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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy (Arsenic and Old Lace / A Night at the Opera / The Long Long Trailer / Father of the Bride 1950)


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Special Features

Disc 1, side A: Arsenic and Old Lace
B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, English and French subtitles
Disc 1, side B: A Night at the Opera
Commentary by Leonard Maltin
Featurette: Remarks on Marx
1961 Groucho Marx interview from The Hy Gardiner Show
Two vintage shorts: Sunday Night at the Trocadero, Robert Benchley's Oscar-winning How to Sleep
Theatrical trailer
B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side A: The Long Long Trailer
Vintage Pete Smith Specialty short Ain't It Aggravatin'?
Classic cartoon Dixieland Droopy
Theatrical trailer
Color, 1.33, English 1.0, French 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side B: Father of the Bride (1950)
Two vintage newsreels
Theatrical trailer
B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, French 1.0, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, and Thai subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Cary Grant, Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Spencer Tracy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 406 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GSXKPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Marie on January 25, 2010
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The movies were great!! I have more comments about how they were packaged because it was different that I had expected.
I bought these for my elderly mother who lives with me, so my review is based on using these for a senior person.
The titles were in extremely tiny print stamped around the center hole. Very hard to read.
The subtitles were created in white w/o a black box around them -- this made it hard to read them -- especially if the film was black and white!! Most subtitles come with a black box in which the subtitle is reversed out to white -- same as the TV -- which makes it much easier to read. Caring for a senior makes me much more aware of all the small things that affect their independence. Ease of use, larger type on the packaging and a visually enhanced subtitle would improve the use of these for that population immensely. Thanks!!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2009
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This collection contains four very different comedies from four very different types of comics. It is part of over a dozen sets produced by Warner Home Video to bring classic film to the masses by making inexpensive sets of the better films in their libraries that have no extra features.

The oldest in the bunch, "A Night at the Opera" (1935), revived the career of the Marx Brothers after they were released from their contract at Paramount. Irving Thalberg thought that the brothers' comedy still had merit and that part of their problem was that "they never helped anybody". The test of time has shown that, although not profitable at the time, the Paramount Marx comedies were the best film work that the brothers did. However, that doesn't mean that this film isn't great. It is also available in a more deluxe form in the collection The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store).

"Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944) stars Cary Grant in a classic dark comedy. Grant plays a newlywed who finds out that his aunts have made a habit of poisoning their elderly male boarders and burying them in the cellar. This has only been available in the past as a single DVD, and it is an older one at that - released in 2000 I believe.

"Father of the Bride" (1950) has Spencer Tracy as a man who begins to feel his age and his pocketbook when his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) gets married. It shows Tracy has a knack for comedy even if Katharine Hepburn is not involved.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward Maczko on January 16, 2011
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I ordered this dvd for the Arsenic and Old Lace and A Night At The Opera movies, which are unbelieveable to watch on a lcd large screen...happily surprised with the other two selections...well worth the price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lindah on June 14, 2011
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I love Arsenic and Old Lace! My daughters (16 years old & 22 years old) watched it with me and thoroughly enjoyed it. My youngest thought Cary Grant was "hot". Father of the Bride is priceless and The Long Long Trailer is a hoot! I haven't watched "A Night at the Opera" yet. Great DVD! Good clean family fun. Arsenic and Old Lace is a rather dark and morbid for young children. You are dealing with murder (several of them). I would say no one younger than 12 years old just because of the dark humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chirs on January 13, 2011
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I have a small, but solid collection of older movies, and this nice collection really adds a lot to it. Each movie is different yet makes a good collection. I bought it originally for the Long, Long Trailer, . . hysterical, but am enjoying the others in the collection as well.
It's nice having four movies on just two DVD's .. takes up less storage space. You'll love this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chelsee43 on April 11, 2012
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These are classic movies that are a must to any comedy lover's collection! It was a great value and shipped very quickly.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Plain Servant on April 15, 2013
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I was really looking forward to these films. The Father of the Bride quit working on the wedding day. It looked like it was a sticking VCR that was video taped onto a DVD. All the movies had spots where they locked up for a few seconds, but we did not get to finish the above mentioned one at all. This was disappointing. They could have used better quality DVD's and it would have been a nice package.
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The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection make some terrific classic movies available for a more than reasonable price and this comedy entry can be yours for a little less than that even! It's a nice package with a sleeve containing the usual individual titles on the front and brief synopses on the back and a flip style case where the first disc is in a holder that flips over to reveal the second (instead of both discs being seated on the inside of the covers). The movies alone are more than worth the price but some extras (trailers, a cartoon, a short) are included.

I'm not a Marx Bros. fan so "A Night At The Opera" is my least fav of the 4 pictures, but it is still worth looking at for the history of the MBs, to wonder how anyone could think they were funny, and Harpo playing, you know, a beautiful tune on the harp. "Arsenic And Old Lace" is a typical screwball comedy and showcase for Cary Grant and, since you've had to see a high school theater cover it on stage at some time, good chance to see if your drama club was merely trying to copy the 1944 Hollywood version. "Father Of The Bride" is a fantastic domestic comedy based on the simple premise of a bride's family preparing for a wedding - deservedly included as a classic in this collection. Spencer Tracy is one of the VERY few actors/resses in history able to really excell in any type of role and this is proof in the comedy department (though there is considerable pathos in this story). Then there is "The Long Long Trailer" as a showcase for the talents of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz; this film is underrated and kind of steps up from the wedding theme of FOTB to a honeymoon motif.
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