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That's Entertainment, Part II

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The superbly edited That’s Entertainment compilation series preserves the choicest songs and dances of MGM’s golden-age musicals while eliminating the silly stories. Now the new, digitally (and beautifully) remastered disc release of Part II outdoes the original by adding six numbers intended for but cut from the theatrical release (including Ziegfeld Girl’s sumptuous ”You Stepped Out of a Dream,” with Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Eve Arden, and dozens more). In all, there are 60 songs and dances by Astaire, Charisse, Chevalier, Crosby, Day, Fosse, Garbo (!), Garland, Horne, Kelly, Verdon, and other incomparables, plus some neatly interspersed comedy scenes with Hepburn and Tracy, Durante, and the Marxes. Astaire and Kelly romp snappily through the interlinking commentary, and sequences originally filmed in wide-screen formats are letterboxed. With most of the numbers now in stereo surround sound, this set defines video collectability. A

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