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MGM, Fox Release More Gift-Giving Fare for the Holidays

7 Oct, 2007 By: Kyra Kudick

The holidays are fast approaching, and MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are preparing for the gift-giving season by packaging classic titles in collections and re-releasing film favorites.

The latest sets slated for release are the MGM Movie Legends: Bob Hope Collection and the MGM Decades Collection. Both street Dec. 4 (prebook Nov. 7).

The MGM Movie Legends: Bob Hope Collection ($39.98) features seven films spanning the career of the beloved comedian. It includes Alias Jesse James; Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!; The Facts of Life; I'll Take Sweden; The Princess and the Pirate; The Road to Hong Kong and They Got Me Covered.

For the MGM Decades Collection, the studio has selected three notable films from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Each decade disc is packaged with a booklet by Life Magazine highlighting historical events from the era, and a CD with the music of that generation.

The 1950s set includes 12 Angry Men, Guys & Dolls and Some Like It Hot. The '60s features Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Graduate and West Side Story. The '70s has Carrie, Fiddler on the Roof and Mad Max. And the '80s revisits Moonstruck, The Sure Thing and When Harry Met Sally. The sets are available for $19.98 each.

In the re-release category, MGM and Fox have the 20th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride.

The Princess Bride streets Nov. 13 at $19.98, and includes a DVD game and three new featurettes. In conjunction with the release, MGM also has launched an online “Ode to Princess Bride” sweepstakes that allows fans to create their own video trailer. The grand prize is a Panasonic home theater package and an autographed script. Details are available at www.ThePrincessBride.com.

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