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Frank Capra Collection (w/Scrapbook):(You Can't Take..,Mr. Smith Goes..,Deeds Goes..,It Happ..,Amrcn Madness) (Bilingual)

Gary Cooper , Jean Arthur , Allan Dwan , Frank Capra    DVD
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Six-disc set includes \"American Madness,\" \"It Happened One Night,\" \"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,\" \"You Can't Take It with You,\" and \"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.\"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classics March 11 2011
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Frank Capra was one of the first "star directors," artists whose personal style could bring an audience to a film, no matter who was starring in it. What does that mean? No one marketed "Casablanca" as a Michael Curtiz film, but everyone knew "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" was Frank Capra's film. That's the power of his art, and this collection shows why.
These are the films most people associate with Capra, the well-known Oscar nominees and winners from "It Happened One Night" through "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." But the most pleasant surprise was the often overlooked "American Madness," which clearly anticipated "It's a Wonderful Life" in many ways. This is a Sony/Columbia Pictures collection, so Capra's later classics aren't here. And it's a little disappointing that "Lost Horizon" isn't in this collection. But then, there's always one more film to include.
The films that are here are all worth watching. And the bonus disk's "Frank Capra's American Dream" gives a great background to Capra's career. A minor quibble is the slightly grainy quality of the transfers.
Still, it's a great collection for the money. And you probably won't find these films at the corner Video rental store, so this is the way to get them'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stewart's Best Jan. 10 2013
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Another actor that can carry his own in any gendre. Frank Capra does it again and again. Not enough Academy Awards given to him. His movies are always a hit. They sure could make family movies in his era. The scrapebook is beautiful with all the great photos and facts about him and "his" life with his movies. Great buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars muffet June 6 2012
By Muffet
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This combo pack of vintage movies is a winner! A couple of the movies are very difficult to find on their own. It's a perfect gift for someone who grew up in the 30's or 40's. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Even if you didn't grow up way back then, it's some of the best directing ever. A great deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nuff' Said July 24 2014
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Capra is hands down the top director of the 1930's.

Beautiful package and the 5 films speak for themselves.

A must have for anyone with any remote interest in filmmaking and storytelling.

We need more directors like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Idealism, History, And Movie Magic In An Incredible Classics Collection By Frank Capra Dec 10 2006
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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Let's be honest--what movie-loving individual would dare to rank this collection of Capra classics at less than 5 stars? It's inconceivable, especially with the noteworthy titles included in this handsome set. As an early Christmas present to myself, I had to pick up this collection--I've been good this year. I have, thus, been revisiting some of these all time greats. Capra was an idealist, to be sure, and such wide-eyed optimism as a world view might be foreign to modern day audiences--but there is no denying the universal appeal inherent in the films of Frank Capra. Long considered one our finest directors, Capra won three directing Oscars and all of those films are included here!

"It Happened One Night" is the quintessential screwball romantic comedy. In 1934, it captured all 4 major Oscars--Film, Actor, Actress, and Director--and in history, that has only been done by two other films ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Silence of the Lambs"). Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert shine in this great road-trip picture that seems remarkably progressive for its day. This formula is often copied, but rarely equaled--this is probably the least dated film in the set. "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," of course, is the classic tale of political endurance and ethics triumphing over corruption. Still a powerful indictment and rousing drama, this is Jimmy Stewart in his most iconic performance. "You Can't Take It With You" is another Best Picture and Director winner. Starring Stewart, again, and Jean Arthur--this is a funny, but slight tale of a family of eccentrics teaching valuable life lessons to an uptight financier. A great film for lovers of screwball wackiness, it might have lesser appeal to younger audiences as "quirky" is such an overdone modern movie device. "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" wraps up Capra's Best Director Oscars. This classic stars Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper--who as Mr. Deeds wants to give away his inheritance to aid the nation's poor. Idealistic and sweet, this shares a similar theme with the lesser know "American Madness" which is the fifth film in this box set. An unlikely hero, Walter Huston as a bank president, uses his bank to fight against the Depression. "Deeds" has the more enduring appeal, though, as this was a role that became closely identified with Cooper. (Please disregard Adam Sandler's nightmare of the same title--it's not even appropriate to link it as a remake.)

