Fox Shakes Out Carmen Miranda Set26 Apr, 2008 By: Billy Gil
Just in time for summer, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will get viewers shaking their bon bons with a five-disc set of films starring The Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda. The Carmen Miranda Collection streets June 17 (prebook May 21) at $49.98.
Nowadays, Miranda is mostly known for her iconic banana-hat-wearing image. But the Portuguese-born star in the 1930s and '40s helped popularize the samba for American audiences. She even has a city square named after her in Hollywood, Calif., across from Grauman's Chinese Theater, where her footprints are preserved.
The Fox set gathers five of her most popular films: Doll Face, Greenwich Village, If I'm Lucky, Something for the Boys and The Gang's All Here.
Doll Face (1946) is about an actress who has a ghostwriter write her autobiography to gain notoriety after she is rejected from an audition because she lacks cultural refinement. The DVD includes an isolated music track, a deleted scene with optional commentary by film historian John Cork, the original theatrical trailer and photo galleries.
Greenwich Village (1944) follows an aspiring composer who falls in love with a singer in New York, and stars Miranda as another singer and fortune teller. The DVD includes photo galleries.
If I'm Lucky (1946) is a remake of Thanks a Million (1935) and co-stars Perry Como, Edgar Buchanan, Vivian Blaine and Harry James in a tale about a swing band leader who unwittingly helps a corrupt gubernatorial candidate take office. It includes an isolated music track, excerpts from the early 1940s special “Singing With the Stars” featuring Miranda, the original theatrical trailer and photo galleries.
Something for the Boys (1944) stars Miranda as one of three cousins who inherits a Texas plantation, which is then converted into a home for Army wives, which the cousins use to entertain troops. The DVD includes the four-part documentary “Carmen Miranda: That Girl From Rio,” as well as photo galleries.
The fifth title in the set, The Gang's All Here (1943), features Miranda as a chorus girl trying to set things right between her co-star and a soldier. The remastered title is the only one of the set that is new to DVD. It includes a commentary by film professor Drew Casper, the featurette “Busby Berkeley: A Journey With a Star,” the deleted scene “The $64 Question,” several featurettes on the film's co-stars, the original theatrical trailer and photo galleries.
Additionally, on the same day, Fox will release each of the films individually at $14.98 each, and will re-release the Miranda films Weekend in Havana, That Night in Rio and Down Argentine Way at $19.98 each.