Warner Bros. (USA) dazzle us with yet another DVD boxset “The Doris Day Collection – Volume 2”

October 2, 2007 1 Comment

In 2005, the American movie house surprised us all with their first “lavish” DVD extravaganza of classic Day films. It has been a long time coming but in stores from the 10th April 2007 is the firey follow-up release.

Just to recap the first volume was a sheer delight from start to finish and set impressive new standards of what audiences should expect when their favourite “vintage” movies are given a digital makeover. The good news is that Vol. 2 continues in the same vein.

Fans will be overjoyed to find the latest set contains Doris’s much sought after debut picture Romance on the High Seas (which receives its first DVD release) as well as My Dream Is Yours, I’ll See You in my Dreams, On Moonlight Bay, By The Light of the Silvery Moon and Lucky Me. As an understatement this set is overflowing with some of Doris’s most “enchanting” musical-movies providing an uplifting dose of 1950s nostalgia. This set is guaranteed to have you singing along in no time to catchy ditties like I’m in Love, It’s Magic, Someone Like You, It Had to be You, Ain’t We Got Fun. Till We Meet Again and I Speak To The Stars etc. etc.

Warner Bros. also get an A+ for again finding a wealth of rare & previously unseen bonus materials; such as the comedy short So You Want a Television Set featuring Doris and Gordon MacRae.

One thing to make abundantly clear although some titles were issued in 2006 by Warner Bros. (UK) these American releases boast much superior picture quality. In plain speak the UK cut corners by using tired masters originally intended to make their VHS tapes. The US in contrast commissioned NEW transfers especially for their 2007 project!

Volume 2 retails for $59.92 (US Dollars) and can be ordered now from amazon.com. Each title is available separately.

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The Doris Day Collection – Volume 2
Catalogue No: 113731
Running Time: Approx. 65 Minutes

– Romance on the High Seas
– My Dream Is Yours
– I’ll See You In My Dreams
– On Moonlight Baby
– By The Light of the Silvery Moon
– Lucky Me

  • Romance on the High Seas (1948)
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    Doris Day began her screen career when she arrived at Warner Brothers in 1947 for the filming of this irresistible movie. In it a married couple suspect each other of fooling around. When the husband announces he can’t join his wife on a planned ocean cruise, she hires a nightclub singer (Georgia Garrett) to masquerade as her. Whilst she stays behind to spy on her husband. Confused? There’s more…hubby then hires a detective (Peter Virgil) to keep an eye on the person who he thinks is his wife. Thanks to the directing skills of Michael Curtiz, who keeps the plot moving along smoothly, these improbabilities become rather believable! Honestly they do. Songs featured: I’m in Love, It’s You or No One, Put ’em in a Box and the Oscar nominated million-seller It’s Magic.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Classic Warner Bros. musical short Let’s Sing a Song from the Movies
    – Classic Warner Bros. cartoon I Taw a Putty Tat
    – Theatrical trailer
    – Languages: English & French
    – Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

  • My Dream is Yours (1949)
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    This is an updated, remake of the 1934 movie Twenty Million Sweethearts that starred Ginger Rogers and Dick Powell. Martha Gibson (Doris Day) is a newly war-widowed single mother who Doug Blake (Jack Carson) decides is ripe for stardom. With the help of friend Vivian, he brings her to Hollywood, auditions her, only to find her falling in love with the very person who he wants her to replace aka Gary Mitchell (Lee Bowman). Bugs Bunny also makes a guest appearance in a musical number with both Doris and Jack. Notably the legendary composer Harry Warren (Gold Diggers of 1933) returned to the studio for the first time in a decade to write the new songs for the film. These include I’ll String Along With You, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby and Someone Like You.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to be an Actor
    – Oscar® nominated Warner Bros. short The Grass is Always Greener
    – Classic Warner Bros. cartoon A Ham in a Role
    – Theatrical trailer

