WHV Press Release: TCM CLASSIC FILM COLLECTIONS NOVEMBER 1, 2011

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES AND

    WARNER HOME VIDEO TO LAUNCH

    THREE NEW CLASSIC FILM COLLECTIONS NOVEMBER 1


    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC LEGENDS: MICKEY ROONEY AND JUDY GARLAND

    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: ASTAIRE AND ROGERS VOL. 2

    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: THE THIN MAN



    Burbank, Calif., July 27, 2011 – Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies today announced the addition of three new classic film collections to their popular Greatest Classic Films and Greatest Classic Legends lines. Available at retail November 1, the DVD collections include: TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway; TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers Volume Two – Flying Down to Rio, Follow the Fleet, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Roberta; and TCM Greatest Classic Films: The Thin Man – The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man.



    These star-powered collections feature some of Hollywood’s most legendary talents, including Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, William Powell, Myrna Loy and more. Each collection contains four classic films and is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP. Orders are due September 27.



    Since 2009, these collections have been made available in separate waves and promoted on-air throughout the year on TCM. To further build momentum around these titles, Warner Home Video has aligned the street dates for the collections to coincide with Turner Classic Movies programming. In this wave, The Thin Man collection is timed to release just before TCM’s “Star of the Month” promotion in December, featuring three-time Academy Award®[1] nominee and the star of The Thin Man films, William Powell. Additional promotional support for these titles will include TV programming consisting of on-air promotional spots on Turner Networks and print advertising in the “Now Playing” guide.


    ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS




    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC LEGENDS: MICKEY ROONEY AND JUDY GARLAND


    Academy Award®-winning child actors Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland dance and sing their way through four classic films.



    GIRL CRAZY (1943): With Judy makin’ Bidin’ My Time a cowboy hoedown, Mickey mimicking a boxing announcer in a knockout comedy bit and Tommy Dorsey providin’ Fascinatin’ Rhythm, this Gershwin tunefest is a swell bidin’ of everyone’s time, including a joyous Busby Berkeley-staged I Got Rhythm finale.



    INCLUDES:

    • Commentary by Historian John Fricke

    • Comedy Short Hollywood Daredevils

    • Cartoon The Early Bird Dood It

    • I Got Rhythm Stereo Remix Version

    • Audio-Only Bonus: Bronco Busters Outtake



    STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940): Mickey and Judy lead the effort to enter their school band in a swing-music contest hosted by Paul Whiteman. Judy solos Nobody, Rooney dances and drums with volcanic energy and director Busby Berkeley brings his famed angles, precision dance and cutting to Do the La Conga and the rousing title finale.



    INCLUDES:

    • Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short Wedding Bills

    • Cartoon Romeo in Rhythm

    • Do the La Conga Stereo Remix Version

    • Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo, Millions for Defense excerpt, 1940 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast



    BABES IN ARMS (1939): With Rodgers and Hart songs and Busby Berkeley direction, this tale of kids rescuing their cash-strapped vaudevillian parents by putting on a show is Mickey and Judy’s first musical together, Arthur Freed’s first producer credit and Rooney’s first Oscar® nomination.



    INCLUDES:

    • Commentary by Historian John Fricke

    • Our Gang Short Duel Personalities

    • Cartoon The Mad Maestro

    • 1939 Newsreel

    • Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo and three radio shows with Rooney and Garland



    BABES ON BROADWAY (1941): This time the babes aid inner-city kids by puttin’ on a show. Mickey hoofs, clowns and shakes his fruit basket as Carmen Miranda. Judy sings and emotes (in French!) as Sarah Bernhardt. And both bring down the house with How About You, Hoe Down and a minstrel-show stopping finale.



    INCLUDES:

    • Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short How to Hold Your Husband – Back

    • Cartoon Dance of the Weed

    • Audio-Only Bonuses: Two Leo Is on the Air Radio Promos, Merton of the Movies Radio Adaptation with Rooney and Garland and Chin Up! Cheerio! Carry On! Song Demo Performed by Burton Lane.



    ALL MOVIES IN THE COLLECTION INCLUDE:

    • Introduction by Mickey Rooney

    • Theatrical Trailer

    • Subtitles: English (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)




    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: THE THIN MAN



    THE THIN MAN (1934): The start of it all! Nick and Nora Charles invite you to bring your own alibi to Dashiell Hammett’s jaunty whodunit about a missing inventor that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing.



    INCLUDES:

    • The Thin Man Trailer Gallery

    • Languages: English & Français

    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)



    AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936): New Year’s Eve and new mystery surrounding the philandering husband of Nora’s cousin. Round up the unusual suspects, including James Stewart in an early screen role.



    INCLUDES:

    • Robert Benchley Comedy Short How to Be a Detective

    • Cartoon The Early Bird and the Worm

    • Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo and Radio Show with Powell and Loy

    • Theatrical Trailer

    • Languages: English & Français

    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)



    ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939): And baby makes three. Meet Nick Jr. (and join the birthday bash thrown by some of da boys) in this breezy outing that takes the Charleses to the Long Island estate of an industrialist who turns out to be a murder target.



    INCLUDES:

    • Musical Short Love on Tap

    • Cartoon The Bookworm

    • Theatrical Trailer

    • Languages: English & Français

    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)



    SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941): Off to the races! The racetrack murder of a jockey and dinner at Mario’s Grotto (try the sea bass!) highlight the fourth screen outing for William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles.



