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Best of Warner Bros 20 Film Collection Comedy (2013)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Includes: A Night At The Opera (1935), Stage Door (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Arsenic and Old Lade (1944), The Long Long Trailer (1954), The Great Race (1965), Blazing Saddles (1974), The In-Laws (1979), Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Risky Business (1983), The Goonies (1985), Spies Like Us (1985) Beetlejuice (1988), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994), Analyze This (1999), Wedding Crashers: Uncorked Edition (2005) and The Hangover (2009).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Value for your money December 19, 2013
If you're starting a collection of classic movies on DVD or just want to revisit some of your favorites, you really can't go wrong with the 20-film "Best of" sets from Warner Bros. Released to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the studio's founding, they span the gamut from early to modern, from musical to thriller, and from comedy to romance. The boxes feature many of Hollywood's greatest stars and are offered at a very reasonable cost. Housed in three plastic cases within a glossy paperboard box, they come with a booklet containing a photo and a brief synopsis for each film. Most of the discs offer commentaries by historians and participants, or making-of featurettes, or additional scenes and outtakes.

This volume focuses on comedy, which is admittedly a tricky thing (on his deathbed in 1833, the English actor Edmund Kean is said to have uttered the immortal bon mot "Dying is easy; comedy is hard"). Because it's so subjective and personal, what strikes some as hysterical falls flat for others. Yet a majority of these films have stood the test of time for audiences of all kinds.

We begin with the Marx Brothers romp "A Night At The Opera" from 1935. Two classic Cary Grant-Katherine Hepburn pairings, "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) and "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), are included along with "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944), another Grant vehicle. The directors of these movies, Howard Hawks, George Cukor, and Frank Capra, are legendary.

Warner's next period of great comedy kicked off in 1974 with "Blazing Saddles," Mel Brooks' spoof of the western genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some helpful information. April 12, 2014
This isn't really a review, but as I found the product description lacking, I decided to compile this list of helpful information below. I hope this will be useful for prospective buyers to know what they're getting:

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935): 96 minutes - Director: Sam Wood - Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx - Genre: Comedy - Plot: Two sly friends help two opera singers to achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies. G

STAGE DOOR (1937): 92 minutes - Director: Gregory La Cava - Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers - Genre: Comedy, drama - Plot: A bordinghouse full of aspiring actresses, and their hopes, ambitions, and disappointments. G

BRINGING UP BABY (1938): 102 minutes - Director: Howard Hawks - Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant - Genre: Comedy, romance - Plot: While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard "Baby." G

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940): 112 minutes - Director: George Cukor - Starring: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart - Genre: Comedy, romance - Plot: When a rich woman's ex-husband and a reporter turn up just before her remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. G

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944): 118 minutes - Director: Frank Capra - Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane - Genre: Comedy, crime - Plot: A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. G

THE LONG LONG TRAILER (1953): 103 minutes - Director: Vincente Minnelli - Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz - Genre: Comedy, romance - Plot: Two lovers are due to be married.
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