Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies are adding three new collections to their “TCM Greatest Classic Legends” line, which spotlights Hollywood’s most legendary actors and actresses in classic cinema. Available March 12, the newest additions are: “TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Sidney Poitier,” the legendary star and the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor; “TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Natalie Wood,” who appeared in 56 films on TV and the silver screen and received three Oscar nominations before turning 25, including one for her leading role in “Splendor in the Grass”; and “TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Judy Garland,” the youngest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry. Each star-studded collection features four classic films and is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP.
To build further momentum for these titles, Warner Home Video has set the street date for the collections to coincide with the airing of one film from each collection on TCM. Additional promotional support for these titles will include TV programming with on-air promotional spots on Turner Networks and print advertising in the Now Playing guide.
About the films:
“TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Sidney Poitier”
• “BLACKBOARD JUNGLE” (1955) – Racial and sexual tensions. Violence. Gangs. Apathy. Hot-button issues in schools today were tackled then in “Blackboard Jungle,” with Glenn Ford as an idealistic inner-city teacher and Sidney Poitier, in a star-making performance, as a teen misfit. • “EDGE OF THE CITY” (1957) – Two laborers (Poitier and John Cassavetes) face corruption on the New York waterfront and bond across society’s black/white divide in this directing debut by Martin Ritt (“Sounder,” “Norma Rae”). The powerful cast includes Jack Warden and Ruby Dee. • “SOMETHING OF VALUE” (1957) – In colonial Kenya, former childhood playmates Peter (Rock Hudson) and Kimani (Poitier) have maintained a deep, if unlikely, friendship. But with the bloody Mau Mau uprising, the men discover that even the strongest bond may not be stronger than the cry for freedom. • “A PATCH OF BLUE” (1965) – Selina (Elizabeth Hartman) is blind and white. Helping her see the world anew is kindly Gordon Ralfe (Poitier), who is black, though Selina doesn’t know it. This impactful film won Shelley Winters an Oscar for her role as Selina’s bigoted, abusive mother.
“TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Natalie Wood”
• “SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS” (1961) – Deanie (Wood) is a teenager eager to do right in her 1920s Kansas town, but the emotions she shares with boyfriend Bud (Warren Beatty) are too strong. The conflict between behavior and desire may ruin them both in this Oscar winner* from director Elia Kazan. • “GYPSY” (1962) – This film version of the Broadway hit sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise (Wood), the wallflower who blossoms into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ambitious mother, Rose (Rosalind Russell). Karl Malden costars. • “SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL” (1964) – Snoopy magazine editor Bob Weston (Tony Curtis) and “Sex and the Single Girl” author Helen Gurley Brown (Wood) square off in a ‘will-she/won’t-she’ breezy battle of the sexes. Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall join in the comic combat as a warring neighbor couple. • “INSIDE DAISY CLOVER” (1965) – Daisy Clover (Wood) is a star at 15 – but in the 1930s, “star treatment” can mean anything from being discovered to being discarded. Robert Redford and Ruth Gordon costar in this blend of Hollywood stardust and melodrama.
“TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Judy Garland”
• “FOR ME AND MY GAL” (1942) – Gene Kelly debuts and Garland dazzles in this Busby Berkeley-directed tale of a song-and dance pair who take on tank towns, tough times and WWI while struggling for show-biz success. Boasting a hit parade of era tunes, this film is brimming with old-fashioned charm. • “THE HARVEY GIRLS” (1946) – This musical slice of Americana celebrates the restaurants that dished out civilization to Old West rail passengers. Highlights include Garland holding saloon patrons at gunpoint, Ray Bolger and Virginia O’Brien at their comic best, and Angela Lansbury’s stylish wickedness. • “IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME” (1949) – In between “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail” came “In the Good Old Summertime,” a tale of two squabbling music-shop clerks. Garland and Van Johnson’s version has mail plus classic tunes evoking an era of straw boaters and silvery moons. • “SUMMER STOCK” (1950) – In her final M-G-M musical, Garland plays a farm owner who’s riled when her actress sister (Gloria De Haven) wants to stage a musical in the family barn. A turn of events ensures that Garland and Gene Kelly do their share of singing and dancing to a bumper crop of tunes.
About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.
About TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection:
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection stands as the largest-ever partnership between Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies. The initiative combines the strengths of the companies in serving both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection builds on the success of previous joint initiatives between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video, including the TCM Archives series and the TCM Spotlight series.
Warner Home Video, which owns the world’s largest film library, has more Best Picture Oscar wins than any other studio and its films have garnered more than 300 Academy Awards.
Turner Classic Movies is currently seen in more than 85 million homes and will support Warner Home Video and the new collection with extensive marketing. TCM’s marketing plan includes print ads in TCM’s popular Now Playing guide, banners on tcm.com, and on-air mentions by the network’s renowned hosts, Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz.
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM):
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include “The Essentials,” hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and the month-long “31 Days of Oscar” in February and “Summer Under the Stars” in August. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of online through the TCM homepage, which includes the TCM Movie Database, message boards, blogs and more.
TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers