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#1 of 19 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 17 2011 - 01:47 AM


WARNER HOME VIDEO AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) PRESENT:


TRACY AND HEPBURN:

THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION



THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION OF

TRACY AND HEPBURN FILMS DEBUTS ON DVD APRIL 12


Woman of the Year (1942) ▪ Keeper of the Flame (1942) ▪ Without Love (1945)

Sea of Grass (1947) ▪ State of the Union (1948) ▪ Adam's Rib (1949)

Pat and Mike (1952) ▪ Desk Set (1957) ▪ Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)


Burbank, Calif., January 17, 2011 – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection, the first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team, debuts on DVD April 12 from Warner Home Video. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites: Woman of the Year (1942), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Without Love (1945), Sea of Grass (1947), State of the Union(1948), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Desk Set (1957), and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn. This is the first time Keeper of the Flame, directed by Oscar® winning director George Cukor (A Star is Born 1954, My Fair LadyA Double LifeAdam’s RibPhiladelphia Story), and Sea of Grass will be available on DVD. Orders are due March 8 (SRP $59.92). Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass will also be available as singles (SRP $19.97 each).Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers. Individual film titles can also be purchased digitally through online retailers including Amazon On Demand and iTunes.


Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar® wins with four (from 12 nominations), and was ranked by AFI as the greatest female screen legend of all time (1999). In this collection, she was nominated for an Academy Award® for Woman of the Year (1943) and won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968). Known for the range and diversity of characters he portrayed, Spencer Tracy tied with Laurence Olivier for the most Best Actor Academy Award® nominations. He is considered one of the finest American actors to ever grace the screen.

MARKETING SUPPORT


TCM will support the release of Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection with an on-air mention and product hold up by TCM host Robert Osborne, online banners and a dedicated splash page, dedicated newsletters, and an ad in the March issue of the TCM Now Playing guide.


ABOUT THE COLLECTION


The only complete collection of all nine films by on and off screen collaborators, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection includes some of their earliest work in black and white, Woman of the Year, to their last performance together inGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which wrapped shortly before Spencer Tracy’s death. Also included as a 10th bonus disc is “Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn.” In Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986), Katharine Hepburn reflects on the life of her former co-star and best friend, Spencer Tracy, in a touching and insightful look at one of the great American actors. The 87 minute documentary won two Emmys for writing and directing in 1986.


The 10-disc set also includes two films never before released on DVD (Sea of Grass and Keeper of the Flame).


Special Features

Additional bonus features on select titles in the collection.


TRACY AND HEPBURN:

THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION

Street Date: April 12, 2011

Order Due Date: March 8, 2011

FERT / UPC: 1000184240 / 883929175420

SRP (10-disc set): $59.92

Rating: Not rated

Runtime: 979 minutes


KEEPER OF THE FLAME (1942)

(available in the collection and as a single)

SEA OF GRASS (1947)

(available in the collection and as a single)

Street Date: April 12, 2011

Street Date: April 12, 2011

Order Due Date: March 8, 2011

Order Due Date: March 8, 2011

FERT / UPC: 1000184254 / 883929175666

FERT / UPC: 1000184243 / 883929175550

SRP: $19.97

SRP: $19.97

Rating: Not rated

Rating: Not rated

Runtime: 100 minutes

Runtime: 123 minutes

Film Specs: B&W, Standard

Film Specs: B&W, Standard

Language: English Mono

Language: English Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Bonus Short, Classic Cartoon, Theatrical Trailer

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Bonus Short, Classic Cartoon, Theatrical Trailer


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




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About Warner Home Video 
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest 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 Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.


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. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, 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. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscarand Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the upcoming 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.


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#2 of 19 jdee28

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Posted January 17 2011 - 02:04 AM

This is a nice surprise! Great that they will be selling Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass separately! I thought for sure both would be Archive releases.


Hope Warner has one or two more surprises like this this year, and hope one of them has to do with Jean Harlow!



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Posted January 17 2011 - 04:04 AM

I don't have any of these, so I'll spring for this.  nice to see Warners doing a proper boxset instead of an Archive release.



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Posted January 17 2011 - 04:14 AM

This is a pleasant surprise, particularly the fact that the new material will also be available individually.



#5 of 19 Livius

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Posted January 17 2011 - 09:26 AM

Nice to see one of these collections where the new titles are available individually. It shows a bit of respect for consumers.


