Warner's DVD Decision 2003 - results

Earlier this year Warner Home Video announced they had selected 20 unreleased classic films from its vault and would allow AOL members to vote for their top five favourites beginning in June of this year. The votes are now in and the five films selected will debut on Region 1 DVD from 6th January 2004 with a $19.98 SRP. All five will be fully remastered and given a range of bonus features and special content.

Warner Home Video have also said they are planning an unprecedented broad catalog release program for dozens of classics on DVD in 2004.

The five film winners represent a wide range of films and feature such stars as Spencer Tracey, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Sean Connery, John Garfield, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner.

Days of Wine and Roses
Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria, “10”) directed this 1962 drama starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (both Oscar®-nominated for their roles), which is a powerful film about a husband and wife fighting to conquer alcoholism. Nominated for a total of four Oscars®, it won the Oscar® for Best Song (Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer).

Tech Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Mono, English/French/Spanish subtitles.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The classic tale about a scientist’s investigation into the nature of good and evil will become a double feature for viewers. (The original 1932 Paramount uncut long version starring Frederic March - for which he won the Oscar® - and the 1941 MGM remake with Spencer Tracy in the title role as well as Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner will be offered together.)

Tech Specs: 1.37:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English/French/Spanish subtitles.

The Postman Always Rings Twice
A 1946 film noir classic based on James M. Cain’s sizzling novel, stars Lana Turner and John Garfield in the story of an illicit lover’s plot. The DVD release will also contain the acclaimed documentary “The John Garfield Story,” which premiered on Turner Classic Movies. The documentary is narrated by the late actor’s daughter Julie Garfield and contains interviews with such performers as Joanne Woodward, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Norman Lloyd, Lee Grant and James Cromwell.

Tech Specs: 1.37:1 Full Screen, English and French Mono, English/French/Spanish subtitles.

The Wind and the Lion
Based on a true story, this 1975 acclaimed feature stars Sean Connery as an Arab sheik who triggers an international incident when he kidnaps an American widow (Candice Bergen) and her children. The action-filled drama has much relevancy today in its story of American interests vs. a conflict in the Middle East. Director John Milius will provide commentary on the new DVD.

Tech Specs: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English/French/Spanish subtitles.

Where the Boys Are
This 1960 comedy smash was MGM’s top-grossing film of the year. Based on the best-selling novel about college kids looking for love/lust during spring break in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, the film dealt very frankly with the sexual mores and attitudes of that era. It stars George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimeux, Jim Hutton, Dolores Hart and Connie Francis, whose recording of the title song was a huge hit. The DVD will include interviews with various cast members, including Paula Prentiss and Connie Francis.

Tech Specs: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English and French Mono, English/French/Spanish subtitles.

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