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‘Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3’ Due Oct. 25

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut six more classic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 on Oct. 25.

The collection includes It Happened One Night; From Here to Eternity; To Sir, With Love; The Last Picture Show; Annie; and As Good as It Gets. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.
 
The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited-edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film in the set via six new essays from renowned writers — including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer-director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic As Good as It Gets.

The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, from a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity

The 1934 screwball comedy It Happened One Night stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as mismatched lovers. In the film, spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, the film was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Special features include the 1956 remake You Can’t Run Away From It, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, in HD; audio commentary featuring Frank Capra Jr.; the “Frank Capra Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night” featurette; the “Screwball Comedy?” featurette; the original live radio broadcast; advertising materials; and the theatrical trailer.

In From Here to Eternity, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess. Special features include “Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity”; “Eternal History Revisited” featurettes; the From Here to Eternity 1980 TV pilot, starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey; theatrical trailers; “Eternal History” graphics-in-picture track; audio commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent; “Making of From Here to Eternity“; and an excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann — As I See It.” 

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In To Sir, With Love, celebrating its 55th anniversary, a novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks, reflecting some of the problems and fears of teens in the 1960s. Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a workforce where they must stand or fall on their own. Special features include “A Tribute to Sidney Poitier”; the To Sir, With Love 1974 TV pilot, starring Hari Rhodes; audio commentary featuring actor Judy Geeson and film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; audio commentary featuring novelist E.R. Braithwaite and author-teacher Salome Thomas-El; To Sir, With Love II, the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich; the “To Potter, With Love” featurette; the “Beginnings of an Acting Career” featurette; the “Those Schoolboy Days” featurette; the “Look and Learn” featurette; the “E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words” featurette; the “Lulu and the B-Side” featurette; the “Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music!” featurette; the “To Sidney, With Love” featurette; the “Principal El: He Chose to Stay” featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

Released in 1971, The Last Picture Show garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. A frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film stars Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars for their work in supporting roles. The release features both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 “Definitive Director’s Cut” and the 1971 theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD. Special features include audio commentary featuring Bogdanovich; “A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich”; “The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary”; “A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich”; location footage; a promotional featurette; and theatrical trailers. 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the film version of the musical Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired orphan. Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Special features include cast audio commentary, featuring new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino; “Aileen Quinn: A Conversation”; “Behind the Music With Charles Strouse”; “Looking Back: Behind the Scenes”; a sing-along; “My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn”; Little Orphan Annie, a 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie; theatrical trailers; and TV Spots.

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in James L. Brooks’ comedy As Good as It Gets, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives an Academy Award-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. When his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. That unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt in an Academy Award-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1997). Special features include audio commentary featuring Brooks, Nicholson, Hunt, Kinnear, editor Richard Marks, producer Laurence Mark and composer Hans Zimmer; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; “The Making of As Good as It Gets” featurette; archival theatrical EPK soundbites; and the theatrical trailer.

A bonus disc includes From Here to Eternity, the nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, in HD.

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