Universal Pre-Code Hollywood Collection (R1) in April
Universal Studios Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Pre-Code Hollywood Collection on 7th April 2009 priced at $49.98 SRP. In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict “Production Code” that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. During the “pre-Code” period (1929 to mid-1934), censorship barely existed in Hollywood and filmmakers had free reign to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder, or sex. Starring screen legends Cary Grant, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Tallulah Bankhead, Randolph Scott, and Sylvia Sidney, the Pre-Code Hollywood Collection captures one of the most unique periods in cinema history.
This six-disc set includes six films, all presented in Full Frame with English DD2.0 Mono audio and English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The only extra is found on the first film in the set and is a featurette/documentary entitled “Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era”.
The Cheat - A compulsive gambler (Tallulah Bankhead) will do anything to pay off her debt - including turning to a wealthy businessman behind her husband’s back.
Merrily We Go to Hell - An abusive alcoholic (Fredric March) reunites with a woman from his past and drives his wife (Sylvia Sidney) to drastic measures.
Hot Saturday - Scandal erupts after a young woman (Nancy Carroll) innocently spends the night with a notorious playboy (Cary Grant) and neglects to tell her fiancé (Randolph Scott).
Torch Singer - After giving up her illegitimate child for adoption, a notorious nightclub singer (Claudette Colbert) attempts to find her daughter through a children’s radio show.
Murder at the Vanities - While sexy musical revue “The Vanities” captivates an audience on its opening night, a murder investigation takes place backstage.
Search for Beauty - Olympic swimming champions (Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino) are tricked into endorsing a racy magazine - and much worse.