DVD REVIEWS: The Astaire and Rogers Collection, Vol. 1
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The first four movies look spectacular. Each picture has been restored so that its rich monochrome tones keep their silk-and-satin sheen. Barkleys is sharp, but the flesh tones are pale - and the sets and costumes have none of the eye-popping hues of The Bandwagon and other recent Technicolor DVD releases restored through Warner's Ultra-Resolution process. For all five films here, the sound has been digitally cleansed of crackle and sibilance, and it offers generous bass. Extras include three scholarly commentaries, four making-of featurettes, five vintage short films, and five classic cartoons. [NR] English, Dolby Digital mono; full frame (1.33:1); five dual-layer discs. Barkleys of Broadway: French, Dolby Digital mono.