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Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection; five films in which the working class heroines have more to overcome than just dubious occupations or notorious reputations. Made before the Motion Picture Production Code was rigidly enforced in July of 1934, these films traffic in subject matter that would soon become taboo on the screen and be banned or removed by the censors, such as premarital sex, prostitution, infidelity, suicide and criminal activities. Presented for the first time on DVD, these five films have been fully restored and re-mastered and offer a fascinating glimpse of Depression era social mores during the early sound era in Hollywood.

ARIZONA (1931)
Not to be confused with the 1940 Western of the same name, features John Wayne as a West Point football star who enlists in the army only to discover that his commanding officer is now married to his former mistress (Laura La Plante), a woman bent on revenge after Wayne jilted her.

TEN CENTS A DANCE (1931)
Barbara Stanwyck plays a taxi dancer trying to rise above her low station in life, but her no-good gambler husband keeps dragging her down with his debts and unlawful activities.

VIRTUE (1932)
Featuring Pat O’Brien as an honest, hard working cab driver and Carole Lombard as Mae, a prostitute he mistakes for an unemployed stenographer. After they get married, Mae’s past comes back to haunt her when a duplicitous acquaintance plunges her into a financial crisis that she tries to hide from her husband.

THREE WISE GIRLS (1932)
Showcasing Jean Harlow, prior to her successful MGM career, as an innocent small-town girl who trades her soda fountain job for a modeling job in New York City, and the complications and dangers that come with it.

SHOPWORN (1932)
A class-conscious melodrama in which a waitress (Barbara Stanwyck) falls in love with a wealthy college student (Regis Toomey) but his mother resorts to devious means to end the relationship.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 348 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Robert Osborne
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Behind-the-Scenes Photo(s)
      - Biography/TCM Article
      - Publicity Still(s)
      - Lobby Card(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
      - Scene Still(s)
      - Censor Board Documents
Reviews
10 Reviews
3.7

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TCMColumbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection DVD
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (8)
  • Engaging characters (6)
  • Original (6)
  • Great cinematography (3)
  • High production value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (9)
  • Perfect gift (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (6), Casual viewer (3)

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4.0

love movies from the early 30s

By freyja hunter

from tulsa, ok

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about this product:

    movies that stand the test of time

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Surprisingly interesting on all 4 shows.

    By littlered66

    from Ft. Woth TX

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      Spend the afternoon at the movies when it is bad outside

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Must-own Collection for Film Buffs

      By OKCFilmFan

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        This collection contains some interesting and provocative movies made in the "pre-code" period of 1930-1934 by Columbia, at that time a minor player in the Hollywood firmament. Consequently these films may largely be unknown to many movie buffs; this collection should provide entertainment and an invaluable insight into filmmaking and morals of this era.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A real treat

        By musicman

        from Bay Village, Ohio

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          If you are watching and you are tired you can see how the movie ends. As a movie collector the chances of finding these movies at all are pretty remote but to have the sound and picture re edited makes watching these movies a real treat. I went to the movies with my wife to see a new release and after getting in and enjoying the consession stand my final cost was $30.00 for a awful movie. With the five movies in each set I guess this makes the set a true vallue

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL

          By Larry

          from Lewiston, ME

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original

          Cons

          • Censored Over That

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • Great Actors Of 1930s

          Comments about this product:

          I came to realize that the Censors were as narrow minded as a piece of thread. Having viewed only three of five, I look forward to the others. TCM should draw one title out of the hat and show it. TCM has Guest Programmers, why not Lady Luck and share it with the world. I think it will be worth the effort.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great!

          By Jim

          from Whidbey Island, WA

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            Yes

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Duke Enthusiast Hits a Gold Mine !

            By SiestaKeyLover

            from Gainesville, Florida

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • High Production Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about this product:

              I have found that TCM is an excellent source for classic films that I enjoy. Specifically those from the pre-1940's...

              I recommend this web site to anyone with similiar taste's...

              (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Mixed Bag of Early Columbia Films

              By DecoGal

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Barbara Stanwyck
              • Carole Lombard
              • Jean Harlow

              Cons

              • Shopworn

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              Overall I enjoyed this set because of the 3 fabulous leading ladies (Barbara, Carole & Jean). Unfortunately Shopworn is one of Stanwycks weakest films with Regis Toomey as the love interest (go figure). I was really hoping for the Bitter Tea of General Yen which is a real humdinger, but I was still happy to be able to own these even if they are not gems.

              (45 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A worthy "Forbidden Hollyood" followup.

              By ZacherlJem

              from Dothan, AL

              About Me Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining

              Cons

              • Unoriginal

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about this product:

              I own all three parts of the "Forbidden Hollywood" series and I cherish them. This is a worthy followup, although this particular collection is light on extras. It would have been great if the producers could have included some film historian commentaries, or bonus featurettes, or even provided some pre-existing TCM documentaries all of which I enjoy seeing. First of all let me say the packaging itself is beautiful but I wasn't familiar with the DVD tray configuration and it took me some time to figure out how to remove the disks without damaging them. You have to press down on each disk to release tension on the plastic tabs holding each disk in place.
              The plot summaries provided are pretty faithful to the actual films so I won't supply any myself. The versions included in this set of both "Shopworn" and "Virtue" are obviously the watered down post PCA censorship versions, and it would have been nice if they could have been presented as originally filmed. In fact, the first several minutes of "Virtue" is missing all together with only a blank screen and the original dialog presented in it's place. However, it's fortunate that these films still exist at all in such a high quality print. I give the set an overall B+ If you like pre-code movies, this set is worth having. However, if you haven't purchased the three "Forbidden Hollywood" sets, I would recommend buying those editions first.

              (9 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Subtitles

              By [*]

              from Cin, OH

              Pros

                Cons

                • Disappointing

                Best Uses

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                  [*] Still no subtitles or captions for this movies box set.

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