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The Claudette Colbert Collection (Three-Cornered Moon / Maid of Salem / I Met Him in Paris / Bluebeard's Eighth Wife / No Time for Love / The Egg and I)


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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 524 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KGREFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 3 - The Egg and I:
  • Claudette Colbert Queen of the Silver Screen
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Claudette Colbert Collection celebrates the career of one of the most popular and versatile actresses of all time. Equally charming in screwball comedies (It Happened One Night), epics (Cleopatra) and dramas (Imitation of Life), Claudette's striking beauty and captivating talent dazzled audiences around the world. This stunning collection of 6 rare films includes Three-Cornered Moon, Maid of Salem, I Met Him in Paris, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, No Time for Love and The Egg and I. Co-starring Hollywood favorites Fred MacMurray and Gary Cooper, The Claudette Colbert Collection is a much-needed spotlight on one of Hollywood’s true cinematic greats. Three-Cornered Moon (1933) Laughter is the best medicine in tough times, and that is certainly the case for Elizabeth (Claudette Colbert) and her three brothers who are forced to find work after their eccentric family’s fortune is lost. Maid of Salem (1937) Inspired by the true-life Salem “witch trials”, an independent young woman (Claudette Colbert) is accused of casting evil spells by the Puritan townsfolk during one of the most notorious periods in American history. I Met Him in Paris (1937) All is fair in love and fashion as a successful designer (Claudette Colbert) must choose between three suitors: a creative playwright (Melvyn Douglas), a dashing playboy (Robert Young) and a hometown boy (Lee Bowman). Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) The daughter (Claudette Colbert) of a destitute aristocrat is determined to teach her millionaire groom (Gary Cooper) a lesson when she learns that their wedding day is not his first trip down the aisle. No Time for Love (1943) A working class man (Fred MacMurray) falls for a sophisticated fashion photographer (Claudette Colbert), but the picture is not pretty when he loses his job and she hires him to be her assistant. The Egg and I (1947) A new bride (Claudette Colbert) reluctantly says “I do” to her husband’s (Fred MacMurray) plan to leave their life in the city and raise chickens on a dilapidated farm located miles from civilization.

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    There is one extra feature, the featurette "Claudette Colbert - Queen of the Silver Screen".
    calvinnme
    They are all very good movies and all look as good of transfers as anything other movie studios such as Warner brothers has ever released on regular dvd.
    Gary Cooper Fan
    It's an entertaining movie, though, directed by Mitchell Liesen (who directed Claudette more than any other director), well performed by the entire cast.
    Joe Kenney

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    70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2009
    Claudette Colbert spent most of her career at Paramount and Universal, so many of her films are unknown and largely unseen. Universal owns the pre-1949 Paramount talking film catalog, so they essentially own the vast majority of Colbert's films. It's good to see Universal going deeper into their vault and putting out some of their lesser known material.

    Three Cornered Moon (1933) - costars Richard Arlen directed by Elliott Nugent. This is a part comedy/part drama about a rich family that loses everything as a result of the Depression. The young people of the clan must go out and look for work for the first time in their lives, and it basically follows the whole family as they adjust to their new station in life. I haven't seen this one since the Paramounts were circulating on TV back in the 1980's, but trust me, it is not nearly as bleak as it sounds.

    Maid of Salem (1937) - costars Fred MacMurray, directed by Frank Lloyd. This is an above-average costume drama in which Colbert plays a young woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witchhunts of the 1690's. Everyone involved with the accusations has an axe to grind or some profit to make, and I think the film did a good job of not only explaining this witchhunt but pretty much all of them - people see a chance to make a profit by taking advantage of the ignorance of a large group of people and whipping them up into hysterics. Fred MacMurray stars as Colbert's fiance.

    I Met Him In Paris (1937) - directed by Wesley Ruggles and costars Melvyn Douglas.
    A romantic comedy about a woman (Colbert) who is pursued by three suitors while on vacation in Switzerland. The top two contenders are George (Melvyn Douglas) and Gene (Robert Young). George disapproves of Gene, but won't say why.
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    38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kenney on November 24, 2009
    I'm a diehard Claudette Colbert fan - she's my favorite actress by far, and I've seen many of her sixty-plus movies. This boxset has been a long time coming; I can only hope more are on the way. Featuring six films spanning the years 1933-1947, the set focuses on comedy - a Colbert specialty. The thing about Claudette was that she was good no matter the quality of the film; luckily, all of the movies in this collection are good (and in the case of "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," phenomenal).

    The set comes in an unfolding case, similar to Universal's "Pre-Code Hollywood" collection. The cover's graced by a nice color photo of Claudette, taken from the promo material for 1943's "No Time For Love." The inside features other promotional images from the six movies included here, synopses of each plot, and a brief Claudette bio. Three DVDs, each containing two movies, and the film quality for each is very good. I only detected a bit of grain here and there - understandable for movies seven decades old - and all of the films are uncut. Unfortunately we get no bonus features other than the short "Claudette Colbert: Queen of the Silver Screen," a bio also included on the recent "75th Anniversary" DVD of her 1934 film "Cleopatra."

    The movies:

    Three-Cornered Moon (1933): The earliest film in the set. A Pre-Code movie, but there's nothing particularly outrageous about it. Misidentified as a "screwball comedy" on the cover, this is more of a "screwball family" sort of thing. It's a plot that would make for great sitcom fodder: Claudette's upper-crust family discovers their well has run dry. All the money's gone, so they must venture from the safe confines of their mansion into the slum of the "real world." Wackiness ensues.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cooper Fan on December 2, 2009
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    The qualiity of these movies is fantastic. They are all very good movies and all look as good of transfers as anything other movie studios such as Warner brothers has ever released on regular dvd. I would say this is the most impresive 30's and 40's Universial box set release for image quality in my opinion that they have ever done.
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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    A box set dedicated to Claudette Colbert is a nice idea but there is a problem. Most if not all of Colbert's best films have been released on DVD already so it was inevitable that this set, if it was to contain new material, would contain lesser titles from her legacy. Accordingly, for those who would want Colbert films whatever their status, the set is compulsory viewing. For those who are ambivalent, then this set may have marginal interest. The good news is that the prints are beautiful and the Paramount films, especially the romantic comedies, glow with that sheen which identified that studio's product.

    "I Met Him in Paris" is a good example of that glow. Released in 1937, Colbert co-stars with Melvyn Douglas and Robert Young in a pointless romantic triangle which has no plot except a guessing game of who might win Colbert. This is the sort of script which became sanitised by the censorship because the situation is so contrived. The expertise of the leads, however, particularly Colbert at the centre, is such that the film is a pleasant diversion. Lee Bowman appears too as the daggy home town suitor but his role is as thankless as his character. The film is beautifully made but the material is just not up to the star power and production values.

    "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" was Colbert's only 1938 release, written by known cynics Brackett and Wilder and directed by the esteemed Ernst Lubitsch. The film has some amusing moments and Colbert is outstanding but it is fatally flawed by the miscasting of Gary Cooper as a playboy. In every single scene between the leads, Colbert's sophistication and inventive acting slays Cooper's mannerisms and blinking countenance. David Niven has a terrible part, Edward Everett Horton is irritating and there are others, all of whom are wasted.
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