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WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCES 90th CELEBRATION PLANS
by Mike Johnson on October 3, 2012 a 5:47 PM

 

WARNER BROS. CELEBRATES ITS

90TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2013 WITH

“BEST OF WARNER BROS.” COLLECTIONS

Two New Documentaries Honoring the Studio 
to be Screened at Special Global Events

Year-Long Celebration Includes 100 Film DVD Collection and 50 Film Blu-ray™ Collection, Largest Film Collection Released in Each Format by Any Studio to date

Five New “Best of Warner Bros.” 20 Film DVD Box Sets also to be Released throughout Year

 

Burbank, Calif., October 3, 2012 -- One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers
-- Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack -- incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world’s first “talkie,” set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever.

 

As a result of all the films the studio has produced, co-produced (with numerous partners), acquired and distributed, Warner Bros. now boasts the largest film library in the world – 6,800 feature films, with 2,000 films currently available on DVD and Blu-ray™. The library includes 22 Academy Award®*-winning Best Pictures (the most in Oscar® history), and leading franchises such as Harry Potter™, Batman™, Lord of the Rings™, The Matrix and Superman™.

 

Beginning in January, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) will launch a major Anniversary initiative that will continue through year-end 2013. This includes the release of seven new collections, including two limited and numbered anniversary collections -- 100 films on DVD and 50 films on Blu-ray™, both the largest collections of films ever released, to date, in their respective formats. The year-long celebration will also include several stand-alone releases of new-to-format classics on Blu-ray™ for the first time, including The Jazz Singer, all three James Dean films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant), Cabaret and Academy Award® Best Picture Winners Grand Hotel (1932), Mrs. Miniver (1943), and Driving Miss Daisy(1990).

 

 

 

Stated Jeff Baker, WHV’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, “As the recognized leader in theatrical library market share, we’re delighted to be celebrating our 90th with the largest, most compelling film collections in home entertainment history. We’ve put a lot of thought and care into the selection of these classics, and I think the results will be something movie fans -- from the casual to the dedicated – will embrace.”

 

Finally, WBHEG will have a year-long trade program supported by an online and social media campaign. The campaign is designed to celebrate the films representing The Best of Warner Bros, by artfully connecting with movie-lovers through the memories that mirror, resemble, or remind them of their favorite movies. The micrositewww.bestofwb.com will serve as the central hub for all content and provide fans with a richer and more integrated experience.

 

The Collections

The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection*: 100 movies including all 22 of Warner Bros. library’s Best Picture ™ Winners and two new documentaries (details below) on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging.

 

The Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray™ Collection* includes 50 movies and the two new documentaries on 52 discs, also presented in book style premium packaging. It will introduce several new-to-Blu-ray film titles, including Grand Hotel, Mrs. Miniver, and Driving Miss Daisy.

 

Both of the above are limited and numbered collections and each includes a collectible poster and series of art cards featuring movie poster designs created by legendary American graphic designer Bill Gold.

 

Gold, who worked with Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, including Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, and Ridley Scott, had this to say:  

 

"My 65-year career began with Yankee Doodle Dandy and Casablanca and continued on to every Clint Eastwood picture from Dirty Harry to Mystic River (and I came out of retirement to design the poster for J. Edgar). In my wildest dreams I could not have foreseen the world I would inhabit and the joy it would bring me over the years. Every poster I worked on had a story to tell, and I'm delighted to be able to share a sampling of some of them in these collections."

 

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film DVD Collections will be released throughout the year in five separate sets. Each features a gem-packed collection of 20 essential movie classics in five major genres: Best Pictures(January), Musicals (February), Romance (April), Comedy (July) and Thrillers (September).

 

The Best of Warner Bros. Animation Collections will be released throughout the year in three separate animation sets.  Each features animation at its best in three key brands Hanna-Barbera (May), Looney Tunes(June) and DC Comics (August).

 

The Best of Warner Bros. Superman TV Collection (May) features 9 essential Superman live action television and animated television shows in one collection.

 

 

* A full list of film titles for the 100 and 50 Best of Warner Bros. Collections is included as an addendum to this release.

 

 

Two New Documentaries to Celebrate Warner Bros. 90th Anniversary

 

Created specially for this anniversary, Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot is a full-length documentary that features some of Warner Bros.’ top talent and executives giving an inside look at the history of the studio. In on-the-lot interviews, stars including Clint Eastwood, Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Martin Sheen, along with current and former studio toppers Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Bob Daly, and Terry Semel, and others, recount personal reflections and anecdotes about their experiences at the studio. Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot was produced by documentarian Gary Khammar (It’s So Audrey! A Style Icon) and producer Bill Gerber (Gran Torino).

 

Now, for the first time, home viewers can take the hugely popular Warner Bros Studio VIP Tour in this new documentary produced exclusively for the 90th Anniversary collections. In The Warner Bros. Lot Tour, an official WB Lot Tour Guide gives guests a “virtual” tram ride (of what some 200,000 annual visitors experience) -- an extraordinary opportunity to see first-hand where movie magic happens at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. Unlike a theme park, the Tour represents a rare and intimate “behind-the-scenes” look at real Hollywood, winding through back lot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops.

