This double-pack of Fred Astaire films includes a restored print of Royal Wedding, which was formerly available on dvd only through public domain. These two films showcase the Astaire of the early 1950s, who was beginning to engage moreso with trick photography in his dances. In Royal Wedding we see Astaire dancing upside down on a ceiling and in The Belle of New York we see him and Vera-Ellen lifted skywards as they realise they're falling in love. Otherwise the films feature lovely technicolor and are nice escapist fun.
In Royal Wedding Astaire teams with Jane Powell as a sibling act (loosely mirroring his own partnership with sister Adele prior to the thirties). They land in England, where Jane's character becomes romantically involved with Peter Lawford. Astaire starts to think their dancing act is being compromised by this, but then he finds himself falling for Sarah Churchill (the daughter of Winston Churchill). The film is best scene for its several numbers including the aforementioned dance on the ceiling, as well as Astaire's dancing sequence with various props, and his duet with Jane on the very long titled How Could You Believe Me...(you'll know it when you hear it; a very fun song).
The Belle of New York re-teams Astaire with Vera-Ellen, who had already starred with him Three Little Words two years earlier. She is a mission house worker and he is a playboy who falls for her while she tries to redeem him. There are some nice dances between them with Vera-Ellen able to match Astaire's versatility.