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Holiday Inn Blu-ray Review

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Flawed as it may be, “Holiday Inn” is still a holiday classic.

The Story: After his marriage and farm plans fall through, Jim decides to make the farm an entertainment venue dubbed the Holiday Inn (which is only open during the holidays). Jim’s former music act pal (Ted) who essentially stole his future wife (Lila) winds up coming back into his life to work at the Holiday Inn along with a woman named Linda who is looking to get into show biz. What follows is the standard silly misunderstandings and ploys as well as a romantic triangle thrown in for good measure.

“Holiday Inn” (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary) is not the type of classic that is known for its story. Even though the concept of a musical that celebrates most of the holidays is undoubtedly clever, the film contains the usual romantic shenanigans, confused characters, and the predictable happy ending. Where the film really comes to life is through the largely iconic Irving Berlin tunes (and its accompanying show-stopping musical sequences) such as “White Christmas,” “Easter Parade,” and “You’re Easy To Dance With.” The only music number that doesn’t work at all here is the horrifically offensive “Abraham.” The less said about that number the better.

Cast wise, it doesn’t get much better than Hollywood legends Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Crosby’s singing is always a delight while Astaire’s dancing is always a joy to behold. Truth be told, the movie is worth a gander for those two together alone.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? The picture appears grainy and wavy at times, but this transfer is definitely solid all around.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A very lively audio track that comes alive during musical numbers.

Extras: A “Holiday Inn” theatrical color, a colorized version of “Holiday Inn” (if you like that sort of thing), a 45 minute extra about Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire titled “A Couple Of Song And Dance Men” that contains comments by Ava Astaire-McKenzie, “All-Singing All-Dancing” covers the history of musicals, technical aspects, and the musical numbers of “Holiday Inn,” a featurette about the colorization, a commentary by Ken Barnes with archival comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter and last, but not least a bonus disc containing a full recorded live Broadway show revival of “Holiday Inn”

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December 23, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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