Monday, August 7, 2017

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Unpacks Six Katharine Hepburn Films On DVD On Aug. 22

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Katharine Hepburn goes solo on Aug. 22 when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment re-issues six of her films as individual DVD product offerings that were previously only available as the May of 2007 collection titled, Katharine Hepburn 100th Anniversary Collection.

In chronological order these six films are: the 1933 film release of Morning Glory, directed by Lowell Sherman, which earned Hepburn her first of four Oscar-wins for Best Actress (she was nominated a dozen times in the category during her career) and next is the Christmas of 1935 release of Sylvia Scarlett (direction by George Cukor), teaming her with Carey Grant and Brian Aherne. 

During the war she starred as an-out-of-character Chinese peasant in the 1944 film adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel, Dragon Seed (Aline MacMahon received a Best Supporting Actress nomination); the following year, 1945, Hepburn was teamed in Without Love with Spencer Tracy and Lucille Ball in the film adaptation of the 1942 Philip Barry stage play (Hepburn also starred on Broadway); 1946 noirish thriller Undercurrent directed by Vincente Minnelli and teaming Hepburn with Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum; lastly, we have the 1979 MOW, The Corn is Green (directed by George Cukor).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
In other release news from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment this past week, writer(s)/director(s) Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Paladino’s four-part mini-series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, will be delivered to the home entertainment marketplace (with Christmas-season gift-giving in mind) on Nov. 28 as both double-disc DVD and Blu-ray product offerings.

Set ten years after the popular series concluded its run in the spring of 2007 (154 episodes), fans are reunited with Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel — who was recently nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale television series) in four 90-minute seasonal titled segments — “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer” and “Fall.”  

The pair come into conflict over a proposed book that Rory wants to write about her relationship with Lorelai … and they both have to contend with the matriarch of the family, Emily (Kelly Bishop).   The ending (not to be revealed here) leaves it open for another return to Stars Hollow and new life-cycle “seasons.”

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