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Warner Bros Announces First Quarter 90th Anniversary Releases: Best of Musicals and Best Picture DVD Box Sets

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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 (February 5).

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

1952

 

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 andAcademy 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.

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