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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romantic Comedies (Adam's Rib / Woman of the Year / The Philadelphia Story / Bringing Up Baby) (2009)

Katharine Hepburn , Spencer Tracy , George Cukor , Howard Hawks  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, James Stewart
  • Directors: George Cukor, Howard Hawks, George Stevens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 433 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KXZGNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romantic Comedies (Adam's Rib / Woman of the Year / The Philadelphia Story / Bringing Up Baby)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1, side A: The Philadelphia Story
  • Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger
  • George Cukor movie trailer gallery
  • Disc 1, side B: Bringing Up Baby
  • Commentary by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Howard Hawks movie trailer gallery
  • Disc 2, side A: Adam's Rib
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2, side B: Woman of the Year

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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romantic Comedy (4FE) (DVD)

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Turner Classic Movies' Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romantic Comedies collects four movies on two double-sided discs, with top picture quality and the bonus features that appeared on disc 1 when two of those films were released on two-disc sets, or the features that appeared on the single discs of the other two. Here the spotlight is on Katharine Hepburn and her unmatched flair for screwball comedy. The Philadelphia Story (1940) costars Cary Grant and James Stewart, and Bringing Up Baby (1938) costars Grant. Each film has a commentary track, by film historian Jeanine Basinger and Peter Bogdanovich, respectively, and a trailer gallery of other movies by the respective directors (George Cukor and Howard Hawks). Adam's Rib (1949) and Woman of the Year (1942) pair Hepburn with her longtime partner Spencer Tracy, and each film is accompanied by its own trailer. --David Horiuchi

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great set of romantic comedies November 13, 2008
Format:DVD
This is one of 27 sets of four movie packs that Warner Home Video plans to release in the next few years. Their purpose is to introduce classic film to people previously unaware of these films via very affordable bare bones versions of these movies. This set has four very good films, all featuring Katharine Hepburn.
Woman of the Year (1941) - The film that introduced Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and sparked a long relationship both on and offscreen. Here Hepburn plays an early feminist who goes around collecting causes. Spencer Tracy is the sportswriter that loves her. They marry, but things go downhill quickly since Kate is really already married to her causes.

Adam's Rib (1951) - Ten years have passed and Hepburn and Tracy have aged a bit, but the spark and the chemistry is still there. This time the pair are married lawyers. He is a prosecutor and she a defense attorney. Problems arise when Hepburn defends a woman who shot her husband when she caught him cheating on her and Tracy is the prosecuting attorney in the same case.

Bringing Up Baby (1938) - One of the original screwball comedies. Stars Cary Grant as an anthropologist who gets mixed up with a very dizzy young woman played by Hepburn. The plot involves a tame leopard - Baby - and a dinosaur bone buried by a dog - the exact whereabouts are unknown.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Reteams Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as a divorced pair of socialites. Hepburn's character is about to marry a man of the people who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, and also happens to be one of the most annoying people who has ever lived. James Stewart oddly won a Best Actor award for what is essentially a supporting role.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful movies, HORRIBLE LABELING January 30, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Okay, these delightful romantic comedies from yesteryear are a bargain. That said, I've got to be one of those jerks that nitpick, because there is a real problem.

The only labels on these two two-sided DVDs are the microscopic writing around the spindle holes. I've got to use a powerful light and a magnifier to see which movie is which.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies for a Great Price February 13, 2009
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I purchased this set of movies at wal-mart. (Sorry Amazon!!)This is a WONDERFUL set of classic romantic comedies at a GREAT price! I have always wanted BRINGING UP BABY but have found that it is rather expensive by itself. It's a hilarious comedy with Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant. Grant is a palentologist waiting on the last bone to complete a dinosaur exhibit. Hepburn is a socialite who "runs into" Grant on the golf course, who just happens to have a leopard named "Baby". Needless to say, Grant & Hepburn stumble through crazy shenanigans to fall hopelessly in love. The other movies are just as good or better. Jimmy Stewart & once again, Cary Grant come to review the social highlight of the year. The marriage of Hepburn to one of society's finest, most eligible bachelors. Grant, happened to be Hepburn's first husband, reviewing the marriage in the society pages, along with Stewart. Well the reviews lead to a rekindling of an old flame. Needless to say, Grant has to write his "own" review. Loaded with LOTS of laughs!!ADAM'S RIB is Hepburn & Tracy at their finest as huband & wife lawyers. Hepburn comes to represent a woman who shot her philandering husband caught in the act. Tracy is the District Attorney who she has to defend her client against. Tracy & Hepburn's "magic" is evident in this funny, romantic comedy.WOMAN OF THE YEAR is Hepburn & Tracy's first movie together. The screen sizzles as Hepburn a political pundit, battles Tracy a sports writer. Fortunately, all the sparks that fly kindle a romance. This is a great way to introduce yourself or your teenagers to "classic movies"!!! I love this set at such a wonderful price! You can't go wrong with this set.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal on 4 great films June 6, 2011
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I've heard a lot of reviewers dump on the TCM sets for not giving each film a "proper" release in it's own case, but I thought that this set (my second) was one heck of a deal. Not being a huge Hepburn fan, I bought it for the two Cary Grant films, of which "Bringing up Baby" is difficult to get elsewhere.

