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The Warner Brothers Romance Classics Collection: Palm Springs Weekend (1963) / Parrish (1961) / Rome Adventure (1962) / Susan Slade (1961) (2009)

Troy Donahue , Connie Stevens , Delmer Daves , Norman Taurog  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers, Suzanne Pleshette, Claudette Colbert
  • Directors: Delmer Daves, Norman Taurog
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Warner Brothers Romance Classics Collection: Palm Springs Weekend (1963) / Parrish (1961) / Rome Adventure (1962) / Susan Slade (1961)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Palm Springs Weekend, Parrish, Rome Adventure, Susan Slade
  • Theatrical trailers
  • All films include English mono track and English and French subtitles.  Rome Adventure also includes Portugese mono track and Portugese subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

Looking back on the films of the late '50s and early '60s, it’s clear that America had more than one Cold War going on. Besides its pervasive fear of the Soviet bloc, America was also nervously afraid of its own teenage offspring, who could apparently invade and take over a helpless resort community in 12 hours flat; cause spontaneous outbreaks of "roughhousing" and "rhythm dancing"; give local police chiefs fits of indigestion and high blood pressure; and very possibly cause mutually assured destruction between the generations. Of course, these rompy films, starring teen idols like Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Robert Conrad, and more, are about as chaste as The Trouble with Angels (also excellent). And that’s part of the fun in this four-film set. Teenagers are set to run wild in locals like Palm Springs (pre-resort), Rome, even the Dogpatch-like "Tobacco Valley," with mostly wholesome results, though a few cautionary tales are thrown in for good measure. Palm Springs Weekend (1963) features a gang of young people descending on desert-y, and deserted Palm Springs for Easter break--and the flirting is out of control. Donahue, Stevens, Conrad, Jerry Van Dyke, and a very young Stefanie Powers run around, tease each other, eat hot dogs, do cannonballs into the pool, and pine for each other. The one rule of the motel: "No cross-pollination!" Rome Adventure (1962) stars a dewy Suzanne Pleshette off to the Eternal City for adventure and amore. Her possibilities include Donahue and Rossano Brazzi--but what really wins her, and viewers’ heart is the city of Rome itself. The film was shot on location and is a riveting reminder of the days when studios shot cities and monuments in real time, and didn’t rely on sets or CGI.

Parrish (1961) stars Donahue and Stevens, as well as veterans Claudette Colbert and Karl Malden. Stevens is sultry in her best Daisy Mae outfit, and the story about generations in conflict adds some depth to the "young people on the prowl" premise. Susan Slade (1961) is the teen-film equivalent of using the nuclear option. It recounts the story of a "sweet and innocent" girl (Stevens) and the boy-men, including Donahue. who love her. But Susan strays too far down the flirtatious path, and risks a bad reputation--and worse. And because someone didn’t listen to his or her parents, there is one punishment by death. But the film’s strong acting, sweeping scenery, and good soapy fun are completely compelling. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

Includes the titles: Palm Springs Weekend; Parrish; Rome Adventure; and Susan Slade.

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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horray for Warner Brothers! October 24, 2008
FINALLY! I thought I was going to pass out when I rec'd an e-mail notification that almost all my favorite films from the 60's were finally coming to DVD, especially since Susan Slade never saw the 'light of day' on VHS. I own the other 3 titles on VHS and have watched them hundreds of times, with great pleasure for an uncomplicated time in our lives. These movies were always shown on Saturday nights when I was a pre-teen. I was shocked each and every time I watched "Susan Slade", that this unmarried girl had a baby!!! Boy, oh boy have times own twenty something children would laugh at me now for my innocent views- But my enjoyment over bounds with each viewing, so this 4 movie set is like getting a birthday and Christmas gift all rolled into one! Now....if only we could get `A Rage to Live', `Youngblood Hawke', `Summer Love', 'Claudelle Inglish','The Chapman Report' and `My Blood Runs Cold' on DVD my life would be complete! (no, not really but it sounds good) - I am so proud of Warner Brothers for taking a leap of faith that there is still an audience for these fun and classic 60's films! Bravo, Warner did good!
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Classics video quality review January 27, 2009
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I received the Romance Classics set today and here are my impressions of the video quality. First of all, fear not. All the films are 16x9 widescreen and anamorphic video(enhanced for widescreen TVs). Parrish, Susan Slade, and Rome Adventure are all dual-layer DVDs, with the shorter Palm Springs Weekend being a single layer disc. I would rate them in order of video quality as:
1. Susan Slade
2. Palm Springs Weekend
3. Rome Adventure
4. Parrish
Susan Slade was never on VHS or laserdisc and appears to be a new, modern transfer. It is very sharp and clean with great colors. Palm Springs Weekend was on VHS and laserdisc and is clean with nice color, but somewhat softer than Susan Slade. Rome Adventure and Parrish (my favorite film of the four) appear to me to be from the old mid-1990s masters for VHS and laserdisc. While they look good, they have a slight layer of video grain and some softness. The skintones on Rome Adventure are a bit reddish for my tastes but not too bad. The sound on all the films is mono and okay.
I wish all the films had been remastered up to the quality of Susan Slade, but it is great to have them on DVD and for a great price.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time December 30, 2008
Before Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, there was Troy Donahue.

