(September 17, 2007 - Burbank, CA) – Just in time for the holiday season, the golden era of the M-G-M musical takes the giant leap into the dazzling world of High Definition on November 13, when Warner Home Video presents MGM’s acclaimed musical anthologies - "That’s Entertainment!," "That’s Entertainment, Part 2" and "That’s Entertainment! III" – in a special edition three-disc giftset, "That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection." Representing some of the most requested titles in WHV’s vast library, "That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection" gets the Hi-Def “red carpet” treatment with each feature in the trilogy presented with full HD 1080p masters and Dolby True HD audio. "That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection" also includes more than five hours of exciting extras and rarities including three great documentaries, premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents, TV specials, making-of featurettes, plus an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes from classic films, and more! "That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection" is available for $79.98 SRP. The collection has a pre-order date of October 9, 2007. “In 1974, the theatrical release of 'That’s Entertainment!' was an unexpected box-office bonanza. Part of the reason for the film’s enormous success was the visual and aural splendor of its 70mm presentation and 6-Track Stereophonic Sound. Now, thanks to the wonders of High Definition, that excitement can finally be re-created for the home viewer, as the film and its two exciting sequels look and sound better than ever before,” said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior Vice President, Theatrical Catalog Marketing. “With virtually all the greatest musical moments of all-time to draw from as its subject matter, this collection of the three 'That's Entertainment' films will surely become an essential part of any film fan’s library. The dramatic improvement High Def brings to the amazing imagery and sonics of the great MGM musicals is astounding. We feel this is going to be a tremendously popular gift item for the holiday season." “Exuberant, extravagant…” – Newsweek "That’s Entertainment!" showcases 125 stars from nearly 100 films including superstars Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Peter Lawford, Donald O’Connor, James Stewart and many more. Originally released in 1974 to mark MGM’s 50th Anniversary and to celebrate the golden era of the greatest movie musicals ever made, "That’s Entertainment!" was an unexpected surprise smash at the boxoffice, grossing $28 million at the time and firmly establishing the MGM musical within the pantheon of greatness within American film history. Written, produced and directed by Jack Haley Jr., with Daniel Melnick as executive producer, "That’s Entertainment!" uniquely blends newly-filmed accounts of the personal memories of 11 of the stars who were at MGM from 1929-1958 during the making of these classic films with a panoramic retrospective of unforgettable musical sequences from them. Film historian Robert Osborne provides a personal and fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to each of the three films in the collection. “A wonderful movie…a priceless souvenir.” – Pat Collins, WCBS-TV Originally released in 1976, "That’s Entertainment, Part 2" continues the dazzling tradition of "That’s Entertainment!" taking up where the other one left off, presenting fabulous sequences from movie musicals and highlighting such non-singing stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers. Also featured are two of the champion song and dance men of all time, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly (together for the first time since Ziegfeld Follies of 1946), acting not only as narrators but also as performers, singing and dancing in all-new numbers directed by Kelly just for the film. "That’s Entertainment, Part 2" was produced by Saul Chaplin and Daniel Melnick, with narration by Leonard Gershe and additional music arranged and conducted by Nelsen Riddle. “That’s more than entertainment, that’s pure gold.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Released in 1994 in celebration of MGM’s 70th Anniversary, "That’s Entertainment! III" brings back to the screen the stars and musical numbers that have excited audiences for generations. In the acclaimed tradition of its two predecessors, "That’s Entertainment! III" incorporates scores of famous songs and dances from MGM films and reunites nine of the performers who rose to international stardom through their MGM association. "That’s Entertainment! III" features astonishing classic musical moments, great comedy and romantic teams and unearths rare footage with marvelous big-star scenes originally unseen because they were cut from their films. Gene Kelly opens and closes the picture as nine starry hosts including June Allyson, Cyd Charrise, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney and Esther Williams present this must-see assemblage of Golden Era treasures, none of which has been seen in either of the previous films. Written, produced and directed by Bud Friedgen & Michael J. Sheridan, the film was executive produced by Peter Fitzgerald. The "That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection" giftset also contains an amazing potpourri of extra content. More than five hours of fascinating extra features are presented across the three discs in the set, each of which is sure to enthrall fans of the great MGM musicals. Among the many archival pieces gathered together for the collection are rare footage from MGM’s 25th Anniversary in 1949, “That’s Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM” (1974 TV special); “That’s Entertainment! III Behind the Screen” (1994 making-of documentary about the behind the camera talent); “The Lion Roars Again” (1975 MGM short); footage from the original premiere of "That’s Entertainment!" in Beverly Hills with Army Archerd as master of ceremonies and the cast of stars on stage; excerpts from “The Mike Douglas Show” TV special in 1976 that featured two days of premiere coverage of "That’s Entertainment, Part 2"; “The Masters Behind The Musicals” (a half hour documentary about the MGM wizards behind the camera, with interviews from stars including Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Angela Lansbury and others); “Just One More Time” (1974 featurette); and a dazzling MGM Outtake Jukebox which includes an impressive array of rarely-seen deleted musical numbers from the cutting-room floor featuring such stars as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Esther Williams, Lena Horne, Jane Powell, Mel Torme and many other legendary MGM stars. These archival special features are all presented in standard definition. Warner Home Video High Definition discs (in both formats, BD and HD DVD) offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The new formats also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film. With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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