The films are beautiful and the sound excellent. Aspect ratios were in the original specks, which I demand in films that I purchase. Great set, great price. Unless you obsess about the case art work you won't be sorry.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly satisfied with TCM's classic collections February 15, 2010
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Amazon's prices for these classic collections is very reasonable, and the product delivers what it claims. Good quality classic film collections. The four movies in the collection we purchased were contained on 2 double-sided DVDs. My only compliant is that the DVDs are not well labeled, although as the DVDs are double-sided, there's really no way to put a 'stick-on' label on them. The titles of the movies on each side are noted in VERY small letters close to the spindle hole of the DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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TCM (Turner Classic Movies) could not have chosen four better examples of classic golden-era romantic comedies, and it's no coincidence that Katharine Hepburn stars in all four. At the same time, it makes you wonder why they simply didn't call this DVD set the Katharine Hepburn Romantic Comedy Collection. After all, there's an equally reasonable case to include classics from the likes of Carole Lombard, Irene Dunne or Rosalind Russell. To allow for the bargain price offered, the four films are presented on two double-sided discs. The print conditions are gratefully clean for the most part.

Director Howard Hawks, a master of this genre as well as many others, guided 1938's Bringing Up Baby (*****) and catches Hepburn and Cary Grant at their zenith in buoyant comic energy and youthful vigor. Amazingly, this wacky 1938 screwball classic was her first real foray into farcical comedy, and she makes her exasperating character Susan Vance the definitive madcap heiress. Cross-pollinating the pratfall wackiness of Lucille Ball with the Fifth Avenue glamour of Carole Lombard, Hepburn filters it all through her braying, haughty New England manner. Grant is her perfect match as David Huxley, the befuddled, bespectacled paleontologist, who aptly describes his inadvertent relationship with Susan as "a series of misadventures from beginning to end". Together, they keep up with the breathless pace Hawks sets with a hair-brained plot involving an elusive research grant, a pet leopard that can only be soothed by one song ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby"), a mischievous dog with a yen for a missing intercostal clavicle (i.e.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WATCHES--MAKE THE TIME
A COZY SET OF FILMS. PERFECT FOR WATCHING WITH A NICE FIREPLACE IN THE BACKGROUND. STILL FUNNY AND STILL SOME GREAT LINES.
Published 3 hours ago by JAN CHASTAIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Seniors @ Memory Care enjoy this DVD!
Published 11 days ago by Kathleen Kruck
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and romantic
My favorites all in one. You can't go wrong with this collection. Funny and romantic.
Published 16 days ago by Maizedoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 24 days ago by Eme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great collection...purchased as a gift....
Published 1 month ago by mskoon
4.0 out of 5 stars I love these classics
I love these classics. The bundle is good but it is not always the group I'd like to have. I got three of those for which I wished which aint bad.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara L. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Time Chick Flicks
Great old chick flicks
Published 1 month ago by Franklin Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Craig Donton
4.0 out of 5 stars I got this for 2 of my old time favorite movies, The Phila Story and...
I got this for 2 of my old time favorite movies, The Phila Story and Bringing Up Baby--gotta love Cary Grant and oh yeah, the other actors involved pretty good too, lol. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Polly X Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course it's wonderful
Great collection. Thank you TCM for all of these great compilations.
Published 2 months ago by Pamelakh
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Most of the titles you've mentioned are now available in the Warner Archive MOD programme; but I agree with your argument. Sadly, classic films are getting harder and harder to be released on regular pressed DVD. MOD is the way of the future, and I suppose we have to run with that.
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