4 Classic Comedies from Warner in March

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of four classic comedies featuring comedy legends George Burns, Walter Matthau, Art Carney, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin and Anne Bancroft for 30th March 2004. Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys and The Prisoner of Second Avenue; Going in Style, written and directed by Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman) and The Late Show, written and directed by Robert Benton (The Human Stain, Kramer vs. Kramer) will arrive in widescreen DVDs boasting special features that include delightful TV guest appearances on the legendary Dinah Shore TV show and newly discovered screen tests of Walter Matthau and Jack Benny. All will be priced at $19.98 SRP.

The Sunshine Boys stars Walter Matthau and George Burns as two cranky ex-vaudevillians persuaded to reunite for a TV special after years of not speaking to each other. Originally a successful Simon Broadway play, The Sunshine Boys won three Golden Globe® Awards for Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor for star Walter Matthau and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Benjamin, as well as an Academy Award® for George Burns as Best Supporting Actor. “The screen tests are a real find, especially of Jack Benny who was originally cast opposite George Burns but who died shortly before film production began,” notes Mike Radiloff WHV’s vice president of theatrical catalog marketing.

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and French Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary by Richard Benjamin
  • Make-up and Screen tests of Jack Benny, Walter Matthau and Phil Silvers
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft star in The Prisoner of Second Avenue as Mel and Edna Edison, a Manhattan couple whose lives are thrown for a loop when their roles are reversed by Mel’s sudden unemployment. The film includes notable cameos from Sylvester Stallone as a young man in the park and F. Murray Abraham as a nervous taxi driver.
  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Making-of featurette
  • Anne Bancroft on Dinah!
The Late Show, an homage to the detective flicks of the 1940s, stars Art Carney as an aging Los Angeles detective -- not as hard-boiled as he used to be -- and pairs him “odd couple” style with the very funny and quirky Lily Tomlin. The result is pure entertainment and a treat for fans of the Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade genre. Robert Benton, who also directed, was nominated for an Oscar for this original screenplay.
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and French Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Lily Tomlin on Dinah!
Going in Style -- George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg star as three retirees in Queens, New York who decide to relieve their boredom and “go out in style” by robbing a bank. Martin Brest wrote and directed this offbeat comedic gem.
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • George Burns and Art Carney on Dinah!




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