TCM Showcase: Claudette Colbert DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment proudly present TCM Showcase: Claudette Colbert, a brand new collection of films featuring the playful and sophisticated star. With her mix of intelligence, beauty and easy humor, Colbert would become famous for her roles in comedies, melodramas and historical epics during a career that lasted 34 years. In over 60 films, she worked with some of Hollywood’s most talented directors, including Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments, 1956) and Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve, 1941), whose work is showcased in this collection of four classic Colbert films:

CLEOPATRA (1934)—Colbert is Cleopatra in this stylish and lavish portrayal of the notorious Egyptian empress's love for Roman general Marc Antony, helmed by legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.

IMITATION OF LIFE (1934)—Two women—one white, one black—form an enduring friendship as they struggle through financial hardship and racial prejudice to raise their daughters. Named one of the "25 Most Important Films on Race."

MIDNIGHT (1939)—Colbert sparkles as an out-of-work American showgirl caught up in Parisian high society in this romantic comedy co-starring Don Ameche, John Barrymore and Mary Astor, written by Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, 1959).

THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942)—Complications abound in this screwball comedy with Colbert and Joel McCrea playing two sets of identical twins who marry one another's sweethearts, then are forced by financial troubles to seek more profitable liaisons. Written and directed by the legendary Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve, 1941).
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Multi-film Collection
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 393 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: TCM - Universal
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2013
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Black & White
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10 Reviews
4.3

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TCM Showcase: Claudette Colbert DVD
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Entertaining (8)
  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Great cinematography (7)
  • High production value (6)
  • Original (5)

Cons

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  • Perfect gift (4)
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4.0

Great movies from a fabulous actress

By C. MICHAEL

from Santa Clara, California

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Original

Cons

  • Too Bad It Wasn't In Colo

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  • At Home

Comments about this product:

too bad the movies were not in color.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Young & Sexy Claudette as Cleopatra..A TREAT

By Deb4pe

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

  • Great Cinematography
  • Informative
  • Tantalizing

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • Travel

    Comments about this product:

    It's a living history book of society's evolving attitudes, beliefs and standards. Attitudes toward gender roles, racial depictions, language & sayings, religions, international interpretations over several eras in our history are noteworthy. How far we have come??

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    wonderful movie

    By none

    from greeley co

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining

    Cons

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      Comments about this product:

      to enjoy a quiet movie night commercial free

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great group of movvies for a small budget!

      By none

      from Charlotte, NC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Don't Like Cleopatra
      • Just A Personal Preferenc

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      Comments about this product:

      I truly have changed my taste over to the classics and tried to get away from all the profanity and nudity that appear in practically every current movie released. And since I'm not a cartoon person, Disney is not an option for me- Including on TCM like Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang, for ex: I also wasn't crazy about Cleopatra. But 3 out of 4 - well, I can't complain much at all!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great movie

      By Big Girl

      from Nashville, Tennessee

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      Pros

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

      Cons

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        Comments about this product:

        The star is the great one.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Imitation of Life is worth the price...

        By TCM Classic Movie Fan

        from League City, Texas

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        Pros

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

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          Comments about this product:

          Imitation of Life alone was worth the price of this collection, as one of the 25 most important films on race as judged by Time. The Palm Beach Story became another favorite in this Claudette Colbert collection. Colbert does, however, sparkle in all 4 films.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wonderful

          By valenworth

          from 94545

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          • Great Cinematography
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              Comments about this product:

              Beautifully packaged, good transfers; and I must admit that the price influenced my decision...

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hot queen

              By gremulkin

              from cincinnati, oh

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              Pros

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

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                  Movie restoration is that of a new movie. Only a few little skips, no streaks or spots, sound excellent, picture clear and focused. Good choice of people to play the characters-the big hunk as Marc Antony, and a Shakespearean actor as Ceasar. Great editing and presentqation.

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent collection

                  By grammy

                  from Burlington, North Carolina

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining

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                    Comments about this product:

                    I have enjoyed all but 1 of the 4 movies in this collection.

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great collection

                    By Central Florida Film Buff

                    from Titusville, FL

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                    Pros

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

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                      Comments about this product:

                      Take it from this avid collector with ca. 2500 titles in his DVD database: wonderful collection of Colbert films in glorious black and white, worthy of kicking off a new series of "Showcase" collections. 1934's "Cleopatra." What can I say? Classic Colbert, classic DeMille, almost classic everything. Forget the '63 blockbusting "Cleo" that busts nothing much except some pretty color. 1934's "Imitiation of Life," engaging, but alas, not a great movie. Despite the signature of Preston Sturges, it's upstaged mightily at the end of the 50s by the Lana Turner film of the same name. Both "Midnight" (1939) and "The Palm Beach Story" (1942)-- almost, not quite as good screwball/romantic comedies as 1934's "It Happened One Night." I give this collection four stars instead of five because of the inclusion of the original, only so-so "Imitiation of Life." I would have preferred "...One Night" or "Drums Along the Mohawk" or "Since You Went Away." But, hey. You can't argue with three hits of major proportions out of four! I eagerly await forthcoming 4-film "Showcase" collections.

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