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Learn more about Best Picture United Artists Classic Gift Set:

Format: DVD
Sku: 205115516
UPC: 027616090096
UPC 14: 00027616090096
 
This stunning collection from United Artists includes four of the greatest films of all time. Featuring only films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture, this DVD 4-pack includes MARTY, THE APARTMENT, WEST SIDE STORY, and TOM JONES!

MARTY: "I've been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life," says Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine). Yet, despite all his efforts, this 34-year-old Bronx butcher remains as shy and uncomfortable around women today as on the day he was born. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair), a lonely schoolteacher who's just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty's on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares Marty's joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart.

THE APARTMENT: C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in business...it's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.

WEST SIDE STORY: A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.

TOM JONES: No one has ever lived as freely and carelessly as Tom Jones. Abandoned at birth and raised by a wealthy squire, Tom romps through English society leading a lusty life of brawling and bed-hopping until his bawdy behavior causes him to be sent away from his family, his home and the only woman he's ever truly loved. But some men never learn, and soon Tom's escapades land him in the company of reckless scoundrels, the boudoirs of more women and, finally, in jail. Will Tom's charm save him or will the gallows be his last swing?

"[West] ...astonishingly powerful...  At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"[Tom] ...rowdy, randy and completely disarming.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"[Tom] Thrilling, bawdy, lusty...a masterpiece.  New York Post
"[Apartment] Quite simply one of the finest comic romances ever made.  Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"[Marty] ...a poignant and utterly memorable performance by Borgnine...  The Motion Picture Guide
"[Apartment] Gleeful! Ingenious! A smashing good comedy!  The New York Times
"[Marty] A heartwarming and timeless movie.  Video Review

Editor's Note
Several United Artist classics are gathered here. Films include MARTY, WEST SIDE STORY, THE APARTMENT, and TOM JONES. See individual descriptions for details.

Features

Video Features DVD, Sensormatic

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/22/2008
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1955
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 109009
Video UPC UPC: 00027616090096
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 4

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Albert Finney
Video Cast Info Betsy Blair
Video Cast Info Edith Evans
Video Cast Info Ernest Borgnine
Video Cast Info Ester Minciotti
Video Cast Info Fred MacMurray
Video Cast Info Hugh Griffith
Video Cast Info Jack Lemmon
Video Cast Info Joe De Santis
Video Cast Info Natalie Wood
Video Cast Info Ray Walston
Video Cast Info Richard Beymer
Video Cast Info Rita Moreno
Video Cast Info Russ Tamblyn
Video Cast Info Shirley MacLaine
Video Cast Info Susannah York
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - [Apartment] Director
Video Cast Info Delbert Mann - [Marty] Director
Video Cast Info Jerome Robbins - [West] Director
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - [West] Director
Video Cast Info Tony Richardson - [Tom] Director

Awards


Winner (1964)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tony Richardson, [Tom] Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tony Richardson, [Tom] Best Picture

Winner (1962)
   Video Award Name Oscar, George Chakiris, [West] Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Rita Moreno, [West] Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, [West] Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Wise, [West] Best Picture

Winner (1961)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Picture

Winner (1956)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ernest Borgnine, [Marty] Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Delbert Mann, [Marty] Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Harold Hecht, [Marty] Best Picture

Professional Reviews

FilmsGraded.com 8 of 10
[Marty] Marty began life as a teleplay in 1953, starring Rod Steiger and broadcast on NBC as a Goodyear Television Playhouse production. The play apparently caught the attention of movie star Burt Lancaster, who at the time was also a partner in a film production company. Paddy Chayefsky was enlisted to adapt his own screenplay, while Delbert Mann returned as director. Ernest Borgnine, who had a memorable supporting role with Lancaster in From Here to Eternity, was cast for the lead...It would prove to be the best role of Borgnine's career. Although he never had trouble finding work, he usually played a sadistic bully or a clumsy comic relief character. Marty offered him the rare opportunity to be the dramatic lead, as well as providing him with perhaps the best script of any of his films...Marty dominated the 1955 Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Actor (Borgnine), Best Director (Delbert Mann), and Best Writing (Chayefsky). It also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Joe Mantell) and Actress (Betsy Blair), Best Cinematography (Joseph La Shelle), and Best Art Direction. - Brian Koller

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
[Apartment] There is a melancholy gulf over the holidays between those who have someplace to go, and those who do not. ''The Apartment'' is so affecting partly because of that buried reason: It takes place on the shortest days of the year, when dusk falls swiftly and the streets are cold, when after the office party some people go home to their families and others go home to apartments where they haven't even bothered to put up a tree...When Billy Wilder made ''The Apartment'' in 1960, ''the organization man'' was still a current term. One of the opening shots in the movie shows Baxter as one of a vast horde of wage slaves, working in a room where the desks line up in parallel rows almost to the vanishing point. This shot is quoted from King Vidor's silent film ''The Crowd'' (1928), which is also about a faceless employee in a heartless corporation. Cubicles would have come as revolutionary progress in this world...Wilder was fresh off the enormous hit ''Some Like it Hot'' (1959), his first collaboration with Lemmon, and Lemmon was headed toward ''The Days of Wine and Roses'' (1962), which along with ''The Apartment'' showed that he could move from light comedian to tragic everyman. This movie was the summation of what Wilder had done to date, and the key transition in Lemmon's career. - Roger Ebert

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