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Best Picture Oscar Coll

Clark Gable , Vivien Leigh , Clint Eastwood , Bruce Beresford    G (General Audience)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Économique et plusieurs sont en francais Aug. 14 2008
Chacun des 18 films de cette collection a gagné l'Oscar du meilleur film de son année respectif. 15 des 18 films de cette collection contiennent une trame sonore en francais. Les 18 films ainsi que leurs caractéristiques et gains aux Academy Awards sont:

Amadeus (1984) 8 Oscars. Panoramique. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 2 DVD

An American in Paris (1951) 6 Oscars. Plein Écran. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais. 1 DVD

Around the World in 80 Days (1956) 5 Oscars. Panoramique. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 2 DVD

Ben-Hur (1959) 11 Oscars. Panoramique. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol, Portuguais. 1 DVD

The Broadway Melody (1929) 1 Oscar. Plein Écran. Langue: Anglais seulement. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 1 DVD

Casablanca (1942) 3 Oscars, Plein Écran. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 2 DVD

Chariots of Fire (1981) 4 Oscars. Panoramique. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 2 DVD

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 4 Oscars. Panoramique. Langues: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais, Espagnol. Édition Spéciale 1 DVD

Gigi (1958) 9 Oscars. Panoramique et Plein Écran. Langues: Francais, Anglais. Sous-titres: Francais, Anglais. 1 DVD

Gone With The Wind (1939) 10 Oscars. Plein Écran. Langues: Francais, Anglais.
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91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT buy but......BEWARE: Feb. 15 2005
By Charles Wild - Published on Amazon.com
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This is of course, great , but beware that some of the DVD's come "unwrapped" or "unsealed". How do we know they are new?? MY Fair Lady, Gone With the Wind, Chariots of Fire, Unforgiven, Around the World, and Amadeus all came this way. This could be inconvenient if you owned them previously, and were planning on giving them as gift or selling them. They will appear used. Just an FYI -
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an amazing deal - even if you own a few Feb. 13 2005
By The Rocketman - Published on Amazon.com
There's not much to say about the reputation of these movies. There's also little to say about these DVDs, many of which are the high quality special edition collections.

Just do the math. This is no brainer for people who don't own any of these DVDs. Even if you only want 8 of them (less than half!), that's about $20.00 a movie (at Amazon's present sales price) and since many of these movies are special editions, that's still a steal!

This is a solid place to start your DVD collection. Not everyone will enjoy all these movies (after all, they range from westerns to romantic pieces to musicals), but at this price even giving half of them away still allows you a tremendous savings.

One note: the version of Amadeus here is the reissue and the longer, director's cut of the movie that was not originally released. Some (including myself) prefer the tighter original release (which can still be gotten at Amazon but sadly has no commentary and requires you to flip the disc in the middle of the movie!).
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good deal but not in collectible condition June 11 2005
By Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a bunch of oscar winning movies from warner brothers with a great discount. but collectors beware of this set :

1. First of all, most of the items are not sealed. many of them looks like new, but some are not brand new, at least look like used!

2. I talked with 3 persons who purchased this item. all of them had complains about ruptures at the edge of some boxes which had caused with a blade or a sharp instrument.

3. there is not a huge outer box. only a wrap around all items.

after those negative points, lets say that, all of the DVDs are the best releases of each item. my word is, it's a good deal but don't expect to receive all of them in collectible condition! I don't want to blame warner but it seems that some of these DVDs are clean returned to market items!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to start your collection of Best Pictures Feb. 2 2007
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the set of 18 Best Picture winners on DVD that Warner Home Video controlled the rights to as of Feb. 2005, and spans the time period 1929-1992. Some of them hold up over time, and others were given the award because of technical achievements that no longer seem important. I'll go through each one and give my opinion:

Broadway Melody of 1929 - This was the first "talkie" to win the award. The screenplay is a mediocre love story, but the song and dance numbers are good. There's even a musical number in Technicolor - "Wedding of the Painted Doll".

Grand Hotel - Won in 1932 and contained a great ensemble cast about the personal lives of guests in a fancy Berlin hotel. This is a great one that still is worthy viewing today.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Probably the best of all the pictures about the famous mutiny. Still good viewing today. An odd aside - all of the nominees for best actor that did not win were from this film - Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, and Charles Laughton.

The Great Ziegfield (1936) - After the Hays code was fully in effect, the personal aspects of Ziegfield's life had to be modified for the screen. Still, a great movie with a great performance by William Powell as the famous showman.

The Life of Emile Zola (1937) - One of those period pieces that just didn't grab me. It is a very skillfully done film, very artistic, and Paul Muni gives a tremendous performance in the title role. It's hard to believe the articulate and gentile Emile Zola is being portrayed by the same actor who was equally convincing in "Scarface".

Gone with the Wind (1939) - This movie charts the life of a Southern belle who always wanted what she didn't have and took for granted what she did have as she lives through the Civil War and reconstruction. It is the most popular film of all time and probably the biggest money-maker if you factor in inflation. It was shown in movie theatres until it made its TV debut in 1976.

