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Hit the Deck (1955) (BD)



The story of a sailor and the owner of a seaside cafe falling in love.

SKU #: 1000478169
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Blu-ray Made To Order DVD
Genre:   Musical, Romance
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Director:   Roy Rowland
Cast:   Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone
Theatrical Release Date:   02/24/1955
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Synopsis
Anchors Aweigh. On the Town. Hit the Deck. Hollywood has always known what to do with sailors on leave: Give ‘em some pretty girls and some great songs and watch the fans line up to enlist! Hit the Deck hits all the right notes as three sailors (Tony Martin, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn) and three cuties (Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds and Ann Miller) squabble, run afoul of shore patrol and, of course, fail in love to hit a parade of Vincent Youmans’ tunes. Highlights include Miller’s polishing the floor as “The Lady from the Bayou,” Martin’s romantic mastery of “More Than You Know” and the stage-filling rouse “Hallelujah.” Music, romance, fun: Don’t miss the boat!

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Hit the Deck (1955) (BD)
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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4.0

HITS THE MARK

By sailor

from Alamo CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Hit the Deck (1955) (BD):

Hit The Deck hits the mark as a frothy popcorn musical extravaganza. One of the early Cinemascope films the new blu transfer features a 5.1 stereo soundtrack that opens up and fills a home theatre as it sounded in 1955. The musical numbers are spectacular, as if recorded in our modern technological era. The film is no classic like Singing in the Rain but it is a very happy involving and delicious entertainment. A surprise release from Archive - and a welcome!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hallelujah! A Fine MGM Musical!

By Bill

from Lakewood, CO

About Me Movie Buff

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Pros

  • Fine Musical Numbers
  • Looks Great
  • Sounds Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Hit the Deck (1955) (BD):

    I first watched this movie as an impressionable teenager and for about a year, I thought it was the best musical ever made.* I bought the MGM soundtrack LP and played it over and over until I knew all the lyrics. I even tried to join the Navy! Although my opinion of the movie has become more rational over the years (and the Navy wisely turned me down), "Hit the Deck" has great sentimental value for me. Therefore, I was thrilled to watch it again in this beautiful Blu-ray version. The plot may be a bit wobbly, but the musical sequences are just as much fun as ever.

    Nobody created musical numbers like MGM. They all had that brassy MGM sound that added extra oomph to the dancing. And the numbers were photographed in long takes that allowed the performers, rather than the film editors, to create the excitement. There was never anything quite like it, and I was sorry to see it disappear from the big screen. But happily, I can still enjoy it in my home theater.

    Given the limitations of EastmanColor and the early CinemaScope lenses, this movie looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The image is bright, sharp and cheery. There isn't a speck of dust or other debris, and the early CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1 is correctly presented. The audio sounds great in full-bodied stereo. Most of the extras from the DVD have not been ported over, but they won't be missed by me. Instead, WAC has added a special menu that allows you to jump directly to each of the 15 musical sequences---I think this is a great idea and should be included on all future musicals. There are also 27 well-placed standard chapter markers and English subtitles.

    Highly recommended to all fans of the classic musicals.

    *About a year later, I saw "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", and it has been my favorite musical ever since. I hope that whenever WHV or WAC brings "Brides" out on Blu-ray, they are able to make it look as good as "Hit the Deck".

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    4.0

    HIT THE BLU RAY

    By MGM COLLECTOR

    from SYDNEY

    Comments about Hit the Deck (1955) (BD):

    How good is this? One of the last great (well, very good) M-G-M big musicals in Cinemascope (wide 2.5) and 5.1 stereo being released on Blue Ray. Big surprise move from Archive. A must have for sure as the DVD was of high quality: beaut wide picture, stereo sound plus the stars and the songs that made this a happy frivolous ENTERTAINMENT. Jane Powell's last M-G-M film, with Debbie Reynolds reaching her peak of popularity and success plus Vic Damone & Tony Martin (at their career ends) with Ann Miller & Russ Tamblyn, Walter Pidgeon and an amazing Kay Armen extra. Who could ask for anything more. Order yours today.

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