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Singin’ In The Rain 4K UHD Review

“Singin’ In The Rain” is one of the all-time great films.

“Singin’ In The Rain” (which is celebrating its 70th anniversary) is a musical directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. The story revolves around silent movie star Don Lockwood who is at a strange point in life. The movie industry is transitioning from silent to talkies, the public thinks he’s in love with fellow movie star Lina Lamont (even though he’s not), he’s insecure about his acting, and he just might be falling for an aspiring actress (Kathy). With the help of his pal/musician Cosmo, Don just might figure out his life, career and his love life.

What is there to be said about “Singin’ In The Rain” that hasn’t already been said? Not only is it one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, it’s simply one of the best movies of all time. It’s a near perfect movie filled with movie magic. From a visual standpoint, ‘Rain’ is a pure cinematic spectacle. Sequences like “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes,” “Broadway Melody” and, of course, the title track contain glorious dance numbers that are sure to put a smile on your face. Speaking of the songs, you can’t ask for a better soundtrack (which is comprised of tracks from previous films). The title track is nothing short of iconic. It’s a joyous declaration of love. “Good Morning” is an earworm if there ever was one, and “Moses Supposes” is hilarious and strange slice of word play.

And then there’s the cast which is perfection. Gene Kelly was never better than he was here (and that’s saying something). He delivers a charming and comical performance all while fully entertaining the audiences with dazzling tap dancing. The same can be said for Debbie Reynolds who also gives her best performance as Kathy. Her singing (especially during “Good Morning” and “Would You?”) is positively lovely. You can certainly argue Donald O’Connor steals the movie. He’s got some of the best lines, “Make ‘Em Laugh” is a highlight, and his scenes with Kelly are unforgettable. Jean Hagen gives a grand performance as the silent film actress Lina who doesn’t exactly have a talky movie voice.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 2160p. How does it look? Viewers can expect a pristine print of this Technicolor classic. The “Broadway Melody” and montage sequences are particularly noteworthy here as the rich colors shine bright.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Original Theatrical English 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The Original Theatrical track is solid but a bit muted. The 5.1 track is lively (especially with the musical numbers), but it’s a shame there wasn’t a higher quality track.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Jump to song feature.
* Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Baz Luhrman and Rudy Behlmer.
* Archival extras on Blu-ray: Theatrical trailer and “Singin’ In The Rain: Raining On A New Generation.”

April 25, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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