HD upgrades for the old extras would’ve been far more welcome than this new feature. As it stands, all the extras from the special edition DVD are included on a separate DVD disc and are just crying out to be given better A/V treatment. The two long documentaries — one on the MGM Freed unit musical era and one on the making of Singin’ — feature extensive film clips that would look fantastic restored and upgraded, but alas. Both are well worth watching anyway.
Also a superb supplement is the inclusion of clips of the original films where Singin’s songs first appeared, running close to an hour total. The disc also offers up an alternate take of “You Are My Lucky Star” by Reynolds, several vocal outtakes, a gallery of production stills and the theatrical trailer.
The Bottom Line
This new HD transfer of Singin’ in the Rain is a must-own for any sort of serious film fan. The single-disc Blu-ray edition gives you that without all the superfluous packaging, but if you want those old extras (and already sold your 2002 DVD for those sweet OOP prices it’s fetching right now) you’ll have to opt for the monstrosity version.