Giveaway: Warner’s 90th Anniversary Blu-ray Bundle [ended]
In honor of Warner Bros. Pictures’s 90th Anniversary on April 4, 1923, the studio is releasing a handful of their films on Blu-ray for the first time. You can get a good look at some of their amazing 100-film and 50-film collections here. I was lucky enough to get copies of three of their most lauded films on Blu-ray for review, Best Picture winners: Grand Hotel, Mrs. Miniver and Driving Miss Daisy. I am happy to report these films look amazing in their new Blu-ray transfers. Unfortunately, I can’t screencap Blus on my Macbook, so you’ll have to take my word for it. If you’d like to see for yourself, you can enter a giveaway for all three films by leaving a comment below. The only stipulation is you must be a U.S. resident (sorry international readers, Warner Bros. makes these rules, not me!) So just leave a comment and I will pick one winner at random on Monday!
 Congratulations to Candice, whose comment was chosen via a random number generator!
The only new special feature on this Blu-ray release of Grand Hotel is commentary from film historians Jeffrey Vance and Mark Vieira. It also includes the same special features from the 2004 DVD release, which include a making of documentary entitled Checking Out: Grand Hotel, a newsreel of the film’s premiere, a theater announcement entitled Just a Word of Warning, the Vitaphone musical short Nothing Ever Happens and trailers for both Grand Hotel and the 1945 remake Week-End at the Waldorf.
Really my only complaint is that a lot of the artwork (as you can see above) has been colorized. I’m not sure why they would do that when these films are so lushly photographed in black and white. The display menu is just not that attractive with that gaudy colorized still. Regardless, this Blu release is a must for fans of the film.
Grand Hotel remains the only film to win Best Picture having only been nominated for that prize.
This Blu-ray release of Mrs. Miniver includes one new special feature: the vintage cartoon Blitz Wolf and then also contains features found on the earlier DVD release: the World War II era shorts: Mr. Blabbermouth! (which was an Oscar-nominated documentary released by the Office of War Information) and For the Common Defense! (which was part of the Crime Does Not Pay shorts series and can also be found on the Warner Archive’s complete set that came out last summer) as well as the theatrical trailer.
Blitz Wolf comes with a warning stating that the film is “a product of its time” and that its racist depictions are not condoned by Warner Bros., which is an interesting way to introduce your audience to the cartoon directed by Tex Avery. The cartoon, which depicts the story of the three little pigs with Hitler as the Big Baf Wolf, looks to be beautifully restored and is presented in glorious Technicolor. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film in 1942.
Mrs. Miniver was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won six: Best Picture (won), Best Director William Wyler (won), Best Actress Greer Garson (won), Best Actor Walter Pidgeon, Best Supporting Actress Teresa Wright (won), Best Supporting Actress Dame May Whitty, Best Supporting Actor Henry Travers, Best Screenplay (won), Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Special Effects, Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
Driving Miss Daisy has been released as a Blu-ray book, which includes 32 pages of photos, production history, biographies and more. It also includes an all-new featurette entitled Things Are Changing: The Worlds of Hoke & Miss Daisy, as well as commentary by director Bruce Beresford, writer Alfred Uhry and producer Lily Zanuck, three featurettes found on previous home video releases and the theatrical trailer.
Driving Miss Daisy was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning four: Best Picture (won), Best Actress Jessica Tandy (won), Best Actor Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor Dan Aykroyd, Best Makeup (won) and Best Adapted Screenplay(won), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. It is one of only three films to win Best Picture without its director being nominated (the others were Grand Hotel and the very first Best Picture winner, Wings)
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post before Monday the 21st if you want a chance to win these three Blu-ray releases for yourself! Also, make sure you leave a way for me to contact you (Twitter, Tumblr, Email etc.)
Disclaimer: This review is based on a review discs given to me by Warner Bros., though the opinions are all my own.
Posted on January 17, 2013, in Classic Film, Contest, DVDs, Giveaway and tagged Crime Does Not Pay, Driving Miss Daisy, Grand Hotel, Mrs. Miniver, Tex Avery, Warner Bros.. Bookmark the permalink. 66 Comments.
Want. Need. [*_*]
Oh sweet!! Driving Miss Daisy is one of my favorites!
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They all look wonderful!
Oh man, I can only imagine how lovely the transfer for Grand Hotel looks. I also haven’t actually seen Mrs. Miniver so that plus the shorts would be a real treat. Jeez this is a great contest. Fingers crossed I’ll win it.
