Video Review

Kiss Me Kate (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance; With: Brent Barrett, Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Rachel York; Distributor: MGM/UA Home Video

Vibrant as color swatches in a paint-store catalog, these remastered videodisc of Kiss Me Kate bring out all the literal and thematic glitter MGM applied to films' backstage-romance scenario. In Kiss Me Kate, an acerbic Taming of the Shrew rewrite, they don matching violent-red jumpsuits for some knockabout sparring set to Cole Porter songs. The circuitry in VCRs simply can't render such strong, variegated hues and fine textures; only on disc is it clear how much these actors need meticulous games of make-believe to feel they're in love. B+

Originally posted Oct 18, 1991 Published in issue #88 Oct 18, 1991 Order article reprints