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Gigi - Blu-ray Review

17 April 2009 6:44 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

One of the last musicals from the Freed unit is lovingly restored for high definition. The subject of the film is sugarcoated, but it comes to high definition with a nice transfer as well as some bells and whistles. An American in Paris seems more lovingly restored, but Gigi makes a fine companion to set on your shelf beside it. Gigi (Leslie Caron) is a teenager who has come of age. She now is under the tutelage of her Aunt Alicia (Isabel Jeans) to become a courtesan. Her grandmother Alvarez (Hermione Gingold) doesn.t know if Gigi is mature enough to take these lessons seriously. Bachelor Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jordan) doesn.t seem to be enjoying the finer things of »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Blu-Ray Review: Pair of Oscar-Winning Musicals Tap to HD Beat

6 April 2009 9:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0 Chicago – Two of the most beloved musicals of all time recently made their debut on Blu-Ray with extravagant collections of special features, beautiful HD, and crystal clear audio. All musical fans will want to add the Best Picture-winning “An American in Paris” and “Gigi” to their Blu-Ray collection.

One of my favorite musicals, 1951’s “An American in Paris,” an Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Score, and Screenplay, is such an essential film to the history of the musical genre that it seems like a no-brainer for HD Blu-Ray. It’s an undeniable classic featuring one of the great stars of the musical, Gene Kelly, at his athletic peak and includes the debut of the magical Leslie Caron.

An American in Paris was released on Blu-Ray on March 31st, 2009.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers

As if Kelly and Caron weren’t enough to entice musical fans, »

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