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James Stewart is without a doubt one of the greatest actors in American film history. His films run the gamut from fine romantic comedies, such as Harvey, The Philadelphia Story and The Shop Around the Corner to poignant powerful dramas such as The Glenn Miller Story, It's a Wonderful Life (my favorite film), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Rear Window, The Spirit of St. Louis and Vertigo, to outstanding western classics as Broken Arrow, Destry Rides Again, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Winchester '73. But that's only touching the iceberg of his contributions to film and film culture.
My one-star is not for the films, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle and The Man From Laramie, which are included in this collection. They alone would each rate five stars. All are totally entertaining and important drama, comedy and western film contributions to anyone who appreciates the fine art of classic filmmaking.
My gripe is completely over the product details of this set. This weekend I went out eager to purchase this set with a birthday card I had received from a family member. When I got to the store, I read the back of the DVD box carefully to see if all the films in the collection were presented in their prosper widescreen format. They were, so I made my purchase.
After opening the set at home, I found that both Bell and Laramie were listed properly with their correct aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 respectively. However, upon inspection of the Anatomy of a Murder DVD, I found an error, a major error, on Columbia Pictures' part. On the back cover it mistakenly says the DVD has been remastered in Anamorphic Widescreen, and is in its proper 1.85:1 format. That would've been great---had it been true.Read more ›
The only reason I got this set was to upgrade to the widescreen version of Anatomy of a Murder. So much for that idea. I already owned all three films. I sold my originals and ended up dead even as far as the cost is concerned. Still don't have a widesceen version of Anatomy of a Murder. The films are still excellent.
Inside this box set are:Anatomy of a Murder(Great film),Bell,Book and Candle and The Man from Laramie.I don't know about any extra's but I would imagine it comes with some,since I own Anatomy of a Murder and it has extra features.