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Ginger Rogers dances her way to DVD

As the so-called "greatest dance duo in Hollywood history", Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dazzled the world with their fancy footwork and enchanted moviegoers with their breathtaking onscreen chemistry.

Rogers, a small-town girl from Independence, Mo., won the hearts of adoring fans around the country as Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner in a series of 10 song and dance films With their cheek-to-cheek magnetism, the pair thrilled an American public heavily affected by the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Now, nearly 60 years after the couple's final film together, film buffs can relive those magical Rogers and Astaire moments, in unbelievable, digitized clarity, with the five-disc "Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1" DVD.

Released by Warner Bros. Home Video, the DVD includes the 1935 Oscar Nominated film, "Top Hat", "Swing Time" (1936) and "Follow the Fleet", "Shall We Dance" (1937) and the only technicolor film the pair ever made together, "The Barkleys of Broadway" (1949).

From Astaire's crooked top hat, perfectly placed atop his tuxedo-clad body, to Rogers' beaded evening gowns, sparkling like stars in the night sky, the inseparable duo's most memorable moments have been re-mastered and captured on DVD for the world to enjoy all over again.

Also included in the five disc set are retrospectives that offer information on the Astaire-Rogers magic and a number of vintage shorts, cartoons and trailers. In addition, three of the five discs include commentary by musical comedy experts and Astaire's daughter.

The "Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1" makes a perfect gift for any fan of classic American cinema and can be purchased by visiting www.amazon.com.

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