fred and gingerAt long last, some of the most magical musicals ever made have come to DVD:  The Astaire and Rogers Collection (Vol 1!  There are more coming? Hooray!) is released today. The set includes Shall We Dance, Top Hat, Swing Time, Follow the Fleet, and The Barkleys of BroadwayShall We Dance, Swing Time, and Top Hat all feature commentary, and there are making-of shorts, random cartoons, and assorted other goodies on the discs.

In Top Hat (my personal favorite by a mile) Astaire is somehow both dorky and debonair; both leering and comforting, while Rogers carries herself with dignity and grace in the face of his endless provocations.  Though the most famous scene in the film is the one in which Astiare lulls a pissed off Rogers to sleep by dancing on sand on the floor above her room, the "Isn't This a Lovely Day (to be Caught in the Rain)" sequence is much more impressive. 
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