Warner Legends Collection unveiled
Warner Home Video have announced three new 2-Disc DVD editions, known as the Warner Legends Collection. The titles are: The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring Warner Bros. most famous leading men: Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney. Available to buy from 30th September 2003 all three titles have been newly remastered, and are loaded with special features such as extensive commentaries, new and vintage documentaries and never-before-seen extended and deleted scenes. Each two-disc set also contains an exclusive new segment, “Warner Night at the Movies,” hosted by Leonard Maltin, which recreates moviegoer attractions like newsreels, cartoons and trailers from the years each film was released.
The three titles will also be offered as a Warner Legends gift set which includes an exclusive bonus documentary “Here’s Looking at You, Warner Bros.” The feature-length documentary traces the history of the studio from its inception and features rare outtakes, blooper reels and early screen tests of favorite stars. It will only be available as part of the gift set. Each DVD will be priced at $26.99 SRP and the gift set at $69.92 SRP.
Here are the full details on the individual sets...
The Adventures of Robin Hood - The ultimate swashbuckler film, starring the dashing Errol Flynn in his most famous role, is presented for the first time ever on DVD. This lavish, fast-paced version of the Robin Hood legend won three Academy Awards® (Best Film Editing, Interior Decoration and Original Score). Doing many stunts himself, Flynn is at his athletic, romantic best in a role originally intended for James Cagney. Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian), as well as consummate screen villains Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains round out the all-star cast.
- Feature length commentary by author and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- Music-only audio track showcasing the Oscar®-winning score
- “Warner Night at the Movies 1938,” introduced by Leonard Maltin, includes:
- Angels with Dirty Faces Theatrical Trailer
- Vintage Newsreel
- Vintage Warner Bros. Musical short subject, “Freddie Rich and His Orchestra”
- Vintage Warner Bros. cartoon, “Katnip Kollege”
- Errol Flynn Trailer Gallery with trailers for twelve of his most beloved films including Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, Dodge City, The Sea Hawk, Dive Bomber, and The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938 version and 1942 reissue.
- “Glorious Technicolor” Angela Lansbury narrates this hour-long celebration of this legendary color filmmaking process
- All-new 65th Anniversary documentary, “Welcome to Sherwood: The Story of The Adventures of Robin Hood”
- Looney Tunes classic cartoons:
- Rabbit Hood
- Robin Hood Daffy
- Vintage Warner Bros. short subjects:
- Cavalcade of Archery (1945)
- The Cruise of the Zaca (1952) with Errol Flynn
- “Robin Hood Through the Ages” a look at Robin Hood’s earlier screen adaptations
- “A Journey to Sherwood Forest” home movies and behind-the-scenes footage
- From the Cutting Room
- “Breakdowns of 1938” Warner Bros. Pictures blooper reel
- Audio Vault
- May 11, 1938 National Radio Broadcast The Robin Hood Radio Show [audio only]
- Erich Wolfgang Korngold Piano Sessions [audio only]
- Splitting the Arrow Galleries: Historical Art, Costume Designs, Scene Concept Drawings, Cast & Crew Photos, Publicity & Poster Materials
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - This American classic broke new dramatic ground for Bogart and earned father-and-son Oscars for Walter Huston (Best Supporting Actor) and John Huston (Best Director and Screenplay). Starring Humphrey Bogart, an American classic himself, as a man transformed from a likeable hobo to a heartless thug steeped in greed, this is the powerful tale of three hard-luck drifters who strike gold and then strike at each other.
- Commentary by author/Bogart biographer Eric Lax
- “Warner Night at the Movies 1948”, introduced by Leonard Maltin, includes:
- Key Largo Theatrical Trailer
- Vintage Newsreel (1948)
- “So You Want to be a Detective” [1948 WB short]
- “Hot Cross Bunny” [1948 Looney Tunes short]
- Humphrey Bogart Trailer Gallery with trailers for twelve of his most beloved films including High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and The Treasure of Sierra Madre.
- “John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick” [Acclaimed feature-length 1989 documentary]
- All-new “Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” [2003 documentary]
- 8 Ball Bunny [1950 Looney Tunes short]
- Audio Vault
- Scoring Stage Sessions [audio only]
- April 18, 1949 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast [audio only]
- Treasure Trove Galleries: Storyboards, Dressed Set Stills, Cast & Crew Photos, Publicity & Poster Materials
Yankee Doodle Dandy - The much loved and much acclaimed 1942 classic salutes the life and career of American composer and performer George M. Cohan. James Cagney won his only Academy Award, playing the song and dance man in this musical spectacular. Nominated for eight Oscars and winning a total of three (Best Actor, Scoring of a Musical and Sound Recording), the musical features Cagney dancing his heart out and contains Cohan’s toe-tapping favorites, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Over There” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”
- Feature-length commentary by author and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- “Warner Night at the Movies 1942,” introduced by Leonard Maltin, includes:
- Casablanca Theatrical Trailer
- Vintage Newsreel from 1942
- “Beyond the Line of Duty” [1942 WB short]
- “Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid” [1942 Looney Tunes short]
- James Cagney Trailer Gallery with trailers for seven of his most beloved films including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Footlight Parade and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
- “James Cagney: Top of the World” Biographical tribute to the legendary star, hosted by Michael J. Fox
- All-new “Making-of” documentary, “Let Freedom Sing!: The Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy”
- Vintage Looney Tunes shorts:
- Yankee Doodle Daffy
- Yankee Doodle Bugs
- Vintage wartime short, “You, John Jones” starring James Cagney & Greer Garson
- Audio Vault
- Outtakes and Rehearsals [audio only]
- October 19, 1942 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Show with film cast members [audio only]
- Waving the Flag Galleries: Sheet Music, Dressed Set Stills, Scene Concept Drawings, Publicity & Poster Materials
Rounding things off we have a look at the Warner Legends Collection box artwork for you followed by a further segment from the press release that explains how The Adventures Of Robin Hood was restored using Warner's Ultra Resolution process...
Leading the collection will be The Adventures of Robin Hood, presented in Warner Bros. Pictures dazzling new “Ultra-Resolution,” which allows today’s viewers to see parts of the images which were never visible before and sharper detail than in conventional Technicolor release prints.
WHV first used this process for Singin’ in the Rain; and Ned Price, Warner Bros.’ Vice President of Mastering, Technical Operations, says “Ultra-Resolution” has been improved for The Adventures of Robin Hood. “As good as Singin’ in the Rain turned out, Price said, “…Robin Hood takes us one step further.”
65 years later, Warner Bros. Studios is employing a process which begins with scanning the original Technicolor 3-strip black and white ‘records’ at extremely high (2k) resolution. The black and white records are then combined electronically to create the color images, which are also electronically re-registered, steadied and cleaned before the final DVDs are produced.