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James Cagney - The Signature Collection (The Bride Came C.O.D. / Captains of the Clouds / The Fighting 69th / Torrid Zone / The West Point Story)

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James Cagney: Signature Collection (DVD)

Warner Home Video will honor one of America's greatest motion picture stars with the release of James Cagney: The Signature Collection. The Oscar® winning screen icon comes to life in this collection that includes five new-to-DVD films - The Bride Came C.O.D., Captain of the Clouds, The Fighting 69th, Torrid Zone and The West Point Story. Cagney's versatile talent is on display opposite a star-studded array of screen favorites including Bette Davis, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Virginia Mayo, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien. Special features on each title in the Collection include the entertaining "Warner Night at the Movies" short subject galleries with vintage newsreels, vault treasures and classic cartoons.

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Spanning a lively decade in the career of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, The James Cagney Signature Collection highlights Cagney's versatility beyond the gangster roles he was best known for. You won't find any of Jimmy's hard-boiled classics in this five-disc set, but you'll find plenty to enjoy, with each film given the care and respect we've come to expect from Warner Bros.' archival DVD releases. From the World War I heroism of The Fighting 69th to the musical extravaganza The West Point Story, these five films represent fully one-third of Cagney's movie output from 1940 to 1950, and they're all above-average showcases for Cagney's enduring appeal. For sheer entertainment value, the best of the bunch is 1940's Torrid Zone, a still-delightful comedy teaming Jimmy with his best pal Pat O'Brien and Hollywood's "Oomph Girl," Ann Sheridan, in a savvy send-up of tropical adventure. Cagney loved working with O'Brien (who also costars in The Fighting 69th), and this collection also highlights Cagney's generous penchant for surrounding himself with some of Hollywood's best-loved character actors, like George Tobias, Alan Hale (Sr. and Jr.), George Brent, and others. And while 1941's The Bride Came C.O.D. teamed Cagney and Bette Davis for the second and final time (resulting in a breezy comedy that shows both stars at their most endearing), 1942's Captains of the Clouds is a standard-yet-sturdy example of Hollywood's wartime patriotism, with Cagney (in his first Technicolor feature) as a seasoned pilot recruited into the Royal Canadian Air Force. The latest film in this batch, 1950's The West Point Story, was conspicuously promoted to capitalize on Cagney's Oscar-winning role in 1942's Yankee Doodle Dandy, and while it's the most dated movie in this set, it's still got plenty to offer in terms of Cagney's unique style of showmanship.

As with previous Signature Collections, Warner Bros. has done a spectacular job of bringing these films to DVD. Picture and sound quality are uniformly superb throughout, and each film is accompanied by a variety of "Night at the Movies" short subjects, specifically organized to approximate the experience of seeing these films in their original theatrical context. Vintage newsreels, Warner Bros. cartoons (both "Looney Tunes" and/or "Merrie Melodies"), documentary shorts, and movie trailers are all included here, some seen for the first time in decades and chronologically corresponding to the feature presentation. No other studio cares for its library as passionately as Warner Bros., and The James Cagney Signature Collection is further proof that there's a wide and appreciative audience for DVD sets that showcase great stars while honoring Hollywood's history and the nostalgic pleasure of "a night at the movies." --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • Includes:
  • The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1941: Vintage newsreel, musical shorts "Carnival of Rhythm" and the Oscar-nominated "Forty Boys and a Song," classic cartoons "Porky's Pooch" and the Oscar-nominated "Rhapsody in Rivets"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • B&W, 1.33, English subtitles
  • Captains of the Clouds (1942)
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1942: Vintage newsreel, sports short "Rocky Mountain Big Game," classic cartoons "Fresh Hare" and "What's Cookin', Doc?"
  • The Fighting 69th (1940)
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1940: Vintage newsreel, patriotic shorts "Young America Flies" and the Oscar-nominated "London Can Take It!", classic cartoons "The Fighting 69-1/2th" and "Pilgrim Porky"
  • Audio-only bonus: radio adaptation with Pat O'Brien, Robert Preston, and Ralph Bellamy
  • Torrid Zone (1940)
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1940: Vintage newsreel, musical short "Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra," historical short "Pony Express Days," classic Oscar-nominated cartoon "A Wild Hare"
  • The West Point Story (1950)
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1950: Vintage newsreel, Oscar-winning Sports Parade short "Granddad of Races," classic cartoon "His Bitter Half"

