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The Brothers Warner (2010)

Jack Warner , Sam Warner , Cass Warner Sperling  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jack Warner, Sam Warner, Albert Warner, Harry Warner
  • Directors: Cass Warner Sperling
  • Writers: Cass Warner Sperling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y58G7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brothers Warner" on IMDb

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Of the major studios, one was family. Harry, Albert, Sam, Jack - the Warner brothers - turned a storefront that used a sheet for a screen into a dream factory rooted in the credo of educate, entertain and enlighten. In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker (and Harry's granddaughter) Cass Warner Sperling tells a story of sibling rivalry, social conscience and the silver screen. It's a story of pioneering (risking all for Talkies) and politics (standing alone in Hollywood against the Nazis), of reels (The Public Enemy, Casablanca and more) and rifts (including a shocking family betrayal). It's a story told from the inside (via rare family archives) by those who lived it (among them such stars as Dennis Hopper, Debbie Reynolds, Tab Hunter and more) and from the outside by film historians. The people, the pictures, the tales untold on camera until now - The Brothers Warner educates, enlightens, entertains, reveals.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Cass Warner, producer of this film, is actually the granddaughter of Harry Warner, one of the four original Warner Brothers. This DVD is not a retread of "You Must Remember This", the documentary which focused on the studio. This is the story of the four Warner Brothers themselves, starting back in the 19th century and their ventures into the entertainment industry that predate the forming of Warner Brothers the company by twenty years. It goes forward past the time that they exited the running of Warner Brothers the company and talks about the lives of the brothers themselves. Although Ms. Warner is a descendent, she doesn't get overly sentimental about her subject nor does she try to smooth over the real problems that the brothers had in their own private lives and with each other. The book by the same name has much more detail, of course, but this is still a very fascinating documentary for those interested in film history.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK AND NOW A DVD IS AVAILABLE TOO! April 18, 2010
Recently (on ebay) I was very fortunate to win a 1994 copy of CASS WARNER's beautifully written story of her family's Motion Picture and Television empire.

Jack Warner's "betrayal", as chronicled in the later Chapters was a real eye-opener for an interested reader not aware of all this previously "unaired" background history.

Being at the final couple chapters this afternoon, I was curious to check the IMDB Site to learn about the current story of the lady and the background of other original contributors to the book.

Having just learnt then, that a wonderful (Award winning) program had been recently made was an extra bonus. The DVD has now been ordered and is awaited with eager interest.

That such books and programs are still being produced is so special in that younger readers and filmgoers - as well as those of us born in earlier times - can learn even more about the basic background of what was entailed, and went on "behind doors" in the corridors and offices during the Studio System era.

Now in its Seventh printing, Cass's Book should be bought and read by everyone interested in "The Movies".

I have not read Jack Warner's Autobiography - and it seems that he overlooked many pertinent facts that were probably too sensitive to himself to admit to, but several other books on the Warner Studio are a wonderful read including:

INSIDE WARNER BRS. 1935 - 1951 by RUDY BEHLMER (1985) and

WARNER BROS. PRESENTS by TED SENNETT (1971), and especially:

THOSE CRAZY WONDERFUL YEARS WHEN WE RAN WARNER BROS. (1983) by STUART JEROME, who, in 1938, initially secured a position as a young man in the Warner Bros. Mail Room. A truly interesting "first hand" account of life on the Warner Lot.

Do try to obtain and read all these fine books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Hollywood documentary! January 13, 2011
By Hakim
I can't say enough about this wonderful film by Cass Warner, and ironically I can't add much to what has already been said: fascinating, illuminating, entertaining - especially to those of us who worked there at any time in the studio's history. A must-see!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary May 11, 2010
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This documentary, made by the grand-daughter of Harry Warner, one of the Warner Bros., is thorough in the telling of the history, the development and both the public and private, non-business side of the family history. It wastes no time, yet gives more than enough information. A wonderful documentary, with no re-enactments. This is a good one. The story of this pivotal Studio in the development of Hollywood is beautifully told. Worth every cent, and more! -James Bryant Wiser
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Warner December 6, 2010
By Rudy G
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I Really enjoyed the information on how the Warner Bothers Studios came to be and how its operated. It is interesting how companies come together and where they are today. This DVD explained the realationships and strenghts each bother brought to the table. I would definitely recommend you watch this DVD, if you like history and it's making.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video on the founders of a dreamland March 3, 2012
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This is another very intersting video, for people interested in the history of the people that were responsible for our dreams, and the way we thought life would be like, when we were very young. It is amazing that people with little education shaped so well the minds of young people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Video January 7, 2014
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An interesting video to watch...very enjoyable way of learning more about that era of Hollywood...
recommended viewing for all Hollywood fans of the origins of cinema...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family ties December 30, 2013
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Boy, does this movie give an insight to the Warner brothers, and how blood does not always matter in business dealings. Glad I'm not in the Warner family!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great documentary.
Published 20 days ago by Mrs Teresa A Hearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
This gives a nice family history of the brothers Warner who were pioneers of the movie business and truly talented guys who built and empire and helped create the modern movie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Warner Brothers, with a focus on the family - done in an...
This is a fascinating documentary about the 4 Warner Brothers who created their eponymous studio, by the granddaughter of Harry Warner, Cass Warner Sperling. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher Schwinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary, A Repeated Technical Flaw
I very much enjoyed this documentary. It is well worth the time and the price, especially now that it is on sale at Amazon. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gregorian Chanter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD !!!
I am so glad that I purchased this DVD! It is full of fun and interesting tidbits about the brother's Warner and the history of films in general!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by BlueSkyGal
4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Warner
Interesting documentary which shows how Jack Warner gradually took over from his brothers. Woluld have liked even more about the Warner stars such as Bogart & Davis
Published 19 months ago by Rod Gaskell
3.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers Warner
I have always enjoyed going to the movies. In recent years my interest in learning more about movie making, knowing about the directors, and the history of the studios. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richard F. Romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted
My daughter and I are interested in the movie industry and loved watching the history of Warner Brothers and their movies.
Published on April 6, 2012 by Charity Rose
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