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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 15 2008 - 02:13 AM

Actress. Singer. American Icon. TCM SPOTLIGHT: DORIS DAY COLLECTION April in Paris ~ It’s A Great Feeling ~ Starlift ~ Tea for Two ~ The Tunnel of Love Five All New-to-DVD Titles from America’s Sweetheart Available April 7 from Warner Home Video Burbank, Calif. December 15, 2008 -- Doris Day, whose on-screen wholesomeness, unfailing optimism and understated strength of character helped make her America’s sweetheart in the ‘50s and ‘60s, returns to DVD on April 7 when Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies showcase TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection. The Collection features five new-to-DVD titles, focusing on Miss Day’s golden years at Warner Bros., where her film career began. The titles included are April in Paris, It’s A Great Feeling, Starlift, Tea for Two and The Tunnel of Love. All the DVDs have been meticulously remastered using all new digital transfers, and each release includes entertaining bonus features such as classic cartoons and vintage shorts. The films will be available in Digi-Pak packaging as a collection only for $49.92 SRP. The Films April in Paris (1952) The State Department wants Ethel Barrymore to represent the American theater at an arts exposition in Paris. But Miss Barrymore’s invitation is sent by mistake to Miss Ethel “Dynamite” Jackson, a very blonde, very brassy chorus girl. Doris Day and Ray Bolger star in this musical bonbon highlighted by the Vernon Duke/E.Y. Harburg title tune and a high-kicking, bell-ringing rendition of the Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn I’m Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight. Day is pure TNT as Dynamite Jackson and Bolger’s rubbery comic artistry ideally complements her. He’s the stuffy bureaucrat who mismailed the Barrymore missive – and now has a stateroom full of explosives on his hands for a Paris-bound ocean voyage. DVD Special Features: · Vintage short So You Want To Wear The Pants · Classic cartoon Terrier Stricken · Theatrical trailer · Subtitles: English & Français (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled) It’s a Great Feeling (1949) No director? No leading lady? No problem! If no one will work with actor Jack Carson (who plays himself), he’ll just pull his own movie together. Good buddy Dennis Morgan can be hoodwinked into co-starring. And there’s a talented kid in the studio commissary (Day) eager for her big break. In her third film (and third with Carson), Doris Day plays that up-and-comer in a bright filmmaking spoof featuring melodic toe-tappers, real Hollywood and Warner Bros. back lot locales, star cameos (Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, among others) and a surprise comedy finale. Starlift (1951) The charming tale of a serviceman with a crush on a movie ingénue is the backdrop for this spirited flag-waver featuring screen greats such as Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Gene Nelson, Virginia Mayo, Jane Wyman, Randolph Scott and more Hollywood celebrities performing for – or just shooting the breeze with – star-struck flyboys in uniform. Songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and more legendary composers plus a hilarious Western production number with Cooper whoopin’ it up as a steely Texas Ranger add to the patriotic fun. DVD Special Features: · Vintage short Musical Memories · Classic cartoon Sleepy Time Possum · Theatrical trailer · Subtitles: English & Français (Main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled) Tea for Two (1950) Wealthy, stagestruck Nan Carter strikes a bet that she can say “no” to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she gets the $25,000 to back a Broadway musical vehicle for herself. She’s determined, even if it means saying “no” when the guy she loves pops the question. Nan doesn’t know it yet, but her fortune has been wiped out in the Crash of ’29. Doris Day is a sunny sensation in this flapper-era musical romp, with co-stars Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson on hand to help provide songs, dance and romance. Eve Arden, Billy DeWolfe and S.Z “Cuddles” Sakall deliver lots of laughs, and the Gershwins, Vincent Youmans, Harry Warren and other Tin Pan Alley greats supply wonderful melodies, including the title tune, Do, Do, Do, I Only Have Eyes for You, I Want to Be Happy and lots more. DVD Special