At long last, Mr. Donahue's career and legacy are being honored in what I consider some of his most famous films--Parrish, Susan Slade, Rome Adventure, and Palm Springs Weekend. (Somehwere in between, he also appeared in My Blood Runs Cold and A Distant Trumpet).

A bit of Trivia---Carroll O'Connor has a bit part (and I mean 'bit' part) in Parrish; Palm Springs Weekend was written by Earl Hamner, Jr., who, as you all know, went on to development a little gem called 'The Waltons'.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Troy Donohue January 31, 2009
Any time I see the name Troy Donohue, my mind automatically goes back to the time I was growing up in the late 1950s and early '60s, a great time with wonderful memories.
I saw "Palm Springs Weekend" at the RKO Albee a beautiful golden-age theater in downtown Brooklyn, New York. The film holds many pleasant memories and is an all-around enjoyable experience. I even own the soundtrack album with Troy singing "Live Young." About ten years ago, I sent Troy some lobby cards, from some of his films, to his home in California. I got them back signed in less than a week.
I can't wait to get this set. Now if only we could get Warner Bros. to release some of their classic series from the late '50s/early '60s, including the ones Donohue starred in: "Hawaiian Eye" and, especially, "SurfSide 6," one of my all-time favorites. I also wouldn't mind seeing them release Troy's large-scale western "A Distant Trumpet," as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny January 30, 2009
Today I received the box set of Romance Classic Collection(Parrish/Susan Slade/Rome Adventure /Palm Springs Weekend). When the movies were first released in the theaters I was between 13 and 16 years old and madly in love with Troy Donahue. I had his pictures plastered all over my bedroom walls. At the time I didn't know there other actors in the movies! I was too busy looking at Troy. The movies are beautifully done. Old fashioned love stories with beautiful music and scenery. Except for Palm Springs Weekend which is a light weight comedy. (Jerry Van Dyke stole the movie)Troy even sings the title song!Not a great singer, but who cares, he's Troy Donahue.
I highly recommend these movies as well as A Summer Place to anyone who loves loves stories the way they are meant to be. After seeing these movies I'm a teenager again madly in love with Troy Donahue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome Adventure finally out on DVD!!!! January 30, 2009
My review goes for ROME ADVENTURE alone, I love this movie, and was able to treat myself with a copy, in Brazil, ROME ADVENTURE is presently being sold separately (not a boxed set).

The movie is fantastic, having enduring more than 4 decades, what proves its qualities, the picture quality is ok, however, the sound is not good, as a matter of fact, it's awful, since it only has the original mono track. We've waited for so long for this to come out on DVD that I think we, fans, deserved better treatment. It could contain the original mono audio track, for purists, but why not include some remastered DD 5.1 or even DTS to enhance the magnificent score by Max Steiner's? Wonder how great it would be to hear AL DI LA, sung by Emilio Pericolli, in glorious DTS 5.1? Maybe in a near-future Special Edition, with 2 discs, containing all the extras that this edition lacks, with remastered audio and video quality. Perhaps even better, why not release this title in glorious Blu Ray, with uncompressed audio? This is the kind of picture that will look simply stunning in HD, with a compatible excellent audio score, I just look forward to adding this title on BD to my collection. Anyway, meanwhile, let's give some money to the studios, they may be needing it after all, because tey will surely release a better edition some time in the future, making us double dip once more. But I strongly reccomend this title while we are deprived to see a film like this in all its glory, this copy should do well enough, after all, as I said, the video quality is not that bad, of course it's no HD, but as fas as the sound concerns, they surely could have made an extensively better job than this. Enjoy Rome Adventure, the most cheap quick trip to Italy for sure! Great film, indeed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Troy Donahue Fest
If you like Troy Donahue, you will love these movies.
Published 7 days ago by Dori
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Collection, EVER!
In looking for one, I found all four. I have loved all of these movies for years and to have them in a single collection was beyond my dreams. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Betty Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Troy Donahue rules! Connie Stevens, too! I loved the entire set!
I bought this for Susan Slade, one of my favorite films, but having Parrish, Roman Adventure and Palm Springs Weekend was a bonus. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Danarose Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warner Brothers Romance Classics Collection: Palm Springs...
I saw all 4 of these movies with my Mom when I was just a kid. My Mom was a big fan of Troy Donahue & I became one, too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbie Doll
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movies
I was delighted to find most of the movies in this pack were my favorites, it is money well spent and a sheer delight to have all of them on one cd.
Published 1 month ago by Nandini Ratnam
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance collection dvd
this takes me back to my childhood and watching with my mom. great condition thanks for selling quality videos for my viewing
Published 4 months ago by Dotty M. Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, the perfect gift!
These are all my mother's favorite films and I had been hoping to get them as a set one day. The shipping was fast and the quality of the films on DVD are amazing considering they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Claudine Sanmiguel
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Saw these movies when I was a teenager and wanted to see them again. Very happy with this purchase. *****
Published 5 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Troy Donahue Fans Would Love This Collection
Loved to watch these movies when I was young! And who didn't love the handsome and debonair Troy Donahue? I was so happy to find this Romance Classics Collection.
Published 5 months ago by Happy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome is beautiful
Beautiful love story from two older actors. Scenery is great and the story behind the movie is extremely nice. What else can I say
Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline Addison
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