Never seen Grand Hotel or Mrs. Miniver. Would love to win this. My Twitter handle is @notjustmovies
This is exciting!
Three Best Picture Films? In Blu -Ray? I need this now. Please.
I would absolutely love these!
i wanna win!
this moi please
i think I’m most excited for miniver, if only because i have a deeply cherished dream of owning as many teresa wright films as possible on blu–best years has to come along *sometime*!
would love to win
I would LOVE to see and have these in Blu-ray! (@AbelIraola on twitter)
Three of my favorite films PLUS a Tex Avery cartoon! I’m in !!!!
Been excited for this Blu-ray since I heard it mentioned on TCM.
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Oh man I want that Grand Hotel blu!!! So here I am hoping I win I guess.
I love classic movies from Warner Bros especially Cagney, Bogart, Flynn, and Robinson
Super cool. Cheers to whomever wins! twitter: @CharlesColeman3
Love Grand Hotel, consider me entered! Please and thank you.
I only recently saw Mrs. Miniver and have yet to see the other two, but I plan on watching them in the near future!
!!! I’d love a copy of Mrs. Miniver!
Love seeing classics films released on Blu-ray. I hope the trend continues.
Three of some of the greatest films made. Fantastic!
Neat. Hope they put all of those Tex Avery shorts out in HD someday. I wonder if this is the same transfer as the one on the Looney Tunes V2 set.
Sweet little package! Prefect for my growing Blu-ray collection…
Would love to see these, especially Grand Hotel.
I can’t wait to see these movies. There is something really beautiful about great black and white movies in high definition.
I love buying Warner DVDs because they usually include such great shorts/newsreels. I can’t get enough of the musical shorts!
Can’t wait to see these transfers. All three are beautiful films…but I must admit that “Driving Miss Daisy” pulls on my heart strings ever so much.
Me! Me! Me!
I would LOVE to add these great movies to my burgeoning Blu-Ray collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win them….
Excellent movies,a must have for any movie lover
All great, wonderful films, none of which I currently own. So…send them my way!
Best of Warner????? There are 12 major MGM blockbuster on this list: Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, An American in Paris, Mrs. Miniver, Singin’ in the rain, Doctor Zhivago, Ben Hur, How the West Was won, 2001, North by Northwest… I understand that WB has purchased the MGM catalogue but they are lying when they say that this is a “celebration of emotional and retail outpouring for the studio”.
Want these! Such good films.
ooo love all the films in this collection
These are some good films to be released on blu-ray, especially Driving Miss Daisy, with its digibook case and new feature.
Ughh Greer in blu-ray is all I want out of lyfe
but all of these too are quite the necessity I mean really ;____________;
Ugh Greer in blu-ray ;__________; all i ever wanted out of lyfe ever
but everything else too.
These are all great films! They all are classics! I would love to be in with a chance to win these classic movies on Blu-ray! Thanks for having the giveaway, and for the chance to be able to participate.
Best studio EVER
Oh man. Still remember the first time I saw GRAND HOTEL. It was my one-way ticket to Garbo Town… and I’ve never looked back.
That box set looks amaaaaaaaazing. Would love to be entered into this contest. 🙂 My Twitter username is @ch_williamson.
I haven’t started collecting BluRays – this would be an excellent start! (email: mrjensen(AT)btinternet.com)
Grand Hotel is the big classic in the bunch; it’s too bad Warners didn’t think to include the ridiculous remake, Weekend at the Waldorf, as a bonus.
Absolutely need. Brilliant pictures!
Driving Miss Daisy is awesome 🙂
Terrific classic movies. Can’t wait to get these blurays.
Aw, what a perfect selection of films! I would absolutely love love love to win these 🙂
Simplistic, honest and beautiful, as movies were meant to be . A great collection!
These are all great choices!
Thanks for the chance! I’d love to see these movies!
I really loved Grand Hotel. Id love to see a remake with the right mix of actors
I bet these are all gorgeous in bluray.
Ooh, would these be something to have standing on my shelf!
These would be excellent additions to anyone’s collection.
These look cool! teen-grrl.tumblr.com 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Marvelous films, though certainly an odd grouping wouldn’t you say? No to true cineastes I guess! I haven’t seen ‘Grand Hotel’ in ages; what a pleasure that would be.
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i hope i win!
These look great! firstname.lastname@example.org
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