  • I’ll See You in My Dreams (1952)
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    This is the true story of lyricist Gus Kahn (Danny Thomas) and his devoted wife Grace (Doris Day). Kahn was responsible for nostalgic classics like It Had to be You and Ain’t We Got Fun. This biographical, tearjerker touchingly reveals the enduring and loving relationship between Gus and his wife. It was deservedly a top box-office hit of 1952.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Vintage short The Screen Director
    – Classic Warner Bros. cartoon Lovelorn Leghorn
    – Theatrical trailer

  • On Moonlight Bay (1951)
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    Some critics may have unfairly dismissed this film as a copycat of Meet Me in St. Louis but in my opinion the characters and script (based on Booth Tarkington’s Penrod stories) are more enduring. This is a really enchanting, wholesome movie set during World War I. It follows the very animated lives of the Winfield family, who in the movie have just relocated to a small town in Indiana.  Doris plays Marjorie Winfield (the tomboy daughter). Marjorie is more at home on the baseball pitch than in a dress. This somewhat begins to change on the arrival of William Sherman (the boy next door – played by MacRae) who has some rather unconventional ideas for the era e.g. not believing in marriage or money. All in all this begins to cause friction with Marjorie’s father and sparks fly…Commercially On Moonlight Bay became one of the biggest box-office hits of its time and remains one of Doris’s favourites. The popularity of the movie led to sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon.
    Songs featured are Till We Meet Again and the title tune.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Vintage Warner Bros. musical Short Let’s Sing a Song About the Moonlight
    – Classic Warner Bros. cartoon A Hound for Trouble
    – Theatrical trailer

  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
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    At a time when sequels were not the done thing this is the follow-up movie to On Moonlight Bay. The trials and tribulations of romantic couple Marjorie and William continue as they make plans to marry. Simply Fun! Fun! Fun! and yet another box-office winner for Warners.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy shorts: So You Want to Learn to Dance and So You Want a Television Set
    – Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. cartoon From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    – Theatrical trailer

  • Lucky Me (1954)
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    Candy Williams is a performer in a third rate musical revue called ‘Parisian Pretties’, headed by wisecracking joker Hap Schneider. Fallen on hard times and stranded in Miami Beach, the members are forced to work in a hotel. Then, when a handsome producer (Dick Carson) arrives to put on a show the troupe believe this is their lucky break. Although Doris was said to have been dismayed by this film’s script she convincingly pulls off this ‘fluff’ musical. Songwriters Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster (Calamity Jane) reunite to write another delightful score that features The Superstition Song, Men Men, I Speak To The Stars, The Bluebells Of Broadway and Lucky Me.

    DVD Special Features:
    – Vintage Warner Bros. short When the Talkies Were Young
    – Oscar®-nominated Warner Bros. cartoon Sandy Claws
    – Theatrical trailer

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One Comments to “Warner Bros. (USA) dazzle us with yet another DVD boxset “The Doris Day Collection – Volume 2””
  1. Allen-Pollock says:

    Good things often come in small packages and this USA released six-DVD disc set is definitely one of them. With each disc individually housed in a thin DVD box and original publicity art work on display, the set will not use up valuable shelf space yet its contents will prove to be an awesome treat for all Day fans and others as well.

    There’s really no need for me to describe each movie as there are numerous links on this site which amplify plots and main songs. Each film has been remastered to a stunning degree and previous versions of ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951), BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1953) and LUCKY ME (1954) released in the UK pale in comparison. Finally having ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948) (UK title: IT’S MAGIC), MY DREAM IS YOURS (1949) and I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951) on DVD for the first time is of course the main reason to buy as they typify the musical essence of the Day personality with songs that helped make her a massive record seller during the late Forties and into the Fifties. They also help serve as a reminder that Doris continues to weld her iconic presence via DVD’S, CD’S and television repeats of her movies.

    The only disappointment is the fact Doris’ third film IT’S A GREAT FEELING (1949) – not yet on DVD – should have logically been included.

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