The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world.
Region: 1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Run Time: 109 minutes Model: 15173194 PartNumber: 6853 Based on the Broadway play, BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE is a sensitive, touching comedy about a blind young man, Don Baker (Edward Albert) who is determined to make a life for himself despite his handicap. Leaving the security of his parents' home, he takes an apartment in San Francisco, promising his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this role) that if in three months he can't make it on his own, he'll return home. His first acquaintance is his next door neighbor, Jill Tanner (Goldie Hawn), an eccentric aspiring actress. Jill is charmed by Don's quick sense of humor and they become fast friends and lovers. Their relationship is threatened by Don's mother's intrusions and by Jill's lifestyle when she is offered a part in a play by a theatrical producer who wants Jill to perform offstage as well as on.
Region: 0 Number of discs: 1 Rated: Unrated (Not Rated) Run Time: 103 minutes PartNumber: SPHD45279DVD Cactus Flower is a delightful comedy sparked by crazy, mixed-up situations and the kooky, Academy Award-winning film debut of Goldie Hawn (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 1969). Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple, 1968) also stars as Julian Winston, an easygoing bachelor dentist whose delicately balanced scheme to get married crumbles under some unexpected circumstances. Newly remastered.Winston is stringing along his dizzy blonde mistress, Toni (Hawn), by telling her that he has a wife and children. But when he learns that she has tried to commit suicide over him, he promises to marry her. Toni, refusing to be a home wrecker, insists on first meeting Winston's wife, so he convinces Stephanie (Ingrid Bergman) - his starched and no-nonsense nurse - to pose as his wife. Winston's scheme leads to unforeseen twists and surprises for everyone.
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Region: 1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Run Time: 103 minutes Model: 15173195 PartNumber: IMG6855DVD CALIFORNIA SUITE is the story of five couples who have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel for diverse reasons and who must all confront some rather amusing personal dilemmas. Sidney Cochran (Michael Caine) becomes the victim of wife Diana's (Maggie Smith) outrage when she misses winning an Oscar. (Smith won a real Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in this role). Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) must somehow explain to his wife (Elaine May) how a sexy blonde got in his bed. Wisecracking Hannah Warren (Jane Fonda) is uneasy about her ex-husband's (Alan Alda) new California lifestyle. And Dr. Chauncey Gump (Richard Pryor) must contend with his friend's (Bill Cosby) increasingly imposing manner.Great fun!
Region: 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Run Time: 114 minutes PartNumber: 024543113669 Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, George Sanders. Merman revisits her Broadway role as a woman who suddenly becomes the American ambassador to a tiny European nation. Featuring musical numbers by Irving Berlin. Directed by Fran+oise Romand. 1953/color/114 min/NR/fullscreen. A great star and a great composer can make a Broadway musical into a smash, as Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin proved with Call Me Madam. Not a bad place to start with a movie, either, and the 1953 film of the show has both Merman and Berlin represented in brassy fashion. Granted, Merman's platinum-throated talents were best suited to the stage, and the production overall has that dutiful, stodgy tone of so many Fox musicals. Extra points for the suavity of George Sanders (he's Merman's love interest in tiny Lichtenburg, where the lady has been appointed U.S. ambassador), and for the dancing of Vera-Ellen and Donald O'Connor. A year after crashing through the wall in Singin' in the Rain, O'Connor has a similar solo athletic workout to "What Chance Have I with Love." High point: Merman and O'Connor trading verses on "You're Just in Love," the best tune in a bouncy score. --Robert Horton
Region: 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 2 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Run Time: 96 minutes Model: 2226148 PartNumber: 1201 The sleeper hit of 1965, CAT BALLOU was declared an instant classic when its sly blend of Western parody and rapid-fire action hit the screen. Lee Marvin won an Oscar(r) for Best Actor in his dual role as both Tim Strawn, a noseless ("it got bit off in a fight") gunslinger, and as Kid Shelleen, the woozy, boozy, has-been who goes up against Strawn at high noon. In accepting the award, Marvin said, "I think half of this belongs to a horse somewhere in the Valley," referring to the hilarious scene where Marvin and the horse both lean against a shed in a drunken stupor (certainly one ofthe most famous sight gags ever). Jane Fonda, at the height of her sex-kitten period, stars as Catherine "Cat" Ballou, the schoolmarm-turned-outlaw who teams with Kid to protect her father's ranch from a greedy railroad tycoon. Filmed in just 32 days, CAT BALLOU went on to become one of the biggestbox office hits of 1965, proving the popularity of the Western spoof. Singer Nat King Cole and comedian Stubby
Region: 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Run Time: 114 minutes Model: 25093363 PartNumber: 25192117404 Hollywood legends Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn light up the screen in the stylish thriller Charade. Regina (Hepburn) finds herself pursued through the streets of Paris by several men in search of the fortune that her murdered husband stole from them. As her world becomes entangled with suspense, murder and plots twists, she finds herself leaning on a suave, charming stranger (Grant) whose motives are unclear. Beautifully directed by Stanley Donen and co-starring James Coburn, George Kennedy and Walter Matthau, this timeless classic will keep you guessing until the very end. Expect the unexpected!
Region: 1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Run Time: 124 minutes Model: MFR883929157860#VG PartNumber: MFR883929157860#VG Chariots of Fire (DVD) (Rpkg)
In this Academy Award winner for Best Picture, two very different men on the same team vie to win Olympic gold to demonstrate to the world the worth of their deeply held--and strongly opposing--convictions. Yet a friendship builds between the two in this true story that is as strong as their desire to win in Chariots of Fire. Paris Olympics, 1924. Scotsman Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson--Gandhi) competes to prove the superiority of this Christian faith, while his teammate, Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross--Exorcist: The Beginning), a Jewish Englishman, is driven to win to show the world that Jews are not inferior people. But as different as they two competitors are, the bond that develops between them reveals to both how complex their true motives are . . . and how much they really have in common.
Region: 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Run Time: 103 minutes PartNumber: 27616912015 From the classic Daniel Keyes novel Flowers for Algernon comes this "moving" (Boxoffice) and unforgettable adaptation. Featuring an Academy AwardA(r)-winning* performance by Cliff Robertson and a "shrewd, talented" score (Variety) by Ravi Shankar, this timeless tearjerker is "definitely one to see" (Cue). When a mentally retarded man named Charly (Robertson) undergoes experimental brain surgery, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own mind. As his IQ soars to genius proportions, Charly's eyes are opened to a world he's never truly seen. But when the effects of his operation inexplicably begin to fade, Charly must find a way to halt his regression before his own mind destroys his life, his newfound romance and the man he's become. *1968: Actor
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