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DVD collection celebrates Tracy-Hepburn films

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  • The films of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn have been released in a new DVD collection.

    The films of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn have been released in a new DVD collection.


"Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection"

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are considered two of the greatest American actors of all time. They had wonderful chemistry, on and off screen, and their films together have stood the test of time. Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies present the nine films that they did together, along with a great documentary in which Hepburn reflects on her life with Tracy.

The 10-disc set features: "Adam's Rib," "Desk Set," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Keeper of the Flame," "Pat and Mike," "Sea of Grass," "State of the Union," "Without Love," "Woman of the Year" and "Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute By Katharine Hepburn." Also included are vintage shorts, classic cartoons, commentary, newsreels and more.

"The Bob Hope Collection: Volume Two"

Bob Hope was a star of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and live appearances. He made more than 50 films, and this three-disc collection includes six of them: "Cancel My Reservation," "How to Commit Marriage," "Paris Holiday," "Son of Paleface," "The Great Lover" and "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell."

"Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend"

Stan Kenton was one of the greatest and most exciting artists in the history of jazz. This outstanding documentary shows how Kenton was a pioneer in developing contemporary big band jazz, and it highlights the influence that he still has today. Kenton called his first orchestra "Artistry in Rhythm," and years later developed a new sound called "progressive jazz."

He was a bandleader for more than 30 years and developed many artists and arrangers. Included in this DVD are wonderful interviews, television performances, images and more.

"Dallas: The Movie Collection"

The "Dallas" TV show was a big hit for CBS and ran for 14 seasons. It was based around the Ewings, a wealthy Texas oil family. Although it wasn't the writers' initial intention, the show became centered on scheming, greedy J.R. Ewing played by Larry Hagman. The famous "Who shot J. R.?" episode was seen by more than 90 million viewers.

Fans of the show wanted more, so the producers created three movies: "Dallas: The Early Years," "Dallas: J.R. Returns" and "Dallas: War of the Ewings." The fourth program is a cast reunion and a terrific retrospective called "The Return to Southfork."

Available next week

• "The King's Speech"

• "Rabbit Hole"

• "Glee: Encore"

• "Bambi: Diamond Collection"

• "Car 54 Where Are You: Complete First Season"

• "Ingrid Bergman: 3 Film Collection"

• "The Ernie Kovacs Collection"