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R2 Cary Grant DVD Collection in June

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of the Cary Grant DVD Collection for 7th June 2004 with a retail price of £39.99. Film star and icon of over 70 movies spanning more than 30 years this new DVD collection showcases Grant's appeal in 4 films and a new documentary.

The Cole Porter biopic Night & Day and wartime adventure Destination Tokyo receive their DVD premiere alongside the already released Hitchcock classic North by Northwest and the wonderful comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. An insightful, all-new 2004 documentary charting the life and career of Grant, A Class Apart that includes contributions from leading ladies Deborah Kerr and Eva Marie Saint completes the collection.

Night and Day (1946) - Cary Grant stars as composer Cole Porter (I Get a Kick out of You, In The Still of the Night, I've Got You Under My Skin) in this musical biopic directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

With Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) as director, Cary Grant in the lead and wall-to-wall songs by Cole Porter, how could Night and Day lose? Grant is exceptional as a bon vivant that had a way with words. Co-stars Jane Wyman and Ginny Simms sizzle in big numbers such as "You're the Top."

Features:

  • Colour, 123 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: Various
  • Musical Movieland (1944 WB short)
  • Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra (1946 WB short)
  • The Big Snooze (1946 Looney tunes Short)
Destination Tokyo (1943) - Directed by Delmer Daves (Dark Passage) and featuring the film debut of John Forsythe (Charlie's Angels), Destination Tokyo is set in a World War II submarine, the U.S.S. Copperfin which must complete a secret mission in Japanese waters. This war adventure tackles the frailties of the relationship between the naval men as well as their heroic mission. Nominated for a Best Writing, Original Story Academy Award.

Features:
  • B&W, 129 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: Various
  • WB Short - "Gem of the Ocean"
  • Theatrical Trailers for Destination Tokyo, Arsenic and Old Lace, Night and Day, North by Northwest
North By Northwest (1959) - The Master of Suspense presents a 3000-mile chase across America!

Quintessential Hitchcock comedy-thriller, with Middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) who is bewildered when he is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies headed by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) and the police (who think he's an assassin) whilst being helped by the beautiful Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint).

Contains one memorable scene after another including the now legendary crop-dusting and Mount Rushmore sequences - one of the all-time great entertainments. A witty script by Ernest Lehman and exciting score by Bernard Herrmann complete the perfect thriller.

Features:
  • Colour, 131 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Audio: 5.1 & Mono, Subtitles: Various
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest (39 mins)
  • Feature-length audio commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • TV Spot & Trailer
  • Production Stills Gallery
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) - Mirthful murder Cary-ed off in slapstick, slap-happy style!

Cary Grant and a stellar cast romp through this classic farce based on Joseph Kesselring's 1941 Broadway hit and breezily directed by Frank Capra. Frazzled drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) has two aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) who ply lonely geezers with poisoned libations, one sociopathic brother (Raymond Massey) who looks like Boris Karloff, one bonkers brother (John Alexander) who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, one impatient new bride (Priscilla Lane) - and only one night to make it turn out alright.

In the circus' centre ring is Grant, twisting his face into a clown's gallery of flabbergasted reactions and transforming his natural athletic grace into a rubber-legged comic ballet. You'll die laughing.

Features:
  • B&W, 114 mins, Aspect: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: Various
  • Theatrical trailer
Cary Grant - A Class Apart (2004) - Cary Grant A Class Apart will be available as a bonus feature in the box set. Written and directed by Robert Trachtenberg who has previously produced documentaries on Gene Kelly and George Cuckor.

An all-new comprehensive and provocative look at Cary Grant's life and career. A Class Apart pays tribute to the working class Englishman who became "a democratic symbol of gentlemanly grace" to moviegoers worldwide. Aptly subtitled A Class Apart, the documentary sympathetically depicts Archie Leach-born into poverty, his mother committed to an asylum when he was nine-reinventing himself as Cary Grant, whose debonair screen persona showed no signs of these difficult origins.

Narrated by Helen Mirren, it features interviews with Grant's co-stars including Deborah Kerr, Dina Merrill, Martin Landau, Eva Marie Saint, Samantha Eggar, as well as professional collaborators like writer Sidney Sheldon, and writer/director Melville Shavelson. Also interviewed are Grant's third wife, actress Betsy Drake, and his fifth wife (and widow) Barbara Grant. Extensive film clips are featured from Grant's 35 year film career including excerpts from such films as Bringing Up Baby, Monkey Business, North By Northwest, Charade, An Affair to Remember, Gunga Din, Holiday, Only Angles Have Wings, Houseboat, To Catch a Thief, and many more.

Colour, 87 mins, Aspect: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: Various

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