Warner Bros is in the midst of celebrating its 90th Anniversary, and is part of the celebration, now available on DVD is 20 Best Picture Winners on 23 Discs in a Best of Warner Bros. special DVD set which also includes a 24-page booklet. Broken out into 3 chapters are:
Grand Hotel (1932) Oscar-winning version of Vicki Baum’s novel about the personal problems of guests at a Berlin hotel. Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and Lionel Barrymore star.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) A Best Picture Oscar went to this version of the Nordhoff-Hall novel of tyranny and revolt at sea. Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin and Eddie Quillan starred.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Best Picture Oscar went to this film about the French author (Paul Muni) who fought for justice in the Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) case.
Gone with The Wind (1939) Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War romance won eight Oscars and is Hollywood’s best remembered film classic. Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard.
Casablanca (1942) – 1943 Academy Award Winner This Classic Best Picture is about wartime intrigue, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman sparking to “As Time Goes By.”
Mrs. Miniver (1942) Six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Greer Garson), went to this tale of the effects of war on an English family.
An American in Paris (1951) This Oscar winner for Best Picture features Gershwin songs and Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron dance numbers.
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Mike Todd’s Oscar-winning extravaganza blends comedy, satire and travelogue to recount the Jules Verne story. David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, and Charles Boyer star.
Gigi (1958) Lerner and Loewe adaptation of Colette’s story about Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold star.
Ben-Hur (1959) William Wyler’s epic of Roman-occupied Judea re-creates the Nativity, the Crucifixion and a thundering chariot race. The film won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor (Charlton Heston) and Director.
Chariots of Fire (1981) Hugh Hudson’s study of two British runners (Ben Cross, Ian Charleson) in the 1924 Paris Olympics won Oscars for Best Picture, Screenplay, Costume Design and Score.
Amadeus: Director’s Cut (1984) 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Director, went to Milos Forman’s lavish version of Peter Shaffer’s play about Mozart (Tom Hulce) and Antonio Salieri (Best Actor F. Murray Abraham).
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Alfred Uhry adapted his play for this Oscar-winning film about the friendship between an elderly widow (Jessica Tandy) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman).
Unforgiven (1992) Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this Oscar winner about a former gunslinger who’s lured into a bounty hunt. Daggett: Gene Hackman (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner).
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003) Frodo (Elijah Wood) is tempted by the power of the ring as he nears the end of his journey to destroy it. The majestic finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster trilogy won Best Picture, along with 10 other Oscars, including one for Jackson as Best Director.
Million Dollar Baby(2004) Director-star Clint Eastwood’s knockout tale of a boxing trainer who takes a female fighter (Hilary Swank) under his wing won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).
The Departed (2006) Martin Scorsese’s charged crime drama about an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who infiltrates a Boston mob crew that has a mole (Matt Damon) in the state police department.