Eureka Entertainment has announced today that Busby Berkeley's 1943 technicolor musical comedy The Gang's All Here
will be joining the Masters of Cinema series in a brand new Blu-ray edition on 15 September.
I must confess to being something of a Berkeley novice and know precious little about his films other than their famous intricately choreographed dance numbers, which became something of a calling card for the filmmaker. I know Edgar Wright is a fan, as is Spielberg judging by the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, so this new release seems the perfect opportunity to dive into the director's canon.
The Blu-ray boasts a new & exclusive full-length audio commentary with critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme and film historian Ed Hulse, the documentary Busby Berkeley: A Journey with a Star, a deleted scene from the film, the original trailer and a 36-page booklet, featuring essays on the film by critics David Cairns and Karina Longworth, and more!
From the press release:
The iconic director-choreographer Busby Berkeley's first full-length film in Technicolor is well established as being perhaps the most visually stunning spectacle of any Hollywood musical. But to focus on this risks overlooking its exuberant performances, gleeful humour, sensational music and glowing romance, amidst countless other pleasures.
A young soldier's fast-struck love affair with a New York City nightclub singer, despite his long-standing betrothal to a wealthy childhood friend, provides the catalyst for this dizzying parade of home-front melodrama, comic set-pieces and mind-boggling musical numbers (including 'The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat' and 'The Polka-Dot Polka').
Featuring some of the most popular musical stars of its day, including Alice Faye, the incomparable Carmen Miranda, and the legendary Benny Goodman, along with brilliantly funny supporting turns from Edward Everett Horton, Eugene Pallette, and Charlotte Greenwood, The Gang's All Here is an outlandishly surprising classic from one of the Hollywood dream factory's most influential innovators. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a world premiere of a stunning new restoration on Blu-ray.
Check out the original trailer for The Gang's All Here below:
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