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Blu-ray Release: Six Oscar Classics from MGM

January 24, 2012

With the Oscar nominations being announced today, MGM Home Entertainment is releasing six of their classic films on Blu-ray.  Three from Alfred Hitchcock, two from Woody Allen and one from Billy Wilder, these six great films were all nominees or winners at the Academy Awards.  Enjoy!

Rebecca:  Nominated for eleven Oscars in 1940, this haunting romantic thriller is Alfred Hitchcock’s only film to win Best Picture.  The story of a shy bride (Joan Fontaine) who feels that her new husband’s (Laurence Olivier) mansion continues to be influenced from beyond the grave by his late wife, this is a chilling and suspenseful film that still holds up just as well.

The Blu-ray includes commentary with film critic Richard Schickel, featurettes, an isolated music track, radio plays and audio interviews with Hitchcock.

Rebecca is 131 minutes and rated PG.

Spellbound:  Nominated for six Oscars in 1945 and taking home the gold for Miklos Rozsa’s music, Alfred Hitchcock directed this psychological thriller with the help of Salvador Dali to craft an unforgettable dream sequence.  Shot in black and white with a haunting flash of colour at the end, this is a fascinating and suspenseful study of the human mind.

The Blu-ray includes a commentary track, several featurettes, the 1948 radio play and an audio interview with Hitchcock.

Spellbound is 118 minutes and rated PG.

Notorious:  Nominated for two Oscars n 1946, Notorious is a suspenseful spy thriller with romantic overtones.  Starring Cary Grant as an American agent who recruits a troubled woman (Ingrid Bergman) to  infiltrate a German spy ring and seduce a Nazi boss (Claude Rains), this is a thrilling and brilliantly written film.

The Blu-ray includes two commentary tracks, several featurettes, an isolated music track, the 1948 radio play and audio interviews with Hitchcock.

Notorious is 102 minutes and rated PG.

The Apartment:  Jack Lemmon stars in The Apartment, Billy Wilder’s only film to win Best Picture.  Nominated for ten Oscars and winning five of them in 1960, this is a smart, funny and brilliantly written film that is still considered by many to be among the greatest comedies of all time.

The Blu-ray includes commentary from producer and film historian Bruce Block as well as two featurettes.

The Apartment is 125 minutes and rated 14A.

Annie Hall:  Woody Allen’s unique look at the world provides a lot of insight and depth in Annie Hall, a hugely quotable New York love story that is told with an unconventional approach.  Winning four Oscars in 1977, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Diane Keaton), the film is still just as fresh today and remains one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.

The Blu-ray includes no bonus features.

Annie Hall is 93 minutes and rated PG.

Manhattan:  Two years after Annie Hall, Woody Allen gave us Manhattan, a beautifully filmed black and white romantic dramady that was nominated for two Oscars in 1979.  An unconventional love triangle of sorts that provides sharp insight into modern relationships, the ensemble cast includes Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep.

The Blu-ray includes no bonus features.

Manhattan is 96 minutes and rated PG.

-John C.

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