The Doris Day Collection (R2) in August

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Doris Day Collection for 22nd August 2005. Exclusive to HMV and priced at £49.99 this collection includes five new-to-DVD titles -- Young Man With a Horn, Love Me or Leave Me, Billy Rose's "Jumbo", Please Don't Eat the Daisies and The Glass Bottom Boat -- along with one of Ms. Day's all-time favourite musicals, Calamity Jane which has been repackaged for the Collection. All DVDs are packed with bonus features including vintage shorts and featurettes, cartoons, trailers and more.

Young Man with a Horn (1950)
With a second-hand trumpet and the loving guidance of a brilliant bluesman, a lonely boy grows into manhood as a superb musician whose talent carries him from honky-tonks to posh supper clubs. But his desperate search for the elusive high note, trapped in his mind but impossible to play, starts him on a boozy downward slide. Charged with dynamic performances by Kirk Douglas (the title role), Doris Day, Lauren Bacall and Hoagy Carmichael and pitch-perfect direction by Michael Curtiz, the film is a feast of hot, cool, moody jazz. Legendary Harry James dubbed Douglas' horn work.

DVD special features include:

  • Doris Day Trailer Gallery

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Laced with Doris Day's vibrant performances of songs from the era, this 1955 Academy Award winner (Best Motion Picture Story) is the tough-minded true tale of Ruth Etting's life with the man who boosted her career with strong-arm tactics yet smothered her in an obsessive grip she escaped at great peril. As Martin "The Gimp" Snyder, James Cagney earned one of the film's six Oscar nominations. Ms. Day's Etting was a career-best dramatic performance, bringing acclaim from critics and protest letters from fans unprepared for the departure from her traditionally sunny roles.

DVD special features include:
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Three vintage shorts, the first two with Ruth Etting
    • A Modern Cinderella
    • Roseland
    • A Salute to the Theatres
  • Theatrical trailer

Billy Rose's "Jumbo" (1962)
Radiant Doris Day sings beloved Rodgers and Hart tunes and does her own horseback riding tricks in this razzle-dazzle musical based on Billy Rose's stage spectacular and featuring circus sequences directed by Busby Berkeley. The story revolves around a circus owner (Jimmy Durante, star of the 1935 Broadway original) with only two real attractions: his daughter (Day) and popular pachyderm Jumbo. Three-ring pandemonium breaks out when a handsome rival (Stephen Boyd) infiltrates the circus, and father, daughter and Dad's wisecracking fiancée (Martha Raye) are suddenly at risk of losing the greatest show on earth.

DVD special features include:
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Musical short Yours Sincerely
  • Tom and Jerry cartoon Jerry and Jumbo
  • Original overture rejoined to the film for the first time in more than 40 years
  • Theatrical trailer

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1962)
Ms. Day brings her trademark radiance to this jovial comedy from the bestseller by playwright Jean Kerr. With Janis Paige, Spring Byington and Richard Haydn on hand for snappy comic support, Please Don't Eat the Daisies is breezy family fun with popular songs "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" and "Anyway the Wind Blows."

DVD special features include:
  • Theatrical trailer

The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
Doris Day entered her eighth consecutive year as a Top-10 Box-Office Star when she boarded The Glass Bottom Boat, a blending of romantic comedy and the era's burgeoning spy-movie genre. Frank Tashlin directs with a cartoonist's sensibility, embracing everything from spy guises to push-button chaos in a futuristic kitchen. The film also stars top comedians Arthur Godfrey, Paul Lynde, Edward Andrews, John McGiver, Dom DeLuise and Dick Martin.

DVD special features include:
  • Three vintage featurettes:
    • Catalina Island
    • Every Girl's Dream
    • NASA
  • Oscar® -winning cartoon The Dot and the Line
  • Theatrical trailer

Calamity Jane (1953)
Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends ... including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock.

DVD special features include:
  • Newsreels: Western Style & Photo Play
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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