The George Stevens Collection (R2) in January

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The George Stevens 100th Anniversary Collection for 24th January 2005 priced at £39.99. Marking the centenary of the birth of one of America's greatest directors, this 5-disc set includes the Academy Award winning Giant starring icon James Dean and the UK DVD debuts of Woman of the Year starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Historical WWII in colour documentary D-Day to Berlin and the insightful George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey. This new collection is an ideal gift for those wanting to relive the films and stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Regulars may note the lack of Gunga Din and I Remember Mama as both films are included in the forthcoming R1 collection.

Details on the set follow...

Woman of the Year (1942)
Sparks fly immediately in Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's first screen pairing -a battle-of-sexes square-off between an amiable sports writer and a bright international columnist. When these two opposites meet, it's a headline attraction. Winner of Best Original Screenplay Academy Award .

Special Features

  • Trailer

Giant - 2 Disc Special Edition (1956)
Texan rancher Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink (James Dean) unfolds across two generations... Nominated for 10 Academy Awards and winner of Best Director for Stevens.

Special Features:
  • Introduction by George Stevens Jr.
  • Audio commentary by George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and critic Steven Farber
  • Documentaries
  • New York and Hollywood premiere footage
  • Photo galleries

George Stevens: D-Day To Berlin (1994)
An amazing documentary containing rare colour footage of the liberation of Berlin filmed by director George Stevens (Giant, Gunga Din, I Remember Mama) and narrated by his son George Stevens Jr. Contains one hour of colour film footage of some of the most important events of WWII, including the D-Day Armada, the liberation of Paris and the nightmare discovery of Dachau. Winner of three Emmy Awards.

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)
The director's son, George Stevens Jr. put together this outstanding documentary of his father's life and work. In addition to interviews with actors and contemporaries (Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, John Huston, Joel McCrea, Alan Pakula, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, and others), the film features behind the scenes home movies. Stevens was also assigned by Eisenhower to film WWII and the documentary contains highlights from this spectacular footage - the only color footage shot of D-Day, the march through Paris, and the liberation of Dachau. Winner of the International Documentary Association Award.

The following snippet from the Press Release may be of interest to those in the London area...

To mark this centenary, Warner Home Video in association with the British Film Institute will present a season of George Stevens films at the National Film Theatre (NFT) from 11th November - 29th November. The NFT is pleased to welcome award-winning film-maker and Founder of the American Film Institute, George Stevens Jr., to offer a series of introductions to the films, including a special Q&A following the acclaimed documentary portrait of his father, George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey, on Sat 13th November 5.30 in NFT1.

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