BEST OF WARNER BROS. 20 FILM COLLECTIONS: MUSICALS Set for Release Today

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Warner Home Video will release two new DVD box sets early in the first quarter as part of their 90th Anniversary initiative running throughout 2013: The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Best Pictures (January 29) and The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Musicals (today, February 12).

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers -- Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack -- incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever.

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections will be released throughout the year in five separate sets. Each features a gem-packed collection of 20 essential movie classics in five major genres: Best Pictures (January), Musicals (February), Romance (April), Comedy (July) and Thrillers (September). A booklet will be included in each Collection which contains photos and synopses of all the films in the set. Each set will sell for $98.92 SRP.

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures Warner Bros.' library, the world's largest, contains more Best Picture Oscar winners than any other studio with 22 wins (all 22 award-winning films are included in The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection streeting the same day). The films in The Best of Warner Bros. Best Pictures will be divided into three chapters on 23 discs: A New Era (1929-1949); The Golden Years (1946-1959); and The New Classics (1975-2006).

Included are:

Broadway Melody of 1929 1929
Grand Hotel 1932
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) 1935
The Life of Emile Zola 1937
Gone With The Wind 1939
Mrs. Miniver 1942
Casablanca 1942
Best Years of Our Lives 1946
An American in Paris 1951
Around the World in 80 Days 1956
Gigi 1958
Ben-Hur 1959
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975
Chariots of Fire 1981
Amadeus 1984
Driving Miss Daisy 1989
Unforgiven 1992
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003
Million Dollar Baby 2005
The Departed 2006

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals The films in The Best of Warner Bros. Musicals won a combined total of 29 Oscars, including three Best Picture Winners and 9 winners for Music (Score and Song). The collection will be divided into three chapters on 21 discs: You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1927-1951); The Music Makers (1951-1964); and Now, That's Entertainment (1967-1988).

Films included are:

The Jazz Singer

1927

Award for Special Award to Warner Bros.

Broadway Melody of 1929

1929

Award for: Outstanding Picture

42nd Street

1933

The Great Ziegfeld

1936

Awards for: Actress; Dance Direction; and Outstanding Production.

Wizard of Oz

1939

Awards for: Music; and, Music - Song

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942

Awards for: Actor; Music; and, Sound Recording.

An American in Paris

1951

Awards for: Art Direction; Cinematography; Costume Design; Music; Best Motion Picture; and Writing.

Show Boat

1951

Singin' in the Rain

9152

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1954

Awards for: Music - Scoring of a Musical Picture.

A Star Is Born

1954

The Music Man

1962

Award for: Music

Viva Las Vegas

1964

Camelot

1967

Awards for: Art Direction; Costume Design; and, Music.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

1971

Cabaret

1972

Awards for: Actor in a Supporting Role; Actress; Art Direction; Cinematography; Directing; Film Editing; Music; and Sound

That's Entertainment

1974

Victor, Victoria

1983

Award for: Music.

Little Shop of Horrors

1986

Hairspray

1988

The year-long celebration will also include several stand-alone releases of new-to-format classics on Blu-ray for the first time, including The Jazz Singer, all three James Dean films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant), Cabaret and Academy Award Best Picture Winners Grand Hotel (1932), Mrs. Miniver (1943), and Driving Miss Daisy(1990).

Fans are encouraged to visit www.bestofwb.com for all content and a richer integrated experience.

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures
Street Date: 1/29/13
Pricing: $98.92 SRP

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals
Street Date: 2/12/13
Pricing: $98.92 SRP

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

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