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#6 of 19 Brent S

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Posted January 17 2011 - 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by jdee28 
Hope Warner has one or two more surprises like this this year, and hope one of them has to do with Jean Harlow!



Warner Archive posted today (1/17) on its Facebook page, in reference to the Harlow collection...


 Indeed, it's still happening.... ...and work is ongoing.  It's real this time. We've already spent too much money for it not to be !  Stay tuned!! 





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Posted January 17 2011 - 09:53 AM

Like Russell G, haven't got any of these and now I'm glad I didn't pick up the old Signature Coll. Therefore I'm going to buy the whole Definitive Coll. Posted Image


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Posted January 17 2011 - 10:02 AM

I'd buy it on bluray but not on dvd.


 

#9 of 19 ReggieW

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Posted January 17 2011 - 01:35 PM

Thanks Brent S,


You beat me to it! Btw, Warners response was in reference to a question I posted on their Facebook page. They did state about 3 months ago that they had something "very special planned for Harlows centennial."


One has to wonder how much money can they posssibly be spending for an SD only release? I truly hope what they have planned is released on Blu-ray as well (crossing fingers), though there is a

logical part of this which says "unlikely" since we are likely to see Flynn, Davis & Dean on Blu before Harlow. I guess we'll know soon enough.


God knows we fans have waited long enough.


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Posted January 17 2011 - 04:13 PM

amen to that, it's been a long wait! 'Harlow' will be my must have set of 2011.



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Posted January 18 2011 - 12:13 PM

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Posted January 18 2011 - 01:29 PM

I don't have ANY of these save Guess Who ('Cause it's a best pic nom) but I might just buy this set because I like both Tracy and Hepburn.


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Posted January 18 2011 - 05:18 PM

Its great that Warner leased the non MGM films from Fox (Desk Set). Sony(Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner) , and Universal (State of the Union). I assume the previously released films will have the same transfers and extras as before.


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Posted January 18 2011 - 05:39 PM



Originally Posted by Garysb 

Its great that Warner leased the non MGM films from Fox (Desk Set). Sony(Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner) , and Universal (State of the Union). I assume the previously released films will have the same transfers and extras as before.



You know, I didn't even notice that! This set is so mine as soon as it touches down. I've yet to buy any of the Tracy/Hepburn films, so this set is PERFECT for me.


This also got me to thinking.......Perhaps WHV will do this for the Harlow set? Three Wise Girls (Sony), The Iron Man (Universal) & Goldie (Fox) could prove to be worthy additions if they do this. While Mike S. from Sony stated that Three Wise Girls would surface in a Sony pre-code set (this never happened), I'm certain the latter two will NEVER be released by their studios.


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Posted January 18 2011 - 11:30 PM



Originally Posted by Garysb 

I assume the previously released films will have the same transfers and extras as before.


I am curious about this as well. In the press release it says "The collection includes all nine remastered favorites" but that can be misleading.



#16 of 19 Eric Peterson

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Posted January 19 2011 - 01:15 AM

Very exciting!  I wish they would have loaned "Sea of Grass" to Fox for the Kazan set that was just released.  They reached a deal for "America, America", but apparently this would have interfered with their own plans.  I would have preferred to have all of my Kazan titles in one place vs. all of my Hebpurn/Tracy films.  That said, I will at the very minimum be purchasing "Sea of Grass", and possibly the whole set if it's priced properly and/or new transfers are being used.



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Posted February 04 2011 - 10:48 AM




Originally Posted by Garysb 

Its great that Warner leased the non MGM films from Fox (Desk Set). Sony(Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner) , and Universal (State of the Union). I assume the previously released films will have the same transfers and extras as before.



There doesn't seem to be any mention of the 2nd disc for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  I just pulled all of my previous versions out and put them in my "To Sell" pile, but I think I'm going to hold on to that for the extra disc.  I hate having to hold on to two versions of a movie for this reason!! Posted Image



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Posted April 26 2011 - 06:27 AM

I was curious about the packaging of this set.  I haven't been able to find any pictures of it online. Is it slim cases? Each film individually? If so, has any of the artwork changed for the older titles?


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Posted April 26 2011 - 06:45 AM

Any news on the transfers for Pat and Mike, Adam's Rib, and Woman of the Year?  The original signature collection has some rather old transfers along with the Turner logo.  They were okay, but below Warner Bros recent standard for excellence.