44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
Four disc DVD set of classic romance-themed films from the 20th Century-Fox library. Each film is pressed on a separate disc with several bonus features. Great set for anyone looking to build a classic film library.
An Affair To Remember (1957/Color/119 minutes/Widescreen)
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr give memorable performances as star-crossed lovers in this much-loved classic. Special features include a commentary track, a "Movietone News" newsclip on the premiere, a "Hollywood Backstories" episode on the making of the film, original trailer, still gallery, and trailers for other classic Fox films.
Leave Her To Heaven (1945/Color/110 minutes/Fullscreen)
A classic tale of love gone terribly wrong. Stars Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price. Special features include a commentary track, a still gallery, two "Movietone News" newsclips, a restoration comparison, the original trailer, and trailers for other classic Fox films.
A Letter To Three Wives (1949/B&W/103 minutes/Fullscreen)
Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern and Linda Darnell star as three friends who spend a long day wondering which one of their husbands might have run off with an old flame. Kirk Douglas co-stars. Special features include a commentary track, an A&E Network "Biography" special on Linda Darnell, a "Movietone News" newsclip of the premiere, a restoration comparison, and the original trailer.
Peyton Place (1957/Color/156 minutes/Widescreen)
A small town is rocked by gossip and scandal in this Cinemascope classic. Stars Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy and Russ Tamblyn. Special features include a commentary track, a "Hollywood Backstories" episode on the making of the film, two "Movietone News" newsclips, and two trailers.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2010
This volume includes dramatic romances.
An Affair to Remember
This 1957 movie stars Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant.
This is color, 119 minutes and in letterbox.
Includes Backstory: An Affair to Remember and Newsclip on Premiere.
Leave Her to Heaven
This 1945 movie stars Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde.
This is color, 110 minutes and in full screen.
Includes Newslips about Premiere and Oscars.
A Letter to Three Wives
This 1949 movie stars Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern.
This is B/W, 103 minutes and in full screen.
Includes A&E Biography "Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel"
and newsclip about Oscars.
This 1957 movie stars Lana Turner.
This is color, 156 minutes and in letterbox.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
These Fox Quad Sets are definitely one of my favorite movie collections of classic movies, along with "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection" from Warner Bros. and Universal's "100th Anniversary Collection". This particular one is one of my favorites, full of classic films you can watch over and over.
An Affair to Remember (1957)- 10/10- One of the best romance films I've ever seen. No wonder why it's #5 on AFI's "100 Years...100 Passions" which celebrates America's greatest romances. It stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and has made an impact on romantic cinema ever since it's release. Grant and Kerr meet each other on a cruise and keep bumping into each other. Later on, they fall in love, even though they are both engaged to other people. At the end of the cruise, they both agree to meeting each other at the top of the Empire State Building if they still love each other, but an accident both comes in their way. It's an extremely dramatic romance films with hints of comedy, witty dialouge, memorable quotes, fantastic color, and amazing acting. A lot consider it a chick-flick, but I just consider it a great romance flick for every movie-lover. It's a film to remember.
AMC Backstory Episode: "An Affair to Remember"
Movietone Newsreel (Shipboard Premiere)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)- 10/10- One of my favorite films from Fox, one of my favorite films from the 40s, and one of my favorite psychological thrillers, starring the amazing Gene Tierney is eye-popping Technicolor from the 40s. It's such a great film that even Martin Scorsese called it one of his all-time favorite films. That tells you it's good. Cornel Wilde plays Richard Harland, a writer who meets Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train and they suddenly fall in love and marry. Later on, she becomes obsessed with him and even kills to just be alone with him. It's very creepy and almost noir-ish, even though the film is in the most beautiful Technicolor from the 40s. It also stars Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, and Mary Philips. "Leave Her to Heaven" is an underrated must-see.
Fox Movietone News
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)- 9/10- Wonderful romance film with great acting! Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern, and Linda Darnell play three wives who aboard a ship for a trip when they receive a letter from their rival, Addie Ross (who narrates but never appears in the film), saying that she has run off with one of their husbands (Jeffrey Lynn, Kirk Douglas, and Paul Douglas). The whole day, the three wives look back at when their marriages went bumpy. The film has some good humor, and an even better storyline. It's definitely a film to see.
Commentary by Mankiewicz biographers Kenneth Geist & Cheryl Lower
Biography: Linda Darnell - Hollywood's Fallen Angel
Fox Movietone News
Oscars presented for Achievements in Motion Pictures
Peyton Place (1957)- 9.5- The famous (and scandalous) book written by Grace Metalious is turned into a fabulous film starring the beautiful Lana Turner. She and other parents in the town of Peyton Place try to keep their teenage children away from sex, while one of them is being tried for murder. It's a very soapy story but that's not bad at all. It keeps you engaged in the films 2 1/2 hours and doesn't let go. It also stars Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn (who's character Norman I think inspired Norman Bates in "Psycho"), Terry Moore, and Hope Lange. "Peyton Place" is a fantastic film with great drama.