 

Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection

Street Date: 1/29/13

Order Date: 12/25/12

Catalog # 1000334080

Pricing: $597.92 SRP

 

 

Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection

Street Date: 1/29/13

Order Date: 12/25/12

Catalog # 1000334079

Pricing: $597.92 SRP

 

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film DVD Collections

Street Date: 1/29/13

Order Date: 12/25/12

    Catalog # 1000353487

Pricing: $98.92 SRP

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

“OSCAR®” and “ACADEMY AWARD®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

PUBLICITY CONTACTS:

Warner Home Video

Ronnee Sass, 818/977-6439 / Janet Keller, 818/977-7831

Carl Samrock Public Relations

Marie Remelius, Karen Penhale, 818/260-0777

E-mail requests for materials to marie@cs-pr.comkarenpenhale@cs-pr.com

For Online Media Outlets Christine Dinh, 818/977-8902 christine.dinh@warnerbros.com

Artwork is downloadable at www.WHVDirect.com or by request

 

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The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection
Jazz Singer, The                                    1927

Broadway Melody of 1929*                     1929

Public Enemy, The                                1931

Cimarron (1931) *                                   1931

Grand Hotel*                                          1932

42nd Street                                           1933

Mutiny on the Bounty*                            1935

Night at the Opera, A                             1935

Great Ziegfeld, The*                               1936

Life of Emile Zola, The*                          1937

Adventures of Robin Hood, The               1938

Dark Victory                                          1939

Gone with The Wind*                             1939

Wizard of Oz                                         1939

Philadelphia Story, The                          1940

Maltese Falcon, The                              1941

Citizen Kane                                          1941

Mrs. Miniver*                                         1942

Casablanca*                                          1942

Yankee Doodle Dandy                            1942

Gaslight                                                1944

Anchors Aweigh                         1944

Mildred Pierce                                       1945

Best Years of Our Lives*                        1946

Big Sleep, The                                       1946

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The           1948

American in Paris, An*                           1951

Streetcar Named Desire, A                     1951

Singin' in the Rain                                  1952

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers            1954

Star Is Born, A (1954)                            1954

East of Eden                                         1955

Rebel Without A Cause                          1955

Around the World in 80 Days*                 1956

Giant                                                    1956

Searchers, The                                      1956

Face in the Crowd, A                              1957

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof                             1958

Gigi*                                                     1958

Ben-Hur*                                               1959

North By Northwest                                1959

How the West Was Won                        1962

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?      1962

Viva Las Vegas                                     1964

Doctor Zhivago                                      1965

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?              1966

Cool Hand Luke                                     1967

Dirty Dozen, The                                    1967

2001: A Space Odyssey                         1968

Bullitt                                                    1968

Wild Bunch, The                                    1969

Dirty Harry                                             1971

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory    1971

Cabaret                                                 1972

Clockwork Orange, A                             1972

Enter the Dragon                                    1973

Exorcist, The                                         1973

Blazing Saddles                                     1974

Dog Day Afternoon                                 1975

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest*        1975

All The President's Men                         1976

Superman, The Movie                            1977

Caddyshack                                          1980

Shining, The                                          1980

Clash of the Titans                                 1981

Chariots of Fire*                         1981

National Lampoon's Vacation                  1983

Outsiders, The                                       1983

Right Stuff, The                                     1983

Risky Business                                     1983

Amadeus*                                             1984

Color Purple, The                                   1985

Goonies, The                                         1985

Full Metal Jacket                                   1987

Lethal Weapon                                      1987

Batman                                                 1989

Driving Miss Daisy*                                1989

Goodfellas                                             1990

Bodyguard, The                                     1992

Unforgiven*                                           1992

Fugitive, The                                         1993

Interview with the Vampire                      1994

Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut)         1994

Shawshank Redemption             1994

Seven                                                   1995

L.A. Confidential                                    1997

Matrix, The                                            1999

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone      2001

Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring      2001

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers                     2002

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*           2003

Notebook, The                                       2004

Million Dollar Baby*                                2005

Departed, The*                                      2006

300                                                       2007

Dark Knight, The                                    2008

Blind Side, The                                      2009

Hangover, The                                       2009

Sherlock Holmes                                   2009

Inception                                               2010

Documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. LotWarner Bros. Lot Tour (2013)

 

*Best Picture Winners (22)

 

 

 

Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray™ Collection

Grand Hotel*                                          1932

Mutiny on the Bounty*                            1935

Gone with The Wind*                             1939

Wizard of Oz                                         1939

Maltese Falcon, The                              1941

Citizen Kane                                          1941

Mrs. Miniver*                                         1942

Casablanca*                                          1942

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The           1948

American in Paris, An*                           1951

Streetcar Named Desire, A                     1951

Singin' in the Rain                                  1952

Gigi*                                                     1958

Ben-Hur*                                               1959

North By Northwest                                1959

How the West Was Won                        1962

Doctor Zhivago                                      1965

Cool Hand Luke   &n

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