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Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies have announced the Region 1 DVD release of TCM Spotlight: Katharine Hepburn Collection for 29th May 2007. Together the studios will honour one of Hollywood?s legendary ?grand dames? on the anniversary of her 100th birthday (May 12) with the debut of this collection which includes six films never on R1 DVD before -- The Corn is Green, Dragon Seed, Morning Glory, Sylvia Scarlett, Undercurrent and Without Love.

 

The first in a series of joint releases with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), The TCM Spotlight series will represent a broad group of classic films from various eras, all of which have earned an important place in film history. The selections from the Warner Bros. Entertainment library (the industry?s largest) also represent the kind of motion pictures that have become the hallmark of TCM?s classic film programming. The companies are looking forward to multiple releases under this banner in the coming year.

 

The TCM Spotlight: Katharine Hepburn Collection features the beloved screen legend in some of her most memorable roles, and will also include special features such as Oscar-nominated vintage shorts and classic cartoons. The films will be available all together in a collectible gift set for $59.92 SRP, or individually at $19.97 SRP.

 

The Corn is Green (1978)

Katharine Hepburn stars in director George Cukor?s exquisite television version of Emlyn Williams? beloved play about a dedicated teacher who is determined to make a difference in an early 1900s Welsh mining community. This is Hepburn?s 10th and final collaboration with her dear friend Cukor.

 

Dragon Seed (1944)

Hepburn headlines this dramatic saga of the World War II Chinese war effort, playing heroic Chinese peasant woman Jade in this adaptation of the bestseller by Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth). Stellar support includes Walter Huston and Aline MacMahon (Academy Award nominee for her stirring performance) as a long-married couple whose peaceful farm life is disrupted by enemy troops ? and plunged into a tumult of hardships, wartime atrocities and fiery resistance.

 

Features include:

 

* Vintage short Romance of Celluloid: Twenty Years After

* Classic cartoon

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

 

Morning Glory (1933)

Hepburn earned the first of four Best Actress Academy Awards? for her portrayal of stage-struck Eva Lovelace, a role with strong parallels to Hepburn?s own theatrical beginnings. The story of an innocent country girl who seeks fame and fortune on Broadway, Eva?s story encompasses setbacks, human frailties and courage, talent and triumph.

 

Features include:

 

* Oscar-nominated Pete Smith short Menu

* Classic cartoon Bosko?s Mechanical Man

* Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

 

Sylvia Scarlett (1936)

This offbeat movie marks the first of the four screen pairings of legends Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, who play half of a roving team of swindlers and performers. Hepburn?s gender-bending dual roles as Sylvia and Sidney caused consternation then, but today the film finds an avid cult following. And Grant?s performance as a ne?er-do-well cockney con artist gave him a role that showcased for the first time his wider talents.

 

Features include:

 

* Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk short Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West

* Classic cartoon Alias St. Nick

* Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

 

Undercurrent (1946)

This noir-styled melodrama directed with deft, screw-tightening skill by Vincente Minnelli sets a brooding tone. Newlywed Ann Garroway (Katharine Hepburn) is blinded by happiness, unable to see the true nature of her husband (Robert Taylor). She overlooks the menace that creeps into his words and trusts him when he says his mysterious, long-unseen brother (Robert Mitchum) is a psychopath. This is a suspenseful psychological thriller, with doubt and fear lurking under the surface.

 

Features include:

 

* Oscar-Nominated Theater of Life short Traffic with the Devil

* Classic cartoon Lonesome Lenny

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

 

Without Love (1945)

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn team for the third time in the romantic comedy Without Love, playing a couple doing their part for the wartime lodging crunch by sharing her Washington DC home. Donald Ogden Stewart adapts Philip Barry?s play (five years earlier, both helped shape Hepburn?s comeback movie The Philadelphia Story). Supporting stars Keenan Wynn as a bon vivant, Lucille Ball?s wisecracking Girl Friday and Gloria Grahame?s flower girl add to the movie?s urbane wit and warmth.

