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WHV Press Release: Listen up! The Lives of Quincy Jones & Sidney Poitier Film Collect


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#1 of 7 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 27 2008 - 03:09 AM

Warner Home Video Celebrates Black History Month
LISTEN UP! THE LIVES OF QUINCY JONES
&
SIDNEY POITIER FILM COLLECTION
New to DVD January 27 from Warner Home Video

Burbank, Calif., October 27, 2008 – On January 27, Warner Home Video will celebrate Black History Month by honoring the achievements of two iconic African American artists – Quincy Jones and Sidney Poitier.

Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones explores the unique, multi-faceted man who shaped four generations of American sound. The new to DVD documentary is a revealing portrait of the Grammy® and Academy Award® winning musician, composer, and producer, tracing his roots from Chicago’s South Side to his formative years in Seattle, from historical musical collaborations to his relationships and personal health issues. Family, colleagues and friends -- including Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Flavor Flav, Oprah Winfrey, Reverend Jesse Jackson and more -- come together to create a stirring portrait of Jones as father, husband, musician, producer, philanthropist and publisher. The single disc DVD will include insightful special features, with new featurettes and interviews, as well as an offer for 50 free song downloads from eMusic.com. Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones will be available for $24.98 SRP.

The Sidney Poitier Film Collection ($39.92 SRP) features three of the premier actor’s films never seen on DVD – Edge of the City (never on home video), A Warm December and Something of Value -- along with the newly packaged A Patch of Blue. These four titles are available only as a collection.

Quincy Jones
Composer, record producer, multi-talented jazz and pop artist, Quincy Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest and in 1951 at the age of 18, was playing with and arranging for, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. He later moved to New York and by the early ‘60s, was working with some of the greatest singers in the business, including Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and (later) Michael Jackson.

In fact, one of his best-known accomplishments was as the producer of Jackson’s album Thriller which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. In the span of his five decade music career, Jones has produced dozens of platinum albums and earned a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, winning 27, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

In film, Jones has composed 33 motion picture scores including In the Heat of the Night, The Pawnbroker, The Getaway and The Italian Job. His six Academy Award® nominations include In Cold Blood, The Wiz and The Color Purple, which he also produced. His work in television includes executive producing (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad-TV) and composing (Roots, for which he won an Emmy ®. Jones is also the owner of Qwest Records and publisher of Vibe Magazine.

In 1985, Jones used his influence with major music artists to create the acclaimed song, “We Are the World,” which raised funds for famine victims in Ethiopia. Jones has worked with other artists, including U2’s Bono, on numerous philanthropic projects around the world. In 1994, to honor these contributions, Jones received a special Oscar® -- the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

DVD Special Features:
Q The Man – Quincy Jones in the years since Listen Up!, including segments on his influence on younger musicians, his charity work and his family
Quincy Remembers – Follow Quincy on a walk-through of his house as he reminisces about projects and collaborators through the years
Hangin’ with Quincy and Gilberto Gil – Famed Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil hangs with Quincy at his home for a discussion of music and friends

Sidney Poitier
Actor/director/producer Sidney Poitier -- who broke the motion picture color barrier, changed America’s racial perceptions, and became the first African American to receive a Best Actor Oscar® -- was born February 20, 1927 and grew up in the Bahamas and Miami, Florida. He came to New York when he was 16, and after serving a short stint in the U.S. Army (lying about his age), he appeared in plays for the American Negro Theatre. He was 22 when he made his first film, No Way Out, which launched his illustrious career. His pioneering impact on American culture soared in the early '50s, as he became the first African-American movie hero to both black and white audiences. Additionally, he was the first to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar (The Defiant Ones); the first to star as a romantic lead (Paris Blues), the first to win the Oscar (Lilies of the Fields); and the first to become the country’s number one box-office star (1968).

In addition to the titles in this collection, his other most noted roles are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the Oscar® -winner In the Heat of the Night, Blackboard Jungle; Shoot To Kill; Cry the Beloved Country; A Raisin in the Sun (repeating his Tony-nominated Broadway performance); To Sir, With Love and Porgy and Bess. His directorial career included a number of popular comedy hits like Stir Crazy, 1980’s highest grossing film and Uptown Saturday Night.

