In one of them, he talks about how the song ("You Are My Lucky Star") Gene Kelly sings to Debbie Reynolds on the empty sound stage is self-referential in the best cinematic sense: Kelly's character expresses his love by spontaneously creating a stylized movie moment in which to be himself. There are also anecdotal stories about Hollywood and the making of the film to mix with these film-class type comments. All in all, it is an impressively edited and richly enjoyable commentary track.
Reviewed by Agressor on December 12th, 2013:Find all reviews by Agressor
I found this commentary to be a bit disjointed. There are so many different clips being played that I didn't get a sense of coherence and ultimately I found it hard to concentrate on what was being said at times.

Also, most of the participants are quite old and some of their voices are hard to hear and their articulation aren't great.

But that doesn't mean they don't have relevant commentaries. A Singin' in the rain fan can find plenty to enjoy here, ranging from cut songs to elaborations on certain scenes and numbers.
Reviewed by musíl65 on July 3rd, 2015:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is edited well. It is not very screen specific. The best points are about the script, the dancing, the songs, musicals in general and the old MGM studio.

Solid and entertaining track, 8 out of 10.