Product Details

  • Actors: James Cagney, Jimmy Cagney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 489 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTEFV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By D. James on February 12, 2007
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After the successful release of the Warner Bros Gangster Collection and then the Tough Guys Collection we now have a collection of 'just Cagney' films on their way. A brief description of each film:

Torrid Zone -

Banana Company executive Steve Case on a Caribean plantation group tries to convince his former co-worker Nick Butler to take over the plantation No 7. But he is on his way to Chicago, to take over a job as a manager for another company himself. He has also troubles with US night-club singer Lee Donley, whom he wants aboard a ship back to the US, and rebel Rosario. He is able to get Nick to the plantation, but is he able to keep him there or will he leave it in a few days with Gloria, the wife of the former exectutive of No 7, Mr. Anderson ?

The Fighting 69th -

"The Fighting 69th" is a First World War regiment of mostly New York-Irish soldiers. Amongst a cocky crew, perhaps the cockiest is Jerry Plunkett, a scrappy fellow who looks out only for himself. The officers and non-coms of the regiment do their best to instill discipline in Plunkett, and the chaplain, Father Duffy, tries to make Plunkett see the greater good, all to no avail. Behind the lines or in the trenches, Plunkett acts selfishly and cowardly, eventually costing the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. A final act of cowardice leads to terrible consequences, but Plunkett sees in them a chance to redeem himself...if only he can.

The West Point Story -

Broadway director Bix Bixby, down on his luck (thanks to gambling), is reluctantly persuaded to go to West Point military academy (with Eve, his gorgeous assistant and on-and-off love) to help the students put on a show.
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I'm a serious collector of movies. Not only does this collection contain movies not available before on DVD, it also contains many cartoons and short subjects which were not previously available on DVD. I highly recommend this collection.
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I'm happy enough with this collection, but this is not the top tier of Cagney films. The best of the bunch is "The Fighting 69th" and "Torrid Zone", which just happens to feature the on-screen rapport of Cagney and Pat O'Brien. "Captains of the Clouds" is a good enough if uneven film with a very good performance by Cagney taking his tough-guy persona into war. "The Bride Came C.O.D." and "West Point Story" would be pretty forgettable story-wise if it were not for Cagney's performances. "West Point Story" is actually a musical. With the exception of "West Point Story", these films were all made around 1940, which doesn't give you as good a view of Cagney's evolution as an actor as this set could have if the selection had come from the full twenty year plus period that Cagney was making films now under the control of Warner Home Video.

The problem is, as others have mentioned, that many of Cagney's best known films controlled by Warner Brothers are already boxed up in The Warner Gangsters, Warner Legends, Tough Guys, and even the Busby Berkeley (Footlight Parade) and Henry Fonda Signature (Mr. Roberts) collections. However, there are many great Cagney titles that I'm pretty sure Warner Bros. still has the DVD rights to that we havent seen yet. Among the ones I'm looking for are Cagney's pre-codes including "Blonde Crazy", "Picture Snatcher", and "Taxi!". "Picture Snatcher" and "Taxi!" aren't even on VHS. From the 1950's Warner Bros. controls the rights to "Come Fill the Cup" and "These Wilder Years", neither of which are on VHS, but are great showcases of Cagney's talent in more mature roles. Warner Bros. also controls the already mentioned and essential "Oklahoma Kid" and "Strawberry Blonde".
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I ordered this collection for my Dad hoping it would get to him in time for Fathers' Day. I didn't really give myself enough time to be certain that it would arrive in time. To my surprise it arrived days before the event. My Dad loves the collection, the quality was excellent, there was so much variety of talent to enjoy. Every so often my Dad puts in a DVD to watch over again because James Cagney was so exceptional. He was a son & dance man, and a terrific actor, he was convincing in every role he played.

Gladys

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Tried 3 of the movies, and all 3 of them froze during play. They still didn't work after cleaning them, so I didn't even bother trying the others in the box set.

That said, Amazon folks were first rate in helping me out.
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James Cagney just might be the original "macho" man! He was short in stature but huge in personality and that certain something that made him stand out from the crowd. Modern day actors should study him and how he tackled a role because he was always the most entertaining as well as the sexiest man in a film. This box set includes some of his best work and at a bargain price I highly recommend it!
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This was ordered by mistake, but we watched it and found the films enjoyable. Having never seen a Cagney film, I was aware of him only as a punch line. The studio system of the era probably did not utilize his talents optimally, but he did some fine acting nonetheless. I will seek out some of his better known films and watch his Oscar winning performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
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