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In this five disc collection, 20th Century Fox has brought together five films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Best Picture Collection includes the films GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, ALL ABOUT EVE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY!

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: Director Elia Kazan and producer Darryl F. Zanuck caused a sensation with "the most spellbinding story ever put on celluloid" (Hollywood Reporter), which won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. One of the first films to directly tackle racial prejudice, this acclaimed adaptation of Laura Z. Hobson's bestseller stars Gregory Peck in an Oscar nominated role as a journalist assigned to write a series on anti-Semitism. Searching for an angle, he decides to pose as a Jew- and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance. Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Dean Stockwell and June Havoc also star in this riveting World War II classic.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION: New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover THE FRENCH CONNECTION. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.

ALL ABOUT EVE: Joseph Mankiewicz's "captivating" (Variety) 1950 Best Picture Academy Award-winning film about backstage backstabbing earned an Oscar nomination for star Bette Davis in the performance many consider her finest. Nominated for a record 14 awards, the scintillating film also led to Oscars for Mankiewicz as Director and Writer, the honors also went to Sound Recording and Costume Design, and George Sanders was named Best Supporting Actor. From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives relentlessly to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Cunningly stealing Margo's role, Eve then disrupts the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), and her other friends in this juicy, witty drama.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Share the magical, heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time- Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or entertainment. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this timeless classic features some of the world's best-loved songs.