 

Features include:

 

* Vintage Crime Doesn?t Pay Short Purity Squad

* Classic cartoon Swing Shift Cinderella

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

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Here is some interesting info I came across regarding extras for the upcoming TYRONE POWER SWASHBUCKLER box set to be released in May by FOX. 1) "Leading Ladies" (interviews with Jayne Meadows, Colleen Gray, Patricia Neal and Terry Moore), 2) a biography but a new one, not the A&E telecast, 3) "Behind the Scenes" which will include James Cromwell, and 4) one feature that will have either Movietones, a TV appearance, a public service ad, that type of thing.

 

It was also stated that if this set is successful, Fox will do Power set.

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> Here is some interesting info I came across regarding

> extras for the upcoming TYRONE POWER SWASHBUCKLER box

> set to be released in May by FOX. 1) "Leading

> Ladies" (interviews with Jayne Meadows, Colleen Gray,

> Patricia Neal and Terry Moore), 2) a biography but a

> new one, not the A&E telecast, 3) "Behind the Scenes"

> which will include James Cromwell, and 4) one feature

> that will have either Movietones, a TV appearance, a

> public service ad, that type of thing.

That's excellent news!!

 

>

> It was also stated that if this set is successful,

> Fox will do Power set.

Do you mean a separate box set, of non-swashie films?

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Probably. Such films as I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU and THIS ABOVE ALL were mentioned. Also, there are comedy films with Loretta Young, and some later FOX films such as UNTAMED, KING OF THE KYBER RIFLES, etc. So we need to support this new Power box set if we want to see more. FOX is really stepping up to the bat with some exciting new releases. There are also some films Power made with Alice Faye. And its just possible Vol, 2 of ALICE FAYE will be forthcoming and could include these films.

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I see Amazon has listed BEYOND THE FOREST as upcoming on DVD although there has been no official date of release. Hopefully, George Feltenstein of WBHV will supply some more info on the upcoming online forum chat February 26. Talk is that there will be a Joan Crawford boxset released at the same time as the Davis set.

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The Russian version of Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE will be released on DVD on March 12 as a 3 DVD set. This 1968 film won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for that year. This is a much more faithful adaptation of the classic than the the 1956 film King Vidor - Audrey Hepburn film.

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Koch is releasing the Russian WAR AND PEACE. The film runs over 400 hours. Apparently there were two other releases, one from Kultar and one from Image and both are available at present. I can't vouch for this new release. I think this is one of those films that fell into public domain. The Koch release is the cheapest, listing st $24.95.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of World War II Collection Vol. 2: Heroes Fight for Freedom for 5th June 2007. Never before seen on Region 1 DVD, the titles include Air Force, Command Decision, Hell to Eternity, The Hill, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and 36 Hours. These six films present stirring tales of front-line action, conflict and heroism and star Hollywood?s top leading men such as Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Hunter, Spencer Tracy, John Garfield and James Garner. Extras reinforcing the excitement are World War II era shorts, classic cartoons, a vintage making-of featurette and trailer galleries. The six-disc World War II Collection Vol. 2 will be available for $59.92 SRP, with individual titles selling for $19.97 SRP.

 

Air Force (1943)

Howard Hawks guides one of Hollywood?s greatest battle epics, a film of courage, camaraderie and combat. This is the story of the Mary-Ann, a B-17 bomber which leaves San Francisco for Honolulu on the day before Japan?s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor?and flies right into World War II. A gifted ensemble cast ? including John Garfield, Harry Carey, Gig Young and Arthur Kennedy ? plays ordinary Americans called upon to do the extraordinary. Air Force was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one for Editing.

 

DVD Special Features:

 

* Oscar-nominated Technicolor drama short Women at War

* Classic cartoons The Fifth-Column Mouse and Scrap Happy Dafft

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

 

Command Decision (1948)

Clark Gable heads the cast in a film about the wrenching choices officers must make in time of war. Gable plays a U.S. general who realizes that Allied victory depends on destroying the Nazi?s jet factories. Based on the Broadway hit play, Command Decision combines thrilling aerial pyrotechnics with tense war room battles to create an indelible portrait of the men whose judgment holds the power of life and death.

