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.
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  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 348 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Director: Edward Buzzell, Lionel Barrymore, George B. Seitz, William Beaudine, Nick Grinde
  • Genre: Drama
  • 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
  • Release Date: 1931, 1932

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3.8

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TCMColumbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection DVD
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (9)
  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Original (6)
  • High production value (4)
  • Great cinematography (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (10)
  • Adult viewers (3)
  • Perfect gift (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (7), Casual viewer (3)

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5.0

Pre-code greatness

By 

from Fostoria Ohio

About Me Movie Buff

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • High Production Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    This is a great pre-code set,featuring Barbara Stanwyck,Carole Lombard,Mae,Clarke,Jean Harlow,John Wayne,Pat O'Brien
    Pre-code at it's best

     
    4.0

    love movies from the early 30s

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    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

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Surprisingly interesting on all 4 shows.

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      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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Must-own Collection for Film Buffs

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        from Oklahoma City, OK

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        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

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          from Bay Village, Ohio

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          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

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL

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            from Lewiston, ME

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            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.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great!

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            from Whidbey Island, WA

            About Me Casual Viewer

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              Yes

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Duke Enthusiast Hits a Gold Mine !

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              from Gainesville, Florida

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              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 

                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.

                (48 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A worthy "Forbidden Hollyood" followup.

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                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.

                (10 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Subtitles

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                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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