TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Best Picture Winners (Casablanca / Gigi / An American in Paris / Mrs. Miniver)
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CASABLANCA Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) “sticks his neck out for nobody.” Then she (Ingrid Bergman) walks back into his life…with her Resistance-leader husband. “Our candidate for the best Hollywood movie of all time” (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide), directed by Michael Curtiz. MRS. MINIVER One of Hollywood's most memorable spirit-lifters about an idealized England confronting the terror of World War II. Greer Garson (a formidable Oscar-winning title-role performance), Walter Pidgeon and Teresa Wright star; William Wyler directs. GIGI Thank heaven for the bubbly fun and glorious Lerner and Loewe music! Gigi (Leslie Caron) goes from girlishness to glamour and desires more than the lush life of suitor Louis Jourdan. With Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Gene Kelly plays an ex-GI who loves Paris and an alluring (but engaged) shop clerk (Leslie Caron in her beguiling screen debut). Dazzling dances and a stunning ballet finale are spun around songs and music by the Gershwins.]]>
Turner Classic Movies' Greatest Classic Films Collection: Best Picture Winners collects four movies on two double-sided discs, with top picture quality and the bonus features that appeared on disc 1 when three of those films were released on two-disc sets. Often cited as the best movie of all time, Casablanca (1942) pairs the tragic lovers Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on the eve of World War II, and the movie is accompanied by commentary tracks from Rogert Ebert and from historian Rudy Behlmer and an introduction by Lauren Bacall. Also taking place during the war is Mrs. Miniver (1942), starring Oscar winner Greer Garson as a woman on the British homefront. Bonus features are Garson at the Academy Awards, a photo gallery, and two shorts. Together on the second disc are two famous MGM musicals directed by Vincente Minnelli: Gigi (1958), starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold, and Louis Jordan, and An American in Paris (1951), starring Gene Kelly, Caron, Oscar Levant, and Georges Guetary in a Gershwin extravaganza. Bonus features for the movies include commentary tracks by historian Jeanine Basinger with contributions by Caron, and by host Patricia Ward intercut with vintage interviews of Kelly, Minnelli, and others, as well as two shorts and two cartoons. --David Horiuchi
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All of the movies have subtitles which is a blessing for those like me that have problems with understanding certain frequencies, especially the higher ones in women's voices. The subtitles make the movies thoroughly enjoyable, This collection is a best buy.
All of them also come with subtitles and extra features. There are four separate disks.
(This is not four movies crammed onto one disk.)
Sometimes too sentimentally English (as in the story line of the local flower show that was shamelessly stolen by the writers of Downtown Abbey decades later), Mrs. Miniver is an excellent representation of grace under fire. All the major cast members were nominated for the 1943 Oscars, with awards going to the film, Wyler, Garson, and Wright.
I never realized how much until the sixteen year old neighbor who takes care of my yard said he'd never heard of Dunkirk and it became obvious that he knew less about WWII than he did about the War Between The States. When I described the rescue of the British and French armies by the volunteer owners of England's small boats from the beach at Dunkirk, his mouth fell open. Then he said "Wow!"
While "Mrs Miniver" is a first rate war story , this beautiful and compelling film is notable for its absence of of gory battle scenes, "language", graphic sex or any other element that would be deemed "unsuitable for children".