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY: Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), this "Hollywood milestone" (Halliwell's Film Guide) from producer Darryl F. Zanuck and director John Ford is "one of the finest" pictures ever made (Variety). Seen through the eyes of a boy (Roddy McDowall), HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY is the inspiring yet heartbreaking story of young parents (Donald Crisp and Sara Allgood) struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Co-starring Maureen O'Hara and Walter Pidgeon, this acclaimed classic captures the sentiments and issues of its time while reminding us of the dreams, struggles and triumphs every family that can touch every family.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205857759
UPC 024543490715
UPC 14 00024543490715
Format DVD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Based On A Novel
Character Study
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Jewish Heritage
New York City
Stage Play
Editors Note
Note This collection contains the following award-winning features: GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, ALL ABOUT EVE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.
Elia Kazan
John Ford
Robert Wise
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Gregory Peck
Julie Andrews
Gene Hackman
Walter Pidgeon
Cast & Crew
Anna Lee - [Valley] Actor
Anne Baxter - [Eve] Actor
Bette Davis - [Eve] Actor
Celeste Holm - [Gentleman's, Eve] Actor
Christopher Plummer - [Sound] Actor
Dorothy McGuire - [Gentleman's] Actor
Elia Kazan - [Gentleman's] Director
Fernando Rey - [French] Actor
Gene Hackman - [French] Actor
Gregory Peck - [Gentleman's] Actor
John Ford - [Valley] Director
John Garfield - [Gentleman's] Actor
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - [Eve] Director
Julie Andrews - [Sound] Actor
Marilyn Monroe - [Eve] Actor
Maureen O'Hara - [Valley] Actor
Peggy Wood - [Sound] Actor
Richard Haydn - [Sound] Actor
Robert Wise - [Sound] Director
Roddy McDowall - [Valley] Actor
Roy Scheider - [French] Actor
Tony Lo Bianco - [French] Actor
Walter Pidgeon - [Valley] Actor
William Friedkin - [French] Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
Catalog ID 2249071
UPC 00024543490715
Number of Discs 5
Running Time 653 minutes
Color B&W and Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Winner (1972) Oscar, Philip D'Antoni, [French] Best Picture,Oscar, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director,Oscar, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Gerald B. Greenberg, [French] Best Film Editing,Oscar, Ernest Tidyman, [French] Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Winner (1966) Oscar, Robert Wise, [Sound] Best Picture,Oscar, Robert Wise, [Sound] Best Director,Oscar, William Reynolds, [Sound] Best Film Editing,Oscar, Irwin Kostal, [Sound] Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment,Oscar, James Corcoran, Fred Hynes, [Sound] Best Sound
Winner (1951) Oscar, All About Eve, [Eve] Best Picture,Oscar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, [Eve] Best Director,Oscar, George Sanders, [Eve] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, [Eve] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White,Oscar, All About Eve, [Eve] Best Sound, Recording,Oscar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, [Eve] Best Writing, Screenplay
Winner (1948) Oscar, Gentleman's Agreement, [Gentleman's] Best Picture,Oscar, Elia Kazan, [Gentleman's] Best Director,Oscar, Celeste Holm, [Gentleman's] Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner (1942) Oscar, How Green was My Valley, [Valley] Best Picture,Oscar, John Ford, [Valley] Best Director,Oscar, Donald Crisp, [Valley] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Richard Day, et. al., [Valley] Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White,Oscar, Arthur C. Miller, [Valley] Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Sound] The magic and charm of Rodgers-Hammerstein-Lindsay-Crouse 1959 stage hit are sharply blended in this filmic translation which emerges one of the top musicals to reach the screen. The Robert Wise production is a warmly pulsating, captivating drama set to the most imaginative use of the lilting R-H tunes, magnificently mounted and with a brilliant cast headed by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer...with Miss Andrews-fresh from ber "Mary Poppins" triumph - to further spark attention...Wise drew on the same team of creative talent associated with him on "West Side Story" to convert the stage property. With its natural physical limitations, to the more expansive posibilities of the camera...Every technical credit is top-flight and impressive. William Reynolds' editing is bright, never permitting pause, and costumes designed by Dorothy Jeakins catch the flavor needed. Set decorations by Walter Scitt and Ruby Levitt are in keeping with the high excellence of the picture itself, choreography by Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood lends color and sound by Murray Spivack and Bernard Freericks a decided asset. Special photographic effects by L. B. Abbot and Emil Kosa, Jr., are a further plus. Irwin Kostal's arranging-conducting of the beautiful score is one of most potent assets.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review [Valley] The passage of time and the reputation of Citizen Kane as perhaps the finest film ever made have conspired to suggest that How Green Was My Valley is somehow an unworthy film, undeserving of its awards in comparison to the technical brilliance of Orson Welles's masterpiece. Things were not quite so clear in 1941. Of course, Hollywood has never been known for getting things right at awards time, but this was not a matter of one film unjustly winning over another. Citizen Kane was not uniformly viewed as a monumental achievement originally, and it is only with time and reassessment that its true place in film history has been recognized. It is true that Orson Welles was viewed with disdain by some in Hollywood at the time, and his first film was considered as a giant ego trip more than anything else, never mind the issues about its thinly veiled portrait of press baron Randolph Hearst. Doubtless this all played an important role in its not winning the Best Picture Academy Award. Yet Orson Welles would have been the first to extol the merits of a John Ford film, for it was the old masters such as Ford that Welles looked up to and credited for any directorial flair he himself possessed.
Reviewer Barrie Maxwell
ReviewRating 10
Review [Gentleman's] "Gentleman's Agreement" is a drama that explores prejudice against Jews. Not the kind of prejudice that is demonstrated in a fiery, defamatory speech, but the quiet kind, done to exclude Jews from a job, a home, or a social occasion. The film also infers that it is not enough merely to not discriminate personally, but that discrimination when found must be confronted, or it will continue...Peck is perfectly cast for the role. His character radiates integrity and deserved self-righteousness, giving him the moral authority to identify (and tell off) others when they show prejudice. The script is also kind enough to always give him the last word. Peck would later have a similar (and even more famous) role in "To Kill a Mockingbird"...Time has made some of the film's references obscure. Bilbo and Gerald L. K. Smith were apparently nationally-known at the time as hate-mongers against Jews. While the romance in "Gentlemen's Agreement" is unconvincing, Peck's battle against prejudice remains compelling and makes for good drama.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Eve] All About Eve possesses one of the best screenplays ever to grace the silver screen. It also has one of the best performances by an actress in the history of Hollywood features...For a number of reasons, some intentional and some coincidental, All About Eve stands out as one of the best small-scale dramas ever produced under the Hollywood system. In fact, the movie relies so strongly on dialogue and has such a limited number of sets, that it could easily be mistaken for a movie adaptation of a stage play...For nearly everyone involved in All About Eve (Marilyn Monroe excepted), this movie represented a career pinnacle. Mankiewicz never came close to attaining this level again, and, while this was far from the final hurrah for Bette Davis, it was her last truly great role. However, considering how few people in Hollywood have been involved in a production this good, it's no shame to say they never again attained this kind of success. All About Eve is one of the '50s gems -- a worthy holder of the 1951 Best Picture Oscar and a motion picture that, because of its priceless dialogue and unforgettable lead performance, will never lose its luster.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [French] "The French Connection" is routinely included, along with "Bullitt," "Diva" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene...Director William Friedkin constructed "The French Connection" so surely that it left audiences stunned. And I don't mean that as a reviewer's cliche: It is literally true. In a sense, the whole movie is a chase...The other key element in the film, of course, is Hackman. He was already well known in 1971, after performances in such films as "Bonnie and Clyce," "Downhill Racer" and "I Never Sang for My Father." But it's probably "The French Connection" that launched his long career as a leading character star--a man with the unique ability to make almost any dialogue plausible. As Popeye Doyle, he generated an almost frightening single-mindedness, a cold determination to win at all costs, which elevated the stakes in the story from a simple police cat-and-mouse chase into the acting-out of Popeye's pathology. The chase scene has, in a way, been a mixed blessing, distracting from the film's other qualities.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Peck,Gregory
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Derek Adams, Time Out [Valley] An elegant and eloquent film...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [Eve] Brilliantly sophisticated...witty dialogue to spare...
Los Angeles Times [Gentleman's] One of the most noteworthy pictures.
New York Daily News [Gentleman's] important motion picture.
The New York Times [Valley] Possesses great beauty, great charm and character.
TV Guide [French] ...[a] tough, brilliant crime film...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever [Sound] ...lovely to hear and see.

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