Best Picture United Artists Classic Gift Set

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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?

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 205115516
UPC 027616090096
UPC 14 00027616090096
Format DVD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Keywords
Anthology
British
Classic
Essential Cinema
Gangs
Infidelity
Love
Love Story
Racy
Self-Discovery
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note Several United Artist classics are gathered here. Films include MARTY, WEST SIDE STORY, THE APARTMENT, and TOM JONES. See individual descriptions for details.
Directors
Billy Wilder
Tony Richardson
Delbert Mann
Jerome Robbins
Actors
Jack Lemmon
Natalie Wood
Ernest Borgnine
Albert Finney
Cast & Crew
Albert Finney - [Tom] Actor
Betsy Blair - [Marty] Actor
Billy Wilder - [Apartment] Director
Delbert Mann - [Marty] Director
Edith Evans - [Tom] Actor
Ernest Borgnine - [Marty] Actor
Ester Minciotti - [Marty] Actor
Fred MacMurray - [Apartment] Actor
Hugh Griffith - [Tom] Actor
Jack Lemmon - [Apartment] Actor
Jerome Robbins - [West] Director
Joe De Santis - [Marty] Actor
Natalie Wood - [West] Actor
Ray Walston - [Apartment] Actor
Richard Beymer - [West] Actor
Rita Moreno - [West] Actor
Robert Wise - [West] Director
Russ Tamblyn - [West] Actor
Shirley MacLaine - [Apartment] Actor
Susannah York - [Tom] Actor
Tony Richardson - [Tom] Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 109009
UPC 00027616090096
Number of Discs 4
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Winner (1964) Oscar, Tony Richardson, [Tom] Best Director,Oscar, Tony Richardson, [Tom] Best Picture
Winner (1962) Oscar, George Chakiris, [West] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Rita Moreno, [West] Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, [West] Best Director,Oscar, Robert Wise, [West] Best Picture
Winner (1961) Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Director,Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Picture
Winner (1956) Oscar, Ernest Borgnine, [Marty] Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Delbert Mann, [Marty] Best Director,Oscar, Harold Hecht, [Marty] Best Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmsGraded.com
Review [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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
At-A-Glance Film Reviews [West] ...astonishingly powerful...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [Tom] ...rowdy, randy and completely disarming.
New York Post [Tom] Thrilling, bawdy, lusty...a masterpiece.
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall [Apartment] Quite simply one of the finest comic romances ever made.
The Motion Picture Guide [Marty] ...a poignant and utterly memorable performance by Borgnine...
The New York Times [Apartment] Gleeful! Ingenious! A smashing good comedy!
Video Review [Marty] A heartwarming and timeless movie.

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