During March Break, some parents may find watching a good movie a nice relaxing break while their children are on holidays. The following movies from Warner Home Video are entertaining and a good way to spend a part of March Break. If you like old movies, check out the Turner Classic Movie collections.
I admit that "romance" movies aren't my favourite, but I do enjoy some - particularly the older films and I found Splendor in the Grass to be entertaining. This 1961 movie is about the intense romantic feelings two teenagers have for each other in 1920s Kansas. Unfortunately, their families backgrounds get in the way of a happy ending. The cast includes Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in his screen debut.
The other movies in this collection are Love in the Afternoon (1957) which sees music student Audrey Hepburn getting involved with millionaire Gary Cooper, Mogambo (1953) where two women (Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly) become romantic interests of safari guide Clark Gable and Now, Voyager (1942) which has Bette Davis having to deal with a domineering mother in order to discover love.Turner Classic Movies Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers
If thrillers are more to your liking, particularly those from director Alfred Hitchcock, then you'll want to check out this nice collection of four films: Suspician (1941), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Wrong Man (1956) and I Confess! (1953). Actors in these good Hitchcock thrillers include Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter and Karl Malden.Turner Classic Movies Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi Adventures (rated PG)
Looking for some fun, older, sci-fi flicks? Turner Classic Films has a good set which contains: Them! (1954), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), World Without End (1956) and Satellite in the Sky (1956). Recently I enjoyed watching this collection. It was fun seeing who was in the films - and there are some impressive actors in these movies!
Them! features radiation-mutated ants. And not just any old radiation-mutated ants - these guys are twelve feet long! It doesn't pay to fool around with atomic tests. Needless to say these massive insects cause big problems for Los Angeles. Entertaining movie featuring Edmund Gwenn, James Whitmore, James Arness, Joan Weldon and Fess Parker.
Next is The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms which again has atomic testing causing considerable grief. This time it's the Arctic where the test "awakens a gargantuan prehistoric dinosaur." This time it's New York which is the target. This movie was from a story by Ray Bradbury.
World Without End contains a plot involving "Mars-mission astronauts", a time warp and a "post-apocalyptic future Earth". Cool! Although they are from the past, it's up to these astronauts to save Earth's future. Cast includes Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates and Rod Taylor.
The fourth movie in the collection is Satellite in the Sky which sees a crew guiding a "jet rocket ship on the first space flight."
I really enjoy Marx Brothers movies. Besides the funny antics of Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx, along with other good actors, you're usually entertained to excellent dance scenes as well as the phenomenal music of Chico (piano) and Harpo (harp). While I've seen the four movies in this set I enjoyed watching them again.
The 1937 film A Day at the Races features Groucho as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian who poses as a doctor for a sanitarium in order to keep the sanitarium open. Joining the Marx brothers in this crazy movie are Maureen O' Sullivan, Margaret Dumont, Allan Jones and The Crinoline Choir.
A Night in Casablanca (1946) has Harpo, Chico and Groucho (Ronald Kornblow) employed in a hotel where Nazis are trying to recover stolen treasure.
A classic is Room Service (1938) which sees the Marx Brothers attempting to get support for their new Broadway play. Lucille Ball and Ann Miller co-star.
At the Circus features Chico, Harpo and Groucho (Attorney Loophole - Groucho had great character names) along with Eve Arden and Margaret Dumont in this 1939 film.
Movie Anniversaries from Warner Home Video
And while on the topic of good, old movies here are some more from Warner Home Video which are celebrating anniversaries in 2010!
This fun, romantic movie features James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two shop workers who love each other, but who don't know it yet. This film "...was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.'"
I had never seen this movie starring W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lewis Stone, Basil Rathbone, Roland Young, Madge Evans, Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Elizabeth Allan and many others and I thoroughly enjoyed it. David Copperfield is a boy whose father has died. His mother remarries a mean man. Life is difficult in 19th Century England. David's mother dies and David is sent to work. The movie follows David Copperfield as he grows up including those people who are in his life.
Spencer Tracy is Macreedy, a World War II veteran who stops in Black Rock on personal business and who is met with violence from a town keeping a terrible secret. Nominated for three Oscar's, this film features an impressive cast that includes Spencer Tracy, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin.
In this movie about life at the inner-city North Manual High school, Glenn Ford is Richard Dadier, a teacher trying to make a difference. Unfortunately he is up against violence, gangs and a general lack of caring. Nominated for four Oscars, this film featured as its theme music "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets.
Recently I watched the Blu-ray edition of Woodstock: Ultimate Collector's Edition and it was excellent. The very good movie from four decades ago is accompanied by a second disc of extras that includes over two hours of never before seen footage of such performers as Joan Baez, Paul Butterfield, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Mountain, Sha Na Na, The Who and Johnny Winter. Combine this with performances in the movie by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Richie Havens, Country Joe & the Fish, John Sebastian, Ten Years After, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Jimi Hendrix and others and you've got an excellent 2-disc set that provides hours of entertainment.
The hi-def picture and hi-def sound are very good. There is lots of good bonus material including "The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock" and interviews with Grace Slick, Michael Wadleigh, Michael Lang, Martin Scorsese and more.
The impressive collection also includes: a lucite display with images from the festival, a 60-page commemorative Life magazine reprint, an iron on Woodstock patch, Woodstock fact sheet and reproductions of festival memorabilia.