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Five Cary Grant classics from Warner in June (Updated with Artwork)

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD debut of five Cary Grant films for 1st June 2004 with a retail price of $19.97 each. Celebrating the screen legends centennial these titles will also be available as part of a box set release, Cary Grant: The Signature Collection, with a retail price of $49.92.

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition and will include subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Details on the films and bonus features follow...

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House – Goodbye city life; hello Connecticut, with plenty of laugh stops along the way. This movie classic - named by AFI as one of America’s 100 Funniest Movies - about the frustrations and joys of building and owning a home features Grant as a New York ad exec who’s taken on the task of building a house from the ground up. Will he lose everything, including his sanity, or become a happy suburban homeowner? Myrna Loy, as his extremely patient wife and Melvyn Douglas join in the fun.

The extra features included on the DVD are:

  • Two Radio Productions:
    • October 10, 1949 LUX Radio Theatre Broadcast starring Grant and Irene Dunne
    • June 9, 1950 Screen Directors Playhouse Broadcast starring Grant and (his then-wife) Betsy Drake
  • “The House of Tomorrow” Classic M-G-M Tex Avery Cartoon
  • Cary Grant Trailer Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
The Bachelor and The Bobby-Soxer - 1947 Academy Award® winner for Best Original Screenplay (by Sidney Sheldon), the film stars Cary Grant with Myrna Loy and a teen-aged Shirley Temple. In this very entertaining romantic comedy, Grant plays Richard Nugent, a bachelor minding his own business who finds a love-sick girl (Shirley Temple) asleep on his couch. The older sister of the teen is a Judge (Myrna Loy), and she “sentences” Nugent to go out with the bobby-soxer until she is no longer infatuated.

The extra features included on the DVD are:
  • June 13, 1949 LUX Radio theatre Radio Production starring Grant and Temple
  • “Little Tinker” Classic Tex Avery M-G-M cartoon
  • Cary Grant Trailer Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
My Favorite Wife – Grant skilfully plays the romantic hunk and the comedic buffoon in this movie about marital mix-ups. Nick Arden (Grant) is on his way to the honeymoon suite with his new bride (Gail Patrick) when he runs into the wife (Irene Dunne) who was lost at sea and presumed dead seven years ago. The marriage knots have to be untied as the real Mrs. Arden steps up to claim her husband in this quirky romance filled with high jinks and big laughs.

The extra features included on the DVD are:
  • Vintage M-G-M Robert Benchley short subject “Home Movies”
  • December 7, 1949 Screen Director’s Playhouse Radio Production starring Grant and Dunne
  • Theatrical Trailer
Destination Tokyo – Grant is a military hero in this action-filled war drama. As Captain Cassidy, Grant pilots the U.S. submarine Copperfin through the dangerous waters of the enemy’s front yard. Delmer Daves makes his directorial debut with this film that critics say remains “a classic war drama.” This is the only military drama Grant made during World War II.

The extra features included on the DVD are:
  • Warner Bros. WWII short: “Gem of the Ocean”
  • Cary Grant Trailer Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
Night And Day - Appearing in his first Technicolor motion picture, Grant portrays Cole Porter, the legendary, sophisticated songwriter whose life was marked by triumph and tragedy. He’s joined by a superb cast including Alexis Smith, Jane Wyman, Eve Arden and Monty Woolley as himself. The film contains more than 20 of Porter’s songs which have been enjoyed by many generations over the years. One of the film’s most famous moments is Mary Martin re-creating her Broadway performance of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” the show-stopper that made her an overnight star. Even Cary gets into the act singing “You’re the Top” with ‘40s chanteuse Ginny Simms. Interestingly, Hollywood is once again bringing Porter’s life to the screen later this year, with Kevin Kline portraying the composer in Irwin Winkler’s film “DeLovely.”

The extra features included on the DVD are:
  • Vintage Warner Bros. Shorts: “Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra” and “Musical Movieland”
  • Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “The Big Snooze” a classic Looney Tunes cartoon
  • Cole Porter Trailer Gallery







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