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Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Romance
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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:

JEZEBEL (1938): 104 minutes - Director: William Wyler - Starring: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda - Genre: Romance, drama- Plot: A haughty headstrong Southern Belle loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back. G

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939): 238 minutes - Director: Victor Fleming - Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable - Genre: Romance, drama - Plot: A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. PG

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

CASABLANCA (1942): 102 minutes - Director: Michael Curtiz - Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman - Genre: Romance, drama - Plot: A world-weary American bar owner in WWII-era Casablanca meets a woman out of his past, in Hollywood's greatest tale of love and loss. PG

MRS. MINIVER (1942): 134 minutes - Director: William Wyler - Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon - Genre: Drama, war - Plot: A British family struggles to survive in the first months of World War II. G

NOW, VOYAGER (1942): 117 minutes - Director: Irving Rapper - Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid - Genre: Romance, drama - Plot: A Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance. G

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950): 107 minutes - Director: George Sidney - Starring: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel - Genre: Comedy, musical - Plot: The story of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and her relationship with rival shooter Frank Butler. G

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951): 122 minutes - Director: Elia Kazan - Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando - Genre: Drama - Plot: Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. PG

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955): 111 minutes - Director: Nicholas Ray - Starring: James Dean, Natalie Wood - Genre: Drama, romance - Plot: A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. PG-13

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958): 108 minutes - Director: Richard Brooks - Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman- Genre: Drama - Plot: Brick drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his dying jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. PG

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961): 124 minutes - Director: Elia Kazan - Starring: Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood - Genre: Drama, romance - Plot: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness. PG

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965): 197 minutes - Director: David Lean - Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie - Genre: Drama, epic - Plot: During the Bolshevik Revolution, a Russian doctor and poet falls in love with a beautiful activist's wife, and hardships are not far behind. PG-13

A TOUCH OF CLASS (1973): 106 minutes - Director: Melvin Frank - Starring: George Segal, Glenda Jackson - Genre: Comedy, romance - Plot: Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst. PG

A STAR IS BORN (1976): 139 minutes - Director: Frank Pierson - Starring: Barbara Streisand, Kris Kristofferson - Genre: Drama, music - Plot: A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. R

THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977): 111 minutes - Director: Herbert Ross - Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason - Genre: Comedy, drama - Plot: After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. PG

THE BODYGUARD (1992): 129 minutes - Director: Mick Jackson - Starring: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston - Genre: Romance, drama - Plot: A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's. R

YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998): 119 minutes - Director: Nora Ephron - Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan - Genre: Comedy, drama - Plot: Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet. PG

TWO WEEKS NOTICE (2002): 101 minutes - Director: Marc Lawrence - Starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant - Genre: Coemdy, romance - Plot: A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him. PG-13

THE LAKE HOUSE (2006): 99 minutes - Director: Alejandro Agresti - Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock - Genre: Romance, fantasy - Plot: A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. PG

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (2008): 97 minutes - Director: George C. Wolfe - Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere - Genre: Drama, romance - Plot: A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn. PG-13

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 diverse and romantic set of films. I hope this information is useful. Cheers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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" boxes from Warner Bros. Released to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the studio's founding, they span the gamut from early to recent, from musical to thriller, and from comedy to romance. They feature many of Hollywood's greatest idols 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 also present commentaries by historians and participants, or making-of featurettes, or additional scenes and outtakes.

This set starts in 1938 with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda in "Jezebel" and wraps up with the Richard Gere-Diane Lane movie "Nights in Rodanthe" in 2008. Not all of these romances are essential, particularly the fluffy Sandra Bullock vehicles "Two Weeks Notice" in 2002 and "The Lake House" in 2006 (costing the set a star in my rating), but there's so much good stuff here: "Gone with the Wind" and "Doctor Zhivago" (both two-DVD sets), "Casablanca" and "The Philadelphia Story," "Rebel without a Cause" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, James Dean and Natalie Wood, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor: these pairings made folks swoon and personified glamour in their day and in ours. You'll be amazed at how well two films produced in 1942, the same year as "Casablanca," hold up today: "Mrs. Miniver," with Greer Garson, set in World War II England, and "Now, Voyager," with Bette Davis, which won her a sixth Oscar nomination for best actress.

There's music in "Annie Get Your Gun" and "A Star Is Born," Warren Beatty's screen debut in "Splendor in the Grass," and from the 1970s, unconventional leading men in George Segal ("A Touch of Class") and Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl"). You can recall the splash that Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner made in the cheesy film "The Bodyguard" and that Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks made in the thankfully less cheesy "You've Got Mail," both in the 1990s. While all 20 movies feature romantic storylines, a number of them are not strictly speaking romances. But there are many examples of great cinema in this box, and if you can pick it up on sale, as I did this week ($23 new), you'll be glad you did. Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2014
I love these Warner Brothers 20 Film collections. They bring together great films for a great overall price. But this collection duplicates four of the films from the other collections. It includes Philadelphia Story from the Comedy Collection and three other films from the Best Pictures Collection: Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, and Mrs. Miniver, hence the four star instead of five star review. So if you do NOT mind the duplication among the earliest films in the box set, its still a good buy.
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on March 2, 2015
Great selection of movies here and good value for money by virtue of this alone. Packaging not so good though. Some pieces/fringes in the cases were missing/appeared to be torn but thus far, DVD quality appears to be good-phew!
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on January 19, 2015
The Best of Warner Brothers 20 Film Collection is as described. The merchandise arrived promptly and well packaged. It made a nice gift and was well received.
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on December 8, 2014
This is an absolute value! The older classics are true jewels and it's nice to balance it with some newer romantic comedies!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I bought this in a lightning deal. I'm not as happy with the selection. Guessing might give it as a present. I don't think I can use it.
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