DVD Review: ‘Best of Warner Bros – 20 Film Collection: Comedy’

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The ’80s are well-represented in Best of Warner Bros – 20 Film Collection: Comedy showcasing funny films from the past eight decades-worth of theatrical releases. Kicking off with the beloved classic A Night at the Opera from the Marx Brothers, this 20 film collection features some comedic gems that deserve to be a part of any comedy-lovers DVD collection.

Films in this must-own collection include:
1. A Night at the Opera (1935)
2. Stage Door (1937)
3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
6. The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
7. The Great Race (1965)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. The In-Laws (1979)
10. Caddyshack (1980)
11. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
12. Risky Business (1983)
13. The Goonies (1985)
14. Spies Like Us (1985)
15. Beetlejuice (1988)
16. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
17. Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994)
18. Analyze This (1999)
19. Wedding Crashers: Uncorked Edition (2005)
20. The Hangover (2009)

While not every movie included comes with bonus features, most of the films themselves are worthy of checking out solely because of their place in comedy history. 1940’s The Philadelphia Story is one of the hundred best films of all time according to the American Film Institute, while Blake Edwards’ The Great Race includes some of the best gags in movie history. Moving forward in time, the collection includes two films that are still quoted today: Caddyshack and Risky Business (complete with a director’s cut of the final scene). The DVD set also features the original films of the National Lampoon Vacation and The Hangover franchises.

Many of the films in the collection do include commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes features, trailers, gag reels, and deleted scenes. And if you only have time for one commentary track, I’d suggest The Goonies commentary featuring director Richard Donner and all the main cast members (grown up, of course).

The 20 Film Collection: Comedy set also comes with a 20-page booklet that includes a synopsis of each film as well as a little trivia on the included movies.

– Reviewed by Rebecca Murray

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