Sep 192020

Strike Up the Band debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection and stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.



Strike Up the Band
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Musical, Comedy
Warner Archive | NR – 120 min. – $21.99 | June 23, 2020

Date Published: 09/19/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Busby Berkeley
Writer(s): John Monks, Jr. and Fred Finklehoffe (screenplay)
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman, June Preisser, William Tracy

Features: Promos, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 45.29 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.76 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Teenage drummer Jimmy Connors (MICKEY ROONEY) dreams of winning the contest for school bands hosted by popular band leader Paul Whiteman. In order to enter, Jimmy and his pals, including charming vocalist Mary Holden (JUDY GARLAND), must accumulate $200 for the train ride to Chicago, where the contest will be held. Jimmy and his friends decide to put on an epic student play to raise the funds they need, but a sudden illness threatens to cost the band their chance.



This release includes an Introduction by Mickey Rooney (3:16), Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short Wedding Bills (9:42), Romeo in Rhythm (8:17) cartoon, “Do the La Conga” Stereo Remix Version (6:01) and some audio only bonuses: Leo Is on the Air (14:15) Radio Promo, Millions for Defense (15:15) Radio Broadcast and 1940 Lux Radio (59:06) Theater Broadcast. Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:50).



VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Strike Up the Band arrives on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive program, presented in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. The black and white picture looks great, detail is sharp and well defined throughout and it appears to be clean, free of major instances of specs, scratches or other flaws. Another (at least near) homerun from the Warner Archive Collection.

The disc comes with a basic but rather effective DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Being a musical, there is some nice depth along with the dialogue coming through with good clarity and no apparent hisses, pops or other oral ailments.

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