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Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K4FUT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 1957 film directed by Walter Lang was the eighth of the nine Tracy-Hepburn films and their first in color. Based on the play by William Marchant (which had starred Shirley Booth on Broadway), Katharine Hepburn plays Bunny Watson, a reference librarian who works for a television network. Bunny becomes quite concerned when she learns that the new computer being installed by Spencer Tracy's Richard Sumner is supposed to put her and the rest of her staff out of work. Gig Young has his standard role as the nice guy who ends up losing the girl in the end, while Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill and Sue Randall make up the rest of Bunny's brainy staff.
In terms of pairing Tracy and Hepburn "Desk Set" is certainly unique because it is the only film where she gets the upper hand at the end and he gets the comeuppance. Tracy is really nothing more than a misunderstood villain; his new toy is suppose to help the girls in the reference library not replace them. But none of this really matters because in the end it is clear than the women are a lot smarter than the machine (although they do get the baseball trivia answer wrong). The one priceless scene in the film is a roof top lunch between Tracy and Hepburn. He just has a few simple questions for her that turn out to be brainteasers, and Hepburn's character disposes of each and every challenge with an ease grace and guileless naiveté that is quite charming, while Tracy sinks lower and lower as she beats him at every turn. The rest of the film is fairly pedestrian as we wait for the expected happy endings for the computer and romantic plot lines.
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By Bernie VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2006
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This is an extremely well done screen adaptation of a unique play. You expect nothing less from the team of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. However they do not distract from the performances of the other actors who are well-known in their own right. Harry Ellerbe, who plays Smithers, played the main role of Richard Sumner in the play.
Bunny and her staff and the research department are all preparing for Christmas season. But who should appear on a seen but the mysterious Richard Sumner, with a tape measure, 24 questions, and mysterious past in electronic brains. The conversation between Richard Sumner and Bunny are worth with film its self; yet it only gets better from there.
Like many plays the real worth and interest is in the dialog and interaction of the characters more than the action or the overall story. You will get wrapped up in the fun and wince once in a while.
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Bought this for my brothers birthday after being a favourite movie of mine since my teens ideal for fans of club music who like the comedy and laughs one very funny film I own a copy also highly recommend and is now a rare find for dvds of it
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It is said that opposites attract. This was never truer than in the teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. As people, their personalities were completely different and as actors, their styles were poles apart. Yet put them together on screen and you have cinematic magic of the highest order.

They were both great stars in their own right and certainly were not professionally dependent upon each other. Tracy, I would say, was the greater screen actor of the two. His performances had an unforced honesty. As director, George Stevens once put it "With Spence, everything happens behind his eyes."
Never once does he make a wrong move or an unnecessary gesture. He simply comes across as a believable human being. Hepburn, on the other hand, is more demonstrative and forceful - as she was in real life. She is possibly the most revered screen actress in the history of the screen. But, as great as her performances are, I always get the feeling that she is "On," that she is "Acting." With Tracy, it's just the opposite. You would never find him "Acting."
But neither of them ever had a more effective co-star. This relationship,of course, was more than professional and carried on into their private lives.
Off-screen, Tracy was a very unpredictable and complex individual with a very unsettled private life and a marriage that was anything but smooth. Hepburn remained his "rock" for over 25 years knowing that he would never seek a divorce from his wife. Although Tracy and Hepburn never lived together in perfect union, they were virtually inseparable.

For three reasons, I can do no less than give this collection five stars.
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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn movies are fun to watch; they are great comedies that bring quality family entertainment. Some of their movies tackle social and domestic issues. In the movie Adam's Rib, the inequality of the law; the unwritten rule of husbands shooting adulterers (but not wives) is examined. The movie Pat and Mike deals with the success of women athletes in professional sports, and how some greedy male managers try to exploit them. In Desk Set, the story is about the effect of automation at work place and how it affects the jobs and lives of workers. You get to see a lot of lighter side of office environment.

When efficiency expert Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) is assigned to the research department of the Federal Broadcasting Company to evaluate work patterns, his eccentric behavior catches the imagination of researchers Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn), Peg Costello (Joan Blondell), Sylvia Blair (Dina Merrill) and Ruthie Saylor (Sue Randall). They begin to worry when Sumner informs Bunny that his mission is to improve the efficiency, but actually Mr. Azae (Nicholas Joy), the head of the network, approves a project to computerize the department and asks Richard to keep the project a secret.

Bunny admires a gown she purchases and all excited in the hope that Mike Cutler (Gig Young), her boss and suitor of seven years will invite her to a country club dance. However, circumstances prevent that from happening, and in the mean time Bunny start dating Richard. The date turns into business meetings for them as Bunny finds out that Richard is the inventor and patent holder of EMMARAC, an electronic brain.
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