Mrs. Miniver (1942) - This is a good film, and it has great acting, but it is one of those films that probably won because of the times. It depicts how the British coped while under seige during World War II as experienced by one British family headed by Mrs. Miniver.

Casablanca (1943) - This one probably won because of the wartime theme, but it is a great piece of moviemaking that just gets better with time. The chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart just oozes off the screen. It's more what's not said than what is in this film. The fact that Bogart didn't win best actor was one of the great injustices of all time.

An American in Paris (1951) - Of course the point of this film not the plot, it is Gene Kelly's dancing, which is fabulous as always. It inspired the quickly thrown together and even more popular "Singin In the Rain".

Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - A fun adventure, David Niven is great, and how they got all of those stars to play bit parts I'll never know. However, it really doesn't hold up as a great movie 50 years after the fact.

Gigi (1958) - The academy award winner in the year of my birth just does not inspire today. There are a couple of good songs, but not many. Plus the screenplay is antiquated and outright campy by today's standards.

Ben-Hur (1959) - One of those great Bible-era epics of the 50's. Even though it is a story on a large scale, it is all of the small scale stories going on that make it great - revenge, love, loyalty, loss.

My Fair Lady (1964) - One of the great musicals starring Rex Harrison in one of his greatest and most amusing roles. Nobody did stuffy British low-key comedy like Rex. He was robbed when it came to best actor, but fortunately the Academy rectified the situation a few years later.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Jack Nicholson is a rebel confined to a mental institution. When he doesn't conform, the evil nurse Ratchett has him lobotimized. A great film that will stir emotions even today.

Chariots of Fire (1981) - I personally love this film about the 1924 Olympic games and the conflict between God, country, and conscience seen through the eyes of two men - one a Christian who wants to be a missionary, the other Jewish who wants to be an insider in British society. It's a love it or hate it kind of film - either you find the internal struggles of these men compelling, or you'll find it torture to sit through.

Amadeus (1984) - Another of the modern era Oscars where you either love the message and love the film, or it puts you to sleep. I really loved this one too, partly because Mozart has always interested me, and partly because Salieri was such a ridiculous creature thinking he could best God by destroying Mozart. Didn't he ever realize that the fact that he recognized Mozart's talent before everyone else did was a talent in itself? If you can't build Microsoft yourself, then the next best thing was to have bought stock in it in 1975.

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) - The story of a wealthy elderly woman and her driver from 1948 up to the mid-70's. In spite of the difference in their races and the place - Georgia - they have much in common and slowly become friends. She is Jewish and he is Black in a time and place that wasn't ordinarily welcoming to either group of people. This is a sentimental favorite of mine, plus there's some good comic one-liners in it too.

Unforgiven (1992) - A different kind of Western in which Clint Eastwood wins his first award for Best Director. Eastwood is out to avenge the scarring of a prostitute in return for money when the justice the sheriff metes out on the offending cowboy is just not satisfactory to the prostitute or her friends. Eastwood plays an ex-criminal widower trying to make a go of farming when this assignment lands in his lap. In the end, he doesn't have a hard time finding his "inner killer". A really great film. Who'd have thought in 1965 that Ramrod Rowdy Yates had it in him?

This package is a good value at eleven dollars per Oscar winner, especially when you consider one of those Oscar winners is Gone with the Wind. Plus it has a good sampling of Oscar winners from all genres up to 1992. Depending on how you feel about the more modern Oscar winners (post 1965) that are usually slower, more thoughtful films, you may or may not feel the same. To me the only real dud is Gigi.

Also note that if you buy this set, "Studio Classics Best Picture Collection", and the new "Best Picture Collection", you'll have 29 of the soon to be 79 best picture winners. Not a bad start on your collection.

My only real complaints are that there have been four changes that should be incorporated into the pack to really make it complete as of Spring 2007 based on what is available, although it might require a price increase.
1. Ben-Hur is now available in a 4 disc special edition that includes the silent version of the film.
2. Cimarron, Best Picture 1930-1931, was released on DVD in 2006 by Warner Home Video and should be included.
3. After this pack was released "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Departed" won Best Picture for 2004 and 2006, respectively. These films are not included.
I'm really just pointing out minor flaws because, compared to all of the other studios, Warners has done the best job of putting all of the Best Picture winners they control into one attractively priced package.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a great deal; looks like they fixed the problems,,, May 27 2005
By Battle Beast - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this set when the price was $140. However, I did not get Casablanca or Cuckoo's net SE's, but after I contacted AMAZON twice and waited for a while, they corrected the problem to my full satisfaction! I have never been happier with their service!

But, this is a great set because it has 18 of the best picture winners.

It has some of the best ones, and all the discs are the top of the line editions! way to go!!!

Now, if they could opnly get the last three best picture winners on DVD, I'd have them all!
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