As if the films were not reward enough, this set also comes with the feature length documentary "Frank Capra's American Dream" hosted by Ron Howard. Engaging and informative, many major directors (including Altman, Scorcese, Stone, etc.) weigh in with the impact Capra's work has had on them. And if you want more, there's a 96 page movie scrapbook as well.

Easily one of the greatest values for its price, I definitely recommend this set. It is essential viewing for anyone who loves film! The movies themselves will entertain and you'll learn a little bit about film history, too. KGHarris, 12/06.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is "WOW! May 31 2007
By M. A Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a happy day for me when I learned that this collection was being isssued and when it arrived from Amazon my first act was to cancel all my appointments, take the phone off the hook and settle down with a bowl ofpopcorn and discover just what made Frank Capra one of the leading directors of his day and indeed for all time. I was not disappointed. Along with favorites like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "You Can't Take it with You" were "It Happened One Night" (which I had not seen in years and did not recall how good it was) and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." Also included in this set is a fabulous collection of films documenting just how Frank Capra was able to produce his fabulous collection of films. It is rare that great classics of American cinema get the attention and treatment that they deserve, but this is one of those rare instances of the material being treated in the appropriate manner.

It really would be silly for me to try to capture the magic and craftsmanship that went into making these fabulous films. Capra had a particular talent for being to tap into the fundamental aspects of what it meant to be an American in the 1930s and 1940s and this talent is on full display in this collection. They contain some marvelous performances, particularly by Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Claudette Caulbert and in particular Jean Arthur. While Capra's autobiography does contain it share of myths, the chapters that detail the efforts it took to get these performances down on film is probably worth consulting for the insights it provides.

If I were to fault it for one or two things it would be the omission of two classics in the Capra canon. These are "Meet John Doe" which really is crying out for a restoration and a proper release on DVD and "It's a Wonderful Life." These movies are probably excellent examples of Capra's creativity, but as this fine collection proves, they are by no means the only ones.

I hope that other directors are in line for similar treatments in the future. However it is doubtful if future efforts will surpass this one for its overall excellence.
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE FILMS from the one of the GREATEST AMERICAN DIRECTORS!!! Oct. 30 2006
By Paulo Leite - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Capra's films were always a joy to watch.

They had those characters whose goodness, honesty and will were enough to take America away from the Great Depression era. Something that could only inspire and make you look at the world with brighter eyes.

This box contains FIVE trully memorable films from his best period. FIVE films that really are among his BEST.

MR.SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is one of his best films. In it, James Stewart gives one of his best performances as the young idealist who fights corruption in the Senate. A major American film.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is a legendary romantic comedy with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert - the first film to win all five major Oscars (go figure why... :P). Delightful!

MR.DEEDS GOES TO TOWN stars the great Gary Cooper who just inherits 20 million Dollars and feels he must give it to those who really need it.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU packs another stellar cast with James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Lionel Barrymore. The best corn you'll ever see!! (-laughs)

AMERICAN MADNESS is a lesser gem with Walter Huston as a bank president in the depths of the Great Depression.

PLUS: a great documentary about Capra's life, style and work filled with great insight by many top names like ROBERT ALTMAN.

This box contains 5 films not to be missed at a great price... full of extras... commentaries, remastered picture and sound... everything to give you a great in-depth look into one of the greatest director who ever lived.

...Someone who really had something to say.

Get this box and treasure it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great transfers of great Jems Jan. 3 2007
By Jesus follower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A wonderful deal! These films are remastered and corrects flaws found in the previous releases. I cannot express now important and entertaining these films are!

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT- Best romantic comedy ever..Period..everything else is a copycat

MR SMITH- small honest hick VS big corrupt politics. The best movie hero ever portrayed!

YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU- caused me to actually live my life the way I want to without worrying about what others think. This is a riot!! Best version of 'Meet the Parents'

MR DEEDS- is 100times better than the remake. The best courtroom scene I ever saw!

Get this Box! Even if you have the other films on DVD allready! Give the old ones to a friend (or better yet an enemy). After all...You Cant Take it with You!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great films, great quality Feb. 2 2007
By Lorene M. Leiter - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Premiere Frank Capra Collection for my brother's birthday. He's a big Capra fan, but he was concerned that the film quality would not be good, given the low price. He was quite pleased to discover the quality was excellent.
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