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on 5 November 2014
BARGAIN price for this collection even if the films are not Mr Grant's best. The documentary was very well done and there are some good extras. Transfers were all excellent as usual from WB. At this price (less than £1 a disc) who could complain?
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This set comprises four Cary Grant films.

First up is ‘Night and Day’ (1946). Filmed in colour, its two hours tells the story of Cole Porter. I am not a man who likes musicals, so it left me cold. The disc has three extras: (i) ‘Musical Movieland’, a twenty-minute film from 1944; (ii) a ten-minute feature from 1946 on Desi Arnaz and his orchestra; and (iii) a six-minute Bugs Bunny cartoon of 1946.

‘Destination Tokyo’ is a World War II drama. Grant plays the captain of an American submarine charged with a mission to enter Tokyo Bay. It’s in black-and-white, and lasts just over two hours. It was made in 1944, so it is full of subtle and not-so-subtle propaganda, but it also seeks to show the reality of submarine life at war. This disc’s extra is a twenty-minute film musical from 1934 called ‘The Gem of the Ocean’ and starring Jeanne Aubert.

I think ‘Destination Tokyo’ is the second-best film in this set. The best by far is Hitchcock’s mystery-comedy-thriller-romance ‘North by Northwest’ (1959), filmed in colour, and the reason for buying the set. Although the plot has holes, nevertheless it is a well-crafted film and has been described as a proto-James Bond movie in tis use of set pieces. It comes with a commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, but it later becomes clear that the commentary is actually culled from an interview with him that features in another extra, the forty-minute making-of documentary ‘Destination Hitchcock’. Interestingly, the disc also has a music-only version of the film.

Finally, there is ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, a 1944 black-and-white farce that is too stupid to be funny.

Overall, then, we have two three-star movies (‘Night & Day’ and ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’), one four-star film (‘Destination Tokyo’), and one five-star film (‘North by Northwest’).
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on 28 October 2015
Bought the set as looking to replace my Arsenic and Old Lace video, a real bonus t have the other films as well and look forward to some classic viewing over the coming winter
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on 6 March 2016
The set was supposed to contain the documentary made in 2004, 'Cary Grant : A Class Apart', and this was not included in the set. This was the main reason for me purchasing this particular set, and I was therefore bitterly disappointed. I did not wish to return the set, if the fault could be amended in some other way. I feel conned as the product description does not tally with what was sent, although the picture on the box looks the same.
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on 6 January 2015
As expected, a great collection for movie buffs.
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on 25 March 2016
Great, good old movies wish I could say this is the first time that I seen them, however I am old enough to have watched the originals.
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on 7 May 2015
Cary Grant is always Cary Grant but that is not a bad thing. Enjoyed the whole thing.
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on 8 April 2015
A few of my favourite oldie films all rolled into one package. What a treat.
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on 9 February 2014
Believe it or not we are just getting rid of our videos and replacing them with dvd's, so Cary Grant was among the first replacements, His films are entertaining, you can understand every word said unlike the modern day films and his films don't age.
The Signature Collection is, as usual with Amazon, in perfect condition and arrived in a couple of days.
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on 6 February 2016
A great laugh. Can't go wrong with arsenic and old lace
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