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7 Oscar Winning Classics from Warner in January

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of 7 Oscar Winning classics for 31st January 2006. Priced at $19.97 SRP each are...

Captains Courageous - From Rudyard Kipling's classic, Captains Courageous thrills with its seagoing action, grand scale and all-star cast. But what gives it full-masted magnificence is the chemistry between Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy, who won his first Best Actor Academy Award for his towering portrait of the father we all wish for: virile, patient, wise and protective.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English and French Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • The Little Maestro [1937 MGM Short]
  • Little Buck Cheeser [1937 MGM Cartoon]
  • Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
  • Theatrical Trailers

The Champ (1931) - Grab your dreams, come out of your corner and step out swinging. The double Oscar winner The Champ is ready to take on the world! With feet planted, chin tucked and its heart unashamedly on its sleeve, this original father-son tale (remade in 1979) remains one of the all-time great tearjerkers. In an Academy Award-winning Best Actor performance, burly Wallace Beery - he of the fog-cutter voice and gruff warmth - plays the washed-up prizefighter making a ring comeback to provide for his son. Nine-year-old Our Gang comedy star Jackie Cooper is Dink, as devoted a son as ever stood in any man's corner.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Crazy House [1930 MGM Short]
  • 11/13/1939 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cimarron (1931) - Spaces were neither wide nor open in most early Sound Westerns. Not so in Cimarron. It starts with one of the most renowned giddy-ups in cinema history: a thundering recreation of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Rush. From there Cimarron, based on the bestselling epic by Giant and Show Boat novelist Edna Ferber, traces the generations-spanning saga of that land. There rugged Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) and his resourceful pioneer wife Sabra (Irene Dunne) sink roots, persevere, give shape to their dreams. It's a saga of change, told with an authenticity that moviegoers who had lived through that era recognized - and told with a skill that earned it three Academy Awards including Best Picture!

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • The Devil's Cabaret [1931 MGM Short]
  • Red Headed Baby [1931 WB Cartoon]

The Good Earth - First came marriage, an arranged union of peasant farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) and kitchen slave O-Lan (Luise Rainer). Then, through poverty and wealth, family and betrayal, war and pestilence, came love. From Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth combines Wang and O-Lan's story with a sweeping saga of China in upheaval. Muni and Rainer had both won 1936 Academy Awards, and Rainer repeated here with another Best Actress Oscar. The film also won for Best Cinematography - with camerawork most powerfully on display in the astonishing locust-plague sequence. Producer Irving Thalberg, known for combining literary prestige with commercial success, died during the production, and the film is dedicated to him.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Hollywood Party [1937 MGM Short]
  • Supreme Court of Films Picks the Champions [Newsreel]
  • Theatrical Trailer

Johnny Belinda - Life is hard on MacDonald farm in stony, windswept Nova Scotia - and harder for young Belinda, a deaf mute whose affliction has been confused with mental deficiency. Then the town's new doctor takes an interest in helping her break out of her silent prison. Jane Wyman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of Belinda, capturing the girl's affecting isolation, awakening desire to learn and ultimate triumph. Directed by Jean Negulesco and co-starring Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford and Agnes Moorehead (all four Oscar nominees for their fine work), Johnny Belinda (nominated for a total 11 Oscars including Best Picture) blends atmosphere, nuance and high drama into a heartbreaking classic.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English and French Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • The Little Archer [1948 WB Short]
  • Theatrical Trailer

Kitty Foyle - Known for light comedies and her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers stepped off the dance floor and into 1940's Oscar spotlight with her Best Actress turn as Kitty, an indomitable working-class girl who endures the rejection of Philadelphia society, makes her own way as a single woman and ultimately chooses between an unmarried arrangement with Main Line scion Wynnewood Strafford VI (Dennis Morgan) or marriage to a struggling physician (James Craig). Rogers' deserved Academy Award confirmed she was more than a dance star - a fact humorously underscored when she returned to the studio and was greeted by staffers and actors in top hats and tails. Jane Wyman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of Belinda, capturing the girl's affecting isolation, awakening desire to learn and ultimate triumph. Directed by Jean Negulesco and co-starring Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford and Agnes Moorehead (all four Oscar nominees* for their fine work), Johnny Belinda (nominated for a total 11 Oscars including Best Picture) blends atmosphere, nuance and high drama into a heartbreaking classic.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Kitty Foiled [1948 Tom and Jerry Short]
  • Bad Luck Blackie [1949 MGM Cartoon]
  • 5/5/1941 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast
  • 4/6/1946 Academy Award Theater Broadcast
  • Theatrical Trailer

Lust for Life - Vibrant orange sunflowers. Rippling yelow grain. Trees bursting with white bloom. "The pictures come to me as in a dream," Vincent Van Gogh said. A dream that too often turned to life-shattering nightmare. Winner of Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Best Actor Awards, Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal as the artist torn between the joyous inspiration of his genius and the dark desperation of his tormented mind. The obsessed Van Gogh painted the way other men breathe, driving away family and friends, including artist Paul Gauguin (1956 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn). Directed by Vincente Minnelli and saturated with the hues of Van Gogh's sea, field and sky, Lust for Life captures the ecstasy of art. And the agony of one man's life.

Features include:
  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper
  • Theatrical Trailer







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