Cary Grant Screen Legend Collection
|This three-disc set shines with five films starring the ever-suave Cary Grant. Newspaper publisher Porter Madison II (Grant) falls for a lookalike impersonating the "Thirty Day Princess" (1934), unaware that she's not royal...and not available! Silvia Sidney, Edward Arnold co-star. Grant plays a Paris beauty shop doctor more than pleased with the results of his work on Genevieve Tobin, in "Kiss and Make Up" (1934). Helen Mack, Edward Everett Horton also star. Blinded in a chemical accident, pilot Grant causes aviatrix Myrna Loy's heart to take flight, in "Wings in the Dark" (1935), with Roscoe Karns and Dean Jagger. Can copper Danny (Grant) and manicurist Eve (Joan Bennett) stop bickering long enough to nab jewel thieves together? Find out, in "Big Brown Eyes" (1936). Walter Pidgeon, Lloyd Nolan co-star. And Grant and Bennett play ace reporters, in love but resolutely staying single, in "Wedding Present" (1936). Conrad Nagel, Gene Lockhart also star...|
Thirty Day Princess (1934)
Kiss and Make Up (1934) Wings in
the Dark (1935)
Big Brown Eyes (1936) Wedding Present (1936)
Thirty Day Princess
The setting is a beauty salon
in Paris where unlovely females are miraculously transformed.
Here are miles of white cubicles where, under Dr. Lamar's
messianic leadership, miles of dissatisfied women participate in
the barbaric rites by which they are added to and subtracted
from according to the advanced mathematics of the good doctor.
Ken is a flier trying to perfect instruments for safe flying in the dark or fog. As his devices near completion, he is blinded in a gas explosion. Sheila, a writer/flier is in love with him, but the feeling is not mutual. Ken goes to live in the country with his mechanic and dog for company. He tries to be a writer but never knows the cheques he cashes are from Sheila. Sheila attempts a dangerous flight from Moscow to New York. When she gets into trouble, Ken realizes he loves her.
Big Brown Eyes
Charlie is a funloving scatterbrain who is suddenly thrust into a responsible editorial position at the paper where he works. He carries things too far, and causes his girlfriend, Rusty, to announce her engagement to Dodacker. He is not so much bothered about losing her as he is about what wedding present to give.
Theatrical Releases: 1934- 1936
DVD Review: Universal (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Universal (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC|
|Runtime||1:14:18 + 1:10:12 + 1:16:39 + 1:15:30 + 1:21:33|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.8 + 6.64 + 6.93 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Disc 1 : Thirty Day Princess (1934) + Kiss and Make Up (1934)|
|Disc 2: Wings in the Dark (1935) + Big Brown Eyes (1936)|
|Disc 3: Wedding Present (1936)|
|Subtitles||English (HoH), French, none|
Release Date: November 14th, 2006
Release Date: November 14th, 2006
Frankly, I was all ready to lay into this collection for the very mediocre choices in films that are included. Even at $4 a movie I was expecting some disappointment, but as it turned out - it wasn't Cary Grant that fueled my enjoyment - but rather his co-stars. I've really developed a strong respect for actresses like Sylvia Sidney, Myrna Loy (who I have always had a crush on) and Joan Bennett. As well as being simply gorgeous gals in there prime - I have always loved this time period - that, the clothes, art deco and nostalgic accoutrements melted my initial discontent.
This Universal package has 5 also-ran films from Cary Grant's extensive career - all transferred progressively in Region 1 for the NTSC standard. Universal continue their trend of pragmatically housed film-to-DVD releases with 2 dual-layered DVDs holding 2 films and a third containing one... and no extras. There are English (Hard-of-Hearing) or French optional subtitles.
Disc 1: Thirty Day Princess (1934) + Kiss and Make Up (1934)
Disc 2: Wings in the Dark (1935) +Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Disc 3: Wedding Present (1936)
The digital image on these discs really show the age of the films (all over 70 years and counting) - They all display a great deal of digital noise/faux grain - minor damage but decent to strong contrast. I expect that this is due to the manner of restoration - and the transfer process utilized by Universal. The screen captures give a fairly strong indication of how these DVDs look. Audio is not exceptional but I noted no glaring deficiencies - for the most part - very consistent from film to film.
These are far from being mentioned alongside Cary Grant's best ( ex. His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, Notorious, North By Northwest, Charade etc.) but I suppose it is a positive that they are now available at all... as many of his best films beat them to the punch. BUT we all know there could have been better choices than these five. However, Universal make it hard to avoid by offering the package at such a reasonable price. These are quite old and will probably never look better on digital. I suspect though that it is only for some very stalwart Cary Grant fans or those very keen on vintage Hollywood cinema of the 30's. I am and I enjoyed viewing the films from the collection that I had never seen before. It is kind of nice to have them in my library.