Features: · Vintage short So You Want to Hold Your Husband · Classic cartoon Tee for Two · No, No Nanette Radio Show - From the 1949 "Railroad Hour" series, with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae · No, No Nanette Overture - From the surviving Vitaphone disc from lost 1930 Warner Bros. film · Theatrical trailer · Subtitles: English & Français (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled) The Tunnel of Love (1958) Isolde (Doris Day) and Augie (Richard Widmark) Poole are trying to adopt a baby. Dick (Gig Young), the Poole’s neighbor, has advice for Augie during these challenging times: have an affair. (Of course, that’s Dick’s solution for everything). No way, says Augie. Then he wakes up in a motel room with no memory of the night before – and finds a thank-you note from the curvy caseworker who’s handling the Poole adoption! Gene Kelly’s lively direction, the stars’ comedy chops and the popular title tune highlight this sexy romp of the kind that made Day one of the world’s biggest movie stars of the ’50s and ’60s. DVD special features include: · Classic cartoon Tot Watchers · Theatrical trailer · Subtitles: English & Français (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled) About Doris Day Born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Day started as a dancer, but after a near-fatal car crash, she began refining her vocal skills. With a voice of distinct beauty at just 14, the young Ms. Day was soon discovered by a vocal coach who arranged an appearance at a local radio station. Soon after, the young songstress met local bandleader Barney Rapp who convinced her to adopt the moniker that would soon become a household name. Rapp suggested "Day" after the song "Day after Day" which was part of her repertoire. Ms. Day toured briefly with Rapp’s band, as well as those of Bob Crosby and Les Brown, and then set out on her own in the late 1940s. Ms. Day’s film career began in 1948 after a screen test at Warner Bros. resulted in her first film role, Romance on the High Seas in which she introduced the hit song “It’s Magic.” The song and the film became a huge hit and immediately catapulted her to super-stardom. Throughout the 1950s she appeared in dozens of films, from musicals to dramas to comedies, especially in the 1960s when she was best known for a series of romantic comedies opposite leading men including Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and James Garner. In 1960, she earned a Best Actress Oscar® nomination for her role in the hugely popular Pillow Talk with Hudson. In April of 1968, Ms. Day's film career came to an abrupt end with the death of her third husband, manager/producer Marty Melcher. Left deeply in debt through a series of bad investments by Melcher, Ms. Day soon bounced back and found success in television with “The Doris Day Show.” Now in her 80s, Ms. Day is an active and vocal supporter of animal rights, focusing the majority of her attention on her Animal League and Animal Foundation organizations. TCM Spotlight…Presented by Warner Bros. The Doris Day Collection is the third in a series of joint releases with Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The TCM Spotlight series represents a broad group of classic films from various eras, all of which have earned an important place in film history. The selections from the Warner Bros. Entertainment library (the industry’s largest) also represent the kind of motion pictures that have become the hallmark of TCM’s classic film programming. The companies are looking forward to multiple releases under this banner in the coming year. TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection Street Date: April 7, 2009 $49.92 SRP Collection Only All Films Not Rated It’s a Great Feeling Run Time: 85 minutes Color Tea For Two Run Time: 98 minutes Color Starlift Run Time: 103 minutes B&W April in Paris Run Time: 101 minutes Color The Tunnel of Love Run Time: 98 minutes B&W Additional Doris Day titles currently available from Warner Home Video: · Doris Day Collection Volume 1: Calamity Jane, Billy Rose’s “Jumbo”, The Glass Bottom Boat, Love Me or Leave Me, Lullaby of Broadway, Pajama Game, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies and Young Man with a Horn. · Doris Day Collection Volume 2: By the Light of the Silvery Moon, I’ll See You in My Dreams, Lucky Me, My Dream is Yours, On Moonlight Bay and Romance on the High Seas Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