Poitier’s many awards include a 1992 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2002 Honorary Oscar (“for extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence.”). In 1995, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. honored Poitier “for his lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents [as one of the] nation's most prestigious artists.” In 1974, the British Empire appointed the actor a Knight Commander, which entitles him to use the title "Sir," though he chooses not to.


Poitier Collection Films
Edge of the City – Making its Home Video Debut (1957)
Martin Ritt’s (Hud, Norma Rae) directorial debut, Edge of the City stars Poitier and John Cassavetes as two New York longshoremen who develop an unlikely friendship and do battle with a corrupt and racist boss (Jack Warden).

A Warm December – New to DVD (1973)
With Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, and Steve McQueen, Poitier formed the independent First Artists Production Company. Its first release was A Warm December, directed by Poitier, and starring the actor as a recently widowed doctor who feels he may have found love again while on holiday in London with his daughter.

Something of Value - New to DVD (1957)
Based on Robert Ruark’s popular novel about the violent Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the film stars Poitier along with Rock Hudson as boys raised like brothers until cruelty and intolerance drive them apart.

A Patch of Blue (1965)
This touching drama was nominated for 5 Academy Awards,® with one win for Shelley Winters as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film tells the story of a sheltered and unloved blind girl (Elizabeth Hartman) who develops a friendship with a black man (Poitier), complicated by her racist controlling mother (Winters).


BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROMOTION
Street Date: January 27, 2009

LISTEN UP! THE LIVES OF QUINCY JONES
$24.98 SRP
Rating PG-13
Run Time: Documentary 115 Minutes; Extra Content 47 Minutes

SIDNEY POITIER FILM COLLECTION
Available only as Collection: $39.92 SRP
All films are in Black & White except A Warm December, which is in Color
All films are presented in 16x9 format, enhanced for widescreen presentation.
All films are Not Rated except A Warm December which is rated PG.

Edge of the City
Run Time: 85 Minutes

A Warm December
Run Time: 99 Minutes

Something of Value
Run Time: 116 Minutes
A Patch of Blue
Run Time: 106 Minutes

 

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Richard M S

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Posted October 27 2008 - 05:37 AM

I have never seen any of the Sidney Poitier films, so I will definitely be ordering this box set.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   WadeM

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Posted October 27 2008 - 11:50 AM

Poitier Film Collection sounds like a great collection! I intend to pick this up.

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   MichaelGH

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Posted October 27 2008 - 09:03 PM

YES! I've been waiting for Edge of the City for years since it showed up on a Warner's poll as a possible release. I didn't think they were EVER going to get this one out.

I've seen Patch of Blue, but not the other two films. I'll definitely pick up the set though - don't have nearly enough Poitier films.

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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   ted:r

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Posted October 28 2008 - 01:15 AM

For "Edge Of The City"...yes!
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."

My 25 most wanted DVDs: Chilly Scenes Of Winter (1979); The Dead (1987); The African Queen (1951); Johnny Guitar (1954); The Sterile Cuckoo (1969); The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973); The Rain People (196...

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Bill Parisho

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Posted October 31 2008 - 09:26 AM

The Quincy Jones DVD sounds interesting. So does the Sidney Poitier collection. However, having said that: I do feel that the Poitier collection has one dud in the package. "A Warm December" is a so-so soap opera kind of movie. I saw it back in the theaters in 1973! (boy, am I old) I may be wrong, but I'm betting that it doesn't hold up. Since I'll buy the set for the other three titles, I'll reintroduce myself to "A Warm December" and see if my original opinion was wrong.
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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted January 27 2009 - 03:17 AM

I am behind on my reviews, but I will point out that "Listen Up!..." is presented in 4:3 video, although based on the minimal amount of headroom in shots, it looks about right that way. Also, "A Patch of Blue" is not a remaster, just a re-package, which makes it the first time that Warner has mixed a previously released title with new or remastered titles in a box set in a few years.

Regards,
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