    INCLUDES:

    • Dramatic Short The Tell-Tale Heart

    • Cartoon The Goose Goes South

    • Theatrical Trailer

    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)




    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: ASTAIRE AND ROGERS VOLUME TWO



    FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933): Their first film together! Chorines soar on airplane wings, Vincent Youmans’ bright score lifts spirits even higher and Fred and Ginger steal the show with The Carioca.



    INCLUDES:


    o Comedy Short Beer and Pretzels


    o Cartoon I Like Mountain Music


    o Theatrical Trailer



    FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936): All hands on deck! Irving Berlin’s songs include Let Yourself Go, the high-stepping I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket and the elegant Let’s Face the Music and Dance.



    INCLUDES:


    o Featurette Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet


    o Musical Short Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra


    o Cartoon Let It Be Me


    o Theatrical Trailer



    THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939): The Fox Trot. Castle Walk. Texas Tommy. Maxie. They’re steps to stardom as Fred and Ginger portray the early-1900s icons who were King and Queen of the Ballroom.



    INCLUDES:


    o Musical Short Happily Buried


    o Cartoon Puss Gets the Boot



    ROBERTA (1935): Fred and Ginger sing I Won’t Dance, but their feet prove otherwise in a tale of Parisian high fashion and hijinks. The largely Jerome Kern score also includes Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott costar.



    INCLUDES:


    o Musical Short Starlit Days at the Lido


    o Cartoon The Calico Dragon


    o Audio-Only Bonus: Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo


    o Theatrical Trailer










    TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

    MAT: 1000177645

    UPC: 883929168699







    TCM Greatest Classic Films: The Thin Man

    MAT: 1000177640

    UPC: 883929168644





    TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers Volume Two

    MAT: 1000176719

    UPC: 883929167753






    Street Date: November 1, 2011

    Order Due Date: September 2 7, 2011

    SRP: $27.92 (each collection)



    About Warner Home Video:


    With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.



    About TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection


    Turner Classic Movies is currently seen in more than 85 million homes and will support Warner Home Video and the new collection with extensive marketing. TCM’s marketing plan includes print ads in TCM’s popular Now Playing guide, banners on tcm.com, and on-air mentions by the network’s renowned primetime host, Robert Osborne.



    About Turner Classic Movies


    Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    AWESOME!!! More repackaged garbage!:rolleyes:
     
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    How can they say "New" classic film collections? I've had the 'Thin Man' collection on my shelf for years!
     
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    REALLY!? Who keeps buying and re-buying all this same 'ol same 'ol??? Especially since all this stuff airs on TCM practically every month! :huh: Warners deserves kudos generally for their Archive collection, but it would be nice to see their energies expended on DVD releases of titles that haven't made it to home vid and don't appear on TCM ad infinitum. How about a Halloween collection? How about a WB Horror Mysteries Vol. 2 ...? :)
     
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    I think one of the reasons why they are releasing these classic film collections, is because they are finding their way to the shelves of retailers who no longer stock classic titles. For example, at Best Buy last night, I saw about a dozen of these collections on shelves, where as the single film releases and space-hugging box-sets dedicated to one star are pretty much now gone. I'm guessing retailers look at these collections as bargain space-savers for what they offer (4 films for under $20), and probably manage to sell enough of them to keep them in store. There are also probably plenty of people out there who didn't pick these titles up when they were originally released several years ago. This is my guess.
     
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    Repackaged? Certainly. Garbage? Certainly not. You may not like these movies, but some of us think they are wonderful.
     
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    I think we all like the movies....that's why we already bought them years ago.
     
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    I'm glad I picked up the older THIN MAN set with all 6 films for $29 a few months ago. The older set, which is still available, also has a 7th disc with a pair of documentaries on it. Not to mention no two-sided discs, a major plus by itself.
     
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    You misinterpreted my statement. I in no way intended to state that these films were garbage. I own them all and have for years. The package is garbage to me....and I'm extremely frustrated with WB. They were my favorite studio for years and years and now they are either at or near the very bottom. I could be wrong, but I can't count more than a handful of new to DVD titles that they've released this year......and the Archive does not count!!!
     
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    Yes, clearly Robin is at fault. He made the mistake of reading your words, instead of your mind.
     
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    Who said anything about fault? You want to turn something as silly as this in to a fight? Forget it, this is the best release that Warner has ever made. I can't wait to buy 18 copies!!!!:drum::rock::banana: Now I'm going to go find a forum with adults.
     
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    It's been my experience that when adults make a mistake, they say "I misspoke," not "you misinterpreted me."
     
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    Great! It's my experience that adults don't get in the middle of a rational discussion between two other adults. :huh:
     
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    This is a warning to everyone....


    Stop this senseless bickering with each other.


    This is not how we conduct ourselves here on this forum.
     
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    Hey, this is America! If we wanna be whiny, immature cry-babies, it's our Constitutional right! So there! :patriot: Mike S. :P
     
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    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Yes, Americans can exercise freedom of speech. However, such "freedoms," as expressed through the "whiny, immature cry-babies" give me the urge to "peaceably" assemble other members of this forum, "petition" the owner of this forum "for a redress of grievances," and therefore, gently kick said "expressionists of free speech" out on their keisters. Now, let's return to a discussion as classic film enthusiasts instead of the Captain Kangaroo gang. :)
     

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