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Easter Parade Review & Giveaway (ends 3/10/13)

 

Easter Parade

I love watching movies. I appreciate and enjoy films from all genres. My favorites are horror movies and comedies, but I do enjoy all kinds of movies. Even classic movies and musicals. That is why I am shocked that I have never seen – or even heard of – a film called Easter Parade.

Easter Parade stars Fred Astair, Judy Garland, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller. It also features around 15 songs by the legendary Irving Berlin.

I love old movies, and I love musicals. How it is that I never heard of this movie before I’ll never know.

Easter Parade is about the dance team of Don Hewes (Astair) and Nadine Hale (Miller). They are a popular dance team, that is until Nadine decides to take off and dance on her own. She doesn’t want to be known as a dance team, but rather have her own show.

When Don finds out about Nadine’s plans he heads off to a local pub to grab a drink so he can digest what Nadine is plans, and figure out what he’ll do next now that he’s without a dance partner.

Easter Parade Astaire and Miller

At the pub Don tells his friends how Nadine wouldn’t be the great dancer that she is if it wasn’t for him. To prove his point he tells his friends he can take any girl and make her into a fabulous dancer like Nadine. He even goes so far as to pick a young girl from the dancing troupe at the pub name Hannah Brown and invites her to dance with him.

Hannah is a small town girl from the Midwest. She is in awe of Don Hewes because he’s a popular dancer and she dreams of being a successful dancer like his former partner.

Don tries to mold Hannah into another Nadine, that is until he realizes that in order for them to make a successful dance team he’ll have to let Hannah be her own person and bring her personality to the dance floor.

As a new team Don and Hannah quickly become popular dancers, so much so they are asked to join the Ziegfeld Follies. There is only one problem – Nadine. She has her own successful show with the follies.

Don has a choice. He can join Nadine and become a part of the Ziegfeld Follies, or stay with Hannah and try to score their own show.

Will Don join Nadine and become a part of the follies, or will he stay with Hannah? To find out you’ll need to pick up a copy of Easter Parade, now available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Easter Parade Astaire and Garland

This is a sweet movie filled with fun musical numbers. Most of the songs I have never heard of before, but there were a few that I have.

Although the movie is called Easter Parade it’s not necessarily an Easter movie. The reason why it’s called Easter Parade is because Don promises Hannah that one year from that day (the same day as the Easter Parade) all eyes will be on her when she walks the parade again because by then she’ll be a famous dancer. The movie starts on Easter day and ends on Easter day one year later.

I enjoyed the movie. My husband is not overly keen about musicals so I didn’t ask his opinion. :-)

I adore watching old movies. I love the fashion and hair styles. I also love how men and women were always dressed up and looked their finest, even when they were just walking around town. Easter Parade came out in 1948.

There are plenty of bonus features included. I love the one called Easter Parade: On the Avenue. It gave you a lot of background on the film including how Irving Berlin came involved in the project (and how another studio almost scored the film), how Judy Garland influenced the ending of the film, and all about the Easter Parade in New York City (which I never knew about).

Other bonus features include Mr. Montony Dailies with more muscial numbers and Mr. Montony Outtake, which is basically Judy Garland singing the same song over and over again (which got boring after a while).

Also included in the bonus features is the original radio promo for the film and the Screen Guild Theater Broadcast which is only an audio feature. They even included the original theatrical trailer. I love old trailers. They are always fun to watch.

Look for Easter Parade where ever blu-rays are sold.

Easter Parade Movie Poster

Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment I have two copies of the film on blu-ray to give to two lucky winners (one copy per winner). Thank you WB Home Entertainment.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on why you would like to win a copy of this movie. Easy peasy!

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way. WB Home Entertainment will be providing the prize.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.

Comments

  1. Carol W says:

    I would like to win because I have not seen the movie yet. thanks

  2. my mom would like it

  3. Jennifer B. says:

    I absolutely love this movie. It’s one of my favorite old musicals.

  4. D SCHMIDT says:

    Would love to win because it is a classic!

  5. Breanne says:

    I love this movie. Fred Astaire is my favorite actor ever!

  6. April Brenay says:

    never seen it, would be fun to watch!

  7. Christine says:

    I would like to win this for my mother-in-law, she loves this movie.
    Thanks for the chance!

  8. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire a great movie couple, great singers and great songs. This movie is awesome on all levels. I would love to own it.

  9. danielle lima says:

    I love classic movies

  10. Old movies are the best! They sure don’t make em like they used to.

  11. I always liked Judy Garland but haven’t had a chance to watch this movie
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  12. Adrienne gordon says:

    great movie, i’d like my kids to see it

  13. I have never seen this movie.

  14. I would love to watch it with my daughters
    THanks!

  15. Joseph Stowell says:

    Ah, no one makes musicals like they did a half a century ago. Fred Astaire and Judy Garland are a winning combination.

  16. april yedinak says:

    I would love to win this because I love these old musicals. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire are particular favorites in this genre.

  17. christal c w says:

    I would love to give this to my mom as a gift…she loved Judy and Fred

  18. I love old movies

  19. Debra Hall says:

    i love old movies and i have never seen this movie

  20. steve weber says:

    I love these old movies restored to blu-ray quality.