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The Cary Grant Box Set (Holiday / Only Angels Have Wings / The Talk of the Town / His Girl Friday / The Awful Truth) (1938)

Irene Dunne , Cary Grant , George Cukor , George Stevens  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Ronald Colman
  • Directors: George Cukor, George Stevens, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey
  • Writers: Arthur Richman, Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, Charles MacArthur
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 517 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEV3L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cary Grant Box Set (Holiday / Only Angels Have Wings / The Talk of the Town / His Girl Friday / The Awful Truth)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes an exclusive set of collectible postcards with vintage photographs
  • All 5 discs are loaded with featurettes and commentaries
  • Collectible packaging

Editorial Reviews

Cary Grant. Includes Holiday (1938/94 min.), Only Angels Have Wings (1939/122 min.), The Talk of the Town (1942/119 min.), His Girl Friday (1940/92 min.) and The Awful Truth (1937/92 min.). 5 DVDs. B&w/NR/fullscreen.

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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday issue aside, a great box set February 11, 2006
By J. Ross
I do agree with all of the Holiday issues-it should be released on a separate disc, and that is why this set is not rated 5 stars. However, the movies in the set are all GREAT. They are some of the best of Cary Grant and all of the other reviewers seem to completely ignore that. If you don't have two or three of the movies aside from Holiday, I would highly suggest this set-it is most certainly worth it. For those who already own three of the four previously released, I would think about how much I really loved Holiday before buying this.

A quick rundown of the movies in this set (for those who do not already know about them.):

His Girl Friday (1940)-a hilarious comedy, one of Cary Grant's best, is an update of The Front Page with Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy who is attempting to leave Grant's newspaper to get married. Great comedic timing and perfomances turn this into an instant classic-and one of AFI's top 20 American comedies of all time. Directed by Howard Hawks, this is the best of the set (in my opinion).

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)-another funny one, also directed by Howard Hawks, with Jean Arthur as Cary's love interest, is an Andes Mountain adventure of planes and past loves and lots of comedic drama. It flows very smoothly and provides great entertainment from beginning to end. It has a great supporting cast-Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, a young and beautiful Rita Hayworth-and thrilling suspense. A great movie.

Holiday (1938)-one of the four Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn movies, not their best (The Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby are even better) but still wonderful. It is touching and funny, with tender and sweet moments, and more of a love story than the others in this set.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five of Grant's best in one attractive package June 27, 2007
The problem with some DVD box sets is that there's usually a film or two included that you could very well do without or perhaps would not even like in your film collection. No such problem with the simply named "The Cary Grant Box Set" which includes five movies that are all among Grant's very best. That alone makes this a must-have for Grant fans. So the featurettes, the vintage replica movie postcards and the overall attractive packaging are bonuses -- significant ones at that.
The films feature such wonderful leading ladies as Jean Arthur (twice) Rosalind Russell, Irene Dunne and the incomparable Katherine Hepburn. Hepburn appears in "Holiday" directed by George Cukor, a depression era film that skewers the upper class. Grant plays Johnny Case an up and coming young business man who thinks more of exploring life than of making money. He finds himself in love with the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur but it is soon obvious that he has more in common with the girl's sister. Lew Ayers turns in a memorable performance as the brother, a philosophizing drunk.
"Only Angels Have Wings" offers a very different Grant, this time playing a the leader of a crew of daring mail pilots in South America. Here Jean Arthur is the love interest though a lovely young Rita Hayworth offers competition. Thomas Mitchell is part of a stellar cast directed by the great Howard Hawks.
"Talk of the Town" is to me one of the most underrated films of all time. Grant is Leopold Dilg a labor activist framed for a factory bombing. After escaping from jail he hides out in the bucolic summer home of an old childhood friend played by Jean Arthur. The catch is that she's renting the home to one of America's leading legal minds a supreme court candidate played by Ronald Coleman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creme de la Cary. April 15, 2007
The idea of putting a collection of a screen star's films is always a great idea, but most of the time it doesn't follow through (Exhibit A: The James Stewart Signature Collection. As much as, well, everybody loves Jimmy Stewart, did we really need "The Cheyenne Social Club"??). That is hardly the case here. Included are essential Cary Grant films, both classic (His Girl Friday), underrated (Only Angels Have Wings) or unreleased (Holiday), his breakthrough role (The Awful Truth), and a charming social comedy (The Talk of the Town).

*THE AWFUL TRUTH: Jerry (Grant) and Lucy Warriner (Irene Dunne) both think that they have caught each other in infidelity (He returns home from a "business trip" from Florida with oranges from California, She comes back arm in arm with her French voice teacher), so they divorce each other, with 90 days until the thing becomes final. In those 90 days, she dates a sweet, bumbling oil man from Texas (Ralph Bellamy, who made a career out of playing the guy who loses the girl to Cary Grant, see HIS GIRL FRIDAY), and he romances an heiress. As their divorce's final date gets closer and closer, they realize that they're not ready to let each other go...leading to screwball results. This is the film that established Cary as a genuine star, a romantic leading man. His rapport with Irene Dunne is magical, and she's hysterical, especially towards the end when she tries to embarrass his stuffy fiancee's family by pretending to be his boozy sister "Lola Warriner." But beneath the laughs lie a deep understanding of marriage and the melancholy of love, leading to one of the cleverest ending shots in history.

*HIS GIRL FRIDAY: Undoubtably the funniest, fastest film ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality videos, plus unexpected bonus
The quality of these DVDs is above average, even the oldest of the set were in good viewable status, and audio was also above average. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim R Lowery
5.0 out of 5 stars You know it is good!
There is no one like Cary Grant! Watching him is a blast! He is so funny! Get this, you will not regret it!
Published 3 months ago by Tori
4.0 out of 5 stars Always superb
These are some of Cary Grant;s best movies. The stories are varied , but Cary is consistantly entertaining. He is at his best in his suave comedic roles.
Published 3 months ago by L. G. Maple
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Grant Combination
I awarded my 4 of 5 stars for three reasons: 1) Grant is a favorite in any film 2) This set exemplifies Grant's range 3) I seldom go to 5 of 5 on anything.
Published 10 months ago by Ronald L Nutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant
Poduct arrived very quickly and was pacjaged great. The product met all my expectations. I would highlyrecommend to all. I have enjoyed watching.
Published 15 months ago by Lloyd R. Whittamore
Definitely a great Cary Grant Collection of nostalgic movies and as always, Cary Grant's performances are top notch along with all his co-stars. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Felice Fleury
I've reviewed the films in this collection individually, so I wanted to comment on this actual collection called THE CARY GRANT BOX SET. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Jack E. Levic
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough Said
I won't cover what the other reviews have said. I only came to say, what a great job was done on transferring these old movies to DVD. Read more
Published on November 20, 2010 by K. Nesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding box set - perfect entertainment
This is the pick of the box sets of Cary Grant's films except if you are crazy about Alfred Hitchcock. All the films were made at Columbia between 1938 and 1942. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Douglas M
5.0 out of 5 stars A mighty fine collection featuring three films I had not previously...
Count me a lifelong fan of Cary Grant. I have have always enjoyed his work be it in the screwball comedies of the 1930's and 1940's or his impressive dramatic roles in films like... Read more
Published on August 23, 2010 by Paul Tognetti
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Individual DVD boxes within the set?
They are all in a single cardboard case.
Apr 15, 2008 by Jamee R. Lewis |  See all 3 posts
They need to put Holiday on separate DVD. Be the first to reply
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