Warner announce 6 award-winning films for February
Warner Home Video has announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of 6 award-winning films from the 1930's to 1940's, available to add to your collection from 16th February 2004 at a retail price of £12.99 each. In addition to these new to DVD classics, Warner will be running a a special 2 for £20 offer on past award winners. Running from 19th January until the end of February take your pick from blockbusters including Goodfellas and L.A. Confidential alongside classics Ben-Hur and Gone with the Wind to name but a few.
The full details on the new to DVD classics are as follows...
Goodbye Mr Chips - Winner of Best Actor (1939) - Sam Wood's Goodbye Mr. Chips is a deeply stirring work starring Robert Donat as the old schoolmaster who looks back upon his life. Told mostly in flashbacks, the film wraps itself around a history of an older England as seen through the generations of boys who pass through Mr. Chips's classroom. Greer Garson is her usual classy, sexy-intelligent self as Donat's wife, their earlier courtship one of the film's highlights.
114 mins, Cert tbc, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1, Audio: English Mono
Grand Hotel - Winner of Best Picture (1932) -
Berlin's plushest hotel is the setting where "Nothing ever happens." A lonely Ballerina (Greta Garbo), her jewel-thief lover (John Barrymore) and an ambitious stenographer (Joan Crawford) prove the contrary. In this great screen drama, the glitz and glitter of Berlin's opulent Grand Hotel comes alive with its star-studded guests and employees.
- Checking Out: Grand Hotel featurette
- Hollywood Premiere of MGM's Grand Hotel (1932 newsreel)
- Just a Word of Warning (1932 Theatre Announcement)
- Nothing Ever Happens (1933 Vitaphone Short)
Mrs Miniver - Winner of 6 Oscars (1942) - A moving drama based on Jan Struther's novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.
Winner of six Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture, this memorable spirit-lifter about an idealised England that tends its prize-winning roses while confronting the terror of war struck a patriotic chord with American audiences and became 1942's #1 box-office hit. Greer Garson gives a formidable Oscar(R)-winning performance in the title role, comforting children in a bomb shelter, capturing an enemy parachutist and delivering an inspirational portrait of stiff-upper-lip British resolve. When Hitler did his worst, Mrs. Miniver did her best.
- Greer Garson Academy Awards footage
- Photo Gallery
- MGM Shorts Mr Blabbermouth & For the Common Defence
Mutiny on the Bounty - Winner of Best Picture (1935) - In a Lavish adventure, HMS Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787 for Tahiti with Midshipman Roger Byam joining Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton) and Fletcher Christian (Clarke Gable) on board. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six idyllic months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage.
- Pitcairn Island Today featurette
- Mutiny on the Bounty wins 1935 Award footage
The Great Ziegfeld - Winner of 3 Oscars (1936) - Flo Ziegfeld's midway attraction isn't drawing flies. "How's business, Ziggy?" a rival taunts. This winner of 3 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture provides the career-chronicling answer. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.'s business was good (with Broadway's legendary Follies and more), bad (including times the showman could scarcely rub two nickels together) and rarely lacking optimistic excess. Director by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Luise Rainer.
177 mins, Cert U, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1, Audio: English Mono
Gaslight - Winner of 2 Oscars (1944) - Beautiful and trusting, Paula Anton (Ingrid Bergman) is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. The suspect is her devoted husband (Charles Boyer). But viewing the world through the dim glow of the gaslight, it is difficult to tell what is real and what is imagined. Directed by George Cukor and also stars Joseph Cotton.
Awards: AFI - Top 100 Thrills, Academy Award - Best Actress, Best Art Direction: Best Interior Decoration.
- Reflections of Gaslight documentary
- Oscars for Movie Stars footage