Perhaps Gene Kelly’s most beloved musical classic is finally coming on Blu-ray on July 17, and Warner Home Video isn’t messing around with its high-def debut. Trumping the “Ultra Resolution” restoration from a decade ago, Singin’ in the Rain has been given a spiffy new restoration for its Blu-ray release, which started with a 4K scan of the original Technicolor three-strip negatives.
In addition to the video overhaul, Singin’ in the Rain also hits BD with a brand spanking new DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (no word on how many channels, or whether the original mono soundtrack will be included, but I’m guessing it will).
The three disc set comes packed with over four hours of bonus material, including a number of supplements that fans are probably already familiar with. One new addition is the documentary Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation, which is presented in high-def.
The full breakdown on bonus features is as follows:
- A full-size commemorative umbrella
- A 48-page hard cover book, with never-before-seen production memos, and, photos, reproductions of the original theatrical posters from the film’s premier
- Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation: All-new Documentary presented in High Definition on Blu-ray
- Commentary by Stanley Donen, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- Great Performances: Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM, a 1996 PBS documentary about the career of producer/songwriter Arthur Freed
- The Making of Singin’ in the Rain
- You are My Lucky Star: Outtake musical number
- Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed Film Excerpts (a collection of 12 film clips from earlier films with Freed/Brown songs
- Scoring Stage Session Cues
- Stills gallery
- Theatrical trailer
And while you’re at it, you can also sell your old DVD copy now.