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Carole Lombard: The Glamour Collection

 

Directed by Mitchell Leisen, Walter Lang, Edward Goodman, Richard Wallace, William K. Howard, Wesley Ruggles and Norman Taurog
USA 19
31 - 1937

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An amazingly talented comedy actress with the face of an angel, Carole Lombard illuminated the silver screen with her sparkling wit and dazzling beauty. Now fans have a chance to reunite with six of her most hilarious and heartwarming films, together in one unforgettable collection. Join Carole as she travels to the seductive streets of Paris in Man of the World; gets shipwrecked on a tropical island in We’re Not Dressing; chases after the millionaire of her dreams in Hands Across the Table; chooses between two romantic rivals in Love Before Breakfast; travels the high seas to murder and mayhem in The Princess Comes Across; and takes to the witness stand in True Confession. It’s a DVD collector’s dream come true with one of Hollywood’s brightest stars!

 DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Universal (6 films) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Universal (MCA) - Region 1 - NTSC
Other Universal Dual-sided DVD Boxsets
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

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Original Aspect Ratio: 1.33

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer for We're Not Dressing 


DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

Double Slim Keep Case inside plastic slipcase

 

 

Comments:

Like other packages from Universal this is comprised of 2 discs. The first has Man of the World and We're Not Dressing on one side (dual layered) and Hands Across the Table on the opposite side (single layered). Disc 2 has Love Before Breakfast and The Princess Comes Across on one dual layered side and True Confessions on the opposite. I would say the picture quality is on par with the Marlene Dietrich: The Glamour Collection - possibly a bit better. Definitely Man of the World is the weakest in image by a wide margin, although all have plenty of speckles and light to moderate scratches occasionally surfacing. Love Before Breakfast  looks the best but all have a grain-like consistency to them that makes it quite easy to settle into a comfort-zone while viewing. Contrast and grey-tones are usually very strong. Subtitles are excellent and the 2.0 channel audio is acceptable considering the age of the films. The only extra in the entire collection is a trailer for We're Not Dressing. Universal have again adopted this pragmatic method of DVD production and one certainly can't argue with the price. Like the Marlene Dietrich set the inside DVD cover has a beautiful colorized image of the glamour star.  

I had some real interest in seeing more of the onscreen charm of this fetching actress who, unfortunately was cut-down in the prime of her life - dying in a plane crash at only 33 years of age. I suspect that her career would have been quite prolific had she lived longer. The only films of hers that I had seen prior to the ones in this Boxset were Howard Hawks 'Twentieth Century', 'My Man Godfrey', Hitchcock's 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' and Lubitsch's amazing "To Be Or Not To Be" (her last movie) although she made over 75 films. After seeing the classic gems from this package I think I'm hooked. I hope one day I'll be able to check out her early work (many silents) on digital, although this Glamour Collection is a wonderful way for a budding fan to start.      

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Other Universal Dual-sided DVD Boxsets
Distribution Universal (MCA) - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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