Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD)

An astonishing assortment of MGM Theatrical Shorts spanning two decades and showcasing big bands, classic comedians, vaudeville greats and more in an amazing 8+-Hour, 4-Disc Collection of 34 Theatrical Shorts.


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Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD)
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • Entertaining (7)
  • Great cinematography (4)
  • Original (3)

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4.0

Takes you back

By Dr Hoctor

from O'Fallon, IL

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Catchy Songs
  • Unique Choreography

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

    Not a pro movie critic, perhaps better than that I know a good movie without a pro telling me. But then these are not really great movie shorts... but they ARE a critical collection of a period in movie history when entertainment was simple; Black and White, Song and Dance. Choreography was hard work since there were fewer camera shots, and largely developed for stage anyhow.
    I am supremely grateful for the preservation of these films, especially since they include a glimpse of my Great Aunt, Harriet Hoctor, in her most rare movie appearance doing her ballet act.
    I would include these in a Film History course.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great find for movie buffs

    By old man Tiajuana River

    from South San Diego

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Fascinating time capsule

    Cons

    • A little slow at times

    Best Uses

    • Interesting for movie buf

    Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

    I had this collection on laser disc(s) some years ago...and I was delighted to have this come up on dvd. One series especially fascinates....the shorts about 'Palm Springs'
    ;Catalina', etc...they were early Technicolor promotions...and studios allowed their stars to appear...in order to see how they photographed in color. You will run into Betty Grable and her first husband, Alice Faye, Johnny Weismuller,
    and many others. They are not given very good
    dialog...but it is the first time they are appearing in color...Technicolor allowed any profits to go to some charity. All of these are different...and uneven (they seem slow by today's standards...but any movie of any length would have blown up Manhattan Island in the time it takes to view one of these...so consider....
    I enjoy them for their naievete and watching stars on the rise. If you like classic movies..it will be pleasurable to have these shorts to go along with them. They are enjoyable and carefully transferred to dvd.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "More Stars Than There Are In Heaven"

    By Brad

    from Trabuco Canyon, CA.

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Catchy Songs
    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Great Cinematography
    • Great music
    • Unique Choreography

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Special Needs
      • Travel
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

      This is MGM's "answer" to Warner's "Vitaphone" shorts (although they didn't know it at the time; who forsaw Home Video 60-70-80 years ago?) and are collected here for the first time in one package, just as the Warner's Vitaphone shorts were. MANY of them in stunning 3-strip Technicolor. The shorts by and large look pristine because they have basically gone unseen since their initial releases. ANYONE even casually interested in Hollywood History should own this set along with the Warner's Vitaphone set. Indespensible!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Historical Treasure

      By George D

      from Santa Barbara CA

      About Me Movie Buff

      Pros

      • Amazing early Technicolor
      • Entertaining
      • Informative

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

        These transfers are very, very good for such ancient material. While the invariable corniness can't be avoided, and many moments are excruciating, these shorts offer more than a glimpse of American entertainment in its formative years.

        We've taken to calling many of these shorts "the birth of Natalie Kalmus," who received constant credit for many years as THE Technicolor consultant for MGM. Her earliest full color work here revels, as expected, a fantastic rainbow of colors. Her palettes always included just about every bright color that could be photographed, and her ideas about color weren't subtle or sophisticated. But her work here sizzles. The later color shorts are practically a marketing decision by the company after the earlier inadequacies of two-strip (red/green) Technicolor.

        Highlights in this regard include "Hollywood Party" and "Pirate Party," which are riots of Technicolor and costuming. Earlier shorts in two-strip Technicolor are interesting, terribly silly, but far duller visually, and there is plenty of black and white stuff here too.

        Probably the best, most fascinating, and most meaningful short is "The Spectacle Maker," which features the actor who was the voice of Gepetto in Walt Disney's Pinocchio. Here is an ironic reversal--the man looks and sounds exactly like Gepetto come to life!

        As for further entertainment value, that depends on what you expect, because these pre-World War II films offer a very different sensibility from this century--yet the worship and ceaseless promotion of celebrity that we are so familiar with today is here in its glamorous infancy.

        This collection is an invaluable companion to the Warner Archive's Vitaphone box set, and one hopes the Archive will continue to release other compilations.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Real Hollywood Nostalgia

        By Communicator

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

          I'm a Movie Buff with an interest in Hollywood's Golden Age. These shorts, for the most part, are corny and highly entertaining. I sat through most of them in one sitting. Many of these stars were never featured in Technicolor Productions before this, and it is a pleasure to see them in living color.

          For a casual viewer, these shorts will probably be boring. If you have an interest in The Movie scene of the thirties, these are indispensable. You will see the Coconut Grove and The Trocadero in all of their 1930's glory. A Party on Catalina Island hosted by Chester Morris. Many Musical Groups and great vintage music. If this sounds good to you, then you can't go wrong with this set. The Picture Quality and Audio are excellent throughout.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Some great dancing & music--enjoyed

          By Graydeck

          from Fayetteville, AR

          About Me Casual Viewer

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

            The shorts are perfect where there's a limited time--this collection has such a great variety and really showcases the superb abilities that entertainers had years ago...

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent choice and remastering

            By drghg

            from Kernville, CA

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Original

            Cons

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              • At Home

              Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

              Well done. Its great to be able to see these classic shorts at last!

              Thank you!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hollywood Time Machine

              By Boss Angeles

              from Brentwood, CA

              About Me Movie Buff

              Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

              If you want to see what stars looked like and the great nightspots were like in the Golden Age of Hollywood, this is for you. The Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Palm Springs, Catalina, and Santa Barbara all circa mid 30s. The stars you see in color are rare too, like Ben Turpin, Pickford, Bennett, Keaton and lots of Cliff Edwards. Fanchon and Marco dancers are in many of them and that is a treat too. Not all discs are not all Technicolor, and was better stated by others that some of the shorts are not stellar, but for me Disc 3 was worth the whole set. there is a certain location reality that these shorts have that polished studio stage releases don't.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nifty collection of shorts

              By Jim

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

                An enjoyable sampling of MGM short subjects from 1928 to 1948; a real trip in the time machine for us movie buffs.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not as good shorts as the WB edition

                By barrympls

                from Minneapolis, MN

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                    Comments about Classic Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory (MOD):

                    Compared to the excellent WB Big Band, Jazz & Swing, this new group of MGM shorts are substantially more medicore than the WB set, solely due to MGM not filming lesser known and more medicore talent.

                    Please, Warner Archive, do one with the excellent RKO Lou Brock produced shorts!...and more WB shorts too!!

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