Meet Me in St. Louis Blu-ray Review | High Def Digest
Meet Me in St. Louis () - MGM (Warner Bros.) Released on Blu-ray Disc on December 13th, Previously available on DVD. Meet Me in St. Louis. Review Date December 14th, by David Krauss. Overview - The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters. Seventeen- year-old. For more about Meet Me in St. Louis and the Meet Me in St. Louis Blu-ray release , see Meet Me in St. Louis Blu-ray Review published by.
The sound is also evenly matched, in a lossless, 5. Considering the fact that the film predates stereophonic sound in theaters, five channels may seem excessive, but the effect is room-filling rather than gimmicky.
Extras In terms of packaging, I'm still not convinced that Warner Home Video's "book" Blu-rays are in any way preferable to, say, Criterion's simple, traditional keep cases. They're unwieldy in size, while the booklets are sewn into the spine of the larger case, making them inconvenient to read.
Meet Me in St. Louis Blu-ray Review
In terms of content, however, fans of the film—and Judy Garland, and musicals, and show tunes—should be ecstatic. This exhaustive set includes the expected commentary tracks and featurettes, carefully punching the ticket of a responsible home-video release, then adds a few cherries on top.
Included on the single Blu-ray disc is the pilot to an aborted TV sitcom!
There's also a handful of one-reelers: The grain structure complements the film as well, lending it a cozy texture that ties into the antiquated setting. In only a couple of instances did the grain seem excessive, but that's to be expected for a movie of this vintage. Clarity and contrast are both excellent and a step up from the DVDso the picture brims with vibrancy. Details on a Tiffany lamp, wallpaper and carpet patterns, and background elements are all strikingly sharp. Black levels in the Halloween sequence exude a lovely inkiness, yet shadow delineation never suffers and crush never occurs.
Whites are solid, too, especially the elaborate dresses the Smith women wear to the World's Fair, but fleshtones adopt a slight rosy tint.Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Official Trailer - Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien Movie HD
Minnelli was a master of the close-up, and some of his shots of Garland are so exquisitely framed and executed, they take our breath away. The final shot of 'The Boy Next Door' and extended close-up during 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' exhibit a unique lushness and beauty that only a man in love with his leading lady could construct. The print is primarily spotless, with almost all incidents of speckling erased. There's still a faint vertical stripe with a greenish-yellowish tint that shows up late in the picture for several isolated seconds, but it's not particularly noticeable unless you look for it.
No edge enhancement or DNR have been applied, and no banding, halos, artifacting, or noise disrupt the image. Once again, Warner has done a superior job transferring one of its classic titles to Blu-ray, and all fans of musicals and Golden Age cinema should be thrilled with this eye-filling treatment. Louis' soundtrack, offering more purity of tone, detail, and dynamic range than the previous Dolby Digital mix on the DVD.
The wide dynamic range handles Garland's soaring highs well with distortion never an issuewhile lows possess lovely resonance and weight. Subtleties are more pronounced, too, such as the rustling of dresses and the roaring flames of the Halloween bonfire, and accents, like the clanging trolley bell, are crisply rendered. Dialogue is always well prioritized and easy to comprehend, and the music score enjoys marvelous fidelty and tonal depth.
A couple of errant pops could be detected and just the faintest hint of hiss, but neither in any way hamper one's enjoyment of this aural feast. Listening to Garland sing such standards as 'The Trolley Song,' 'The Boy Next Door,' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' is always a treat, but hearing her legendary voice in lossless audio adds a rare and wonderful extra dimension to the experience. The original mono track has been dropped from this release, but a music-only track, highlighting Garland's numbers and Conrad Salinger's lilting orchestrations remains, and can be accessed through the Audio Vault section in the special features area.
Louis' can rest assured almost all the extras from the DVD have been ported over to this release. Why would a studio risk alienating potential buyers by not providing a full list of special features on the packaging? Both the Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery and a stills gallery have been deleted, but all other extras remain. The array of material is comprehensive and entertaining, and will please aficionados of Golden Age Hollywood, the film itself, and Judy Garland. Most of the extras have been carried over from the prior deluxe DVD editionand it is a veritable cornucopia of supplements, including: Garland, who longed to grow up, had to be convinced and cajoled into playing a teen yet again.
Narrated by Roddy MacDowell and including new interviews with Margaret O'Brien who, as a child, played "Tootie" and co-composer Hugh Martin alongside archival interviews with Vincent Minnelli and footage of Garland performing beloved numbers from the film later in her career, as well as glimpses of the lavish marquee and outdoor advertising campaign the film received during its run. This piece is an excellent, fairly detailed introduction to how Meet Me in St.
Louis came to be and what it came to mean. Fricke is the one who addresses what's actually onscreen, and one feels a commentary with him alone would have sufficed; however, the others' comments are relevant in their own way, too, and redeem the overall slightly jumbled and digressive feel of the commentary.
Meet Me in St. Louis (Blu-ray) : DVD Talk Review of the Blu-ray
Judy Garland, an installment of the Turner Classic Movies series dedicated to compiling movie trailers, this one recapping all the previews spanning Garland's film career. TCM's principal avatar, Robert Osborne, introduces and contextualizes each group of previews shown mostly in their full, uncut length.
This is another of the disc's several treasure troves of Tinseltown history. Louis" television pilot, a total curiosity and creepy reminder of the darker side of the dream factory. Only a blind drive for squeezing profit from a past glory could have allowed this travesty of the film, remade as a stale TV sitcom, to have come to pass; the final insult is that there is a freaking laugh track.
The pilot is an absolutely a relevant inclusion, but let me know if you can take more than five minutes of it, in which case you deserve some kind of award commemorating your stomach and stamina.
Bubbles, a mini musical revue from the very beginning of the sound era, in which you can see a little Judy Garland performing, as part of the vaudeville act The Gumm Sisters, in a number called "The Land of Let's Pretend"; and Skip to My Lou, a version of the song featured in the film, sung and danced by the film's composers-to-be, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, as part of a troupe called The Martins.
Given that this disc is getting a December release, the inclusion of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"--a song first heard in the film before it become a stand-alone Christmas classic--won't go amiss.
Vincent Minnelli's early masterpiece has always been a wonderful-looking and -sounding picture, but it has never looked or sounded as wonderful as it does on this beautifully done new Blu-ray release. Going beyond the deluxe Blu-ray presentation to consider it solely on its cinematic merits, Meet Me in St. Louis is innocent and sweet without becoming naive or saccharine; it's old-fashioned in the best possible way, classical Hollywood studio filmmaking in top form.