Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933, Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 98 min.). This was the middle film of three musicals that Warner Bros. released in 1933 that featured musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. First was the terrific “42nd Street.” “Footlight Parade” would follow this film, which was an adaptation of a Broadway hit by Avery Hopwood, which had been made into two different films during the 1920s. Although the Motion Picture Production Code (aka Hays Code) was in its infancy, Warner Bros. was when of the last studios to adhere to it, so some bits are a bit scandalous for the times, particularly those involving Billy Barty (“Willow”) playing the baby during the “Pettin’ in the Park” number, which was already scandalous by its lyrics.

There are four major production numbers in the film, starting with the opening “We’re in the Money,” which centers on Ginger Rogers as Fay Fortune (she sings part of the song in pig-Latin!) and contains Berkeley’s signature parade of faces of the chorus gals. The song – all the songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin – celebrates the end of the Great Depression, except we learn that the Depression is not over, as the number’s dress rehearsal is interrupted by the repossession of props and costumes because of overdue bills. The show’s producer/director (Ned Sparks as Barney Hopkins) comes up with another idea for a Depression-based musical and when he hears a couple of tunes by would-be songwriter Brad Roberts (Dick Powell, who does most of the film’s singing), he hires him on the spot to replace Warren and Dubin – a nice little in-joke.

The second production number is for “Pettin’ in the Park,” which starts as a duet between Brad and Polly Parker (Ruby Keeler), who is in love with Roberts offstage, but soon involves a chorus line of girls on roller skates, police on roller skates and baby Barty pulling up the silhouette screen to partially reveal the girls changing on stage. The seasons also change during the number, with the chorus girls holding up giant “snowballs,” which make some of Berkeley’s famed designs viewed from overhead, and then there is rain with spring.

The next big number is for “Shadow Waltz,” which used up to a 30-foot ribbon-like scaffold, with the whole thing filled by chorus girls playing violins outlined in neon. Their round, billowing dresses became like flower petals for some of the overhead shots. Finally, the film ends with “Forgotten Man,” a song about soldiers who have returned from the World War and live in poverty. Again, the participants – men this time – trudge through rain.

Offstage, the film revolves around a trio of couples, with Brad and Polly being the first. Brad Roberts is really Robert Bradford from a wealthy Boston family. His brother J. Lawrence Bradford (Warren William) shows up to stop Brad from participating in the musical, but mistakes Carol (Joan Blondell), one of Polly’s roommates, for Polly. Eventually he decides to trick “Polly” into falling for him instead, but ends up falling himself for Carol. Lawrence is accompanied by Faneul H. Peabody (Guy Kibbee), who instantly falls for the third roommate (Aline MacMahon as Trixie Lorraine).

The songs are swell and the humor is fine – Trixie does act as a gold digger in one scene involving hats – as the film is a delight. Mervyn LeRoy directed the non-musical portions. Extras include a look at FDR’s New Deal being reflected on Broadway in this film and others (15:36); three Warner Bros. cartoons, each based on one of the film’s songs; and three shorts. One also can go directly to each of the 10 musical numbers. Grade: film 3.75 stars; extras 2.5 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

The Three Musketeers (1948, Warner Archive Collection, NR, Blu-ray, 125 min.). In this classic early Technicolor version of Alexandre Dumas’ tale of heroic guardsmen during the reign of France’s Louis XIII (Frank Morgan), Gene Kelly may have seemed a bit of an odd choice to play D’Artagnan, and he certainly plays the role slightly hammy during the film’s first third, but his athleticism – particularly his jumping ability – is very suited to the part.

D’Artagnan is just a lad from a Gascon village who sets off to Paris for future fame and fortune, but it turns out he has skills as a swordsman, which come in handy when he accidentally offends all three Musketeers and has duels lined up with Athos (Van Heflin), Porthos (Gig Young) and Aramis (Robert Coote), one after the other. The other three are less convincing, particularly Heflin’s Athos, who is always crying in his drink.

Angela Lansbury basically has a cameo as Queen Anne, who is absent in the second half of the film. She gives some diamond studs to England’s Duke of Buckingham (John Sutton), her secret lover, but scheming Richelieu (Vincent Price, minus Cardinal robes) has two of the studs stolen, then talks the king into demanding she wear all 12 at a banquet in nine days. Richelieu is an advisor to the king, but really wants to rule in his stead. Richelieu also wants war with England. D’Artagnan is sent off to England to recover the jewels, accompanied by his trusty valet Planchet (Keenan Wynn).

