Just in time for awards season and Hollywood’s biggest celebration, a unique look at some of Tinsel town’s stellar filmmaking during the industry’s early years in Academy Collection: The Envelope Please, Volume 1, unveiling on DVD February 23, 2010 from Infinity Entertainment Group.
Just the words, “The envelope please,” instantly evoke visions of Hollywood’s most-glamorous event, biggest stars and most-prestigious honor … the ACADEMY AWARDS. Academy Collection: The Envelope Please, Volume 1 is a rare look at “Best Picture” contenders during the infancy of the movie industry, award-nominated/winning movies from the first decade of this legendary gala (1929-39).
This four-disc collection includes eight full-length films, all “Best Picture” nominees: The Racket (1928), Alibi (1929), The Front Page (1931), A Farewell to Arms (1932), The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), A Star is Born (1937), Pygmalion (1938) and Love Affair (1939).
The Racket, produced by Howard Hughes, was popped into my player. I thought, I’d watch the movie while I worked. I couldn’t work. The Racket is beyond Coppola and Scorsese. It’s a master piece. The ensemble piece winds around, intertwining characters, making a great story.
The Front Pagewith Pat O’Brien and Adolphe Menjou stirs with laughter, a comical depiction of that era. An original Broadway play brought to Hollywood for the first time in 1931.
The DVD has Bonus Material: Original trailers from other “Best Picture”-nominated/winning films of the decade.
Screenhead has 4 copies of Academy Collection: The Envelope Please, Volume 1 to give away. Post your name and we will pick the winners Sunday, March 14, 2010.