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Warner's Motion Picture Masterpieces Collection in October

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Motion Picture Masterpieces collection for 10th October 2006. Five film masterpieces adapted from literary classics and made during Hollywood's golden era make their debut in this collection. All are from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, known then as the "Tiffany of movie studios": David O. Selznick's Oscar(R)-nominated screen translations of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities; the 1940 Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island" featuring the irresistible re-teaming of Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper; and the opulent Marie Antoinette, starring Tyrone Power and Norma Shearer. The five-disc collection will sell for $49.92 SRP with individual titles available for $19.97 SRP.

Marie Antoinette (1939)
Norma Shearer stars in this unforgettable performance as France's tragic queen. Tyrone Power plays opposite her; John Barrymore is crafty Louis XV and Robert Morley was Oscar(R) -nominated as Louis XVI.

Painstakingly restored from its recently discovered original camera negative, this remastered edition brings back the film’s original ‘road show’ presentation including Overture and Exit Music.

Extras include:

  • Oscar Nominated Short The Great Heart
  • Vintage Short Another Romance of Celluloid goes behind the scenes on this and other studio productions that year
  • Theatrical Trailer

David Copperfield (1935)
Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Basil Rathbone, among others, joined W.C. Fields and Freddie Bartholomew as the eccentrics, cads and loving family. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the movie was directed by George Cukor and produced by David O. Selznick.

Warner Home Video’s new presentation is another beautiful restoration and remastering effort that brings new life to a film that, for decades, has looked grainy and washed out. As always, Warner Bros.’ archivists embarked on a worldwide search for the best available elements, and here the original nitrate camera negative was located, allowing a full photochemical film restoration and preservation to create the new video master. The result is a tribute to the hundreds of people who contributed their skills and talents to the first DVD release of this beloved classic.

Extras include:
  • Vintage Technicolor Musical Shorts: Pirate Party on Catalina Isle and Two Hearts in Wax Time
  • Classic M-G-M cartoon Poor Little Me
  • Audio-Only bonus: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
  • Theatrical trailer

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Greer Garson plays the spirited Elizabeth, one of five Bennet sisters hoping for matrimony. Laurence Olivier plays Darcy, whose arrival at a nearby estate sets their maiden hearts aflutter. Elizabeth and Darcy find reasons to view each other with disdain, setting in motion a velvet struggle of pride and prejudice, perception and reality, forgiveness and love.

Extras include:
  • Oscar-Nominated Crime Doesn’t Pay Short Eyes of the Navy
  • Classic Cartoon The Fishing Bear
  • Theatrical Trailer

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Charles Dickens' novel of love and turmoil during the French Revolution comes to the screen in this sumptuous version by David O. Selznick. Ronald Colman stars as Sydney Carton. It's filled with uncanny performances, eye-filling crowd scenes and lasting emotional power.

Extras include:
  • Oscar-Nominated Short Audioscopicks
  • 2 Classic Cartoons: Hey, Hey Fever and Honeyland
  • Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show Adaptation Starring Colman
  • Theatrical Trailer

Treasure Island (1934)
Jackie Cooper is Jim Hawkins, a lad living the kind of adventure every child dreams about. Treasure map in hand, Jim and his backers set sail for realms and riches unknown aboard the Hispaniola. But the notorious, one-legged Long John Silver has signed on to the voyage by posing as a cook. Will the treasure fall into his scheming grasp?

Extras include:
  • Vintage early 3-Strip Technicolor M-G-M short The Spectacle Maker (1934) directed by John Farrow
  • Oscar-Nominated M-G-M short Strikes and Spares
  • Classic M-G-M Happy Harmonies cartoon Tale of the Vienna Woods
  • Theatrical Trailer

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