'Moguls & Movie Stars' Move from Silver Screen to DVD4 Feb, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff
Warner Home Video April 26 will release Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (prebook March 22), a behind-the-scenes look the American film business, spanning from its peepshow beginnings to the “New Hollywood” era of the 1960s.
The three-disc DVD set is listed at $39.92.
Originally shown on Turner Classic Movies in November 2010, the program is presented in seven hour-long episodes: “Peepshow Pioneers” (1889-1907), “The Birth of Hollywood” (1907-1920), “The Dream Merchants” (1920-1928), “Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?” (1929-1941), “Warriors and Peacemakers” (1941-1950), “Attack of the Small Screens” (1950-1960) and “Fade In, Fade Out” (1960-1969).
The series also includes footage of moguls Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner and Lou Wasserman, and chronicles of how filmmakers reacted to significant historical events such as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.
Moguls & Movie Stars, narrated by Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), contains with each installment additional reflections about Hollywood by producer-writer Jon Wilkman and historians, comprising more than an hour of extra commentary.
The complete series DVD also features a 40-page, limited-edition book with vintage photographs and details about the people instrumental in creating the dynamic Hollywood industry.