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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: April 12 2011
  • Run Time: 979 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K4FUT8

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Tracy & Hepburn Complete Collection (DVD)

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One of the later Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn matchups, this time pitting efficiency expert--sorry, that's "methods engineer"--Richard Sumner (Tracy) against TV-network research whiz Bunny Watson (Hepburn) over adding a new-fangled computer--again, sorry, that's "electronic brain"--to her department, thereby threatening her and her colleagues' livelihoods. Gig Young appears as Bunny's beau, an ambitious network executive who strings her along and becomes apoplectic at the idea that she doesn't need him. But as always, it's Hepburn and Tracy's bickering-flirting that makes this such a winning enterprise--a lunch date that turns into an interrogation and their sly repartee during a Christmas party are a couple of the movie's hilarious highlights. Interestingly, what starts out as something of a technophobic exercise--Hepburn fears for her job, and a computer goes haywire--takes an abrupt turn (perhaps the IBM product placement had something to do with that). Briskly scripted by Henry and Phoebe Ephron (Nora and Delia's parents) from a play by William Marchant. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edmond Gauthier on May 3 2004
Format: DVD
"A large market exists in the U.S. for classic movies on DVD. There can really be no excuse for withholding America's rightful cinematic history when Europe and Asia is already enjoying it!" That comes from another reviewer on these pages, and I second that emotion.
I'll go even further than that review and say that Desk Set is the BEST film with Spence and Kate. And don't forget the great Gig Young doing his perfect second banana routine, which has already delighted us in so many other films. They didn't hide behind so many physical gags or the safer facade of black and white. Instead they acted out the script in glorious full color widescreen and stereo, no less.
And did Fox drop the ball in giving us the proper widescreen version of this classic? No, they did not! The studio came through for us (which is more than we can usually say about studios) and put it out in widescreen! And they even added some actress commentary for good measure. Yes, it's been a long 9-year wait, since DVDs first came out in 1995, but it's here now, at least.
And what a great modern plot Desk Set has: an independent woman (instead of a cloying playtoy), a job for that woman as a research expert, (instead of the usual secretary trying to date her boss), a strong leading man but one with a sense of humor (instead of the usual he-man tough guy). And all smack in the middle of the early revolution of COMPUTERS!
The man vs. machine concepts in this film will reverberate down through the ages. Plus it has a great romantic plot, too. This film has everything! Many people say they love to see a well-restored 1957 Chevy, but I'll take this well-restored 1957 Desky instead!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Ian Walker on Jan. 9 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love classic films that are rare and difficult to view. I especially love Tracy/Hepburn films and this 10 disc collection has it all! These favourite films that TCM plays quite frequently are included in this collection: "The Woman of the Year, Pat and Mike, Adam's Rib, Desk Set (which is a joy to watch) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". These other films "Keeper of the Flame, Without Love (with supporting character of Lucille Ball), State of the Union and The Sea of Grass" are full of lots of "Tracy/Hepburn" mutual "strong lead connections" that made them such a "Hollywood made couple". Many of these films were directed by long-time friend/director George Cukor and some of these films have "special features" such as "vintage shorts, classic cartoons and some commentary on these later films. Included in the last the disc is "The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute By Katherine Hepburn". Well worth the dollars to have this collection in my video library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Therese Bohn on May 9 2004
Format: DVD
I've been waiting for this DVD forever because I love this movie but can't stand the pan-and-scan version. I just saw this mentioned on Turner Classic Movies, cried out "Yes! Yes!" and immediately came to Amazon to see if they have it. I am so glad they do! And in honor of this great movie finally being released in all of it's widescreen glory, I am cut and pasting my review for the video version here below:
"Like Floating Island...Delicious!"
The smart dialogue, the gorgeous fashion, the way you want to kick Gig Young in the teeth...I wish more modern comedy could be this clever. (My two favorite scenes are the rooftop lunch quiz and the rainy evening misunderstanding. As usual you never think Tracy is acting, he's so real. And Hepburn's Miss Watson (her name a inside-joke nod to the founder of IBM -Thomas J. Watson) is a character you root for to blow off egotistical beau Mike. Another bonus is the Sumners snooty EMIRAC assistant, Miss Warringer-whose come-uppance couldn't be better. I want a brown coat like Bunny's!
Thank goodness this is finally out on DVD and WIDESCREEN! It's completely enjoyable now without the distractions of pan and scan!
Tracy and Hepburn Forever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen H. Jones on May 27 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This would be your typical Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movie. A delight to watch. Set during the Christmas season. I love these old movies anyway, and it's always nice to see the real chemistry that is so obvious when these two acted together. A nice little jem to add to your collection of Tracy/Hepburn movies. It's mainly about how Computers are being introduced to make the work more efficient and how that back fires in the end.

K. Jones, NB, Canada
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted C. Jimmo on Feb. 11 2012
Format: DVD
Funny, literate, even about computers, which were almost unknown -or greatly feared- at that time. Tracey and Hepburn at their peak in a most unusual romantic comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Dohn on June 1 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Spencer Tracy was excellent.
Katherine Hepburn his equal.
Very interesting to see just how far computers have advanced.
Must search out more about Joan Blondell. Enjoyed her!!
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 30 2015
Format: DVD
Desk Set(released May/57)stars,among others,Katharine Hepburn,Spencer Tracy,Joan Blondell and Gig Young.This is barely a so-so entry in the Tracy-Hepburn series of films.Sure the chemistry is there between the two, but this plot is a slow and meandering one and while it promises much,it just never really delivers.
The story involves your run of the mill big city corporation which occupies,like countless others,a huge office tower.More precisely it is a broadcasting facility and it concerns the reference section,run by a very proficient Hepburn,assisted by Blondell and two others.She(Hepburn) has had an on going"relationship" with Young for sometime now,but it is just spinning its proverbial wheels.Into this mix one day comes an efficiency expert in the form of Tracy.He is a very smart efficiency expert.He is there to see if a computer can't take the place of the reference library department.A computer he designed himself.
As many of these types of films go,Hepburn and Tracy's relationship while at first strictly on a business level,eventually turn romantic.Hepburn's tepid relationship with Young gets even more so until Hepburn finds herself in love with Tracy,and visa versa.Also with many of these films the computer when installed, while seemingly having the advantage and totally in control at first, soon cracks.It starts bogging down with the questions thrown at it and Tracy cannot seem to stop the "bloodletting" as it goes haywire.Finally the "battle of the computer and the office staff "comes to a swift conclusion as Tracy and Hepburn lock lips for the finale.
The plot is as see through as a piece of one sided paper.The progression of disaffection between Young and Hepburn is as obvious as the progress of affection between her and Tracy.
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