McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Civil War 25th Commemorative Edition DVD & Blu-ray Oct 13Aquarius: The Complete First Season DVD & Blu-ray Sep 15Justified: The Complete Series on Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Surface on DVD, VOD, and DIGITAL HD Sep 1

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Brad Pitt Says He's 'Angry' at the Finance Industry Aft...
Adele Speaks Exclusively on New Music:'The Most Poignan...
'The Walking Dead' reveals Glenn's fate ...
Adele Performs on Saturday Night Live: Video ...
Blacklisted: The Inside Story of Dalton Trumbo and the ...
Ryan Seacrest Confirms All American Idol Judges Will Re...
Fargo' Preview: 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching This S...
Bruce Willis makes Broadway debut...
Entertainment industry modifies plans after Paris trage...
Anne Frank's Diary Gains 'Co-Author' in Copyright Move ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
Down to Earth (1947)

"I need a goddess and a goddess comes out of nowhere".
- Daniel Miller (Larry Parks)

Review By: Jeff Rosado   
Published: May 05, 2004

Stars: Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, Edward Everett Horton, William Frawley
Other Stars: Marc Platt, Adele Jergens, George Macready, Jean Donahue, Kathleen O'Malley, William Haade, James Burke
Director: Alexander Hall

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:40m:42s
Release Date: May 11, 2004
UPC: 043396037076
Genre: musical

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
C+ C-A-B- D

DVD Review

The year is 1947. Arguably at the peak of her career following the release of Gilda, Rita Hayworth garnered notices for more than her trademark beauty in a role that proved there was a real actress underneath that pretty face. In today's Hollywood, most in such an enviable career position tend to carefully choose a follow-up film comparing favorably to a breakout performance.

But back in the day, many didn't have that option. Unless one had the clout of Bogart, Davis, or Hepburn, you sometimes had to do the movie equivalent of a homework assignment. Or at least that's what I hope dictated the screen goddess' choosing of Down to Earth, a so-so musical fantasy that in concept sounds like a really cute idea: putting Rita in the custom-fitted role of Terpsichore, the goddess of song and dance. But as our heavenly journey begins, she's not exactly itching to break out into a production number. Unhappy about the way she's being portrayed ("a man-chasing trollop!") in Swinging the Trees, a low-rent Broadway musical down on earth, she demands to see Mr. Jordan.

Yes, that Mr. Jordan from a much funnier film of a few years back—the celestial coordinator in charge of correcting an occasional upstairs blunder—but Terpsichore's dilemma falls a little outside the standard requirements. However, a little charm goes a long way as Terpsie sweet talks her way into a one-way ticket to the Big Apple with dependable Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton) along for the ride. Not wasting a moment once on the ground, she soon makes a big impression in an impromptu audition that wins over producer Daniel Miller (Larry Parks) and the entire company, save for one very angry dancer (Adele Jergens), who was to have portrayed the very lady standing before her.

A very odd film with little more than the charm of its leading lady going for it, Down to Earth is, to put it simply and succinctly, a mess. A semi-sequel (loosely based as a follow up to Here Comes Mr. Jordan) that's kind of a musical with a romance at the center in which the principles take forever to get together, after making its audience sit through an endless array of bratty cat 'n' mouse.

Sounds like a great date night rental, doesn't it?

Still, my lukewarm attitude toward the movie decreases during those precious few moments when Hayworth takes center stage in production numbers that showcase her incredible hoofing abilities. Seeing the joy emerging from her face during those sequences, I couldn't help but ponder what turns her career might have taken had she been able to escape the iron grip of Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn on occasion. One can only imagine the heights she could have attained in an MGM production under the tutelage of Arthur Freed or Busby Berkely or even Gene Kelly (whom Rita shared nice chemistry with in the far superior Cover Girl).

Interesting trivia note: Earth served as an inspiration for the 1980 Olivia Newton-John songfest Xanadu, which fared a little better musically, if not artistically.

Rating for Style: C+
Rating for Substance: C-


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: An absolutely, gorgeously warm transfer taken from a nearly immaculate print. Save for a very brief instance of frame damage in the opening moments of Chapter 12, this is Technicolor scrumptiousness; if only the lion's share of Columbia's vault offerings looked this good.

Image Transfer Grade: A-


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access

Audio Transfer Review: Standard dual-channel mono that sounds super crisp during moments of dialogue but slightly distorts when certain musical numbers pop up; very strange. My feeling is either some performances might have been recorded a little hot or the levels weren't set properly as the master print was assembled back then. Not too much of an annoyance, but noticeable.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-


Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Japanese with remote access
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Gilda, You Were Never Lovelier, You'll Never Get Rich
Packaging: Keep Case
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Unless trailers make you salivate (and the one for Gilda might inspre you to do so), nothing worth writing home about.

Extras Grade: D


Final Comments

Probably only of note for Rita Hayworth fans, Down to Earth will likely fail to enchant anyone else. Weak tunes, Park's bland performance, and a sleep-inducing storyline are far from being heaven sent.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


movie, the big short, steve carell, ryan gosling, christian bale, michael lewis, brad pitt, music, adele, hello, 19, 21, 25, television, the walking dead, amc, davod alpert, glen, heads up, saturday night live, 25 album, skyfall, nrj awards, graham norton, herbert biberman, john howard lawson, lester cole, ring lardner jr., samuel ornitz, adrian scott, albert maltz, alvah bessie, edward dmytryk, dalton trumbo, reality, american idol, ryan seacrest, mariah carey, nicki minaj, ellen degeneres, jennifer lopez, harry connick jr., keith urban, simon cowell, paula abdul, randy jackson, steven tyler, kara dioguardi, televison, fargo, fx, kirsten dunst, jesse plemons, jean smart, jeffrey donovan, bokeem woodbine, brad garrett, patrick wilson, celebrity, bruce willis, laurie metcalf, misery, broadway debut, paris tragedy, u2, foo fighters, steven spielberg, natalie portman, book, the diary of anne frank, otto frank, swiss foundation, daytime talk, 2000 shows, justin timberlake, jennifer aniston, sequel, animated, finding nemo, finding dory, disney-pixar, diane keaton, eugene levy, inventor, hedy lamarr, google doodle, ecstasy, samson and delilah, bbc music, angelina jolie pitt, by the sea, troubled marriage, mr. & mrs. smith, gwen stefani blake shelton, country music awards, the voice, miranda lambert, jon stewart, john oliver, hbo, wonder woman, nicole kidman, amazonian warrior, gal gadot, chris pine, nick lachey, 98 degrees, pot grower, ohio, nanette lepore, oscar robertson, frostee rucker, the red bulletin, james bond, daniel craig, naomi harris, bond girl, a. o. scott, 1977, star wars, elvis, beatles, sesame street, j.k. rowling, israel, palestine, culture for coexistence, harry potter and the deathly hallows, ricky gergais, 2016 golden globes, hollywood foreign press association, jessica biel, 2015 fashion group international night of stars gala, flip phone, the power of love, huey lewis, michael j. fox, back to the future, carrie, bipolar disorder, quinn, saul, jonas, comedy, selena gomez, lupus, chemotherapy, estrogen, lupus foundation of america, dancing with the stars, maksim chmerkovskiy, carrie ann inaba, bruno tonioli, julianne hough

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store