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Old 02-12-07, 12:38 PM
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Katharine Hepburn set in May

Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies have announced the Region 1 DVD release of TCM Spotlight: Katharine Hepburn Collection for 29th May 2007. Together the studios will honour one of Hollywood’s legendary “grand dames” on the anniversary of her 100th birthday (May 12) with the debut of this collection which includes six films never on R1 DVD before -- The Corn is Green, Dragon Seed, Morning Glory, Sylvia Scarlett, Undercurrent and Without Love.

The first in a series of joint releases with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), The TCM Spotlight series will represent a broad group of classic films from various eras, all of which have earned an important place in film history. The selections from the Warner Bros. Entertainment library (the industry’s largest) also represent the kind of motion pictures that have become the hallmark of TCM’s classic film programming. The companies are looking forward to multiple releases under this banner in the coming year.

The TCM Spotlight: Katharine Hepburn Collection features the beloved screen legend in some of her most memorable roles, and will also include special features such as Oscar-nominated vintage shorts and classic cartoons. The films will be available all together in a collectible gift set for $59.92 SRP, or individually at $19.97 SRP.

The Corn is Green (1978)
Katharine Hepburn stars in director George Cukor’s exquisite television version of Emlyn Williams’ beloved play about a dedicated teacher who is determined to make a difference in an early 1900s Welsh mining community. This is Hepburn’s 10th and final collaboration with her dear friend Cukor.

Dragon Seed (1944)
Hepburn headlines this dramatic saga of the World War II Chinese war effort, playing heroic Chinese peasant woman Jade in this adaptation of the bestseller by Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth). Stellar support includes Walter Huston and Aline MacMahon (Academy Award nominee for her stirring performance) as a long-married couple whose peaceful farm life is disrupted by enemy troops – and plunged into a tumult of hardships, wartime atrocities and fiery resistance.

Features include:
Vintage short Romance of Celluloid: Twenty Years After
Classic cartoon
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Morning Glory (1933)
Hepburn earned the first of four Best Actress Academy Awards® for her portrayal of stage-struck Eva Lovelace, a role with strong parallels to Hepburn’s own theatrical beginnings. The story of an innocent country girl who seeks fame and fortune on Broadway, Eva’s story encompasses setbacks, human frailties and courage, talent and triumph.

Features include:
Oscar-nominated Pete Smith short Menu
Classic cartoon Bosko’s Mechanical Man
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
This offbeat movie marks the first of the four screen pairings of legends Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, who play half of a roving team of swindlers and performers. Hepburn’s gender-bending dual roles as Sylvia and Sidney caused consternation then, but today the film finds an avid cult following. And Grant’s performance as a ne’er-do-well cockney con artist gave him a role that showcased for the first time his wider talents.

Features include:
Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk short Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West
Classic cartoon Alias St. Nick
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Undercurrent (1946)
This noir-styled melodrama directed with deft, screw-tightening skill by Vincente Minnelli sets a brooding tone. Newlywed Ann Garroway (Katharine Hepburn) is blinded by happiness, unable to see the true nature of her husband (Robert Taylor). She overlooks the menace that creeps into his words and trusts him when he says his mysterious, long-unseen brother (Robert Mitchum) is a psychopath. This is a suspenseful psychological thriller, with doubt and fear lurking under the surface.

Features include:
Oscar-Nominated Theater of Life short Traffic with the Devil
Classic cartoon Lonesome Lenny
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Without Love (1945)
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn team for the third time in the romantic comedy Without Love, playing a couple doing their part for the wartime lodging crunch by sharing her Washington DC home. Donald Ogden Stewart adapts Philip Barry’s play (five years earlier, both helped shape Hepburn’s comeback movie The Philadelphia Story). Supporting stars Keenan Wynn as a bon vivant, Lucille Ball’s wisecracking Girl Friday and Gloria Grahame’s flower girl add to the movie’s urbane wit and warmth.

Features include:
Vintage Crime Doesn’t Pay Short Purity Squad
Classic cartoon Swing Shift Cinderella
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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Old 02-12-07, 02:47 PM
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nice. I love Katy Hepburn, must buy.
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At the very least this is notable for the release of the last of the Grant/Hepburn pairings. I'm not sure how much I want to see Kate pretend to be Chinese.
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My all time favorite actress. Needless to say, I'll be looking forward to this one!
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Old 02-13-07, 08:21 AM
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Ooo...Sylvia Scarlett....By the way, if anyone watched and enjoyed Scorsese's THE AVIATOR, "Sylvia Scarlett" was the movie Hepburn was filming when Hughes first meets her.

George Cukor, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn = pure magic.
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Found this shot


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If that's the cover, it's nifty.
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Old 04-11-07, 01:29 PM
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That's a nice cover for sure. But I'll get it regardless of the packaging.
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Larger shot of the art at DVD Times, which also shows that the box title has been changed to The Katharine Hepburn 100th Anniversary Collection and it seems the titles won't be available separately?
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