 

DVD Special Features:

 

* Vintage Passing Parade Short Souvenirs of Death

* Classic cartoon King-Size Canary

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

 

Hell to Eternity (1960)

Tells the real-life story of Marine Guy Gabaldon (Jeffrey Hunter), a Hispanic kid from the streets of East L.A. who was raised in a Japanese-American foster family. In an astonishing true story of heroism during the Battle of Saipan, Gabaldon used his language and combat skills to convince 800 Japanese to surrender to American troops after their commander commits suicide. For this, he won the Navy Cross?and the gratitude of all America.

 

DVD Special Features:

 

* 1960s war movies trailer gallery

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

 

The Hill (1965)

Sean Connery headlines and Sidney Lumet directs this jolting tale of life and mutiny inside British military prison walls in North Africa during World War II. The inmates are soldiers who once defied, rebelled, talked back. The wardens are sadists who perpetrate cruelty in the name of discipline, forcing soldiers on the brink of collapse beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline known as The Hill, a manmade, torturous tower of sand seared by a white-hot sun. Ossie Davis and Michael Redgrave also star.

 

DVD Special Features:

 

* Vintage featurette The Sun?The Sand?The Hill

* 1965 war movies trailer gallery

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

 

36 Hours (1964)

James Garner does a heroic star turn as U.S. Major Jefferson Pike, an amnesiac who?s been kidnapped by the Germans as the key player in an elaborate ruse to get him to divulge the Allied D-Day plans. Rod Taylor makes a canny opponent as the duplicitous Doktor in this tense twist-filled wartime thriller. The clock is ticking with the Nazis having only 36 Hours and using any means necessary to pull off their complicated plan to get the D-Day details out of Pike.

 

DV Special Features:

 

* James Garner war movies trailer gallery

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

 

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

?The Doolittle Raid? -- a true World War II event and a novel of the same name -- became the basis for this suspenseful saga about a bold mission that boosted morale in the war?s bleak, early days. Spencer Tracy stars as Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who devises a plan to launch fully-loaded bomber planes from a dangerously short aircraft carrier runway. Academy Award-winning Best Special Effects recreate the squadron?s low-altitude, ?hedge-hopping? sweep over Japan, and even utilize film footage from the actual raid. The intensive training, the daring bombing run, the subsequent forced landings in China and the perilous trek to safety: all the valiant touchstones of the true-life raid are captured in a beloved classic whose other stars include Van Johnson, Robert Walker and Robert Mitchum.

 

DVD Special Features:

 

* Academy Award-nominated Pete Smith Specialty Short Movie Pests

* Vintage Passing Parade Short A Lady Fights Back

* Classic cartoon Bear Raid Warden

* Theatrical trailer

* Subtitles: English (feature film only)

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection for 12th June 2007. Four classic mysteries never before on Region 1 DVD and featuring the escapades of the feisty teenage detective include Nancy Drew, Detective; Nancy Drew, Reporter; Nancy Drew,Troubleshooter,/i> and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. The Collection will be presented on 2-Discs and will sell for $24.98 SRP.

 

In 1930, the Nancy Drew mystery series debuted in print, captivating girls everywhere. In 1938, the teen detective came to the screen in the first of four Warner Bros. films starring the undeniably charming Bonita Granville, fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in 1936?s These Three. The four films in the collection follow Nancy as she seeks a missing heiress (in Nancy Drew, Detective), investigates a poisoning (Nancy Drew, Reporter), clears a family friend accused of murder (Nancy Drew, Troubleshooter) and faces death in a haunted mansion?s secret tunnel (Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase).

 

The Nancy Drew book series has lasted for generations, selling to date more than 100 million worldwide copies in 22 languages. This summer, star Emma Roberts brings a fresh look to the young sleuth when she stars in Warner Bros.? new, adventuresome remake premiering nationwide in theatres June 15.

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The release of the Nancy Drew films is a complete surprise. One of these films fell into public domain and is in pretty bad condition. Hopefully all four films will be remastered. This is a fun series and I am glad its coming to DVD and at a good price. The war films don't interest me in the least!

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Several of these Stewat titles have already been released separately. Will pass on this set. It certainly is not the best of Stewart. Also, announced for 6/12 is MARTIN & LEWIS VOL 2: LIVING IT UP, PARDNERS, HOLLYWOOD OR BUST, ARTISTS AND MODELS and YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG.

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