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Academy Award Winning Movies - Volume I (Chicago/Frida/Life is Beautiful)

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Catch the heat of the Academy Awards(R) with 3 Oscar(R)-winning films that have earned a combined 11 Academy Awards and 26 nominations, including 2003 Best Picture winner CHICAGO! CHICAGO: Starring Academy Award(R) winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Best Supporting Actress), Golden Globe(R) winner Renée Zellweger (Best Actress), Golden Globe(R) winner Richard Gere (Best Actor), Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Colm Feore. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: Starring internationally acclaimed director, co-writer, and Academy Award(R)-winning actor Roberto Benigni (Best Actor, 1998) and Nicoletta Braschi. FRIDA: Starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, and Academy Award(R) winner Geoffrey Rush (1997 Best Actor, SHINE). Also starring Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, and Edward Norton. CLICK ON LINKS BELOW FOR INDIVIDUAL PRODUCT DETAILS.

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  • Actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
  • Directors: Roberto Benigni, Julie Taymor, Rob Marshall
  • Writers: Anna Thomas, Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YTOQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Academy Award Winning Movies - Volume I (Chicago/Frida/Life is Beautiful)" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Florian on October 25, 2004
Format: DVD
I don't know what the latter reviewer's problem is, although truely anamorphic widescreen would be great, the only version sold of Life is Beautiful is this one, so deal with it, it doesn't take away the fact that it is an amazing movie, when I saw it, my heart lifted, I felt good, extremely good, the cast esp. Roberto Benigni who gives a triumphant and hysterical role to a difficult part to play on a touchy subject is incredible. A flawless movie in every way. Chicago goes without saying, you know, it's great, 10 academy awards, if you haven't already seen it then you should deffinetley get this set. Finally Frida is also a truely remarkable film, in exploring the life of Frida Kahlo portrayed by Salma Hayek who does a great job. Of course these dvds aren't perfect what dvds are? But take it from me, at this price this collector's set is deffinetely worth it. Building a collection, or love good movies, and classics, than this set and the other II and III are for you. I am glad Miramax did this.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chad Fleming on March 1, 2004
Format: DVD
All three of these volumes claim to contain versions of their respective movies that are "Enhanced for 16x9 televisions" yet upon closer examination, each of the volumes contains at least one (and in the case of Volume III, TWO) movies that are in the same crappy matted widescreen format that Miramax has been pushing for the last several years. The culprit in the this volume is Life is Beautiful. I have nothing against widescreen - just let the DVD player insert the matting and use the full resolution of the DVD for useful picture information. I suspect these box sets are a way for Miramax to dump the older (non anamorphic widescreen) versions of these movies on unsuspecting 4x3 t.v. owners - chances are they'll never know the difference until they try to watch them on a newer 16x9 t.v. - at which time it will be too late to return them.
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