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Leading Ladies Collection Vol.2 in November

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Leading Ladies Collection Volume 2 on 6th November 2007. Warner shines the spotlight on some of the screen’s most acclaimed actresses with five R1 DVD premieres in the new Leading Ladies Collection (a follow-up to their 2006 release, Leading Ladies of the Studio Era).

The five films are: A Big Hand for the Little Lady, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Rich and Famous, Shoot the Moon and Up the Down Staircase. Digitally remastered in 16x9 (preserving their original theatrical aspect ratios), the films are available in a 5 Disc boxed-set ($49.92 SRP) and individually ($19.97 SRP).

The Films

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Joanne Woodward co-stars with the legendary Henry Fonda in this cleverly raucous 1966 comedy Western. Woodward and Fonda are joined by stage and screen veterans Jason Robards, Burgess Meredith, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford and Kevin McCarthy. The story begins with Fonda and wife Woodward heading into a strange town where poker is the name of the game. Directed by Emmy Award® winner Fielder Cook, and buoyed by a clever screenplay (by Sidney Carroll, adapted from his earlier teleplay “Big Hand in Laredo”), the film provides a stellar showcase for its cast, especially Woodward, who first gained worldwide fame after winning the Best Actress Oscar® at the age of 27 for The Three Faces of Eve.

• Subtitles in English and French

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Susan Hayward was at the top of her career when she starred in this searing screen adaptation of singer Lillian Roth’s tragedy-ridden autobiography about her personal struggle with alcohol and despair. Under the skilled direction of Daniel Mann, I’ll Cry Tomorrow was a critical and box-office sensation, with the stunning Hayward performance garnering a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Although not known as a “singer”, Miss Hayward did such an impressive job doing her own singing that M-G-M issued her soundtrack performances as a record album. The film features a fine supporting cast including Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Richard Conte and Eddie Albert, and earned an Oscar for the legendary Helen Rose’s costume design.

Special Features:
  • M-G-M Parade TV-series excerpts with Susan Hayward & George Murphy
  • Vintage M-G-M newsreels covering the film’s premiere
  • March 6,1956 MGM Top Awards
  • Two classic Vitaphone musical shorts starring the real Lillian Roth
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English

Rich and Famous (1981)
The legendary George Cukor took the helm as a director for the final time with this thoroughly entertaining look at an enduring friendship between two very different and talented women. Based on John Van Druten’s 1941 Broadway play Old Acquaintance (currently enjoying a Broadway revival this season), the story first hit the big screen in 1943 starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. For this updated remake, Cukor chose Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen, both actresses who give captivating performances as two life-long friends whose bond is put to the test over time, given the very different live paths they chose as adults. Since its initial release, Rich and Famous also gained notoriety as the first feature film of 20-year-old Meg Ryan.

Special Features:
  • Vintage featurette: On Location with Rich and Famous
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Shoot the Moon (1982)
Oscar-winners Diane Keaton and Albert Finney give two of the screen’s finest ever performances as a married couple going through the literal hell of divorce in Shoot the Moon. Directed by Alan Parker (Fame, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning) from a masterful original screenplay written by two-time Oscar winner Bo Goldman (All The President’s Men, Melvin and Howard), Shoot the Moon is a cinematic experience full of love, joy and sorrow. Keaton, as a working mom and Finney as a successful writer share a seemingly perfect life with four unique children, a beautiful home and a group of devoted friends. The family’s world is turned upside down when Finney’s affair with another woman leads to divorce and its painful repercussions. Perhaps no film before or since has portrayed such difficult subject matter in such a resonant way.

Special Features:
  • Commentary by director Alan Parker and screenwriter Bo Goldman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Up The Down Staircase (1967)
Following her Oscar-winning performance as Best Supporting Actress in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, young stage actress Sandy Dennis assumed leading lady status as the star of the hit film Up The Down Staircase. Beautifully directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird), the film is adapted from Bel Kaufman’s 1965 semi-autobiographical novel set in a fictitious High School located in one of New York City’s most impoverished areas. Dennis shines in the role of Sylvia Barrett, an idealistic young English teacher who is determined, despite negative odds, to instill a desire for learning in her students and to help them overcome their surroundings.

Up The Down Staircase opened at New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall to rave reviews and big box-office, a success which it replicated throughout the nation. It is a standing testament to the remarkable talents of the late Miss Dennis, who passed away at the age of 54.

Special Features:
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

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