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    Vera Lynn Collection: New UK DVD release (Region 2)

    Features the three rare British musical films starring Vera Lynn made during World War Two:

    Rhythm Serenade (d. Wellesley, 1943)
    We'll Meet Again (d. Brandon, 1943)
    One Exciting Night (d. Forde, 1944).

    To be released August 31st 2009.

    Cast: Vera Lynn, Patricia Roc, Irene Handl, Jimmy Jewel, Richard Murdoch
    Publisher: Sony Pictures
    Format: DVD B&W (3 DVD set)
    Cat No: CDRP8978

    'Rhythm Serenade' is a patriotic musical romance in which Vera Lynn stars as a young teacher who accepts an offer to run a day school for the employees of a munitions factory.

    In 'We'll Meet Again', Lynn plays a young dancer trying to make it in London during World War II. She discovers that people like her singing voice too, and although she is reluctant to sing at first, she finally does and becomes a star. This musical is loosely based upon the career of the British "Forces' Sweetheart" Vera Lynn, the popular BBC radio singer who spent much time entertaining the troops in London. It all begins when she falls in love with a Scottish soldier who breaks her heart when he jilts her in favour of her best friend. Following the break up, she decides to leave London and spend her time entertaining troops all over Europe.

    'One Exciting Night' is a musical farce in which Lynn plays a would-be singer desperate at having a shot to impress producer Stewart with her abilities. Her chance comes at a benefit concert that is also the scene of an attempted kidnapping of Stewart by a gang after a priceless Rembrandt. She thwarts the rascals and wins over the audience with her singing.

    Available from:

    Vera Lynn Collection DVD | Comedy | Films by Movie Mail UK
    Last edited by JamesM; 06-05-12 at 09:07 PM.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Brief Encounter's Avatar
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    I can't wait that long.



    Wonder what the cover is like.

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    this is wonderful news i will order as soon as this is released, there is still far too much of her music not released on cd too

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    Senior Member Country: UK Brief Encounter's Avatar
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    Quite agree, David... which era are you thinking of?

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    The cover - (from Moviemail site)

    Hope to get this in due course!

    Alistair

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    Senior Member Country: UK Brief Encounter's Avatar
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    You can see the other covers too for the individual releases on MM.

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    Moviemail are now giving September 21st as the expected shipping date, I hope this set does actually materialise...



    MrT

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    name='MrT']Moviemail are now giving September 21st as the expected shipping date, I hope this set does actually materialise...



    MrT


    Shame because they could probably have got quite a bit of publicity if they'd released it on time.

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    name='MrT']Moviemail are now giving September 21st as the expected shipping date, I hope this set does actually materialise...


    I also plan to get this, on the same date though, there is TELSTAR the movie, and William Hartnell's THE KEYS OF MARINUS (1964). Roll on 21st!!

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    My set arrived today

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    Is One Exciting Night worth buying?I have the other 2.

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    Well, it's not terribly exciting if that's what you mean To be honest, if you have the other two, I would imagine you could probably live without this unless you're a huge fan of either Donald Stewart of Mary Clare (who only gets a couple of scenes ). Vera is a good singer but really not much of an actress.

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    Are the prints good?

    It appears that We'll Meet Again (d. Brandon, 1943) is the best one to go for, if you just want one Vera film...not too surprising Vera can't act, as she never had any training in that aspect....
    Last edited by JamesM; 06-05-12 at 09:09 PM.

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    I've only watched One Exciting Night so far - there are some screencaps here. The print looked fine to me though my standards aren't terribly high

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    OK thanks.I think that i will hang on for the time being.

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    Might have been worth hanging on - from May it's no longer mail-order exclusive, and cheaper:

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002WHT9JC/zetaminor-21]The Vera Lynn Film Collection [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Vera Lynn, Geraldo and His Orchestra, Bert Ambrose, Patricia Roc, Ronald Ward, Peter Murray Hill, Julien Mitchell, Donald Stewart: DVD[/ame]

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    name='Brief Encounter']Might have been worth hanging on - from May it's no longer mail-order exclusive, and cheaper:


    You can't put a price on the pleasure owning these dvds has given me in the last five months

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheum View Post
    Is One Exciting Night worth buying?I have the other 2.
    Unfortunately they have used the American print 'You Can't Do Without Love' which runs about 15 minutes shorter , it has no on-screen credits apart from the lead actors . It is still an enjoyable film though , makes me want to see the complete version now . I'm not sure where the cuts are but i suspect the end concert footage has been curtailed as Vera Lynn only sings one song and that is faded to 'The End'

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    Quote Originally Posted by philly View Post
    Unfortunately they have used the American print 'You Can't Do Without Love' which runs about 15 minutes shorter , it has no on-screen credits apart from the lead actors . It is still an enjoyable film though , makes me want to see the complete version now . I'm not sure where the cuts are but i suspect the end concert footage has been curtailed as Vera Lynn only sings one song and that is faded to 'The End'
    I've now watched this film on DVD, and it is strange that they included this version when the packaging lists the longer running time. Perhaps they simply couldn't find the original UK print, as I'm sure that would have been their first choice! It is a good film but does seem rather short.

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