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Old 12-20-05, 12:47 AM
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Films of Faith Collection (Warner Box) 04.04.06 Nun's Story, Shoes of the Fisherman

Originally thougt to be a xmas release. see Warner Brothers Christmas Classics Box Set 11.08.05 BOYS TOWN Nun's Story MORE for old details. Great news.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD debut of 3 Oscar® nominated films on 4th April 2006. Warner Home Video will present the DVD debut of three new Oscar® nominated films from the massive Warner library of classic titles. Featuring three tales of spiritual discovery which celebrate lives of purpose and inspiration, The Nun’s Story, The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima will all be released in time for the Easter holiday season. Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud are among the top stars of the films; bonus features include the vintage featurette The Shoes of the Fisherman and theatrical trailers. Each title is available individually for $19.97 SRP as well as in a boxed giftset as the Films of Faith Collection, selling for $29.98 SRP.

The Nun’s Story (1959)
The Nun’s Story is an unforgettable revelation of the seldom-seen world behind convent walls. Audrey Hepburn portrays Sister Luke, a nun whose life journey leads her to a much desired position as a surgical nurse in a Belgian Congo missionary hospital. After she returns to her native Belgium, World War II breaks out and she finds her commitment seriously tested -- torn between the pull of the Resistance and the church’s neutrality. Directed by four-time Academy Award? winner Fred Zinnemann, The Nun’s Story earned eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

Special Features:
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
From Morris L. West’s bestseller, The Shoes of the Fisherman is both an urgent tale of geopolitical intrigue and a fascinating look at Vatican procedure. Anthony Quinn plays a newly-freed Russian political prisoner thrust into the spotlight as Pope Kiril Lakota. Laurence Olivier, Oskar Werner, John Gielgud, David Janssen and Leo McKern enrich a production which was nominated for two Academy Awards? and won a Golden Globe? for Alex North’s score.

Special Features:
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Vintage featurette The Shoes of the Fisherman
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima (1952)
This much-loved movie thoughtfully recreates the 1917 actual events that brought hope and new religious fervor to a war-ravaged world. Three peasant youths in Fatima, Portugal see a vision: a woman in a cloud of light offering words of devotion and prophecy. The children face torture by the anticlerical government but are soon embraced by the faithful masses drawn by the promise of a miracle. Director John Brahm skilfully balances simplicity and spectacle, all powerfully supported by Max Steiner’s Oscar?-nominated score.

Special Features:
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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I still can't believe msrp is only 30 bucks for the whole set. Warner makes it to easy to jump in on some oldies. This should be had for 20-25 first week.
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I still cannot believe Drew Casper didn't do a commentary for A Nun's Story! It used to be one of his favorite films.

I wouldn't have wanted to be a student... or, worse, his teaching assistant... the day he learned from Warner Home Video that the film was being released on DVD w/o his participation.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Cameron
I still can't believe msrp is only 30 bucks for the whole set. Warner makes it to easy to jump in on some oldies. This should be had for 20-25 first week.
Look at the Holiday Classic Collection (Boys Town, A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Conneticut). Their msrp is the same, but the cheapest I've seen for the holiday set is $23.99.
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Originally Posted by RevKarl
I still cannot believe Drew Casper didn't do a commentary for A Nun's Story! It used to be one of his favorite films.

I wouldn't have wanted to be a student... or, worse, his teaching assistant... the day he learned from Warner Home Video that the film was being released on DVD w/o his participation.
Maybe Warner has finally realized just how useless Casper's commentaries really are. If so, bravo Warner!
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Nun movies that don't involve rape and torture? Don't tell gutwrencher.
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Originally Posted by illennium
Nun movies that don't involve rape and torture? Don't tell gutwrencher.
Shouldn't you have used spoiler coding for that?
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The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

I just bought this on DVD to rekindle childhood memories. I don't care for the boxset. The Nun's Story is a superlative film and the masterpiece of the three but I don't see how it can be included in a "Films of Faith" collection when it tells the story of a nun who
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stops believing in the Church and leaves her order to do more useful work...


Even though I am a recovering Catholic, I am in awe of director John Brahm's work in Miracle. He is a second-string director who is most famous for noirish thrillers like Hangover Square, The Lodger and The Locket in the forties and who ended his career in television. His film tells the story of Fatima (a very well-documented story in Catholic - and even UFO - circles) in the simplest way possible while giving the miracle itself a spectacular rendition (with lots of help from Max Steiner's and Charles Gounod's music). In every respect it is very much "Robert Bresson Meets Cecil B. DeMille" and it compares well with what Song of Bernadette accomplished on a similar subject a few years earlier.

The sets, outdoor and indoor photography, lighting, art direction, costumes, colours, etc. are stupendous (even if the film is a little grainy). The camera is always mobile without calling attention to itself. The special effects are state-of-the art for the time and do justice to the awe those Portuguese peasants must have felt during the "dancing of the sun on a rainy day" miracle. The interpretation of the cast composed mostly of relative unknowns with stage experience is perfectly natural and the comic relief added by Gilbert Roland's supernaturally charming character is quite effective, without distracting from the factual details and chronology of the events.

Even though the film is set in a political background of socialist (read: Communist) persecution of religious belief in 1917 Portugal, it manages to offend no one, and not be condescending while leaving all interpretations open. On one level, this film reads like a fact-based fairy-tale and that's good enough for me.

Even the trailer (the only extra included in this disc) is done in extreme good taste considering the anti-Communist paranoia of the fifties, especially when one asks oneself: "How would they do it today?"


The director and the three children

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thanks for the breakdown, I passed on this one today in order to grab a few other wants...I'll get this eventually.
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Originally Posted by Cameron
huh?


Yeah, too similar.
One of them should have used the away uniform.
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Originally Posted by Brooklyn
Yeah, too similar.
One of them should have used the away uniform.
Since Deborah Kerr plays an Anglican nun in Black Narcissus, she can't be considered "a real nun" (their vows are renewable once a year, like contract players).

Final thoughts: I would have bought the set if they had replaced The Shoes of the Fisherman (a costly dud of a soap-opera) with The Big Fisherman (the Holy Grail of fifties biblical blockbusters, unavailable in any format).


And don't look for the same character development you find in Song of Bernadette in Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. It's pretty bare bones in that department: good children, bad policemen, impersonal Virgin Mary. Whereas both films are sanctioned by the Catholic Church, Song of Bernadette is a thoughtful, sociologically and psychologically detailed biography of a saint while Miracle is a "docudrama" and a work of fortright propaganda that miraculously avoids veering into high camp.

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