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DVD collection celebrates top Warner comedies

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  • "The Hangover" is one of 20 comedies featured in a new DVD collection.

      "The Hangover" is one of 20 comedies featured in a new DVD collection.

 
By Jeff Tuckman
Daily Herald correspondent

"Best of Warner Brothers 20 Film Comedy Collection"

The funny films in this collection cover a wide range of years and topics -- from a Marx Brothers 1935 classic to a raunchy R-rated hit from 2009. Laugh along with the likes of Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey and Vince Vaughn.

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The films are: "A Night at the Opera," "Stage Door," "Bringing Up Baby," "The Philadelphia Story," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "The Long, Long Trailer," "The Great Race," "Blazing Saddles," "The In-Laws," "Caddyshack," "Nation Lampoon's Vacation," "Risky Business," "The Goonies," "Spies Like Us," "Beetlejuice," "Grumpy Old Men," "Ace Ventura Pet Detective," "Analyze This," "Wedding Crashers: Uncorked Edition" and "The Hangover."

"Trance"

Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle's new film is a thriller, with lots of twists and turns. It starts out with a heist as art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) is trying to protect a Goya from being stolen. He gets hurt in the robbery, and the thieves get away. Led by the menacing Franck (Vincent Cassell), the thieves discover that all they have is an empty frame. It turns out that Simon was the inside man on the job. The blow to his head, however, has made him forget where he hid the painting. Franck and his men use many methods to get the information from Simon without any success. So Simon enlists the help of hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to bring back his memory.

Audiences are kept guessing throughout.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXVII"

This cult classic TV series featured a man and his robot sidekicks, who are visible at the bottom of the screen sitting in a movie theater. They watch B-movies and offer up funny commentary. The four-disc set includes four films and lots of bonus features, including "The Slime People," "Rocket Attack U.S.A.," "Deadly Mantis" and "Village of the Giants."

"The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes"

The classic comedy series ran on television for 15 years. Viewers enjoyed Jack's wonderful ensemble cast and the many guest stars who appeared on the show. These 18 episodes, which have never been seen before, have been fully restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The three-disc set includes nine hours of programming, which also features four TV specials and newsreels.

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