Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection

Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection

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Director: Delmer Daves, Norman Taurog

Cast: Delmer Daves, Norman Taurog

     
 

Now this is a treat from Warner Home Video -- four good early 1960's genre films that couldn't possibly stand on their own for DVD release, assembled in a neat, no-frills package. Susan Slade (1961), Parrish (1961), and Rome Adventure (1962) were all the work of producer/director Delmer Daves, a popular filmmaker of the 1940's and 1950's whoseSee more details below

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Now this is a treat from Warner Home Video -- four good early 1960's genre films that couldn't possibly stand on their own for DVD release, assembled in a neat, no-frills package. Susan Slade (1961), Parrish (1961), and Rome Adventure (1962) were all the work of producer/director Delmer Daves, a popular filmmaker of the 1940's and 1950's whose pictures are just beginning, as of 2009, to get the critical attention that they deserve -- grouped along with Palm Springs Weekend (1963) (the work of Norman Taurog, they're all linked by the presence of Troy Donahue as the young male lead, and they comprise an immersion into an early 1960's film environment in which the major studios were struggling to come to grips with a changing world. The old Production Code, which restricted what one could show or even hint at loudly on screen, was collapsing amid a wave of rock 'n' roll and multiple social upheavals, spearheaded by teenagers turning twenty-somethings. Delmer Daves, in his work as represented here (and on the earlier A Summer Place, did his best to ease the subjects of sex and post-teen hedonism onto the screen tastefully but honestly. And audiences ate it up at the time, even if none of these pictures is especially marketable today on its own terms. Together, however, they comprise an unexpectedly pointed and finely nuanced body of films, each a snapshot of a society finally getting wise to itself, in reality and in its entertainment. They're offered here in basic DVD editions, each letterboxed (1.85-to-1) to the standard non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of the period, in clean, crisp transfers, with original trailers and basic, two-layer menus. The images are all of demonstration quality, and the sound is crisp and bright as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
UPC:
0883929039456
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:52:00
Sales rank:
11,874

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