The one who has stolen the studs for Richelieu is the Lady de Winter (Lana Turner looking all gorgeous in numerous semi-revealing costumes), who eventually is asked to put the moves of D’Artagnan. However, D’Artagnan had already fallen immediately in love with Constance (June Allyson), the daughter of his landlord and a maid to the Queen.

The film, directed by George Sidney, has plenty of action and earned cinematographer Robert H. Planck an Academy Award nomination. Extras include an MGM radio promo about Turner, with a brief interview with her and then audio of scenes from her various films (14:04); a FitzPatrick Travel Talks look at London (10:09); and a Tex Avery cartoon (6:57). Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 2.75 stars

Seobok: Project Clone (South Korea, Well Go USA, Blu-ray or DVD, NR, 115 min.). This is a surprisingly affecting film about the journey of the first human clone, Seo Bok (Park Bo-Gum, 2016’s Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea), and ex-intelligence agent Min Ki-heon (Gong Yoo), who is tasked with delivering Seo Bok to safety after a terrorist attack. Ki-heon is told that if he succeeds, Seo Bok’s stem cells will be used to treat Ki-heon’s brain tumor that otherwise will kill him within a year.

Seo Bok is not quite human, however, as he is “undying,” his proteins can cure any disease and he has genes no human has, the result of genetic manipulation. In a shaky part of the plot, Seo Bok also is able to create psychic disturbances, which can manipulate physical objects, such as changing the path of bullets or, ultimately, ruining a wharf. The latter comes in as the main laboratory is housed upon a ship, owned and run by a rich man hoping to use See Bok like a fountain of youth.

As Ki-heon and Seo Bok go on the run from the bad guys who want to turn him over to the Americans or who want to just kill him, they naturally bond, which creates some emotional moments later in the film. Seo Bok also encounters much that is new to him, as he has been confined to the laboratory on the ship.

The film is written and directed by Lee Yong Zoo (“Possessed”). Extras include a making-of (4 min.) and a look at the characters (3:27). Grade: film 3 stars; extras 1.5 stars

The Flag of Iron (Hong Kong, 1980, 88 Films, Blu-ray, NR, 113 min.). Yet another Shaw Brothers Studio production, the film, directed by Chang Cheh, has excellent fight sequences, but an underwhelming plot. There are two rival clans – the Iron Flag and the Flying Eagle. When “Iron Leopard” Lo Hsin (Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok of “Five Deadly Venoms,” “Crippled Avengers”) and “Iron Monkey” Yuen Liang (Sheng Chiang of the same films) wreak havoc on the Flying Eagle brothel and gambling den, the leader of the Flying Eagles invites the Iron Flag leaders, including Clan Chief T’ieh, to an apology dinner, which is trap. During the attack, T’ieh is killed, but not before continuing to fight after bandaging up his wounded stomach in typical director Cheh fashion.

Not all is as it seems, as Lo takes the blame for T’ieh’s death and is exiled for 18 months. However, while he is working as a waiter in a restaurant, he must contend with a string of assassins, leading to some good action scenes as the assassins all have different methods of killing. In one fight, Lo uses a stool as a defensive and then offensive weapon. One of the assassins uses an iron abacus as his weapon. The White-Robed Wanderer Yen (Tien-Hsiang Lung), who was present at the deceitful dinner, shows up and fills in Lo on what really happened, including possible treachery by Brother “Iron Tiger” Tsao (Feng Lu of the same two previous films), who took over clan leadership and now is co-running the brothel and gambling den.

Some of the fighting involves javelin-type staffs, which can unfurl large black with red tinge flags. Extras include audio commentary by Asian cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Vebena; booklet notes by Andrew Graves; and a double-sided, foldout poster. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 1.5 stars

DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season (DC/Warner Bros., 3 Blu-rays or 3 DVDs, NR, 9 hours 32 min.). The set contains all 13 episodes from the second season of the series about high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) and her stepfather Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson). Courtney, as Stargirl, and her friends take up the legacy of the Justice Society of America. The adversary this season is Eclipso (Nick Tarabay). Jonathan Cake returns as The Shade. Extras include a gag reel and “Never Alone: Heroes and Allies” (28 min.).

MacGyver: The Complete Collection (1985-1992, 1994, CBS/Paramount, 33 Blu-rays, NR, 113 hours 46 min.). This is the original series, starring Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, the gun-hating, gadget-building secret agent with the mullet. A while back, Paramount issued the first season on Blu-ray and it must have been a success, as they now have issued this box set with all seven seasons – 139 episodes – and two 1994 TV movies (SD) on Blu-ray. It is well worth picking up.