DVD Review: Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

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Studio Synopsis ~ Twenty Best Picture™ Winners on 23 Discs, broken out into 3 chapters.

Studio: Warner Bros.
Number of Disks: 23
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Films include:
1929-1942 (A New Era)
• The Broadway Melody (1929)
• Grand Hotel (1932)
• Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
• The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
• Mrs. Miniver (1942)
• Casablanca (1942) – 1943 Academy Award® Winner

1946-1959 (The Golden Years)
• The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
• An American in Paris (1951)
• Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
• Gigi (1958)
• Ben-Hur (1959)

1975-2006 (The New Classics)
• One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
• Chariots of Fire (1981)
• Amadeus: Director’s Cut (1984)
• Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
• Unforgiven (1992)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King™ (2003)
• Million Dollar Baby (2004)
• The Departed (2006)

Special Features:
- Audio commentary on many of the films
- Grand Hotel: Behind the scenes feature
- An American in Paris: Behind the scenes feature and interviews
- Driving Miss Daisy: Three behind the scenes features
- Around the World in 80 Days: Outtakes, Newsreels and more
- 20-Page Promotional Booklet

dvd review best of warner bros 20 300x422 DVD Review: Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures So it’s usually around this time every year that things turn from holiday to Hollywood as the Oscars gear up for another round of picture pageantry. And while many of us still haven’t gotten around to seeing many of the films on this year’s Best Picture bucket list of nominees – yes that’s right, I know you haven’t seen “Amour” yet either – Warner Brothers has made seeing its past Oscar grabbers incredibly convenient. Packed with a playlist of some of the most cinematically scintillating films any collector should strive to comprise, the “Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures” is a monumental set filled with some of cinema’s best laid labors, from the vicarious vaudevillian flair of 1929’s “The Broadway Melody,” to the bullet-riddled streets of Scorsese’s nod “The Departed.” This set orbits the larger offerings of Warner’s sizable “Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection” and the mammoth “Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection” and begins a series of sets to be released by the major studio spotlighting other such categories and genres as Musicals, Romance, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and Superman. No word yet if any of the subsequent releases will feature many extras, but unfortunately this set carries with it a barebones format, so the films themselves remain ever the stars. Aside from commentaries that accompany most of the films, highlights of the remaining sporadic features include behind the scenes looks at the films “Grand Hotel, “An American in Paris,” and “Driving Miss Daisy,” with Miss Daisy receiving three separate featurettes and Paris providing some wonderful interview footage. 1956’s “Around the World in 80 Days” carries with it a cargo of outtakes and nostalgic newsreels, and Warner once again extends its sights outside the box – or rather inside the lining – to include a 20-page promotional booklet filled with information on the films and Best Picture trivia. So with plenty of heart and hard work in the can and an approval rating stamped with a little golden man, the “Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures” is the perfect picture postcard from one of America’s leading film studios.

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