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Warner Announces Winners of DVD Contest

9 Jul, 2003 By: Hive News

The votes are in and the winners of Warner Home Video's DVD Decision 2003 are: Days of Wine and Roses, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Wind and the Lion and Where the Boys Are.

Those five films, chosen by members of America Online from a list of 20 classic films selected from the Warner vaults, will get a DVD debut January 6, 2004, (prebook Dec. 9) complete with a remastering of the film and an assortment of special features and bonus content. The single disc DVD releases will be priced at $19.98, $14.95 MAP.

The promotion (VSM, May 18-24, Page 10), which ran last month, involved the synergistic efforts of sister companies Warner Home Video (WHV), America Online (AOL) and the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). From June 2 through July 1 AOL members could vote on which five from a list of 20 titles they wanted to see first on DVD.

Meanwhile, for those who couldn't make up their minds, TCM aired all 20 of the titles from June 23 to 27. The cable channel will air the five winners in October and promote the DVD releases in January.

Voter counts were not made public, but execs from all three partners said they were pleased with the response to the promotion.

“It not only proves consumers' good taste — each winning title is unique and together they represent nearly 35 years of film history — it also confirms how eager people are to see these classics on DVD,” said George Feltenstein, WHV SVP, classic catalog. “2004 looks to be a breakthrough year for all concerned as WHV plans an unprecedented broad catalog release program for dozens of classics.”

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) stars Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, was nominated for four Oscars and won one for Best Song.

The DVD offering of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be a double feature offering of both the 1932 Paramount version for which Frederic March won an Oscar, and the 1941 MGM edition starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner.

The 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice stars Lana Turner and John Garfield and will include the acclaimed documentary “The John Garfield Story” which premiered on TCM.

Sean Connery stars with Candice Bergen in 1975's The Wind and the Lion. The DVD includes a commentary by director John Milius.

Where the Boys Are was MGM's top-grossing film for 1960. The spring break flick that broke barriers for its time stars a bevy of teen idols of the day including Connie Francis, George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimeux and included the huge hit song of the same name, sung by Francis.

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