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#2 of 19 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted December 15 2008 - 03:33 AM

It's A Great Feeling- out at last! I really love this one as not only is it genuinely funny (you'll split your sides watching Doris trying to impersonate a French sex siren), but it's a wonderful tounge-in-cheek time capsule of life at Warner Bros. circa 1949, with most of its roster (where's Bette Davis?) and directors making cameos. The ending is unforgettable.
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#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted December 15 2008 - 04:12 AM

Wonderful news--particularly with the inclusion of STARLIFT, which probably has not been seen in nearly half a century! My suspicion is that Bette Davis was preoccupied with BEYOND THE FOREST and that would explain her absence from IT'S A GREAT FEELING. I recognize that Andrew Stone's JULIE would not belong in the context of this boxset, but both the film, the director, and Day's performance are very underrated. Location work in Carmel and the plot makes this feel like Doris Day's PLAY MISTY FOR ME. It's a great noir and would make a nice double feature with Stone's CRY TERROR!
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#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted December 15 2008 - 05:11 AM

I think this almost completes all of the Day Films Warners owns except for Julie Now if Universal would just give us Ballad of Josie (not a good fim- as Judith Crist said - "Rags by Jean Louis!") and Midnight Lace, I think we would have a complete Dorids except for Julie.

#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Mark B

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Posted December 15 2008 - 06:15 AM

Don't forget WHERE WE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT.

#6 of 19 OFFLINE   CineKarine

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Posted December 15 2008 - 07:07 AM

What glorious news!!! Thank you again Warner, "It's a Great Feeling" indeed! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Now, I'm already all set for my birthday in April!!!! Posted Image

I love those films and always rejoice when more musicals are on the way Posted Image
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Posted December 15 2008 - 08:17 AM

This is the first official release of STARLIFT on home video in any format, is it not?

#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted December 15 2008 - 08:49 AM

Too bad about Digipak for this release. the first box had sepearate keepcases. the second at least had slim cases. I was hoping to put these on my shelf by year of release.

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Posted December 15 2008 - 09:04 AM

I do the same thing, and it looks a little odd with the regular and slim cases lined up. I'll just stick this next to the hideous pink box of Doris and Rock from Universal. Oh, well; at least we're getting the discs.

#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Simon Howson

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Posted December 15 2008 - 12:06 PM

Yeah it really is a strange decision, but Warner have made another one recently, by not releasing the Newman February releases in a box.

#11 of 19 OFFLINE   Daniel BARBIEUX

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Posted December 15 2008 - 04:29 PM

Sold ! I will buy this box set just because it includes one of most beautiful songs from Cole Porter "what is this thing called love ?" danced by Gene Nelson in a stunning performance (Starlift). Daniel.
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#12 of 19 OFFLINE   ChrisPearson

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Posted December 16 2008 - 09:22 AM

It's a TCM Spotlight release, though. Most, if not all of these have been packaged in digipaks. Maybe it's cheaper -- these do tend to be among Warner's more obscure releases. In any case, it doesn't bother me.

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Posted December 17 2008 - 10:16 PM

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#14 of 19 OFFLINE   KellyVO

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Posted December 18 2008 - 07:35 AM

Thanks Warner! I can't get enough Doris Day! I can't believe they included Starlift. Why no extras on It's a Great Feeling? That seems strange!
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Posted December 19 2008 - 02:24 PM

TEA FOR TWO has beautiful Technicolor, even on broadcast TV...so hopefully the DVD will do the film justice. It's actually a very funny movie...with Eve Arden at her best. There's a mystery with the opening credits though...someone's name is deliberately "smudged" in most prints I've seen. Wish I knew why...

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Posted December 19 2008 - 04:54 PM


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Posted December 19 2008 - 11:25 PM

Every print of the film I have seen since I was a kid, has that smudged bit. Oddly, the credits for songwriters still credit one to rodgers and hart (Here in my Arms) and so does the trailer. the sond was filmed and cut before the film opened. On the columbia records albu, Doris Day sings it - but in the film it was a solo for Gordon Macrae.

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Posted December 20 2008 - 10:35 AM

Since the press release states "All the DVDs have been meticulously remastered using all new digital transfers" I guess it's safe to assume that Tunnel of Love will be in its 2.35:1 CinemaScope ratio and anamorphically enhanced? It has only previously been available as P&S on VHS and letterboxed on TCM channel.

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Posted April 08 2009 - 03:22 AM

Now that it has been released, are there any reviews of the set?




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