Tuesday, April 2 2013, 02:52 PM MDT
DVD Reivew: Best of Warner Bros.: 20 Film Collection - Romance
Best of Warner Bros: 20 Film Collection – Romance
Rated: Various Ratings
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Musical
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Films: “Jezebel,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Casablanca,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “Now, Voyager,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Splendor in the Grass,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “A Touch of Class,” “A Star is Born,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Bodyguard,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “The Lake House” and “Nights in Rodanthe.”
Recommendation: When Warner Bros. kicked off 2013 with a 100-Film Collection someone asked me, “Why would anyone want to buy a box set that included so many different kinds of films?” I’ve always thought that a film’s quality outweighed its genre. I recognize that I’m in the minority, as many filmgoers prefer to stick within their comfort zone. Warner Bros. recognized this as well and subsequently has released box sets dedicated to the studio’s Best Pictures, Musicals and now Romance (with Comedy and Thrillers planned for later in the year).
Once upon a time the Romance genre didn’t carry the dismissive description of “chick flick” or the string of clichés that makeup the Nicholas Spark formula. Once upon a time Romance was not only a respectable genre but also, as this set wonderfully displays, a genre that has produced its share of the finest films ever made. The first 15 films in this collection, starting with 1938’s “Jezebel” on through 1977’s “Good Bye Girl,” are fantastic. Then the ’80s happened. Not a single film from 1978 – 1991 appears in this set. Surely there must have been something from the forgotten decade that equaled, if not surpassed, the quality of the collection’s final five films: “The Bodyguard,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “The Lake House” and “Nights in Rodanthe.” I understand the inclusion of “You’ve Got Mail” and “Nights in Rodanthe,” but the other three titles feel out of place when compared to the rest of the set. It’s rather strange that “The Notebook,” which was included in the massive “100 Film Collection” isn’t included.
Still, if I can only take issue with three titles, Warner Bros. has obviously done a pretty spectacular job at picking what titles to include. With a suggested retail price of $99 you’re paying less than $5 a film. At that price, even if you already own a handful of these titles on DVD, it would be worth your while to pick up this collection.
Now if we could only get all of these films on Blu-ray I’d have absolutely nothing to complain about.
-Ryan Michael Painter