May 18, 2005

Lucille Ball in upcoming WB Video

On August 16, Warner Home Video will debut "The Astaire and Rogers Collection: Volume One" -- five memorable classics from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, whose magical chemistry made them Hollywood's greatest dance duo. Featuring five new-to-DVD titles, "The Astaire & Rogers Collection: Volume One" includes the critically acclaimed "Top Hat" and "Swing Time," along with "Follow the Fleet," "Shall We Dance" and "The Barkleys of Broadway," the couple's final film together. All five films have been newly remastered and include extensive bonus features such as documentaries, featurettes and commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie. The Collection will sell for $59.92 SRP. All titles will also be available individually for $19.97 SRP.

"Top Hat" - Directed by Mark Sandrich ("Gay Divorcee," "Shall We Dance"), "Top Hat" was nominated for four Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture. A young Lucille Ball also appears in a small role as a flower clerk.

"Swing Time" - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers headline this romantic comedy directed by George Stevens. Standouts include the songs "Pick Yourself Up," "Never Gonna Dance," and the Oscar-winning "The Way You Look Tonight."

"Follow The Fleet" - In the fifth Astaire-Rogers pairing, Fred trades his top hat for a sailor's cap, Randolph Scott gets the girl (Harriet Hilliard), Ginger gets a tap solo and viewers get the unending delight of seven sparkling Irving Berlin numbers.

"Shall We Dance" - Astaire and Rogers croon, swoon and sway to a glorious score from George and Ira Gershwin which includes "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," Oscar-nominated "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "They All Laughed" and more.

"The Barkleys of Broadway" - After 10 years apart, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reteam for their final film, written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and directed by Charles Walters. The routines include Astaire's "Shoes with Wings On" and a reprise from "Shall We Dance," "They Can't Take That Away from Me."

All are Remastered and New to DVD with Extensive Bonus Features Including New Featurettes, Documentaries and Commentary by Fred Astaire's Daughter.

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