TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION WARNER HOME VIDEO AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES TO RELEASE TWO NEW COLLECTIONS

BUSBY BERKELEY MUSICALS AND ASTAIRE AND ROGERS

FOUR CLASSIC MUSICALS IN EACH VALUE-PACKED COLLECTION

Burbank, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies introduce two new four-title sets from the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection on November 2, 2010. Since February 2009, the collections have been made available in separate waves and promoted on-air throughout 2009 and 2010 on TCM (a complete listing of all collections is included below).

The latest installment consists of TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Busby Berkeley Musicals Dames, Gold Diggers of 1937, Footlight Parade and 42nd Street; and TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Astaire and Rogers The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time, Top Hat and Shall We Dance. Each collection is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP. Orders are due September 28, 2010.

The four films featured in TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Busby Berkeley showcase the talents of renowned director and musical choreographer Busby Berkeley, famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved large numbers of showgirls choreographed to create complex geometric patterns in motion. Berkeley's works used dancers and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances.

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Astaire and Rogers features four of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’s most memorable films. Quite possibly the most famous dancing duo ever paired, Astaire and Rogers captivated audiences with their on-screen chemistry throughout the 1930s, securing their legacy as enduring Hollywood icons.

 ABOUT THE FILMS

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Busby Berkeley Musicals

Enjoy the spectacular musical choreography of Busby Berkeley and performances by Ginger Rogers and James Cagney.

42ND STREET (1933)

Ruby Keeler taps, Dick Powell croons, Ginger Rogers quips and musicals are back on the cinematic map as Berkeley imaginatively stages the title tune, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and more.

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 (1936)

Insurance peddler Dick Powell asks Joan Blondell to imagine how life would be “With Plenty of Money and You.” There’s razzle-dazzle aplenty too, with Berkeley’s precision-formation “All’s Fair in Love and War.”

FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933)

James Cagney’s troupers roar through Chicago to stage same-night shows in different venues. Highlights: Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler meet “By a Waterfall,” Cagney seeks “Shanghai Lil.”

DAMES (1934)

“I Only Have Eyes for You.” And for the screen. Berkeley’s bravura creations include a subway dream and a motion-mosaic of a showgirl finale. With Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’s most famous films!

THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)

Oscar® winner for Best Music, Original Song (1935), “The Continental” revels in precision-dance joy, Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” sways with timeless grace and Fred and Ginger’s first top billing sets the tone for more film hits to come.

SHALL WE DANCE (1937)

A George and Ira Gershwin score has Fred tapping to “Slap That Bass” rhythms of a ship’s engine room and the duo’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” skate routine. Pure bliss!

SWING TIME (1936)

One of the team’s greatest! The Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields score goes from jubilant (“Pick Yourself Up,” “Bojangles of Harlem”) to sublime (“A Fine Romance” and the Oscar®-winner for Best Music, Original Song (1937), “The Way You Look Tonight”).

TOP HAT (1935)

The pair’s best-remembered film features Fred’s signature “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails,” the incomparably romantic “Cheek to Cheek” and more in Irving Berlin’s tip-top score.

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 TCM Greatest Classic Films: Busby Berkeley Musicals MAT: 1000114645 UPC:  883929095551   TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers MAT: 1000095760 UPC: 883929068784 

Street Date: November 2, 2010

Order Due Date: September 28, 2010

MSRP:  $27.92

 

 WAVE ONE -- Release Date: February 3, 2009

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romantic Dramas
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • East of Eden
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Best Picture Winners
  • Casablanca 
  • An American in Paris
  • Gigi
  • Mrs. Miniver
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romantic Comedies
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Adam’s Rib
  • Woman of the Year 
 

 WAVE TWO -- Release Date: May 5, 2009 

TCM Greatest Classic Films: American Musicals
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Easter Parade
  • The Band Wagon
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Broadway Musicals
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Annie Get Your Gun
  • Show Boat (1951) 
  • Kiss Me Kate 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Western Adventures
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • The Train Robbers
  • The Wild Bunch
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: John Wayne Westerns
  • The Searchers
  • Fort Apache
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Cowboys
TCM Greatest Classic Films: WWII Battlefront Europe
  • Kelly’s Heroes
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Where Eagles Dare
  • Battleground
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: War - Battlefront Asia
  • The Green Berets
  • Destination Tokyo
  • Bataan
  • Back to Bataan

WAVE THREE -- Release Date: September 1, 2009

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Murder Mysteries
  • The Big Sleep
  • Dial M For Murder
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Horror
  • Freaks
  • House of Wax
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931)
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Sci-Fi
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Soylent Green
  • The Time Machine (1960)
 

WAVE FOUR -- Release Date: November 3, 2009


TCM Greatest Classic Films: Holiday
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • The Shop Around the Corner
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Comedy
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • A Night at the Opera
  • The Long, Long Trailer
  • Father of the Bride
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Family
  • National Velvet
  • Lassie Come Home
  • Flipper
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Hitchcock Thrillers
  • Suspicion
  • Strangers on a Train
  • I Confess
  • The Wrong Man
 

WAVE FIVE -- Release Date: February 2, 2010

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Marx Brothers
  • A Day at the Races
  • A Night in Casablanca
  • Room Service
  • At the Circus
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romance
  • Splendor In The Grass
  • Love In The Afternoon
  • Mogambo
  • Now Voyager
 
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Sci-Fi Adventures
  • Them!
  • The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
  • World Without End
  • Satellite In The Sky
 

WAVE SIX -- Release Date: May 4, 2010

TCM Greatest Classic Films: War
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • The Dawn Patrol
  • Gunga Din
  • Operation Pacific
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Westerns
  • Chisum
  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
  • The Stalking Moon
  • Ride the High Country
 

WAVE SEVEN -- Release Date: September 7, 2010

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Greatest Gangsters James Cagney
  • White Heat
  • City for Conquest
  • Each Dawn I Die
  • “G” Men
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Greatest Gangsters Prohibition Era
  • The Public Enemy
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Little Caesar
  • Smart Money
 
 TCM Greatest Classic Films: Hammer Horror
  • Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1970)
 

 

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest 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 Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection stands as the largest-ever partnership between Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies. The initiative combines the strengths of the companies in serving both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection builds on the success of previous joint initiatives between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video, including the TCM Archives series and the TCM Spotlight series.

Warner Home Video, which owns the world’s largest film library, has more Best Picture Oscar® wins than any other studio and its films have garnered more than 300 Academy Awards®.

Turner Classic Movies is currently seen in more than 85 million homes and will support Warner Home Video and the new collection with extensive marketing. TCM’s marketing plan includes print ads in TCM’s popular Now Playing guide, banners on tcm.com, and on-air mentions by the network’s renowned primetime host, Robert Osborne.

About Turner Classic Movies

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world.  Currently seen in 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.  As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars.  TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com .  TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Contacts

Warner Home Video Ronnee Sass, Janet Keller 818-977-6439, 818-977-7831 / ronnee.sass@warnerbros.com, janet.keller@warnerbros.com

Carl Samrock Public Relations Marie Remelius, Karen Penhale, 818-260-0777

Turner Classic Movies Gina McKenzie, 404-885-4315 / gina.mckenzie@turner.com

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

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