AMC Backstory: Peyton Place
Movietone News: Premiere and Photoplay Magazine awards
This is a must-buy for romance fans, or just classic film fans!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It doesn't get much better than this -- four acclaimed motion pictures from Twentieth Century-Fox compiled for the studio's 75th birthday, into a four-disc set at a surprisingly reasonable price. These have all been reviewed elsewhere at Amazon, so I'll try to be brief: AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) was virtually remade as SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE in the Eighties, though with a less happy ending. A classic, quivering-violin, shipboard-romance, cigarettes-for-two "weepie" of a melodrama but a top-flight one, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945): the leading lady of Fox's smash hit LAURA (Gene Tierney) is the center of this sumptuous drama about an alluring but ruthless fashion designer (Tierney) out to snag a rich suitor (Cornel Wilde) despite the naive charms of a poor sister (Jeanne Crain) who keeps getting in the way. Darryl Hickman, (Dwayne's older brother) plays the pre-adolescent boy confined to a wheelchair. By modern standards all four of these movies take their time telling their tales, but LEAVE HER in particular may leave today's audiences feeling its portentous events are telegraphed, symbolized and generally "snuck up on" too elaborately; nonetheless, it's a joy to watch for the cast, the production values, and the real pull this emotional story will exert over anyone who gives it a chance. Enjoyable Commentary by film critic Richard Shickel and Hickman, a Hollywood vet who remembers well his days as a juvenile film actor. With a vigorous Vincent Price, Mary Philips, Chill Wills and Ray Collins.
My personal favorite and in my opinion the most under-appreciated of the four is A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949), the artistic stoker for 1950s ALL ABOUT EVE and starring Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Linda Darnell, Paul Douglas, Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter -- a delightfully observed, at times almost wickedly witty black-and-white comedy-drama about class and romance in suburbia post-World War II, and specifically which one of their husbands local flirt Addie Ross (voice of Celeste Holm) snagged on her way out of town. Why doesn't Hollywood turn out these literate social comedies anymore? Perhaps it's because there's no Joseph Mankiewicz, scenarist and director, to give it that "Mankiewicz touch." Avoid all imitations! Finally we have the best-known film of the four, 1957's PEYTON PLACE, which holds about as true to the shocking Grace Metalious novel about sex and secrets in a straight-laced New England town as those Production Code days would permit. Lana Turner re-energized her film career as Constance McKenzie, troubled single mother of a troubling daughter (Diane Varsi) who meanwhile tries to hold off the virile new high-school principal (Lee Phillips). A tremendous supporting cast includes Lloyd Nolan, Russ Tamblyn, Hope Lange, Terry Moore, Leon Ames, Mildred Dunnock, Arthur Kennedy, David Nelson, Barry Coe, and a pre-BONANZA Lorne Greene. This movie's two hours, thirty-seven minutes might go by quicker than you'd think, though I for one prefer a living-room Intermission along the way.
All in all, it's astonishing to me that this excellent four-banger, a virtual tribute to the Fox touch at its peak, should come so cheap . . . after I gave this DVD to a friend, I had to order another one for myself! Strong recommendation, and a cheap way to sample the kind of movies they truly don't make anymore . . . perhaps couldn't even if they tried.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2015
What a treat! Bought this set for "a Letter to Three Wives" specifically, and got three more blockbuster movies as well. The clarity and color was great, and the price for four movies was unbelievable. Am VERY pleased.
on February 4, 2015
Fabulous set of four films from Fox. Peyton Place, a landmark film about repression in a small, ugly little town, hiding behind walls of bad Christianity.
There is A Letter To 3 Wives, detailing the lives of three women who could have lost their husbands to a a woman who apparently has the power to snag one or all three of the mates. Sophisticated, witty, and disturbing. One day there's love and the next day tere's nothing.
An Affair To Remember is sui generis. Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant can do nop wrong here, and this is one of those re-makes that is so much better than the original. Great!
Leave Her to Heaven is Freudian nightmare of incest and mass murder. Gene Tierney heads the cast in one of the most frightening portrayals of a woman determined to keep her husband (who resembles her dead father) to herself 24 hrs a day, and don't try and to stop her!
The scene in the row boat with Hickman as the polio victim, swimming along, and Tierney rowing the boat with dark glasses on and a bathrobe is one of the most famous killer scenes on film. It must be seen so tat one can imagine Noel Coward saying at the initial screening, "Now that's acting!!"Gene Tierney's motionless face, her darkened eyes, her determined mouth, exuding murder..not reduplicated since.
Ignore the D. Hickman commentary that Gene Tierney was no actress, had no technique, as he says he did and does. From start to finish, a revelation.You cannot categorize this woman's talent.
on June 22, 2015
I was surprise to have four really great movies. I have seen an "Affair to Remember" many times but I really wanted to have it on hand to share with my friends. My family were entralled with the movie "Leave her to Heaven. "A letter to three Wives" was interesting but was probably my least favorite. I though they went a little far with the dramatics, also a hammy but as the end of the movie came closer it got really interesting. Well last but not least was "Peyton Place", I loved this movie as a child and still love to see it again and again. Of course today's drama makes Peyton Place seem normal. Anyone who wants to enjoy an afternoon of good oldies are in for a good time.
on August 5, 2015
I bought this just for Leave Her to Heaven, the ultra stiff movie in which Gene Tierney plays a beautiful, murderous, controlling freak. It's an unbelievably smoothly crafted movie. The design and photography are peerless. The acting is stiff beyond belief and some may think that sinks the movie but I think the whole picture is about surface and control. Jeanne Crain wears a bone white silk dress with matching high heels,....while staying in a cabin in the woods! It's stuff like this that turn the picture into it's own universe. I could live in it.
on February 11, 2013
I love classic movies and I've seen all of these before, so when I came upon a set with all four movies, I had to jump at the chance to get them at such a steal. All the movies were fantastic, however the packaging left much to be desired. Upon arrival the latch to open the case was broken and there were shards of plastic inside the case .... thankfully none of the DVDs got damaged.
on December 27, 2012
I bought two of these sets, one for me and one for my granddaughter. She loves the old movies and I have been telling her about one in particular, "Leave Her To Heaven", for years now. We watched it together the Sunday before Christmas and it was wonderfully "creepy", just as I had told her. I know she'll like all the rest of the movies as well.