Four literary classics from Warner

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of four widely adored classic literary adaptations as Anna Karenina, The Beggar's Opera, Far From The Madding Crowd and Three Sisters arrive on 28th June 2004 priced at £12.99 RRP each.

The crème de la crème of period dramas, you'll welcome these literary masterpieces to your screens. Celebrating the works of the great Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, Anton Chekov and John Gay, these stunning works maintain the spirit of their time in a snapshot of history that will enlighten and inspire.

Anna Karenina (1948) - Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson star in Tolstoy's epic tale of tragedy and romance directed by Alexander Korda. Opulent and extravagant yet surprisingly satisfying, the movie visualizes the story of destined would-be-lovers Vronsky and Anna Karenina. Thrown into the tale is Anna's distant relation Kitty who set her sights on the darling bachelor long before Anna's untimely arrival. Tragedy, glamour, and romance mix with high drama.

B&W, 134 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None

The Beggar's Opera (1953) - Peter Brook's bold adaptation of John Gay's opera - a cynical satire of eighteenth century London life.

This weird and wonderful movie version of the first ever English musical to be written boasts a gloriously outlandish set and characters adorned in stunning primary colours that will dazzle and delight. A period piece that remains true to its original form, it features non-stop sing-along songs, spirited melodies and a real sense of embellished drama. The story follows the escapades of a jailed highwayman and stars Laurence Olivier, Dorothy Tutin and Stanley Holloway.

Colour, 90 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None

Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) - John Schlesinger's adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic of the same name, Far From The Madding Crowd is the charming tale of Bathsheba (Julie Christie), a country girl unsatisfied with her modest lot on a quest for true love and her profound effect upon three men (Alan Bates, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch). Stunning cinematography (Nicholas Roeg) accompanies Richard Rodney Bennett's Oscar nominated, haunting soundtrack which is the perfect backing for the malady and misfortune that follows her pursuit for happiness.

Colour, 155 mins, Aspect Ratio: tbc, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None

Three Sisters (1970) - Directed by Laurence Olivier and John Sitichel from the Anton Chekhov play. In a remote little town in turn of the Century Russia, three sisters - Olga (Jeanne Watts), Irina (Louise Purnell), and Masha (Joan Plowight) - and their brother Andrei (Derek Jacobi) fantasise about their return to their former home in Moscow. For them Moscow is a city of dreams, magnetism and inspiration - a far cry from their current life - an oppressive and overbearing existence, devoid of hope. As they muddle through life, they hold on to the memory of a place they once knew and the promise of a better life. But as time passes and hope begins to fade, tragedy strikes the ill-fated family.

Colour, 155 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None

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