WHV Press Release: Two New 90th Anniversary 20 Film DVD Boxed Sets (Best Pictures and Musicals)

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    Two New 20 Film DVD Box Sets

    Celebrating Warner Bros.’ 90th Anniversary



    Arrive January 29 & February 5
    Burbank, Calif., November 6, 2012 – Warner Home Video will release two new DVD box sets early in the first quarter as part of their 90th Anniversary initiative running throughout 2013: The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Best Pictures (January 29) and The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Musicals(February 5).

    One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers -- Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack -- incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world’s first “talkie,” set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever.

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections will be released throughout the year in five separate sets. Each features a gem-packed collection of 20 essential movie classics in five major genres: Best Pictures (January),Musicals (February), Romance (April), Comedy (July) and Thrillers (September). A booklet will be included in each Collection which contains photos and synopses of all the films in the set. Each set will sell for $98.92 SRP.

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures
    Warner Bros.’ library, the world’s largest, contains more Best Picture Oscar® winners than any other studio with 22 wins (all 22 award-winning films are included in The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection streeting the same day). The films in The Best of Warner Bros. Best Pictures will be divided into three chapters on 23 discs: A New Era (1929-1949); The Golden Years (1946-1959); and The New Classics (1975-2006). Included are:

    Broadway Melody of 1929 1929
    Grand Hotel 1932
    Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) 1935
    The Life of Emile Zola 1937
    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures…continued

    Gone With The Wind 1939
    Mrs. Miniver 1942
    Casablanca 1942
    Best Years of Our Lives 1946
    An American in Paris 1951
    Around the World in 80 Days 1956
    Gigi 1958
    Ben-Hur 1959
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975
    Chariots of Fire 1981
    Amadeus 1984
    Driving Miss Daisy 1989
    Unforgiven 1992
    The Lord of the Rings™: The Return of the King 2003
    Million Dollar Baby 2005
    The Departed 2006

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals
    The films in The Best of Warner Bros. Musicals won a combined total of 29 Oscars®, including three Best Picture Winners and 9 winners for Music (Score and Song). The collection will be divided into three chapters on 21 discs:You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet (1927-1951); The Music Makers (1951-1964); and Now, That’s Entertainment (1967-1988). Films included are:

    The Jazz Singer


    Award for Special Award to Warner Bros.

    Broadway Melody of 1929


    Award for: Outstanding Picture

    42nd Street


    The Great Ziegfeld


    Awards for: Actress; Dance Direction; and Outstanding Production.

    Wizard of Oz


    Awards for: Music; and, Music - Song

    Yankee Doodle Dandy


    Awards for: Actor; Music; and, Sound Recording.

    An American in Paris


    Awards for: Art Direction; Cinematography; Costume Design; Music; Best Motion Picture; and Writing.

    Show Boat


    Singin' in the Rain


    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


    Awards for: Music – Scoring of a Musical Picture.

    A Star Is Born


    The Music Man


    Award for: Music

    Viva Las Vegas




    Awards for: Art Direction; Costume Design; and, Music.

    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory




    Awards for: Actor in a Supporting Role; Actress; Art Direction; Cinematography; Directing; Film Editing; Music; andSound

    That’s Entertainment


    Victor, Victoria


    Award for: Music.

    Little Shop of Horrors




    The year-long celebration will also include several stand-alone releases of new-to-format classics on Blu-ray™ for the first time, including The Jazz Singer, all three James Dean films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant),Cabaret and Academy Award® Best Picture Winners Grand Hotel (1932), Mrs. Miniver (1943), and Driving Miss Daisy(1990).

    Fans are encouraged to visit www.bestofwb.com for all content and a richer integrated experience.

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

    Street Date: 1/29/13

    Pricing: $98.92 SRP

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals

    Street Date: 2/5/13

    Pricing: $98.92 SRP

    Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

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