Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection (and Catching Up)

If there's any release that can break Hollywood Dreamland out of its moribund state, it's April 12th's release of Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection! It's a ten-disc DVD set of all nine of their films together. This blog has long been a bastion of Kate and Spencer-friendly posts, and the news of this tremendous release will snap me out of my long, long funk. It's been a horrendous year for me, folks, and I can't blame anyone for having dumped this blog to the virtual curb--or maybe they just read what I write!

Seeing this DVD set also reminded me of how much I've missed my two favorite actors of all time, the aforementioned couple pictured above, and I'd like to continue my Hepburn performance reviews as well as the Husband & Wife Detectives, a post of which is already in the works.


As for Kate and Spencer, I've long-since considered a review of Christopher Andersen's An Affair to Remember. Yes, there's much to catch up on. I miss everyone's comments the most...Oh, and I'll fix those pictures I swiped off Amazon once I get home this evening.


WARNER HOME VIDEO AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) PRESENT:


TRACY AND HEPBURN: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION


THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION OF TRACY AND HEPBURN FILMS DEBUTS ON DVD APRIL 12




Burbank, Calif., January 17, 2011 – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection, the first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team, debuts on DVD April 12 from Warner Home Video. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites:

Woman of the Year (1942),

Keeper of the Flame (1942),

Without Love (1945),

Sea of Grass (1947),

State of the Union(1948),

Adam's Rib (1949),

Pat and Mike (1952),

Desk Set (1957),

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967),


Plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn. This is the first time Keeper of the Flame, directed by Oscar® winning director George Cukor (A Star is Born 1954, My Fair Lady, A Double Life, Adam’s Rib, Philadelphia Story), and Sea of Grass will be available on DVD. Orders are due March 8 (SRP $59.92). Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass will also be available as singles (SRP $19.97 each).


Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers. Individual film titles can also be purchased digitally through online retailers including Amazon On Demand and iTunes. Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar® wins with four (from 12 nominations), and was ranked by AFI as the greatest female screen legend of all time (1999). In this collection, she was nominated for an Academy Award® for Woman of the Year (1943) and won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968).


Known for the range and diversity of characters he portrayed, Spencer Tracy tied with Laurence Olivier for the most Best Actor Academy Award® nominations. He is considered one of the finest American actors to ever grace the screen. MARKETING SUPPORT TCM will support the release of Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection with an on-air mention and product hold up by TCM host Robert Osborne, online banners and a dedicated splash page, dedicated newsletters, and an ad in the March issue of the TCM Now Playing guide.


ABOUT THE COLLECTION


The only complete collection of all nine films by on and off screen collaborators, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection includes some of their earliest work in black and white, Woman of the Year, to their last performance together inGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which wrapped shortly before Spencer Tracy’s death. Also included as a 10th bonus disc is “Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn.” In Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986), Katharine Hepburn reflects on the life of her former co-star and best friend, Spencer Tracy, in a touching and insightful look at one of the great American actors. The 87 minute documentary won two Emmys for writing and directing in 1986. The 10-disc set also includes two films never before released on DVD (Sea of Grass and Keeper of the Flame).

4 comments:

  1. Well this is very exciting news! I can watch those films starting April 12th right up until the royal wedding :)

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  2. This is one collection I am very excited about and I'm happy that Warner was able to get the rights to include all the titles as one complete set. It will be a nice addition to my DVD collection.

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  3. I never "dumped" this blog. I had hoped all the time you would come back and go on here.

    You've been doing this for a long-long time, so maybe you needed some time out. I'm blogging just for a year and can't really risk a big mouth in this point.

    I am looking forward to your upcoming new articles... :)

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  4. It's always good to see you post! So sorry to hear you've had a rough year. Hope you'll be able to spend more time here in the future. You've been missed!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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