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. Nicky wants to buy a house, but Tacy dreams of living in a trailer... G
THE GREAT RACE (1965): 160 minutes - Director: Blake Edwards - Starring: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon - Genre: Comedy, adventure - Plot: A car race across 3 countries attracts all sorts of mishaps, from fist fights, to an evil maniac, to being frozen on a drifting iceberg. PG
BLAZING SADDLES (1974): 93 minutes - Director: Mel Brooks - Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder - Genre: Comedy, western - Plot: To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. R
THE IN-LAWS (1979): 103 minutes - Director: Arthur Hiller - Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin - Genre: Adventure, comedy - Plot: Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered dentist finds his in-laws are international criminals. PG
CADDYSHACK (1980): 98 minutes - Director: Harold Ramis - Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Danegrfield, Bill Murray - Genre: Comedy - Plot: An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. R
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983): 98 minutes - Director: Harold Ramis - Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo - Genre: Comedy, adventure - Plot: The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. R
RISKY BUSINESS (1983): 99 minutes - Director: Paul Brickman - Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay- Genre: Comedy - Plot: A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. R
THE GOONIES (1985): 114 minutes - Director: Richard Donner - Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin - Genre: Adventure, family - Plot: A group of kids set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure. PG
SPIES LIKE US (1985): 102 minutes - Director: John Landis - Starring: Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd - Genre: Comedy, spy - Plot: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. PG
BEETLEJUICE (1988): 92 minutes - Director: Tim Burton - Starring: Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder - Genre: Comedy, fantasy - Plot: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. PG
GRUMPY OLD MEN (1993): 103 minutes - Director: Donald Petrie - Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau - Genre: Comedy - Plot: A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. PG-13
ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (1994): 86 minutes - Director: Tom Shadyac - Starring: Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox - Genre: Comedy, crime - Plot: A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team. PG-13
ANALYZE THIS (1999): 103 minutes - Director: Harold Ramis - Starring: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal - Genre: Comedy, crime - Plot: A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss. R
WEDDING CRASHERS (2005): 119 minutes - Director: David Dobkin - Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn - Genre: Comedy - Plot: Two committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when one of them falls in love. R
THE HANGOVER (2009): 100 minutes - Director: Todd Phillips - Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis - Genre: Comedy - Plot: Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. R
Now let's crunch some numbers. This collection costs $68.99, and contains 20 films. To find the value of the individual film you're getting, we divide the price by the number of films to get an individual price of $3.45 per film, a great price for this eclectic and hilarious set of comedy films. I hope this information is useful. Cheers!
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 relatively low 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. Many film buff's recall "The In-Laws" (1979), a sly gem starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, with much affection, while "Caddyshack" (1980), was a broad laugh-fest featuring Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, and Ted Knight. "Risky Business" (1983) launched Tom Cruise's career, just as "Beetlejuice" (1988) made Michael Keaton a Hollywood A-lister. Likewise, "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" (1994) gave Jim Carrey his first leading role, establishing his goofy persona.
Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal put together a mobster and a shrink for "Analyze This," hitting comedy paydirt in 1999. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson proved a winning combination in the raunchy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), aided and abetted by the brilliant Christopher Walken and other top talent, including Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, and Bradley Cooper. In "The Hangover" (2009), Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis were joined by Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, and boxer Mike Tyson for what I can only describe as completely over-the-top weirdness and vulgarity.
These films are so diverse that you can be sure not all of them will match your tastes. For example, I've always found "The Long Long Trailer" inane and "The Goonies" juvenile, but on balance this set is great entertainment at a very reasonable price. Recommended!