The Warner Archive Collection has just announced that Summer Stock will be released on Blu-ray in April 2019. The exact date is unknown. The great news is that the film is being presented in a “New 2019 1080p HD Master.”
Update: The disc has a release day of April 30, 2019. Purchase here at DeepDiscount.com.
NOTE: The poster artwork used for the cover art is from a Belgian release of the film (see below) and is the only time Gene Kelly’s name was billed over Judy’s. All of the other posters and advertisements gave Judy top billing, usually with a tagline that began “Judy and Gene!” It’s odd that the Warner Archive would choose this particular cover art although it’s still better than the previous editions!
Update: The final artwork used for the release has been PhotoShopped, placing Judy’s name first (above).
Summer Stock was Judy’s final film for MGM and her third with co-star Gene Kelly. The highlight of the film is the now iconic “Get Happy” number.
From the Warner Archive:
SUMMER STOCK (1950)
NEW 2019 1080p HD MASTER
Run Time 109:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, 1.37:1
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50
Special Features: “Get Happy: The Making of Summer Stock” (featurette); Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short “Did’ja Know” (SD); Vintage Tex Avery cartoon “The Cuckoo Clock” (HD)Theatrical Trailer (HD)
There’s an unusual harvest at Falbury Farm: beans, hay…show tunes. It’s a bumper crop, too, with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly leading all the hoofing, singing and sparking. In her final MGM musical, Garland plays Jane Falbury, a farm owner more than a bit riled when her aspiring-actress sister (Gloria De Haven) shows up with a theatrical troupe that wants to stage a musical in the family’s barn. Any guess who becomes the show’s sudden star after its lead runs off with a Broadway actor? Highlights include Kelly’s shuffle-and-squeak “You, Wonderful You” dance solo making use of loose boards and newspaper on the floor, tuxedo-topped Garland’s leggy, joyous “Get Happy” and a Kelly/Phil Silvers country-bumpkin bit of “Heavenly Music” backed by woofing canines. After a show like this, how’re you gonna keep these kids down on the farm?