‘Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3’ due October 25 – Media Play News
“Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3”
August 10, 2022
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release six more classic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time, exclusively in the “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3” on October 25.
The collection includes It happened one night; From here to eternity; To sir, with love; The last picture show; Anne; and As good as it gets. Each movie is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, and four of the movies have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.
All six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc in this special limited-edition collector’s set. The collection includes an 80-page hardcover book, featuring in-depth sections on the making of each film on the set via six new essays by acclaimed writers – including an exclusive special essay by award-winning writer/director James L. Brooks on 1997 classic sound As good as it gets.
The set also includes a variety of rare TV features and episodes, from a 1932 film incarnation of Anne to a nearly five-hour television miniseries adapted in 1979 from From here to eternity.
The Goofy Comedy of 1934 It happened one night stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as mismatched lovers. In the film, a spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie becomes involved with an unemployed journalist, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple embark on a wild hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and the brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, the film was the first film to receive all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Special features include the 1956 remake You can’t run away, with June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, in HD; audio commentary featuring Frank Capra Jr.; the “Frank Capra Jr. remembers It happened one night” featurette; the “face-to-face comedy?” featurette; the original live radio show; promotional materials; and the theatrical trailer.
In From here to eternity, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 approaches. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own problems. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as the not-so-healthy club hostess. Special features include “Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From here to eternityy”; Featurettes “Eternal History Revisited”; the From here to eternity 1980 television pilot, starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey; theatrical trailers; “Eternal History” graphic track; audio commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent; ” Make From here to eternity“; and an excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann – As I see it”.
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In To sir, with love, celebrating his 55th birthday, a rookie teacher faces off against a class of rambunctious, unruly working-class punks, mirroring some of the problems and fears of 1960s teenagers. Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, an unemployed engineer who turns to teaching in the difficult East End of London. The promotion, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson), and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title track), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by smashing his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, rises to the challenge by treating the students like young adults who will soon enter the job market where they must stand or fall on their own. Special features include “A Tribute to Sidney Poitier”; the To sir, with love 1974 TV pilot, starring Hari Rhodes; audio commentary featuring actress Judy Geeson and film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; audio commentary featuring novelist ER Braithwaite and author-teacher Salome Thomas-El; To sir, with love II, the 1992 TV movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich; the “To Potter, With Love” featurette; the featurette “Beginnings of an acting career”; the featurette “These Schooldays”; the “Watch and Learn” featurette; the featurette “ER Braithwaite: In His Own Words”; the “Lulu and the B-side” featurette; the “Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music!” featurette; the featurette “To Sidney, With Love”; the featurette “Principal El: He Chose to Stay”; and the theatrical trailer.
Released in 1971, The last picture show earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. A candid and bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film stars Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars for their work in supporting roles. The release includes both director Peter Bogdanovich’s favorite “Definitive Director’s Cut” from 1999 and the 1971 theatrical version in 4K Ultra HD. Special features include audio commentary featuring Bogdanovich; “A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich”; “The last picture show: A Retrospective Documentary”; “A discussion with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich”; location pictures; a promotional feature; and theatrical trailers.
Celebrating 40 years, the film version of the musical Anne is the story of a brave red-haired orphan. Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into several, and the only person stopping Annie from having fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical leader of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Special features include audio commentary from the cast, featuring new thoughts from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino; “Aileen Quinn: A Conversation”; “Behind the Music with Charles Strouse”; “Looking Back: Behind the Scenes”; a chorus song; “My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn”; Little orphan Annie, a 1932 feature film starring Mitzi Green as Annie; theatrical trailers; and television spots.
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in James L. Brooks comedy As good as it gets, which celebrates its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives an Oscar-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with the baddest mouth in Manhattan. When his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. This unexpected act of kindness, with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt in an Oscar-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1997). Special features include audio commentary featuring Brooks, Nicholson, Hunt, Kinnear, editor Richard Marks, producer Laurence Mark and composer Hans Zimmer; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; “Behind the scenes of As good as it gets” featurette; archival theatrical EPK soundbites; and the theatrical trailer.
A bonus disc includes From here to eternitythe nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, in HD.