‘Best of Warner Bros.' 90th Anniversary Collections
Last year, Universal and Paramount celebrated their centennial years with a deluge of deluxe packagings and repackagings of their greatest screen hits on DVD and Blu-ray, but Warner Bros. couldn't wait for their century mark to cash in on the 100th birthday thing, so they're celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2013 with a 100-film DVD collection and a 50-film Blu-ray collection of the “Best of Warner Bros.” Take your choice. Or if you're flush enough, take both. They're not cheap, these box sets, but they are full of film treasures.
There will also be five 20-film DVD collections released throughout the year, including a Best Picture Oscar winners package and bundles of musicals, romances, comedies and thrillers. “The Best of Warner Bros. Animation” collections will be released throughout the year, along with a roundup of essential “Superman” live action and animated TV shows.
For the big sets, two fascinating new documentaries have been made: “Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot” and “The Warner Bros. Lot Tour.” The former is mainly full of interviews with current stars (Steve Carell, Ben Affleck, William H. Macy, Michael Keaton), surviving former heads of various studio departments, people recalling the rise and fall of the not lovingly-remembered Jack Warner (except by 90-something Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who adored the guy), and Clint Eastwood grinning about his name being plastered across the lot's new and improved recording studio.