A few months ago I wrote about The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals. Warner Brothers took their best movies in the musical genre and put them together to create a fabulous musical movie collection. If you love musicals it’s a “must have” collection.
In addition to the musicals collection, Warner Brothers has also released a Best Pictures collection and Romance collection. In the fall they will be releasing a Thrillers collection.
On July 2, 2013 Warner Brothers is releasing another collection – The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Comedy. All “Best of…” sets will have a suggested retail price of $98.92. In addition all sets will come with 24 page booklet that contains photos and synopsis of each of the films found in the collection.
All of these sets are part of Warner Brothers 90th Anniversary initiative that will run throughout 2013.
I was fortunate to get an advanced copy of the Comedy collection free to review.
The Best of Warner. Bros. 20 Film Collection: Comedy is divided into two sections – Class Acts (films from 1935 – 1980) and Class Clowns (films from 1983-2009). There 20 discs in total, one for each film.
Here is a list of films you’ll find in this wonderful comedy collection;
- A Night at the Opera (1935)
- Stage Door (1937)
- Bringing Up Baby (1938)
- The Philadelphia Story (1940)
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
- The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
- The Great Race (1965)
- Blazing Saddles (1974)
- The In-Laws (1979)
- Caddyshack (1980)
- National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
- Risky Business (1983)
- The Goonies (1985)
- Spies Like Us (1985)
- Beetlejuice (1988)
- Grumpy Old Men (1993)
- Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994)
- Analyze This (1999)
- Wedding Crashers: Uncorked Edition (2005)
- The Hangover (2009)
I have seen every movie from Caddyshack (1980) through 2009 with the exception of Grumpy Old Men and Analyze this. I’ve also seen Blazing Saddles (1974). Some of these films, like Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Ace Ventura Pet Detective are family favorites. They have us laughing hysterically every time we watch them.
My husband and I decided that we’ll watch all the movies in this collection that we haven’t seen before prior to watching the ones we’ve already seen. So far we’ve watched The Great Race, Arsenic and Old Lace and A Night at the Opera.
I didn’t know that A Night at the Opera was a Marx Brothers film. It features Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx. I had my kids sit and watch some of the movie with us. They couldn’t find any humor in the film. Ah youth… they just don’t know a good thing when they see it. They thought it was silly. LOL! That is the whole point of the film – to be silly!
Arsenic and Old Lace was something I didn’t expect. It was funny (of course) but it was ”dark humor”, something I wouldn’t expect from that time. Cary Grant was so handsome.
I really loved The Great Race. My husband did too. It was just a fun movie filled with a lot of cliche’ things like the villan’s maniacal laugh and cheesy moustache. I have never even heard of the film before. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to watch it. Maybe my hard to impress teens might enjoy it too.
What I love about these special movie collections from Warner Brothers is that many of these movies are hard to find on TV. I do enjoy watching channels like AMC (American Movie Classics) and PBS stations, but it’s not always easy to find movies like this being aired. It would be hard to rent many of these from a local video rental place too.
I love this collection. My family enjoys comedies and this collection fits in perfectly with our family movie collection. On rainy days, snow days or any day we just want to hang out at home it’s great to have plenty of fun movies to choose from. We have plenty of movies in this collection that we have never seen yet so those will be the first movies I reach for the next time we’re looking for a movie to watch.
If you have a friend or family members who loves films, especially comedies, this collection would make a great gift.
Most of these films are “family friendly” but you might not want the little ones watching The Hangover and Wedding Crashers. Those are not kiddie friendly.
If you would like to learn more about this and the other Best of Warner Bros. collections visit www.BestofWB.com.
*I received a free copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.